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Rarely does the staff of this infernal rag need an excuse to have a good time. But when it comes to celebrating one of our own, you can bet we show up, and we party. That's the plan this Sunday, Nov. 3, as we come together for a special gathering in honor of Andrew Youssef, beloved Weekly concert photographer and the subject of a recent cover story detailing his life and times. Those that know Youssef are aware of his long battle with cancer, which has pushed him to do some amazing things like shoot over 330 concerts and meet just about every rock star and band he loves since he was diagnosed over two and a half years ago.
His enduring spirit inspired us to reach out to friends, family and colleagues in Youssef's life to see him, hug him, embarrass him and make memories that will far outweigh the importance of Sunday Night Football. The event is free and takes place from 7-10 p.m at the Observatory.
Starting at 7 p.m., we'll have guest speakers say a few words about Youssef and his amazing life, as well as showcase a video of his work as a photographer who shot everyone from Black Sabbath to Fleet Foxes. And, of course, what would a party for a lifelong dedicated music fan be without some awesome live bands? We're keeping the lineup close to the vest, but you better believe we definitely have that part covered.
Food trucks and drinks will also be on hand of course. For those who may have followed Andrew's column or seen his work, this is a great opportunity to meet the man behind the legend as we show support for his fight with a Weekly-style bash.