Dispatch at Red Rocks, 2011
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Brad Corrigan of Dispatch to sing national anthem on April 21

Brad Corrigan, a member of the rock band Dispatch, will sing the national anthem at the Colorado Rapids home match against LA Galaxy on April 21.

Corrigan’s organization, Love Light and Melody, is being featured as the Nonprofit of the Match; up to 100 tickets are available for purchase through this link which includes a seat for the match and also a special meet and greet with Corrigan before kickoff. Love Light and Melody battles the physical, emotional and spiritual effects of extreme poverty and uses music and the arts to rebuild, restore, and bring healing to communities affected by poverty.

Corrigan, from Denver (far right), met bandmates Chad Stokesand Pete Francis at Middlebury College in Vermont in the 1990s. The following are excerpts from their official website, DispatchMusic.com:

With no radio airplay, major-label support, or significant press coverage — they became one of the biggest draws on the live music scene, and arguably the biggest independent rock band in history.

Though Dispatch hadn’t released a full-length album since 2000, and even officially called it quits in 2004, its music continued to capture the hearts and minds of new generations of rock fans through pure word-of-mouth. A 2004 farewell show at the Hatch Shell in Boston drew 110,000 people, including fans from Europe, South America, and Australia. Not one, but three 2007 shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden sold-out immediately. A 2009 all-acoustic show, held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., at the request of Zimbabwe's prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai, sold out in less than two minutes.

Dispatch regrouped for a sold-out U.S. tour last June that included three shows at Boston’s fabled TD Garden Arena, three shows at Red Rocks in Colorado, and the first-ever concert at the 25,000-seat Red Bull Arena. They also released a six-song EP and recommitted to touring and recording, honoring not only the alchemy that occurs whenever these three gather to make music together, but also the powerful bond they have forged with their fans over the last decade.

In March 2012, Dispatch embarks on its first-ever European tour, performing at theatres in London, Paris, Berlin, and Zurich, before appearing at the Bonnaroo Festival in June, followed by the August release of the band’s first full-length studio album in 12 years, Circles Around the Sun. Featuring cinematic, expansive production by Peter Katis (Interpol, Jonsi, The National), the album is an eclectic all-American rock and roll record that delivers the gutsy storytelling, radiant harmonies, and good-time grooves that Dispatch are loved for.

In 2007, Dispatch came together once again to raise money for humanitarian organizations working in Zimbabwe, a country suffering from issues that resonated deeply with Francis, Corrigan, and especially Stokes, who lived there for six months after high school. After tickets to the first Garden show disappeared within minutes during the fan pre-sale, Dispatch added two more shows and became the first independent band to sell out the storied venue. The three-night-stand grossed more than two million dollars and raised hundreds-of-thousands of dollars for charities in Zimbabwe.

Social responsibility has always been a major component of the Dispatch culture. During its June 2011 tour, the band rolled out its Amplifying Education campaign, which focused on educational issues in the U.S. Not only did one dollar from each ticket sold go to benefit education in each local market, but audience members were encouraged to sign up to volunteer, which they did eagerly.

Dispatch will unveil their 2012 Tour on Monday, April 16 on their website.

For more information on attending the Rapids vs LA Galaxy match and an opportunity to meet Corrigan, please contact Kelsey Pinney of the Colorado Rapids at 303-727-3594.