Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
sold out all three of the nights of the April 12-14 shows that the band is playing at the Skylark Lounge
to benefit Rateliff's charity.
Rateliff and members of his band rallied to save the Skylark
last year, when the longtime venue announced that it was closing at its most recent location, 140 South Broadway; nearly all of the act's members live in the same neighborhood. Ultimately, Rateliff bought the place with Chris Tetzeli, co-founder of 7S Management
, and longtime friend Bob Ashby, whom he met in high school.
When he talked about the deal ahead of the Skylark's reopening in January, Ashby told Westword
that while Rateliff was likely to stop by regularly, it was unlikely that his band would play at the 120-capacity spot, considering the Night Sweats sell out multiple shows every year at the 9,500-capacity Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
The Skylark Lounge reopened in January.
So the charity shows came as a surprise, and the tickets, which were $50 and available through an online lottery, quickly sold out. All proceeds benefit the Marigold Project
, which Rateliff created in 2017 to fund nonprofits and community groups that work on racial, social and economic justice issues.
Rateliff has used his star power to fund his charity through live shows and fun projects, including a bourbon
made with the Block Distilling Co. and auctioning off
his own gear. But a three-night run at a small local venue that he had a personal hand in saving? The most epic fundraiser yet.
To learn more about the Marigold Project, visit the-marigold-project.org.