On Saturday, March 7, Education played a festive gig at Limelight with three out-of-town bands. The following night, thieves absconded with a trailer holding most of the psychedelic rockers’ gear.

“The trailer was kind of double-parked, next to an island, with the truck parked diagonally. They lifted the thing over the cement island and dragged it out that way. We had everything in there that you’d see onstage,” says Matt Civitello, an SA music veteran who helped form the band in 2008. Among the lost items were a PA system, stage piano, guitar and bass rigs, and various pedals and cables.

Police recovered Education’s trailer a few days later at Marbach and 410, but Civitello says, “there was nothing left but a jacket with beer spilled on it and our band’s banner.”

Education received temporary gear assistance from a friend who’s a Gibson artist rep, and a $1,000 donation from a woman who saw a TV news report about their predicament, but the band will need considerably more help before they’re again gig-ready.

There’s talk of an April benefit for the group. In the meantime, anyone wanting to help can make a PayPal donation at the following site:

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