By Libby Smith
DENVER (CBS4) – KBCO’s Bret Saunders hosted Isaac Slade of the Fray in a simulcast on CBS4 Morning News as well as KBCO, to talk about the upcoming Take Note the Concert.READ MORE: 'Kendrick Was A Big Jeep Guy': Jeep Procession Honors Hero Who Charged At Gunman To Protect Classmates
The concert features some of Colorado’s top musical talent including Slade himself, Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Billy Nershi of the String Cheese Incident, and Tracksuit Wedding. Another Colorado success story, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will headline the show.
“We actually have a few special guests that we didn’t announce that are just going to floor people. It’s really a hell of a lineup,” Slade told CBS4.
Proceeds from the concert will start the funding for the Take Note Colorado initiative, which will offer grants for music education for students across Colorado.
LINK: Take Note Colorado
“The Governor has this idea to make Colorado the first state in the country where every single kid can have access to instruments and instruction,” Slade said in the live broadcast.
Slade agreed to chair the initiative. It’s a cause that he is passionate about.READ MORE: Steele Street Over Interstate 70 Closed This Weekend As Part Of Central 70 Project
“I really benefited from music instruction when I was growing up,” Slade said.
He explained that he and his friends were part of band and choir in school, and spent their days and nights writing and playing music.
“I couldn’t throw the ball or catch the ball, so I picked up a guitar and found my place, found my scene, found my people,” Slade said.
He called music a confidence booster that helped him form his identity.
“I found my voice,” Slade said.
The Take Note Colorado initiative will be run by the Colorado Music Coalition, which is a newly-forming nonprofit organization. The Coalition was founded and chaired by Libby Anschutz.
Tickets for Take Note the Concert are $25 – $55. VIP tickets are $250, which includes premium seating, early-entry access, dinner and hosted bar. Tickets can be purchased at www.altitudetickets.com.MORE NEWS: Suzanne Morphew Murder: Judge Decides To Move Forward With Trial, Barry Morphew Pleads Not Guilty
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