Fans of an award-winning Minnesota musician are donating to a fund to replace the loss of equipment and belongings following a burglary on the road.
WCCO-TV reports the tour van belonging to rapper and singer/songwriter Dessa was burglarized Friday night during a tour stop in Buffalo, N.Y. Thieves made off with equipment used during performances, plus computers, camera gear, merchandise and cash. The loss is estimated at $30,000.
KARE 11 the van was broken into while the group was out for dinner after their show. She and her bandmates filed reports with the Buffalo Police Department. Dessa told the station the tour would not be cancelled.
The band fired up an Indieagogo page, asking fans to "pitch in" to purchase replacement gear. By Sunday morning, just over $26,000 had been raised.
A statement on the page from Dessa read, in part:
"We've decided to forge ahead without canceling any shows. As most of you can probably guess, indie tours are financially challenging in the best of circumstances. But, money aside, this sort of thing can just be damn demoralizing. As the leader of this band, I hate to see my guys missing gifts from their wives and finding themselves--after weeks of hard work and hard travel--worse off than when they left."
After the burglary, the band continued its tour with a stop in Pittsburgh on Saturday and plans to perform at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on Sunday night.