Today at noon PST, The Lumineers are hosting a live-stream benefit on their YouTube channel called Colorado Gives Back. The three-hour event will not only feature a performance by the Colorado-based band but also by Nathaniel Rateliff, Jewel and One Republic, among others. Viewers will be encouraged to donate to the Colorado Restaurant Association, as well as to the Recording Academy’s MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Spotify is also adding to the pot. Through their COVID-19 Music Relief project, they will match all donations to MusiCares, dollar-for-dollar – up to a collective total of $10 million. Fans can also purchase a Colorado Gives Back tee shirt, through The Lumineers’ official store – proceeds from which will also benefit MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund and The Colorado Restaurant Association.
In a statement today, Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers said, “In addition to raising money for Colorado restaurant workers, we as Colorado musicians wanted to raise money to not only support our local crew that we tour the world with but also all the folks in the music business as a whole – from the venue workers to fellow musicians.”
He continued, “MusiCares once saved us when we were robbed in 2011 by helping us buy back our stolen instruments when we were an unknown band. So anyone from a sound guy who needs dental work to a stagehand that needs a medical procedure – this fund is for the people that make up the music business and are in need of financial help. We hope that this can help those that are struggling to get by to see the other side of this – when the touring starts up again and the crews and venue workers, the lifeblood of the music business, finally can get back to work.”
In addition to the acts noted above, performances will be given by Trevor Hall, Isaac Slade of The Fray, plus Bill Nershi and Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident, among others. Appearances will also be made by the likes of NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, two-time Olympic gold medal skier Mikaela Shiffrin, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and current Colorado Governor Jared Polis.
Most recently, the Grammy Award-winning Lumineers released their third studio album, III last Fall. The album debuted at No.2 on the Billboard 200 and peaked in the Top Ten in Canada and the UK.