“Nothing brings the vacation spirit like a 6-foot-2, Jesus-lookin’ Santa rippin’ a funk lead guitar and stomping concerning the stage.”
Musician Kyle Wilson’s Fb publish is a enjoyable — and proper on the cash — description of a Santa Claus suit-wearing Ryan Chrys, who, with metal guitarist Bradley Weaver and acoustic guitarist Invoice Nershi, opened Sing It To Me Santa, a wild and super-fun vacation live performance that Libby Anschutz, in cooperation with KBCO and Take Notice Colorado, began three years in the past to fund music training within the Denver Public Colleges.
This 12 months, sponsorships alone generated $200,000.
Chrys and Weaver are members of the outlaw nation band Ryan Chrys and the Tough Cuts; Nershi is a founding member of String Cheese Incident, and the three had been a part of a invoice that additionally included performances by The File Firm, Isaac and Anna Slade, Vine and Anschutz’s band, Tracksuit Marriage ceremony.
The File Firm is a Los Angeles-based trio that has opened for John Mayer, Trombone Shorty and B.B. King. Rolling Stone included The File Firm on its 2016 record of “10 New Artists You Must Know,” and the band’s debut album, “Give It Again to You,” has been nominated for a Grammy.
Isaac Slade, after all, is the lead singer of The Fray; he married Anna in April of 2006 and so they have collaborated on a number of recordings, together with the Hymn Undertaking.
Along with the musical acts, Sing It To Me Santa additionally included a VIP reception the place of us like Gov. John Hickenlooper, who helped begin the occasion that “raises the roof for music training within the Denver Public Colleges,” loved cocktails and hors d’oeuvres earlier than crowding across the stage on the packed-to-the-rafters Ogden Theatre.
Others becoming a member of within the enjoyable had been Sage Hospitality’s Walter Isenberg and his spouse, Christie, the founder and president of Amp the Trigger; Hickenlooper’s senior adviser, Jamie Van Leeuwen; Michael Niyompong, chief working officer at Clayton Early Studying; Ferd and Christy Belz; Maria Trujillo; Tay Hamilton; Karen Radman; Gwenette Campbell; Jodi Dyce and Chuck Morris, the chief govt at AEG Stay Rocky Mountains.