Rockin’ down at Two Rivers |

Rockin’ down at Two Rivers

April E. Clark
Post Independent Staff
Submitted PhotoBoulder's Johnny O Band will join valley bands SoulFeel and Seventh Hour as part of the Colorado Yagatta Regatta's live music lineup.

Colorado Yagatta Regatta’s music director had little trouble finding bands to play in Saturday’s third annual rafting and costume regatta party.

“The guys from SoulFeel asked me if they could play last year, and we figured we would give them a shot,” said Greg Masse, who has planned the Yagatta Regatta’s music lineup since helping establish the event three years ago. “Seventh Hour called me and asked about playing.”

Recruiting the Johnny O Band, a blues band based in Boulder, for the event also came easy.

“I’ve seen Johnny O a couple of times at Buffalo Valley, and I just approached him. He was happy to help out the charity,” said Masse, a board member of the Cooper Corner adult stay program, which the event benefits. “He’s also playing a wedding in Rifle afterwards, so he’ll be doing two shows that day.”

Along with music, the Yagatta Regatta features a costume contest for rafters ” with boat launches from the Grizzly Creek put-in at 2 p.m. ” beer tasting from 15 microbreweries and Coors Distributors, food concessions and children’s activities.

“The people who do dress up get pretty fired up,” said Tom Boas, Yagatta Regatta founder and Cooper Corner vice president. “You can dress up like a theme but it’s not required.

“You’d be surprised how many people haven’t been out on this river for years,” Boas said. “It’s always good to have an excuse to be out on the river.”

Whitewater Rafting will provide rafts for crews of up to 10 and individuals at $25 per person, or the company will guide boats for $35 per person (prices include the $10 event entry fee). Private boaters and nonrafters can enter Two Rivers Park for music and microbrews for $10 per adult and $5 per child.

“Whether they raft or not, we want people to come down to the park,” Masse said. “We just want people to come out and have fun.”

To participate, or for questions about the Yagatta Regatta, call Whitewater Rafting at 945-8477.

Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518

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