PERFORMANCES & TICKETS
DISPATCH with special guest Nahko and Medicine for the People
Thursday, August 23 • 6:15 p.m.
TICKETS: Reserved $46 | Standing Room Only $39 | Lawn $39 | Child (1-12) Lawn $29
GATES OPEN: @ 5:00 Early Entry | 5:15 General Public
ALCOHOL: Patrons will not be permitted to bring in outside alcohol for this performance
Sometimes, we rise to the occasion. Other times, the occasion rises to us. Both could be said about Dispatch, one of the country's most successful independent bands, and their forthcoming album, America, Location 12. Built on tales of struggling immigrants, forgotten veterans and children cast aside, Dispatch (Brad Corrigan, Chad Stokes and Pete Francis) has crafted a set of songs that tap into the peace and plight of the human condition, chiseling a spot in our culture that has perhaps never been quite so vital.
Their sixth full-length LP, America, Location 12, marks a return to form – and a path to the future – for the trio whose music has always made us take stock of our place in the world, and forced us to remember that the first pillar of social responsibility is to be kind and decent to one another. And, beneath it all, to find moments of joy and inspiration that sometimes only music can provide.
It's impossible to deny that few bands – at any level – have been able to achieve what Dispatch has: three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden to raise funds for Zimbabwean humanitarian efforts, world tours and a 2004 concert in Boston that drew 110,000 fans. But Dispatch never felt bound by their success, and over the past decade they have focused as equally on solo projects and non-profit work as what they could create as a trio. America, Location 12 comprises eleven songs that show a Dispatch here for the long and messy haul, oozing with their signature energy and a new urgency in a time when a moment wasted is a moment too long.
"It's been like a part-time job, moonlighting with each other," says Stokes about the band's status up until a year and a half ago, when they decided to go from occasional tours to a new kind of commitment. “If we're going to be in this band together, let's really do it. We have a lot more appreciation for each other as a trio now. And we saw an opportunity to sing songs about issues that were of a real concern to us socially." Corrigan agrees. "We didn't want to turn into a nostalgic band that just plays every now and then," he says. "We really wanted to reconnect with our fans."
"For us, it's always been best to be for something rather than against something else," says Corrigan. "When you make statements that are for things, then people can really rally around it. Strength in numbers still wins."
Dispatch has been known, since the band's inception in 1996 in Boston, as being more than just about the music – they've constantly directed their energy to causes and campaigns along the way. Apart from their work as a trio, Stokes also created a non-profit, Calling All Crows, that joins bands and fans together in collective activism that's raised more than a half a million dollars, and Corrigan has been at work on Love Light + Melody to amplify the stories of children who live in extreme poverty. As they tour to support America, Location 12, beginning in June at Red Rocks in Colorado, Dispatch is sure to find new ways to engage their fan base in the issues that matter most.
Dispatch heads into the era of America, Location 12 with both the passion and vigor of a band in their infancy and the knowledge and power of one together for twenty years and counting.
In a world where hope is in short supply, fear runs rampant and alternative facts blare louder than the truth, we need, more than ever, music that is honest. And Dispatch is rising to the occasion.
"I think what we are most excited about for our band is the commitment we made. Because the best art is still yet to come," says Corrigan. "It's fun to get back on the ship together.
Hopefully we are a stronger band than ever before."
Guest Artist: Nahko & Medicine for the People
Nahko and Medicine for the People call themselves a “world music musical collective”. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, frontman Nahko Bear, a musician of Puerto Rican, Apache, and Filipino descent, leads the group to create a fusion of multiple cultural musical influences. Nahko and the Medicine People played at Britt during the 2016 season.
Scatter Their Own will open this concert.