Three Christian bands – two of them with ties to the Mile High City – will share the stage at a benefit concert in early September for victims of the Aurora theater shooting.
Colorado-grown bands Five Iron Frenzy and Random Hero are partnering with Nashville-based Satellites and Sirens for the Theater Nine Benefit Concert on Sept. 7 at Summit Music Hall in Denver.
Produced by Millionbillion Entertainment and The Heavenbound Project, the three bands will join unannounced specials guests for the Friday night show.
Proceeds from the sale of tickets – priced at $20 and $30 – will be donated to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund, which was established by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in partnership with GivingFirst.org and the Community First Foundation in the aftermath of the July 20 shooting at the Century 16 Theater.
One-half million dollars was distributed from the relief fund in August, according to GivingFirst.org. It serves as a clearinghouse for non-profits which, in turn, distributes the funds to victims.
Millions of dollars have been donated to funds managed by the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance since the shooting left 12 people dead and 58 injured. All total, 70 victims have received $5,000 so far. A victims group is lobbying the governor and fund managers for more of the $5 million that’s been donated,
Churches and faith-based group have offered countless hours of ministry to people affected by the shooting, and in September the three bands want to provide resources and hope too.
“This show is a dream come true for me,” said Joshua Bertrand, a fan of Five Iron Frenzy from his teens.
Bertrand, whose band was the opening act for a Five Iron Frenzy concert in 1997, says the Theater Nine Benefit Concert is a great way to support victims of the shooting, and enjoy the alternative Christian sounds of three unique groups.
“This show is very special to me,” Bertrand said.
Five Iron Frenzy, an alternative/Indie ska band whose message and lyrics are Christian-themed, formed in Denver during the1990s. The band released its debut album Upbeats and Beatdowns in 1996, then broke up in 2003, reuniting last year.
Also characterized as an alternative/Indie-style group, Random Hero describes itself as an active, rock ‘n’ roll band with a positive message. It formed in 2005 in Denver, and this summer the band performed in Colorado at Heaven Fest, the nation’s third largest Christian music festival.
Joining the Colorado-born bands for the Theater Nine Benefit Concert is Satellites and Sirens, a synthetic and guitar-driven, Christian rock ‘n’ roll group from Nashville. According to the band’s website, the group formed on Craigslist in 2006.
General admission and VIP tickets for the Sept. 7 concert at Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St., can be purchased at Ticketweb.com.
Donations to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund can be sent to the Community First Foundation, 6870 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada, CO, 80002.