The first annual Viva Lyons, featuring a free perfromance by the Grammy-nominated bluegrass-rock band Infamous Stringdusters, takes place, Sept. 13, in the town’s Bohn Park.
Presented by Oskar Blues Brewery, Viva Lyons will be an event of remembrance, marking the one-year anniversary of the devastating floods and celebration, saluting the resilience and rebuilding efforts of hard-hit towns like Lyons.
Live performances have become the focus of the band, and the Stringdusters’ live show takes improvised string band music to new places, combining musicianship and songwriting with experimental performance and contagious energy flowing between the band and crowd.
The band’s exhilarating, often-unpredictable shows highlight the open-minded approach has certainly resonated and allowed the band to easily fit on a diverse set of stages—from Telluride and Grey Fox to Bonnaroo and High Sierra—building crowds along the way that fill some of the country’s best rock clubs.
As many communities are still recovering from the widespread flooding that took place in the early fall of 2013, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper declared Sept. 13 as a statewide day of service. Colorado United Day brings together volunteers from all over the state for a dedicated workday that continues ongoing disaster relief efforts in many communities.
The free concert is the culminating event of the Day of Service and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia are scheduled to appear.
Oskar Blues continues to partner with The Infamous Stringdusters in supporting Colorado flood relief through the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation. The foundation emerged following the Colorado flooding and has raised over $1 million total, while contributing over $700,000 to Colorado flood relief. Entrance to the event is free and proceeds from the sale of food, drink and other merchandise will benefit CAN’d Aid. The event is being produced in partnership with the Town of Lyons, Cyclists 4 Lyons, the Colorado Recovery Office and SERVE Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service.