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Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats to bring the house down at the NightShine Gala

January 10, 2019

Nathaniel Rateliff has always been an omnivorous music listener and player. Growing up in the small town of Hermann, Missouri, Rateliff started his music career playing in his family’s band at church.  That came to a tragic end when his father was killed in a car accident. Nonetheless, music became an obsession for Rateliff and his friends. “We would walk around these deserted country roads and talk about music all the time, how it can change the world and how it could change our world,” recalls Night Sweats bassist, and best friend from Hermann, Joseph Pope III. “Music was what we thought would save us.”

In 1998, Pope and Rateliff moved to Denver, where they worked nightshifts at a bottle factory and a trucking company while testing out their songs at open-mic nights. Nathaniel released three critically acclaimed records and toured relentlessly over the next ten years.

A set of rough demos recorded in the early 2010s pointed Rateliff in a new direction. “That old soul stuff meant a lot to him when we were young,” says Pope. “Of all the projects we had done and all the different genres we had played, this was the most natural thing I’d heard him do. It sounded like it came from a really deep place in him, but it took this really meandering path to come through.”

Those demos eventually developed into the band’s 2015 self-titled debut, which became a massive hit and pushed them out on the road for two long years. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats blasted their way through hundreds of shows in North America, England, Ireland, and Australia, and they played Coachella, Farm Aid, Newport Folk Festival, and the Monterey Pop Festival’s 50th Anniversary. The crowds grew larger with every show, the album went Gold and The Night Sweats grew tighter and more vigorous. 

In May 2017, they brought that same boundless energy to the open plains and prickly cacti of Rodeo, New Mexico, where the entire band disappeared for a week to write songs for their follow-up. “We just did what we like to do best,” says Rateliff, “which is hang out and be a family.” They recorded a number of demos, some complete songs and others fragments or just ideas.  From there came their most recent album Tearing at the Seams. The album has been a global success so far has produced three number one singles in the US.

And now, March 30, 2019 promises to be a night to remember when Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats perform at the NightShine Gala an evening for Denver Health Foundation. 

The 2019 NightShine Gala, will be held at the Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center, and the Denver Health Foundation will honor Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock.  

The evening’s illustrious list of event chairs includes: Rose Andom, Maria Garcia Berry, Dawn Bookhardt, Steve Farber, Andrew and Sarah Feinstein, Cole and Robin Finegan, Doug Friednash, Pat Hamill, Josh Hanfling, Anna Jo Haynes, the Honorable John and Robin Hickenlooper, John Ikard, Walter and Christie Isenberg, Bruce James, the Honorable Ken Salazar, the Honorable Wellington Webb, the Honorable Wilma Webb, Colorado Governor Jared Polis is serving as the event's Honorary Chair.

The NightShine Gala is Denver Health Foundation’s opportunity to celebrate the vital work Denver Health does for the community and the terrific supporters Denver Health Foundation has been able to attract.  This year’s gala proceeds will be directed toward the Ernest E. Moore Shock Trauma Center  at Denver Health. The Level One Ernest E. Moore Shock Trauma Center is one of the world’s leading trauma centers and has one of the highest survival rates in the country.  Denver Health’s skilled and specialized trauma surgeons are internationally recognized leaders in the field and quite literally wrote the book on the care of the injured patient.  More than 18,000 trauma patients are treated yearly. The Trauma Center admits over 2,700 patients annually, receiving transfers from more than 60 regional hospitals, with a 98% survival rate. Patient survival, academic excellence and leadership, and comprehensive care from injury through recovery make the Ernest E. Moore Shock Trauma Center the leading trauma center in Colorado and the region.

To buy a table to the 2019 NightShine Gala, or to learn more click HERE.   We look forward to celebrating with you soon.

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