Mike & The Moonpies Van & Gear Stolen in Dallas

Mike and the Moonpies, a staple of the Austin Honky Tonk circuit, had their van , trailer, instruments, and gear all stolen sometime Sunday morning, May 11th in Dallas. Folks are being asked to keep a lookout for the gear (list & pictures below), and a fund has been set up for folks who want to help the band get back on their feet.


From Press Release:

It was 8:30, the morning after Mike and the Moonpies performed to a packed-to-the-gills room at Austin honky tonk The White Horse, when bass player Preston Rhone pounded on frontman Mike Harmeier’s front door. Less than 6 hours since they’d left a crowd of sweaty dancers and revelers breathless, the boys were back on the road. After a quick audition for a Grand Marnier commercial, they headed up the interstate to Dallas-based venue The Rustic to share the bill with their buddies, The Kernal (Tennessee). “It was a really great bookend to a weekend we’d looked forward to for a long time,” says Harmeier. “The chance to come back and play to the crowd at the place that started it all for us [The White Horse, where The Moonpies had held a popular
residency since the bar’s opening week, moved on to do more touring in July 2013] and play a few shows with one of our favorite bands. It felt like it was just going to be one hell of a memorable weekend.”

Unfortunately for the 6-piece band, the memorable part was just about to take a turn for the worse. “The show at The Rustic went great and we were so exhausted from the run that we all just headed back to the hotel to crash,” recalls Harmeier. The next morning, Harmeier discovered that the band’s van and trailer, which had been parked next to The Kernal’s in the La Quinta parking lot, had vanished. “Just crushed” is how steel player Zachary Moulton described it. And just like that, one of the of the hardest working bands in country music was suddenly out nearly $25,000 in instruments, gear, personal belongings and transportation. “The hardest part was losing the sentimental pieces,” says guitar man Catlin Rutherford. Along with
his two stolen guitars and various gear was a mic stand emblazoned with the words “The Purple Sage”, a relic of his family’s now defunct Uvalde dance hall.

Friend of the band and drummer for Dale Watson Mike Bernal offered up a spare set of drums to lend. Multiple offers for
guitars, amps and pedals have been pouring in. Other bands across the country have reached out to share their experiences and monetary relief. Kevin Geil of Two Tons of Steel, who were recently set back with the loss of their own tour trailer, called to share comfort. Fans began sharing memories of the band on Facebook along with calls to action to help get the band back on their feet. “We are overwhelmed by all the support Y’all have given us,” Harmeier announced on the band’s Facebook page Sunday evening. The group has a long way to go to replace all of the equipment and locate a new van and trailer but they can rest easy knowing that the community that they have given so much to is giving back in such a big way.

***Mike & The Moonpies Stolen Gear Fund***

– Black Martin Acoustic Guitar w/ Tortoise Shell Headstock
– White Squier Telecaster (Clasic Vibes 50s Reissue) with Pearloid Pick Guard, Unfinished Birdseye Maple Neck, Tx Flag Sticker, Nice Chops Sticker, Mike and the Moonpies Sticker, Lone Star Beer Sticker (S/N CGS0801155)
-Natural Wood Tuskey Custom Telecaster (S/N 006) with Black Binding, Hipshot B Bender, Mustache Logo on Headstock
– Black Emmons Pedal Steel Guitar w/ Texas Flag Sticker (3×4)
– Yamaha P-90 Keyboard w/ Burns on Keys
– Nord Electro 2-73 Keyboard
– Ernie Ball Musicman SubBass Guitar w/ Natural Wood Finish
– PDP 24″ Kick Drum (Red)
– PDP 12″ Rack Tom (Red)
– PDP 16″ Floor Tom (Red)
– 14″ Snare Drum (Brown)

– Kustom Bass Amp 500W-Head
– 6×10 Ampeg Cabinet
– Peavey Session 400 Guitar Amp w R.J. Smith written on Speaker
-2×12 Fender Cabinet
– Fender Twin Reverb Amp (S/N AC026043)
– Music Man HD212 (S/N C002562)
– Orange Micro Terror Guitar Amp in Ammo Box
– Roland KC350 Keyboard Amp
– Yorkville Blok 100 Keyboard Amp

– Drum Hardware Case (Black, 4 wheels, metal corners) + contents (drum throne, 3 Crash Symbol Stands, Snare Stands, Legs for Floor Tom, Hi-Hat Stand)
– Iron Cobra Kick Pedal and Case (Black)
– Zildjian Hi-Hat Cymbals (Bronze)
– Zildjian Aredis 14″ Crash Cymbal (Bronze)
– Sabian Ride Cymbal (Bronze)
– Paiste Crash/Ride Cymbal (Bronze)
-Cases with all Drums (Black)
– (2) Ernie Ball Volume Pedals
– Holy Grail Reverb Pedal
– Pack-a-Seat
– Boss TU-3 Tuner Pedal
– Boss Delay/Reverb Pedal
– Boss A-B Switch
– Shur SM58 Microphone
– Polytune Chromatic Tuner Pedal
– MXR Phase 90 Pedal
– Maxon OD808 Pedal
– Stryman Flint Tremolo/Reverb Pedal
– Boss Blues Driver Pedal
– Boss Pedalboard
– Microphone Stand w/ Base Painted “Purple Sage”
– Aluminum Guitar Case with Red Interior
– Fender Grey and Black Guitar Case with Black Interior (Well Worn)
– Video Tripod Manfrotto 504 HD Fluid Head
– Video Tripod Manfrotto 546 TB LE65
– American DJ Galaxian 3D
– American DJ Galaxian 3D MKII
– American DJ COB Strobe Cannon
– (2) Large PA Stands, T-Bars
– SDC6 DMX Controller
– DMX Cables
– Audix i5 Microphone
– Radial Pro D2 (Direct Box)
– Keyboard Stand
– Folding Seat
– (2) Boss TU-2 Tunes Pedals
– (3) Microphone Stands
– Large Keeley Road Case (Merchandise Case)
– (3) Short Microphone Stands
– Ipad Mini (Engraved: ‘MDH Mike and the Moonpies”)
– $2000 Cash – See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/other/mike-and-the-moonpies-stolen-gear-fund/176761#sthash.Nhx0OPTP.dpuf

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