A couple of days ago, a band from Mississippi called Colour Revolt rolled into town to play the North by Southwest music fest at Ellum: Onstage on Taylor Street. Hey, sounded like a good idea at the time, snagging a gig in Dallas on the way to Austin, where Colour Revolt has a handful of gigs scheduled at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin.
Only, Colour Revolt now deeply regrets its decision to play Dallas: The band's van and trailer, which were parked in Deep Ellum, were stolen, and Colour Revolt was stripped of everything: "instruments, gear, clothes and computers," reports The Clarion-Ledger, which notes that the theft took place in "the Deep Ellum area, an entertainment and arts district east of downtown Dallas." (Hey, remember: There's no such thing as bad publicity.)
The band, consisting of University of Mississippi students, canceled a gig in Houston and is trying to beg and borrow equipment for its four SXSW shows beginning Thursday. (Among its scheduled shows, the band is supposed to play a Paste magazine-PlayStation shindig on Friday.)
On its MySpace page, the band explains that "we had just packed up after our show, went back into the venue, [and] 15 minutes later, the van and everything in it had disappeared. We lost not only our van and trailer. But all of our gear and merch, and most of our personal belongings, like laptops, clothes, papers for school. Our van was insured, but most of the rest of the things are not." So if you see a white 1994 Chevy G20 van, with Mississippi plates (L890WB), well, it's theirs. The page also contains a very lengthy list of all the gear stolen, with serial numbers.
Anyway, welcome to Dallas, fellas. We're sure you can't wait to come back. --Robert Wilonsky
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.