We are now one full week into 2019 and we have been moving forward on renovations, paperwork, and entering inventory of our new space at lightning speeds. So far we are very happy with how things are coming along, and much thanks to the support of many of you in the form of donations and help moving, building, and painting the new store. Yesterday we decided it was time to launch a GoFundMe campaign for the new space to raise funds we are still needing for various projects and expenses required for us to get us where we need to be.
On the GoFundMe page we put together we listed off some of the things we have been able to accomplish with funds we have raised so far (paint, deposits, bills, paperwork), and then we list off things we still need funds for (more wood, signage, tools, etc). Any little bit right now helps us immensely!
You can check out that new GoFundMe campaign right here. We have a loose goal of $10,000 set in place, but any bit of that we can raise will be going towards the new space.
We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but a few of you may have noticed it’s been a little hot inside Black Sheep this summer. That’s not just because of climate change, no. That is because our heating/cooling unit has been broken! What a surprise! We have been faced with a $2,500 repair on this unit, which is a bit much for us to wrap our heads around an easy fix or way to raise funds, when we struggle to meet bills on a month to month basis for our all-volunteer space as it is.
With the summer coming to a close and winter coming sooner than later, we are facing the reality of having to raise this money somehow, and will be starting to collect donations at Black Sheep Fest tomorrow. The jar will continue to be out for shows (we also always have a donation jar out at all Black Sheep shows). For those of you can’t make it to the fest or would rather donate online, there is a facebook campaign going right here.
Black Sheep Fest kicks off tomorrow at 3:00 pm. Check out a facebook event right here.
We don’t normally share these types of things on our site but this one has touched all of our hearts and also has a little bit of music involved so here it goes! Our friend and former studio operator, Brandon Carnes has launched an online fundraiser campaign to help cover his dog – Gyspy Rose’s vet costs – along with a new recorded song of the Queen hit “You’re My Best Friend.” Many of you may know Gypsy as Brandon’s dog who has spent quite a good bit of time around Black Sheep and Southtown in her years as a dog. Check out the song streaming at the bottom of this post. Find the campaign to donate right here. From the Gofundme page:
If you know me, you know my Gypsy Rose. She’s been my best friend, roommate, and co-pilot since the day we crossed paths seven and a half years ago. She’s been the center of attention while countless people have stayed at my house on tour, she’s offered a second opinion on more recording sessions than I can count. And she’s been by my side, always with her trademark smile and easy-going attitude, day in and day out.
This year, a tumor appeared on her leg that has proven to be a mast cell tumor, AKA skin cancer. We’ve had a few vet visits and we know that the cancer has not spread **phew**. She’s been prescribed steroids, which have reduced the size of her growth considerably.
I’m nearing $2000 into into her treatment, but there’s still more to be done. Theres a chance she’ll need chemo to reduce her tumor more before operating, and we know she will need a surgery to remove the mass completely.
Brandon will be back in town in just less than two weeks playing here at Black Sheep with Looming on Thursday, July 27th and also Downhome Music Festival with Park and Looming on Saturday, July 29th.
With SXSW coming up in Texas later this month, Springfield band Our Lady are planning on touring out to play a showcase as part of the fest, but need our help getting their van back in working condition! The band has launched a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $2,300 to go towards repairs to their van (pictured above). To donate to that campaign, GO HERE. From the Our Lady facebook page:
Recently on our last out of town show the van started shaking uncontrollably before reaching a certain speed. Obviously we were terrified. We ended up having to be on the road for 8 hours as apposed to 5 because we couldn’t get the van above 55 MPH and had to get home. We took the van in to get fixed because we have a tour coming up down to SXSW and back. Its going to cost us about $2,300 to get fixed which is a ridiculous amount. Essentially everything that makes and helps the van’s wheels move straight is broken, or needing repair. We in no way were prepared to receive such a overwhelming estimate. The bill coming back as heavy as it did is beyond crippling to us. We are still in debt on the van and cannot get rid of it or trade it in. I hate to reach out and ask the most amazing people we know for help but, we need it. We never have been in this for personal gain and never will be. We payed for the recordings out of pocket and it broke our bank as a band. We recorded this latest album for everyone including ourselves. Its our attempt to connect with people who are struggling because we are struggling. We’ve been financially recovering ever since. Now with this its just a drop into an already empty bucket. We need your help. This page will only be up for one week because we leave for tour in two. So please, please share it around. Any amount helps. Anything helps. If you can’t afford to donate please share it around. We know some people are not going to agree with us doing this but we don’t have another option. Im sorry to ask any of you for anything but we need your help right now.
To offer some some thanks to fans, even those not donating, the band has released a brand new track called “Circle Around My Neck,” which you can find streaming below. Anyone who donates to the GoFundMe will receive a download to the song. The song is not from any release, but Our Lady does have a full length album coming out soon on Mayfly Records.