Madden Equipment joins forces with The Infamous Stringdusters and Oskar Blues to Raise Funds for CO Flood Victims

Madden Equipment joins forces with The Infamous Stringdusters and Oskar Blues to Raise Funds for CO Flood Victims
December 1, 2013 Madden Equipment

Madden Equipment kicks off its launch by partnering with nationally touring bluegrass/high country band, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Oskar Blues to raise money for individuals, families, and small business affected by the flooding that washed through Colorado in September.


Beer, Gear and Music:

What’s the connection? Both Dale Katechis, owner of Oskar Blues, and Andy Falco, guitarist in the band, have strong ties to the Madden Equipment brand – Dale worked there back in the 90’s and Andy grew up with Mike Valvano, current President of Madden Equipment. Together, Mike and Andy ventured out on their first camping trip fully equipped with Madden Equipment Packs. Now, 40 years later, the gang is back together in a reunion of Beer, Gear and Bluegrass…


The Grammy-nominated band known for adding a philanthropic touch to their tours chose to partner up with Madden Equipment and the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation for their upcoming Road to Boulder Tour and Ski Tour to support a cause that hit close to home.

Andy Hall, the band’s dobro player, is a resident of Lyons, CO—a town of just over 2,000 people that remained shut down for over a month due to damage (estimated at $1 billion) caused by the overflowing waters of the banks of the St. Vrain Creek. Hall recounts his decision to move to Boulder, CO over Charlottesville, VA in the first single the band has released in nearly two years, “The Road To Boulder”, featuring Bruce Hornsby on accordion.

The band has committed to donate $1 from every ticket sold to their December Road To Boulder tour and their February Ski Tour to the CAN’d Aid Foundation’s Colorado Flood Relief Fund. For a list of tour dates:

The band will also donate all proceeds from sales of the single “The Road To Boulder” to the CAN’d Aid Foundation. Listen to the new single here:

Fans of Madden Equipment, Oskar Blues Brewery and The Infamous Stringdusters will have the opportunity to raise a glass together during pre-show events at venues along the tour. Updates on the events can be found at:

Here’s to Beer, Gear and Music…


Road To Boulder Tour:

12/4 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
12/5 – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI
12/6 – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS
12/7 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO
12/8 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO
12/10 – The Parish – Austin, TX
12/11 – Georgeʼs Majestic Lounge – Fayetteville, AR
12/12 – Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN
12/13 – Catʼs Cradle – Carrboro, NC
12/14 – Ziggyʼs By The Sea – Wilmington, NC

2014 Ski Tour:

2/6-9 – Big Sky Big Grass – Big Sky, MT
2/11-12 – Mangy Moose – Jackson, WY
2/14 – Park City Live – Park City, UT
2/15-16 – The Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO 2/17-18 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO
2/20-21 – Sheridan Opera House – Telluride, CO
2/22 – Last Chance – Gunnison, CO
2/23 – Winter Wondergrass – Vail, CO