An Evening with Mat Kearney


6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Via Vecchia Winery

485 S. Front St., Columbus, OH 43215


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Platinum selling artist Mat Kearney and two-time Grammy Award winner Tyler Burkum are coming to Columbus to perform an acoustic show to benefit Sams Fans! Sams Fans is a non-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio that is dedicated to bringing music and art therapy to seriously ill children and their families. This show is 21+ only and tickets are very limited, so get your tickets today!


Sam's Fans was founded in 2015 by Nikki & Dan McCarthy in memory of their daughter, Samantha Jane McCarthy. At the age of 7, Sam was diagnosed with Fanconi Anemia, an inherited anemia that leads to bone marrow failure. She underwent a bone marrow transplant at 10 years old and spent much of the following fourteen months in the hospital. During those long, arduous days in the hospital, music therapy was one of the few things that brought Sam joy and comfort. It allowed her to better express her emotions, relieved stress, and was often the highlight of her day. She would often sing songs by her and her moms favorite artist, Mat Kearney. Sam passed away on October 15, 2009 at the age of 11. 


To honor Sam's life and legacy, her parents founded Sam's Fans to help bring that same peace, comfort and joy to other sick children and their families. The funds they raise help provide musical instruments, craft supplies, and fund part-time therapists in childrens hospitals and camps.


In August of 2017, Sams Fans was featured on The TODAY Show as part of TODAYs "Summer of Yes "series, hosted by Hoda Kotb. During a day of filming music and therapy at Nationwide Childrens Hospital, Sams Fans founder Nikki McCarthy was treated to a special surprise visit by Hoda Kotb and a musical performance from Mat Kearney and Tyler Burkum. After that performance, Mat and Tyler promised to return to Columbus to do a full benefit concert for Sams Fans. 



  • Early entry at 6pm
  • Meet & Greet with Mat
  • Photo opportunity
  • Reserved seat
  • 1 drink ticket


  • Entry at 6:30pm
  • Reserved seat
  • 1 drink ticket


  • Entry at 7pm
  • Standing room (first come, first serve)