Meet the Night Sweats: Drummer Patrick Meese

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats will release their self-titled debut album this Friday on the legendary Stax Records. This week's Westword cover story details Rateliff's long history in the Denver music scene. But every member of the band has been a notable contributor to the city's creative community. Over the next several days, we'll introduce you to them. 

Past Denver Bands: Meese; various Nathaniel Rateliff projects, including a revamped Born in the Flood. He's also played drums for Gregory Alan Isakov, Tennis and Navy. 

Current Denver Bands: The Centennial, Miss America by Wheary

Instrument in the Night Sweats: Drummer

Bio: Patrick Meese became a notable figure in the Denver music scene over a decade ago, when he fronted Meese, a great local band that saw major traction – including a record deal with Atlantic — in the mainstream music world. But the act just proved to be one note in a long list of accomplishments for the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, who has been a mentor to other musicians as he’s made his own way. His friendship with Nathaniel Rateliff began long ago, as did their musical collaborations, pre-Night Sweats. “When Meese broke up, I ran into Nathaniel at 3 Kings late one night during UMS. He asked me if I wanted to fill in for some Born In the Flood reunion shows. That was seven years ago,” says Meese of the partnership, which is still going strong. The musician has also contributed to Denver’s creative community by opening up the house in Baker he once shared with wife and bandmate Tiffany and bandmate and brother Nate for unofficial UMS "Centennial" house shows. After a five-year run, the Centennial house parties ended this year, having hosted free backyard sets by the Knew, Machine Gun Blues, Kitty Crimes, Churchill and even an early incarnation of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.   
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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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