Band raising money to replace stolen van

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– A St. Louis music group on the rise has been sidetracked by the theft of their tour van.

Police found the van compacted in a scrap yard.

Now, the band called Kentucky Knife Fight, needs a new one.

There was a fundraiser at the Off-Broadway music club in South St. Louis over the weekend to help replace the van.

Even coupled with an insurance check, the money raised won’t come close to paying for a replacement van.

“We’re really picking up speed outside of St. Louis, which hurts even more,” said lead vocalist, Jason Holler.

“We all ride in (the van) including a gentleman who sells merchandise for us. There are usually 6 people in it and all of our gear.”

They’ve loaded up and driven the van, affectionately dubbed “The Rage Cage”,  to shows from New York to San Diego.

January 15th, someone stole the van right off the curb in the Benton Park neighborhood in South St. Louis.

Holler figured one of the band members borrowed it.  They all had keys.

The van, a ’97 Dodge Ram, resurfaced in the city scrap yard, smashed into a square.

Holler said it appeared the thief towed it straight to the scrap yard; since it was so old, the thief didn’t need the title to scrap it for cash.

“When I first saw the pictures of it, immediately I just started laughing like a crazy person, because that’s how horrible it looked.   Then I wanted to cry, then I wanted to laugh again.  Then I wanted to cry again,” Holler said.  “We still need to raise a lot more money to get ourselves a new van.  The way we make money in this band is by touring.  Now we’re out a tour vehicle.”

So, anyone who donates through the band’s website can download 2 new, unreleased songs:  My Brave Daughter and Dressed in Red.

The band’s instruments were not in the van, when it was stolen.  Police have no suspects.

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