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Viva Lyons Flood Relief Concert Will Feature Infamous Stringdusters, Hickenlooper on Banjo

Coloradoans will have the chance to watch Governor Hickenlooper play banjo with the Infamous Stringdusters, drink beer, and celebrate a year of rebuilding and volunteer efforts this Saturday at Viva Lyons, a fundraiser hosted by Oskar Blues.

The fundraiser and party, which is about more than just Hickenlooper showing off his banjo skills, is being held on September 13, which the governor's office has declared a state-wide day of service in recognition of last year's devastating floods.

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Oskar Blues, whose CAN'd Aid Foundation has worked closely with the governor and other organizations to help rebuild communities like Lyons is using the day to celebrate all the hard work people have done over the past year.

"People can come out and get some food and some drink and see some music," says Chad Melis of Oskar Blues. "It's really just wanting to celebrate all the efforts that have happened in Colorado on the volunteer side in the past year. We wanted to create one event to really say thank you."

The celebration and remembrance begins at 5 p.m. at Bohn Park in Lyons. It will feature two sets by The Infamous Stringdusters (plus an encore) with Hickenlooper sitting in on the first set. There will also be remarks by Hickenlooper and Senator Mark Udall and of course tons of Oskar Blues beer and food to enjoy.

Find out more about the event here.