Yayapalooza will take place April 8 at Denver's Gothic Theatre.

Yayapalooza will take place April 8 at Denver's Gothic Theatre.

Courtesy of Oskar Blues/Artwork by John Bukaty

Oskar Blues Brewing is a Colorado institution. Not only do they produce a variety of delicious craft brews, but the brewing company has also supported live music in Colorado for 20 years by providing local and national acts a stage to play on as well as sponsoring some of Colorado’s premier music events. Sadly, Oskar Blues co-founder and matriarch Shirlee “Yaya” Katechis passed away this year. In honor of Yaya and as a fundraiser for her beloved Can’d Aid Foundation, Oskar Blues is presenting Yayapalooza featuring Anders Osborne and New Breed Brass Band (with more artists TBA) at the Gothic Theatre in Denver on April 8. You can follow this link to purchase tickets on AXS.

The Can’d Aid Foundation was founded after devastating floods ripped through much of Colorado’s Front Range in 2013. Especially hard hit were the towns of Lyons and Longmont, two places Oskar Blues calls home. New Orleans singer-songwriter Anders Osborne became involved with Can’d Aid’s TUNES project when he teamed up with the foundation to form Send Me A Friend, a “national network of sober ‘friends’ who support musicians and music industry professionals on the road to sobriety – allowing them to get back to work.” Osborne and Yaya shared strong southern roots and a passion for charitable work. Here’s what Osborne had to say about the project.

“I’d like to believe it’s more than a coincidence that one of my most popular songs shares a name with the woman who influenced and helped shape all that Oskar Blues represents. When we started talking about the Send Me a Friend concept and I learned about Yaya, it just felt right.”

Two-tiered VIP passes for Yayapalooza are also available. Follow this link for more information. You don’t want to miss this great night of music for a great cause!