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Published: 2016/10/26
by Bill McAlaine

Conscious Alliance’s 3rd Annual Harvest Fest Featuring the Dimmer Twins

Conscious Alliance’s 3rd Annual Harvest Fest Featuring the Dimmer Twins, eTown Music Hall, Boulder, CO- 10/23

Conscious Alliance has been busy doing wonderful things, for less fortunate and struggling communities around our country, since it was founded by Justin Baker, in 2002. Based out of beautiful Boulder, CO, Conscious Alliance is a non-profit organization committed to supporting communities in crisis. Notably, Conscious Alliance operates through their organization of food drives at many concerts and music events throughout the year. I am sure many of my fellow concertgoers have seen them hosting their “Art that Feeds” food drives at shows and major festivals such as: Bonnaroo, Lockn’ and Electric Forest. Through these events, Conscious Alliance has provided over 2 million meals to communities across the US and continues to raise awareness of the extreme poverty, in many impoverished communities.

Most Recently, Conscious Alliance put on their 3rd Annual Harvest Fest at the eTown Music Hall, in Boulder. This particular event featured the Dimmer Twins (Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, of the Drive-By Truckers), as well as several of Boulders top chefs. The goal of the evening, according to Justin Levy, executive director, was to “raise 10,000 meals for families in need, while creating awareness and action around our volunteer and youth empowerment programs on economically isolated Native American reservations, and across the country.”

The event seemed to go off without a hitch, as hundreds of guests filled the Music Hall, and enjoyed various cuisines prepared from some of the finest restaurants, while bidding on an array of unique items donated to their silent auction. With bellies full, and friendships made, our evening culminated with an intimate performance by the Dimmer Twins, who led us through a repertoire of older tunes, like “Heathens,” “Shit Shots Count” and “Why Henry Drinks,” as well as several tunes from their newest album, Surrender Under Protest, including relevant and politically aware tunes, such as the title track, the nostalgic and proud “Ever South” and the fierce reality of “What it Means.”

Patterson and Cooley were in their element, and the solid bond between these two lifelong friends and bandmates, was undeniable. The fellas came out for a quick encore, and blessed us with “Kinky Hypocrite” to close out this wonderful evening of awareness, art, friends, and giving. It really doesn’t get any better, for a spectacular charity event, than this.

Please support Conscious Alliance whenever you can. Look for the amazing posters at upcoming shows or visit their website, for more info on what they are up to, and how you can help, at consciousalliance.org. Thanks to all the hard work these guys do, and for giving us all an amazing experience!

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