DENVER, CO (June 4, 2021)—As summer concert season approaches, Colorado Music Hall of Fame is commemorating the return of live music and group gatherings. The Hall’s 10th anniversary auction is set for June 21-27 chock full of exclusive experiences to get Coloradans back in touch with the state’s rich music scene and celebrate a decade of honoring Colorado’s music heritage.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hammered the state’s creative sector — costing the state an estimated 8,327 jobs and almost $345 million in sales revenue, according to Colorado Creative Industries — the Hall expanded its mission to advocate for and inspire the state’s musical future. It lobbied state and federal lawmakers to support the Save Our Stages Act, helping to secure valuable aid for artists, venues and the music industry. Now, to further spark the return of local music and culture, the Hall of Fame is auctioning off ten unforgettable group experiences, including behind-the-scenes tours, VIP packages and intimate conversations with cultural luminaries.
“Coming out of this pandemic year that so greatly impacted our arts and entertainment industries, we are ready to see people coming back together and enjoying the culture that makes Colorado unique,” says Karen Radman, executive director of Colorado Music Hall of Fame. “Together with our cultural partners, the Hall of Fame is auctioning off ten very cool and unique, small group experiences that folks can enjoy with friends and family. Every one of them I personally would love to experience—and hope that others feel the same way.”
Experiences up for auction include VIP passes to a sold-out Nathaniel Rateliff concert at Red Rocks and a private backstage tour of the venue including its infamous tunnel, led by legendary promoter and Colorado Music Hall of Fame founder Chuck Morris. “The tunnel that goes under the seats from backstage to the sound booth area has been signed by about 1,000 artists. It’s very famous in rock-and-roll lore,” says Morris.
Winners of the “Record Store Confidential” experience will enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the incomparable Twist & Shout, which boasts as many as 500,000 vinyl recordings plus CDs, movies and merchandise. Co-founders Paul and Jill Epstein will share the history of their store and some of their most prized collections over craft cocktails and chocolates. “It will be a really interesting opportunity to talk about what collecting has meant to us and show you some really rare and cool collectible items,” says Paul Epstein, who also serves as the co-chair of the Hall of Fame’s board of directors.
Other experiences include a private storytelling dinner with James William Guercio of the famous Caribou Ranch recording studio, a private tour of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science museum collection and several other food and entertainment packages (see attached). Bidding for the 10th anniversary online auction opens at 9 a.m. MDT on Monday, June 21, and runs until 8:30 p.m. MDT on Sunday, June 27.
For more information about the auction and the ten experiences, visit: https://cmhof.org/auction/
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