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The Expanders got ROBBED!

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We are LA based reggae / roots band, The Expanders, and we got ROBBED in Seattle a couple weeks back (Oct 17th). Jacked!!  Everything that wasn't inside the venue with us was stolen out of our van.


So, we were on tour opening up for Passafire (awesome band, check them out if you haven’t already).....We arrived at The Crocodile in Seattle to discover that our reserved parking space had been commandeered by randoms, so we parked around the corner and unloaded everything we needed for the night.  The guys in Passafire were letting us share their gear (because they are super cool), so a LOT of our gear was left in the trailer, all locked up, safe and sound...or so we thought.

Right before we got on stage, Roy (keys) went to grab some more CDs out of the van but he couldn’t find it. He wasn’t the one who parked it, so he ran back in and passed the keys to Jacko (merch).  Turns out Jacko couldn’t find it either.  He laid the news on us right when we got off stage…


We had 85% of our merch in the trailer, including shirts, hoodies, tanks, hats, beanies, CDs, merch rack and a ton of vinyl... ALL STOLEN!

John Asher’s drum set: GONE!

Chiquis’s two bass-speaker cabinets: STOLEN!

EVERYBODY’S personal luggage: our shirts, underwear, socks, jackets, toothbrushes, running shoes and even Roy’s longboard that he got when he was 15.  John Asher came home with two pairs of underwear to his name, true story.

OUR YOGA MATS! Chiquis’s LAPTOP! Devin’s iPod, Jacko’s brand new tablet: All taken.  

The good news is, using LoJack, we recovered the van and trailer later that night and we were able to drive 26 hours back home to L.A. using a cork-screw to start the van (thanks Macgyver!)

The unfortunate news is that the robbery comes at a time when we are SO close to finishing our new album and sharing it with all of you. The stolen merch alone cost more than $5,000, and we've still have to replace all the gear and our personal items.

This ordeal has been a huge hit on all of us, so any donation, big or small, would be a massive help.  We just want to be able to get this album out and maybe cover a small amount of our personal life that has been taken from us.

Thank you so much in advance for your support!  We love you and can’t wait to bring you new music asap.

-Devin, Butcher, Asher, Chiquis, Roy, Jacko, and the whole crew


  • Michael Gonzalez
    • $15 
    • 9 yrs


The Expanders
Los Angeles, CA

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