Coloradans in need after the historic flooding that resulted in the deaths of nine people and over $2 billion in property damage got a big boost over the weekend when musicians raised nearly $500,000 for flood relief efforts with the "Colorado Rising" benefit concert.
Featuring Dave Matthews, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, the Fray, members of the Lumineers, DeVotchKa and Nathaniel Rateliff, the show's proceeds went directly to the United Ways of Colorado Flood Recovery Fund.
“I’m very honored to be with you all, making the noise,” Matthews growled to the sold-out crowd Sunday at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield. “When we all get together, we can make a noise. To let people know there is more work to do!”
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Dave Matthews performs during the Colorado Rising flood relief benefit concert at the 1STBANK Center on October 27, 2013 in Broomfield, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd and the Monsters performs during the Colorado Rising flood relief benefit concert. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) praised all who have donated and helped with the recovery effort.
“What we all saw in those weeks since the floods we saw the kindness and the community and selfishness,” he said, according to CBS Denver. “Those are our bridges and they will never be be broken.”
"We are proud to be Coloradans," Ben Wysocki, drummer for The Fray, said to 9News. "You know living here and having so much family up north in Boulder and all that, this was something that was a reality you know not for any of our homes or our situations but friends and family you know this was like, this was our neighborhood."
Ticket prices ranged from $65 to $125 and sold out in less than 90 seconds after they went on sale last Friday.
Even though the concert is over, the United Ways of Colorado fund is still accepting donations to help flood victims.
For more information on how to help those devastated by the flood, visit Colorado United, the state's official recovery website.
Ben Wysocki of The Fray performs during the flood relief benefit concert. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Wesley Schultz and Neyla Pekarek of The Lumineers at the 1STBANK Center. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Nathaniel Rateliff performs during the Colorado Rising flood relief benefit concert. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post via Getty Images)