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DENVER (CBS4) – The Mercury Cafe has been one of Denver’s premier entertainment venues for decades. It featured big names like the Lumineers and Nathaniel Rateliff before they got famous.

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Like many concert halls, the Mercury Café has struggled due to the pandemic. This Valentine’s Day, well-known Colorado musicians come together to help raise funds for this historic place.

“A Valentine for the Mercury Café” is a virtual benefit show and silent auction event to help the place stay afloat.

“The overwhelming support we have has changed me,” said Marilyn Megenity, owner of Mercury Café. “That they come together for us makes me cry. “

A GoFundMe also raised over $ 88,000 to help Megenity keep the doors open.

“Our focus has been on community for a long time, and now the community just gave us the biggest hug,” Megenity told CBS4’s Andrea Flores.

Tom Hagerman of Colorado band DeVotchKa helped organize the event.

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“I’ve heard so many people say that they grew up here, or that this place is a home from home, and Marilyn, in some ways, is our patron saint,” Hagerman said. “It gave us a safe place to play our music.”

DeVotchKa group member Nick Urata said community support was crucial to ensuring places like the Mercury Cafe are still there after the pandemic.

“Earlier this year, we lost El Chapultepec, which was a historic place, and we can’t lose or we won’t be the Denver we used to be,” said Urata.

After decades in Denver, the Mercury hopes to deliver live music for years to come with community support.

“We’re going to be fine,” Megenity said.

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To attend the virtual show on Valentine’s Day, you can find more information at http://mercurycafe.com/ and log in at https://30360media.com/

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