Guitarist Marcus King wrapped his Four of a Kind concert series earlier this month after hosting guest-filled virtual performances every Monday night from undisclosed locations in Nashville, TN beginning back on July 13th. On Wednesday it was revealed that the limited concert series and auction raised an impressive $80,000 to benefit MusiCares, as streaming giant Spotify also matched proceeds donated through its “COVID-19 Music Relief” initiative.
The livestreamed concerts treated fans over the four weeks to the full performance of King’s El Dorado solo album for opening night, guest sit-ins from Billy Strings and Maggie Rose during week two, Mastodon’s Brent Hinds for week three, and a recreation of The Band‘s iconic The Last Waltz with help from Devon Gilfillian, Jennifer Hartswick, Ida Mae, Elizabeth Cook, Sierra Elizabeth Ferrell, and more to close the series on August 3rd.
“The idea to do four shows came about because I wanted to give people some variety. If we’re playing a three- or four-night run, we don’t like to repeat material or recycle anything.” King told industry publication Pollstar recently. “We are supporting MusicCares and helping musicians in these trying times because they’ve been a success and musicians are getting hit pretty hard not getting to do what we love.”
King also put a cherry on top of his virtual series on August 3rd by announcing a run of Marcus King Trio drive-in shows along the eastern U.S. scheduled throughout the first half of September. Tickets for all seven drive-in dates are on sale here.
BIG THANKS to everyone that made Four of a Kind • Live from Nashville possible, it takes a village! To the production crews, sponsors, special guests, and everyone that tuned in – appreciate yall making this series so special! Tune in until midnight tonight. pic.twitter.com/U874Xf9xPX
— The Marcus King Band (@Marcuskingband) August 11, 2020