In the early hours of the morning last Sunday, Austin-based singer Mike Harmeier and his band, Mike and the Moonpies, woke up to their worst nightmare. The previous night, they'd played a gig opening for Nashville band the Kernals at the Rustic here in Dallas. But sometime during the night, while they slept at a nearby La Quinta, they'd been robbed. The van and trailer they'd been traveling in was gone, along with all their gear. The losses were devastating, totaling nearly $25,000.
"We thought for sure it had been towed," Harmeier recalls over the phone from Austin. "We called every tow rig in town and couldn't find it, so finally after about 30 minutes we had to call and report it stolen." And that was when the reality of the situation began to sink in: "Everything we own was in there," he says.