Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews, Nathaniel Rateliff and other musical luminaries will come together Sept. 30 to shine a light on former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s campaign for the U.S. Senate.
“Hick-a-Palooza,” as the virtual event is called, will feature performances from a string of acts that the Democratic former governor and Denver mayor booked to raise money for his fight against incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner.
“While we might not be able to go to music festivals this year, on September 30th John Hickenlooper will bring together a variety of musical acts for a one-time virtual concert exclusively for campaign volunteers and supporters,” organizers wrote in a press statement.
As of Sept. 10, Hickenlooper held a narrow lead over Gardner, 51% to 46%, in a telephone survey of 800 likely voters conducted by the bipartisan polling firms of Fabrizio Ward and Hart Research between Aug. 30 and Sept. 5. The poll was paid for by AARP and has a 3.6% margin of error.
The lineup is still being finalized, but organizers have confirmed appearances from Nelson, Raitt, Matthews, Old Crow Medicine Show, Rateliff, Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Michael Franti, Spirit of Grace, Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Jeff Hanna & Jaime Hanna of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Reminders and Raquel Garcia.
More artists are expected to confirm in the coming days. The exact RSVP details will be announced soon for the 6:15-8:15 p.m. event on Sept. 30.
“Folks will be able to watch the event online if they’ve donated or have completed a volunteer shift for our campaign,” a campaign spokesman told The Denver Post on Monday.
Hickenlooper has long been known as a music-friendly politician, appearing on stage to introduce bands (as in past Underground Music Showcases, which were sponsored by The Denver Post) and even occasionally playing guitar or banjo with them, as he has at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Hickenlooper has also been a longtime friend of Chuck Morris, the Colorado-based mega-promoter who recently retired from AEG Presents Rocky Mountains — which is owned by Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz, and which promotes the majority of big-ticket concerts in the region.
Morris recently joined Colorado State University to launch a new music-business program in Fort Collins, but has vowed to help Hickenlooper in his national political fight.
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