Nathaniel Rateliff announces Red Rocks Amphitheatre live stream

American R&B singer and songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff has announced a livestream concert from Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, taking place September 30. The initiative comes after his sold out ‘And It’s Still Alright’ 2020 tour came to an ignominious end just nine days after the first gig, thanks to the pandemic.

The nine-month run was set to feature songs from his recently released solo album of the same name. The album as well as its title track have been nominated for Album of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2020 Americana Awards & Honors, which will announce winners later this year.

The show will feature Rateliff in various guises, from just voice and acoustic guitar to a full 10-piece folk band accompaniment with string quartet. The event will also feature opening act Kevin Morby, who was originally set to perform with Rateliff as part of his cancelled Red Rocks dates in August.

“It means a lot to me to have Kevin with us who is one of my favourite songwriters,” comments Rateliff.

The nine-camera shoot promises viewers unprecedented access to the musicians, the stage and the iconic venue, and will feature custom lighting, roaming cameras and drone footage that will document the stark, dramatic imagery of the band performing in the empty theatre. 

“This is our way of sharing the show with everyone around the world. We worked as hard as ever to put this show together and we don’t know when we will be able to get back out there,” says Rateliff. “Whether you are on stage or in the audience Red Rocks is certainly the best place in the world to play. Our year has been strange and our future uncertain, I think the only thing we can do is try to understand each other better and love each other. It is a hard time and I encourage everyone to be open and vulnerable to those you love. They are just waiting for you.”

Tickets to the event are available here. The event will raise funds for Musicares through Rateliff’s foundation, The Marigold Project.