Time running out for Monolith Festival

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If you’re a fan of the Monolith Festival at Red Rocks, you’ve got just two days (until Friday at 10 a.m. EST) to join in an effort to keep the area’s most interesting “boutique music festival” afloat.

Silversun Pickups gave one of the most impressive performances at the now-endangered Monolith Fest.
  • Silversun Pickups gave one of the most impressive performances at the now-endangered Monolith Fest.

Organizers of the annual two-day event — who over the last three years have brought relatively cutting-edge artists like Flaming Lips, Silversun Pickups, Cut Copy, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and TV on the Radio to the scenic venue — recently revealed that the festival’s future looks “very grim” in the wake of this past year’s tough economy and opening-day weather.

The withdrawal of AEG Live, the heavyweight promoters who booked the festival’s first two years (not to mention the 50 sold-out arena shows Michael Jackson was set to perform) didn’t help, either.

Estimating that it will take $200,000 to get the festival back on track, organizers have set up a pledge drive called “The People’s Fund to Save Monolith” at bit.ly/2bjFZ1. The project will only be funded if its $38,000 goal is met in the next two days. As of this morning, the drive has raised less than 10 percent of that amount. We’ll keep you posted …

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