Phosphorescent Robbed in Brooklyn; Toronto Show Cancelled and North American Tour Put in Jeopardy

Phosphorescent Robbed in Brooklyn; Toronto Show Cancelled and North American Tour Put in Jeopardy
Brooklyn folkster Phosphorescent (aka Matthew Houck) is a pretty relaxed guy: just take a listen to his latest album, Here's to Taking It Easy. Unfortunately, Houck is probably feeling a little less mellow right now, since he just had his gear stolen after a show on Thursday night (July 8).

After performing a hometown show Pier 54 in New York City, Houck and his band parked their van in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The van was stolen and the thieves made off with all of the band's instruments plus hundreds of records, CDs and T-shirts. According to a message from band manager Nick Stern, "Among the stolen items was Matthew Houck's custom, irreplaceable 1955 Gibson ES-125 guitar, vintage amplifiers, and a vintage pedal steel with losses totaling around $40,000."

To add insult to injury, the robbery happened on the opening night of a planned month-long North American tour, with a European leg to follow (see the schedule below). The band were due to play Toronto tomorrow night (July 10) but have now cancelled the date, as well as an in-store at the city's Soundscapes record store.

There's currently no word as to the status of the rest of the tour, but according to Stern, "We will be sending updates about the upcoming tour dates ASAP." Phosphorescent's Canadian publicist adds of the Toronto cancellation, "The band has decided to take some time off and regroup before continuing on with the rest of the tour."

In the meantime, if you'd like to help out, donations can be made to the band's PayPal account. The band encourages anyone with information about the theft to contact the New York Police department.

UPDATE: A $5,000 reward is being offered for the return of Phosphorescent's stolen gear, or $1,000 for any information on the theft that helps lead to the equipment's return. You are encouraged to contact [email protected] if you have any information.

Tour dates:

7/10 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern

7/12 Buffalo, NY - Soundlab

7/13 Columbus, OH - The Summit

7/14 Newport, KY - Southgate House

7/15 Nashville, TN - Exit/In

7/16 Memphis, TN - Young Avenue Deli

7/17 Birmingham, AL - Bottletree Cafe

7/18 Columbus, MS - Princess Theater

7/20 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon

7/21 Houston, TX - House of Blues - Houston Bronze

7/22 Austin, TX - Independent

7/23 Dallas, TX - Kessler Theater

7/24 Lubbock, TX - The Foundation

7//26 Tucson, AZ - Plush

7/27 West Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour

7/28 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill

7/30 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge

7/31 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe

8/3 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center

8/4 Milwaukee, WI - Mad Planet

8/5 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle

8/6 Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio

8/7 Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop

8/9 Washington, DC - Black Cat

8/10 Baltimore, MD - Sonar Club Stage

8/11 Philadelphia, PA - Rittenhouse Square Park

8/14 Providence, RI - Jerky's Live Music Hall

8/15 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs

9/06 Manchester, UK - Night 'n Day

9/07 Bristol, UK - Thekla

9/8 London, UK - Scala

9/10 Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival

9/11 Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival

9/12 Brighton, UK - Komedia

9/14 Paris, France - Cafe de la Danse

9/15 Brussels, Belgium - Botanique

9/16 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso

9/17 Leffinge, Belgium - Leffingeleuren Festival

9/18 Groningen, Netherlands - Take Root Festival

9/20 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega

9/21 Gothenburg, Sweden - Pusterviksbaren

9/22 Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Slussen