Looking for a way to escape the bad headlines of the day? One of the featured artists performing at Colorado Academy’s Lovefest benefit concert for financial aid says he has an antidote.
The Saturday, April 25 concert will feature Isaac Slade of the Fray and G. Love & Special Sauce. G. Love’s latest album The Juice (January 2020), is designed to be an antidote to a whole host of negative things in the world today. Buy your tickets early for access to the best seats and keep reading for amazing auction items!
‘A force for positivity’
Says Garrett Dutton (better known as G. Love), “I’ve always tried to make music that’s a force for positivity. It was important to me that this album be something that could empower the folks who are out there fighting the good fight every day. I wanted to make a rallying cry for empathy and unity. I’ve written these songs that give strength and encouragement to the people who are out there doing the work to make this planet a better place. Those are the people I want to lift up with my music. I’m more inspired right now than I’ve ever been before. I feel more thoughtful, seasoned, marinated, and confident. I’m making the records I’ve always wanted to make.” Recorded in Nashville with a slew of special guests, including Robert Randolph, Marcus King, and Roosevelt Collier, The Juice was co-produced and co-written with Grammy-winning icon Keb’ Mo’.
Love is now on the second leg of a coast-to-coast tour with his latest album, and he just added another 23 dates to the schedule. In between wrapping up the tour and a summer appearance at Red Rocks, G. Love and crew will be at Colorado Academy for another one of the school’s intimate and hugely fun concerts set in the school’s Field House. All net proceeds help support the dollars that the school provides each year in student financial aid. In 2020-2021, that will be nearly $4 million.
Love’s act is an alternative hip-hop band with a reputation for its live shows featuring a genuine and gritty blues sound. Reviews from the tour so far are terrific. Said one concert-goer, “Another great show. They are music-focused, and you can see the love for the craft in the eyes of all three of them.” And Langen Goldstien, reviewing the Twin Cities performance stated, “Their laid-back sound mixes everything from blues to hip-hop to indie rock in the most perfect way.”
The CA concert will also feature Denver’s own Isaac Slade, the lead vocalist, main songwriter, pianist, and co-founder of The Fray, who says, “Playing live is the part I enjoy the most…We get in front of real fans…and we connect, people to people.”
Not-to-be-missed auction items
Just before the music begins, concert-goers will have the chance to bid on amazing packages in a live auction. Here’s a sampling of the packages that will be available:
A Summer Concert Package that will fill your nights with music all season long, with concerts at the Denver Botanic Gardens and Red Rocks;
A weekend at the Benson Ranch for eight people, complete with Gold Medal trout fishing, horseback riding, and hiking;
A Telluride Blues and Brews Experience for six people, featuring tickets to the 27th annual Telluride Blues and Brews, top-notch accommodations, and private jet service provided by Jet Linx;
A custom dinner party for 30 people, including music by Todd Mohr of Big Head Todd and the Monsters and an exquisite dinner prepared by chef and CA parent Nelson Perkins.
While Benefactor Packages are still available, individual Lovefest tickets for $150 go on sale on Tuesday, March 2, via the CA website. The earlier you purchase your individual ticket, the better your seat will be in CA’s Field House for Lovefest. After March 30, the individual ticket price will increase to $225. Interested in meeting the Isaac Slade and G. Love? Check out the upper-level Benefactor packages (Peace and Love levels) and the Individual VIP ticket for $750 (which includes access to the Benefactor VIP party and an individual concert seat).
For more information, please contact CA special events manager, Jessica Tonjes, at firstname.lastname@example.org / 303-914-2509.