Denver Comes Alive has announced its return to the state-of-the-art Mission Ballroom on Saturday, December 4th, 2021. Produced by Live For Live Music in partnership with AEG, the second-annual Denver Comes Alive promises a full day of unique performances featuring an array of live music greats [get tickets].
In true “Comes Alive” fashion, the 2021 event will feature the world premiere of a never-before-seen band, Ramble On Revival. The all-star ensemble features bassist Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), guitarists Steve Kimock (Phil Lesh & Friends) and Eric Krasno (Soulive), keyboardist Holly Bowling (Ghost Light), drummer Jeff Sipe (Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit), saxophonist Skerik, and vocalist/trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), who will pull from their interconnected musical lineages to deliver a performance steeped in the spirit of the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers Band, and more.
In addition to the debut of Ramble On Revival, the thoughtfully curated 2021 Denver Comes Alive lineup will feature Grammy-nominated New Orleans soul/funk/jazz/hip-hop/spoken word outfit Tank and the Bangas, beloved instrumental dance band Circles Around The Sun, former Prince and Michael Jackson collaborator Judith Hill, and more. The one-day event, hosted by SiriusXM’s Ari Fink, will also feature DJ Logic performing between sets and a live-painting exhibition/pop-up gallery by beloved New Orleans artist Frenchy.
General on-sale begins on Friday, October 8th at 10 a.m. MT here. Fans can also elevate their Denver Comes Alive experience with VIP packages including exclusive access to a private lounge with a bar and food provided by Lou’s Italian Specialties in the West Balcony as well as a private viewing area with seats.
“The last Denver Comes Alive took place a month before the pandemic hit and is my last memory of being at a sold-out, indoor show, dancing until my feet hurt without a care in the world,” says Kunj Shah, founder of Live For Live Music. “Over the course of the next year, we put on four virtual ‘Comes Alive’ events and raised over $500,000 for charity, but we’ve been itching to get back to the live setting.”
Shah adds, “This time around, we’re going to incorporate a bunch of incredible nonprofit organizations, various members of the Denver and New Orleans communities, and a truly diverse and representative group of musicians to really make this event fully come alive.”
Denver Comes Alive will donate a portion of proceeds to New Orleans Musicians Clinic (NOMC), which provides comprehensive medical care and social services to local New Orleans musicians, performing artists, cultural workers, and tradition bearers. In the wake of the devastating Hurricane Ida, the organization is actively working to provide immediate relief for its most vulnerable patients and clients. Learn more here.
In addition to NOMC, Live For Live Music and Denver Comes Alive are proud to partner with Conscious Alliance, a network of creatives using their time and talents to feed millions of hungry families across the U.S. In addition to a Conscious Alliance food drive at the event, all proceeds from sales of a unique ‘Art That Feeds’ Denver Comes Alive 2021 poster will go toward sending a semi-truck filled with food to New Orleans to directly aid families struggling in Ida’s aftermath.
HeadCount and GrooveSafe will also have a presence on-site. HeadCount is a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. GrooveSafe aims to cultivate consent culture and create a no-tolerance environment for sexual misconduct at concerts.
Denver Comes Alive 2020 – Official Recap Video