U.S. Rubdown 4.
WOW! In only 4.5 days since we 1st posted, we've already RECOVERED THE FULL $9,450 LOST IN THE EQUIPMENT BURGLARY!! To our fans, friends and family- thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!! We are entirely humbled by your generosity, spirit and support and are moving on recharged and inspired, all thanks to YOU! There truly are no words...
Our guitars were extremely precious to us, and we are doing all we can to recover them (details on the instruments below).
Being robbed of such dear belongings can make the world look like a dark place. However, any such feelings were quickly and vigorously extinguished by the overwhelming kindness of the community around us. We've left with a deeper appreciation for the music, for each other and for all who help make our livelihood and the livelihood of all artists possible. We never thought for a second we'd be unsafe spending an hour in a coffee shop with the van locked and chained in a busy, broad daylight parking lot (we normally bring the guitars in with us wherever we go, and will definitely be using part of the money to invest in a serious alarm system). Regardless, Jack was lent an amazing '76 P Bass and Curt found a gorgeous Nash Tele here in Toronto for us to carry on with, and the shows since have been excellent.
We truly cannot say it enough. THANK YOU!
The Bright Light Social Hour
Friday afternoon in Saskatoon our van was broken into and we were burglarized of over $15,000 worth of our most beloved equipment, including Jack's custom P-bass, Curt's custom Telecaster guitar and Dr. Z amplifier, and nearly all of our luggage. We're trying our best to stay positive and move forward, but this loss will be a very difficult one to overcome. Therefore we're asking for your generosity and taking donations to help get us back on our feet and through the rest of the tour. Please follow the link to donate and find more details, including a full list of everything taken. Please pass this on, as even $1 helps very much. Although our insurance should cover roughly half of the financial loss, the guitars were invaluable to us, as they were built to our custom specifications and entirely one of a kind. Thanks so much to all our fans for your infallible support, and to everyone at Ness Creek Music Fest; a weekend deep in the woods with such loving people, great music and no internet or phones was immeasurably therapeutic.
Here is a list of everything taken. Information on any of the missing items would be deeply appreciated.
-Fender Custom Shop Telecaster, sonic blue with heavy physical wear (responds to Levon Helm) - $3450
-Fender Custom Shop Precision Bass, vintage blonde with heavy physical wear (responds to Harriet Tubman) - $2699
-Dr. Z Route 66 Amplifier, blonde - $1649
-Dave Smith Prophet '08 rack mount synthesizer - $1050
-Variety of DJ Equipment - $1700
-Luggage/personal belongings - $4900
The theft occurred between 3:30 and 4:30pm Friday, July 20 in the parking lot of Centre Mall (3510 8 Street East, Saskatoon, SK). The security video revealed that two males in a grey 2000's Dodge Caravan quickly and methodically dismantled our vehicle door lock and emptied it of valuables. Unfortunately no clear faces or license plate numbers could be seen in the tapes. The police have serial numbers for most everything and are doing what they can. Here are photos of the guitar and bass.
Thanks all, much love,
The Bright Light Social Hour
Just crossed back into the States after opening for Aerosmith at Festival d'été de Québec in Québec City. Wow. To all who welcomed us so warmly to Québec, THANK YOU! Please enjoy photos, be back down on earth soon...
7.5.12: London, ON - Call The Office
7.7.12: Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Bluesfest
7.8.12: Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Bluesfest
7.9.12: Peterborough, ON - The Red Dog
7.10.12: Burnstown, ON - Neat Coffee Shop
7.12.12: Quebec City, QC - Festival d'Ete de Quebec w/ Aerosmith
7.14.12: Cincinnati, OH - Bunbury Music Festival
7.15.12: Maumee, OH - The Village Idiot
7.17.12: Chicago, IL - Double Door
7.21.12: Big River, SK - Ness Creek Music Festival
7.23.12: Thunder Bay, ON - Crocks
7.26.12: Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
7.27.12: Toronto, ON - Indie Fridays @ Yonge-Dundas Square
7.28.12: Guelph, ON - Hillside Festival
7.29.12: Guelph, ON - Hillside Festival
7.31.12: Providence, RI - Providence Social Club
8.1.12: Portland, ME - Bayside, ME
8.2.12: Cambridge, MA - The Middle East Downstairs
8.3.12: Amityville, NY - Ollie’s Point
8.4.12: Montauk, NY - The Surf Lodge
8.7.12: Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
8.8.12: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
8.9.12: Washington, DC - DC9
8.11.12: Turin, NY - moe.down 13