When a number of touring bands (including The Black Lillies, Zane Williams and more) had gear stolen in Houston, TX, the police department began an undercover effort to investigate. What they discovered was absolutely shocking, as over 130 individuals were arrested and over $2 million was recovered.The multi-departmental effort focused on the stealing and black market resale of all sorts of equipment, including vehicles and musical instruments. According to Lt. Mike Osina of Houston Police Department, “These thieves were stealing anything and everything they could put their hands on. They went after trailers they saw parked on the streets of Greater Houston. They stole four wheelers, quad runners, lawn equipment, motorcycle equipment.”Country artist Zane Williams was quoted in the Click2Houston report on the arrests, talking about how his van and 100-year-old violin were stolen after a performance in Houston. “Yep, they stole my van and everything in my van, then they stole my trailer too… I’m really glad they got picked up.”Titled “Operation Wheels And Deals,” many of those connected to the robberies are also connected to gangs. According to the report, there are more charges and arrests to come. Hopefully acts of justice like this will make it safer for artists to hit the road.
On Sunday, The Milk Carton Kids played an intimate “duo” show at Tarrytown, NY’s Tarrytown Music Hall, in support of their recent fourth studio album, All The Things That I Did and All The Things That I Didn’t Do.Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan have been touring with a band over the past few years, so it was nice to see the stripped-down indie folk duo perform a selection of originals, as well as a special cover. The evening was highlighted by noteworthy takes on “New York” and “Michigan”, followed by a special cover of Pink Floyd‘s “Wish You Were Here” in the encore slot.Check out a beautiful gallery of photos below from The Milk Carton Kids’ Tarrytown show, courtesy of photographer Andrew Blackstein.Head to The Milk Carton Kids’ website for a full list of upcoming tour dates and ticketing information.The Milk Carton Kids | Tarrytown Music Hall | Tarrytown, NY | 2/24/2019 | Photos: Andrew Blackstein Load remaining images