EVENT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MUSICARES THROUGH RATELIFF’S FOUNDATION, THE MARIGOLD PROJECT
Nathaniel Rateliff’s highly anticipated “And It’s Still Alright” tour kicked off on March 2ND in Minneapolis. Nine days later on March 12th, the rest of the tour was canceled when the pandemic hit. The sold-out nine-month run was set to feature songs from his recently released critically acclaimed solo album, And It’s Still Alright. Now, on Wednesday, September 30th —the date the original tour was set to end—Rateliff will livestream a performance from Colorado’s renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The show will feature aspects of Rateliff’s stellar musicianship, from stripped-downed moments with just his voice and acoustic guitar to a full 10-piece folk band accompaniment with string quartet. The event will also feature opening act Kevin Morby, who was originally set to perform with Rateliff as part of his cancelled Red Rocks dates in August.
“It means a lot to me to have Kevin with us who is one of my favorite songwriters,” notes Rateliff.
The nine-camera shoot will offer viewers unprecedented access to the musicians, the stage and the iconic venue, capturing a moving performance from Rateliff’s “And It’s Still Alright” tour. The livestream event will feature custom lighting, roaming cameras and drone footage that will document the stark, dramatic imagery of the band performing in the empty theater. The livestream follows Rateliff’s five-night run of socially distanced shows at Red Rocks—his first performances with an audience since March. Fans can purchase tickets to the event: HERE.
“This is our way of sharing the show with everyone around the world. We worked as hard as ever to put this show together and we don’t know when we will be able to get back out there,” says Rateliff. “Whether you are on stage or in the audience Red Rocks is certainly the best place in the world to play. Our year has been strange and our future uncertain, I think the only thing we can do is try to understand each other better and love each other. It is a hard time and I encourage everyone to be open and vulnerable to those you love. They are just waiting for you.”
The Marigold Project is Rateliff’s foundation dedicated to economic, racial and social justice. A portion of the events proceeds will benefit MusiCares. “MusiCares has been there for us, for our band and crew, in times of need. We honor their work and we are very glad to continue our support of this organization that cares for the broad music family,” says Rateliff. Lean more about the foundation at the-marigold-project.org.
Earlier this year, Rateliff released his latest solo album, And It’s Still Alright, on Stax Records. The album as well as its title track are nominated for Album of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2020 Americana Awards & Honors, which will announce winners later this year.
And It’s Still Alright continues to receive widespread critical acclaim:
“Nathaniel Rateliff returns, this time as a solo artist, with what may be his best batch of songs yet.” — NPR All Songs Considered
“And It’s Still Alright is stop-what-you’re-doing beautiful.” — Evening Standard
“In the end, what could be an album of well-earned indulgence ends up being as much about reaching outward than burrowing inward, rendering deep personal suffering with a humane light touch. And It’s Still Alright the heartening sound of music pulling him through his pain, and, hopefully, past it into something like solace.” — Rolling Stone
“The result is a set of compositions of intense power, and an album that reaches multiple emotional crescendos, from grown male grief rarely expressed in contemporary song to varying degrees of regained equilibrium.” — The Wall Street Journal
“…his new solo work takes him in a gentler acoustic direction, which is echoed across his upcoming album. His baritone has a lovely ragged edge.” — TIME
“A great excuse to shut out the world and have a good cry.” — UNCUT