Touring musicians robbed of gear in Saskatoon

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Bright Light Social Hour makes Ness Creek Festival appearance despite theft

Bright Light Social Hour, a touring psych-soul-blues rock band from Austin, Texas, had thousands of dollars of equipment stolen from them during a short stop in Saskatoon.

According to reports, the theft occurred between 3:30 and 4:30pm Friday, July 20 in the parking lot of The Centre Mall, 3510 8th Street East. Security video footage showed two males in a grey 2000’s Dodge Caravan popping the vehicle door lock and stealing the gear. No license plate numbers could be seen in the tapes.

The band issued the following statement:

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.

Despite the loss, Bright Light Social Hour still managed to play the Ness Creek Festival main stage, thanks to several musicians lending equipment. In fact, the band pretty much gave one hell of a performance that was full of energy and positive vibes.

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.

The band is taking donations to help defray the costs. Click HERE to make a donation.

The following is a list of what was stolen:
-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

Bright Light Social Hour bass

-All photos taken from the Bright Light Social Hour website.