Update (Feb. 9): Checking in with Jana Hunter today via Twitter, the Lower Dens singer said the Baltimore band canceled its Sunday show in Austin, Texas, after its van was stolen for 24 hours, but performed in Houston on Monday as scheduled. The plan remains to "hopefully finish out this tour," Hunter wrote via direct message.
"We were already trying to recover from previous financial setbacks, so we're doing everything we can to keep playing," Hunter wrote. "Plus playing the actual shows [is] what makes this all worthwhile."
Two fans from Austin created an online fundraising campaign for Lower Dens before the stolen van was found. Now, money raised will go toward van repairs caused by the theft and to replace stolen goods. The goal is $6,000; as of Tuesday morning, nearly a third had been raised.
Baltimore band Lower Dens nearly had its nationwide tour cut short Sunday afternoon after its van was stolen from a San Antonio parking lot. Luckily for singer Jana Hunter and her bandmates, police found their Ford E-350 van behind an apartment complex less than 24 hours later, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
A message from the band posted on Lower Dens’ Facebook page Monday afternoon confirmed the report. It reads:
“The van has been found!!!!! A miracle! Some gear personal items and all our laptops are missing, (and all of our freaking FOOD AND WATER if you can believe it!!!!) and the van is broken, but we'll be able to make the rest of the shows. Thanks so much to everyone for the support!!!! We are so overwhelmed and moved!”
Hunter told the newspaper that she and another band member parked the navy van in a public parking lot at around 12:30 p.m. Sunday to grab a cup of coffee. When they returned approximately 30 minutes later, the van was gone.
The band used Facebook and Twitter to spread the news.
“HELP! San Antonio! Our van was just stolen with all of our gear!” a Facebook post partially read. “PLEASE keep an eye out for a huge dark blue Ford Econoline 350 Maryland plates[.]”
San Antonio police received a tip about the vehicle’s possible whereabouts, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Without the van, the remaining tour dates — more than a dozen — might not have been possible to complete, Hunter told the newspaper. On Twitter, the band noted it will “be able to make the rest of the shows.” As of Monday afternoon, Hunter was headed back to San Antonio to reclaim the van, according to reports.