The Show Must Go On: Mungion To Play NYC Following Theft Of Gear

first_imgYou’ve likely heard a fair amount about Mungion in the last couple weeks after their tour van and trailer–containing all their gear, lights, merch, and other valuables–were stolen in Detroit. As the band explained in a statement, “Although we are grateful that everyone is safe, our livelihood was taken from us in the blink of an eye. After going from door to door in the neighborhood, we were able to track down some surveillance video that showed two men breaking in and stealing our van and trailer. Unfortunately, there was not much the authorities or anyone could do. After filing the police report and talking to neighbors, we piled up in a hatchback and drove six hours to New York to play because the show must always go on!”Watch Mungion rip an amazing live in-studio version of “Schvingo” from 2016’s Scary Blankets below via the band’s Facebook page:A matter of days before setting out on their first headlining tour, the band’s entire infrastructure literally disappeared overnight. However, the Chicago community, and the music community at large, banded together to help Mungion in their time on need, raising over $30,000 to replace their gear and their transportation with help from a successful GoFundMe campaign, a local benefit show in Chicago, and even a spot on NBC News Chicago about fans’ supportive response to the situation. In the latest twist of this bizarre story, security camera footage of an armed robbery executed by five men in Dearborn, MI, just a few miles from where Mungion’s van was stolen, showed several of the suspects wearing official Mungion hats—the same ones that were taken with the rest of their belongings.Stolen Mungion Merch Worn In Armed Robbery Of Beauty SalonWhile the band still has a ways to go (donations are still open for the next couple days), thanks to the overwhelming support of the community, Mungion has hit the road for their first headlining tour as planned, including a pair of stops in Colorado, on 9/7 at Globe Hall in Denver and on 9/8 at the first-ever Canyon Jam festival at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre.The Main Squeeze, Mungion, and More Ruled The World at Canyon Jam [Videos]On Wednesday, November 15th, Mungion will make their way to Manhattan for a performance at American Beauty NYC. After the crazy up-and-down saga of the stolen tour van, fans are eager to catch the Chicago quartet live, and the band will surely imbue their performance with the excitement and emotion of their current and ongoing predicament, because as the band says, “the show must always go on!”You can purchase tickets to Mungion’s New York City performance at American Beauty here.[Cover photo via Gary Sheer]last_img read more

Vigil raises anxiety, depression awareness

first_imgStudents gathered outside Holy Cross Hall at 8:30 p.m. Monday for a candlelight vigil to kick off “Support a Belle, Love a Belle” week at Saint Mary’s. The College’s Student Government Association dedicated the first day of the week, World Suicide Prevention Day, to supporting women who suffer from anxiety and depression.  The day marked the second anniversary of former Saint Mary’s student Lizzy Seeberg’s death. Seeberg passed away in September 2010. Susan Larson, vice president of the class of 2014, said the walk of solidarity from Holy Cross Circle to the Grotto was held not only in memory of Seeberg. “[The walk is] to show support for our sisters and friends who suffer from anxiety or depression,” she said. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, roughly 20 percent of adults in the United States suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder. Junior class president Carolyn Backes, a freshman roommate of Seeberg’s, addressed the group of 47 women who walked in support of the cause. “It is only fitting that [Seeberg’s] memory be celebrated in action and activities that help others – particularly on the issue of mental health and well being,” Backes said. Seeberg, who would have been a junior this year, struggled with anxiety and a related depression disorder, she said. “Awareness of mental illness as a very real disease, as real as heart disease and cancer is a critical step in driving out the stigma that still surrounds the topic,” Backes said. Larson devoted a prayer to Saint Dymphna, the patron saint of those afflicted with mental and emotional illness. Backes said she believes the march is cathartic and crucial to maintain a close community on Saint Mary’s campus. “I think it’s a tradition we need to keep up because we are such a small community.  I was her roommate freshman year, so it had a big impact on me,” she said.  “It made me realize early on how much of a community and family we all are. The support on campus is part of the reason I am still here today.” Sophomore Anna Nolan said the transition to college can be overwhelming. “One is granted so much independence and has to cope with a multitude of new responsibilities while simultaneously losing … the physical presence of your support system, or family,” she said. Kristen Vokt, one of the “Support a Belle, Love a Belle” week organizers said she also felt very alone her sophomore year. “Knowing that others are empathetic and aware is comforting,” she said. “This march shows that there is a willingness to acknowledge the significant number of people who struggle with mental illness and aiding them to recovery,” she said. Vokt said the march is a symbol of seeking peace and comfort. “It’s supposed to be empowering,” she said. “It’s about letting things that burden you fall aside to find courage and being supported by those that walk with you.” Contact Rebecca O’Neil at [email protected]last_img read more