Amanda here. As many of you know, Benji's gear bag was stolen out of the green room of Whiskey Bar in Portland last night. In the four years Benji and I have been dating, I've rarely seen Benji leave his backpack unattended because he's hypervigilant about keeping his belongings and gear aka his livelihood safe. 90% of the time, he chooses to schlep his backpack around all night of an event to not risk a potential theft, despite the physical discomfort.
Last night he did leave his bag in the artist only area of a venue. His choice to do so was based on the perceived high security of the green room. Unfortunately, his gear was stolen. An untrustworthy individual let several unknown folks into the area and Benji is suffering because of it.
This news would be shitty to swallow at any time, but it's especially upsetting because Benji replaced the Macbook Pro he was given when he graduated high school less than a year ago. When that computer's hard-drive failed he lost a bunch of his own music as well as his entire music collection, which contained a ton of music Benji had purchased from other independent artists.
Dealing with the heartbreak of losing your own music once is hard enough... and now with this theft, my partner has to deal with it again, less than a year later. The last thing I want is for him to be on the financial hook for a new laptop when it was lost through little to no fault of his own.
Benji gives so much of himself to throw Wormhole Wednesdays in Oakland each week as well as produce his own music and pay other local artists to master his tunes and provide intriguing album artwork for all of his releases.
Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated!! It's edgy to ask for financial support, but I am taking charge and running this risk because I believe Benji truly deserves the community's support. Each and every donation and share is so sincerely appreciated by me and I'm Benji as well (he doesn't know I'm making this)
All the Love,
- David Holsapple
- RANDY LAMONTAGNE
- Jacob Tishgart
- Taylor Conley
- Christopher Henson
Organizer and beneficiary
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