CAN’d Aid Foundation Throws Yayapalooza with Anders Osborne at Gothic Theater

One Day Festival Honoring Oskar Blues Matriarch

Oskar Blues Brewery together with 97.3 KBCO present “Anders Osborne’s Yayapalooza” on Saturday, April 8th at the Gothic Theatre in Denver. This one-day festival is a fundraiser for The CAN’d Aid Foundation and a tribute to Shirlee “Yaya” Katechis, the badass, irreverent, and hard lovin’ matriarch of Oskar Blues Brewery, who passed away last year.

Twenty years ago this April, Yaya and her son, Dale Katechis opened a live-music fueled, Cajun restaurant in the small town of Lyons, Colorado and unwittingly birthed what would become the boundary-busting and multi-faceted Oskar Blues brand. Originally from Florence, Alabama, Yaya’s no nonsense style infused with Southern hospitality, impeccable work ethic and an uncanny ability to find the good in everyone helped fuel the creation of the CAN’d Aid Foundation in 2013. The foundation’s “do-goodery” efforts support Towns, Tunes, Treads + Trails and Love Yur Mama programs.

CAN’d Aid’s recent TUNES partnership with New Orleans-based singer/songwriter Anders Osborne spawned “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. Strong southern roots and a shared passion for giving back proved common ground between Anders Osborne and Yaya’s legacy, which inspired this collaborative celebration.

“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,” Anders noted.

“We’re fortunate to be able work with a musician as gritty, raw and real as Anders and love how Yayapalooza is coming together. The partnership is ideal on many levels and I’m excited to dig in, see where the creative collaboration takes us and watch the SMAF network take off”, said Diana Ralston, Executive Director of the CAN’d Aid Foundation.

As part of Yayapalooza, fans can purchase upgraded VIP experiences with all proceeds benefitting CAN’d Aid’s do-goodery efforts.  For $75, fans receive a concert ticket, signed show poster, access to 2nd floor VIP seating and the YaYa VIP experience from 7-8PM (OB brews and NoLa inspired hors d’oeuvres). At $125, fans receive the perks listed above along with access to sound check, a specialty Oskar Blues beverage tasting, and a trolley trip to CHUBurger RiNo with dinner/drinks included. Click here to purchase VIP Yayapalooza tickets.

For more information about Yayapalooza, featuring New Breed Brass Band and a yet-to-be-announced special guest, click here.  To learn more about the Send Me a Friend program, to register to be a friend or if you are in the music industry and in need of a friend, visit the CAN’d Aid site here

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