Published May 08, 2015Since Baltimore resident Freddie Gray died in police custody last month, the Maryland city has been a hotbed for protests and social upheaval. Now that the tension has lessened somewhat and the citywide curfew has been lifted, local band Future Islands are aiding Baltimore's recovery efforts with a charity auction.
The band have assembled a package of memorabilia for an eBay auction, with some of the items relating to the group's latest appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman (April 28, 2015).
There are six items: frontman Samuel T. Herring's Converse hi-tops from the recent Letterman gig, the cue cards that Letterman used to introduce the band, an autographed vinyl copy of the 2014 album Singles, an autographed print of the art from 2011's On the Water, a copy of the 2010 vinyl remix EP Post Office Wave Chapel, and a 7-inch split single with Ed Schrader's Music Beat from 2012.
Money raised goes towards Baltimore Community Foundation's Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore, which aims to strengthen neighbourhoods by working with local organizations and community leaders to repair the physical and emotional damage of recent weeks.
The auction started yesterday (May 7) and will run until May 17. It's already raised $1,725 US ($2,085.97 CDN) as of press time. Check out the auction here if you have a couple grand to spare.