Local musicians create homegrown fest to support one of their own
Dec 9, 2014 | 1:37 pm
Next weekend, the Austin music community is banding together to support one of its own. In August, local musician Andrew Collins was in a serious motorcycle accident that left him in a coma. Collins sustained four broken ribs, a broken nose, broken leg, broken scapula, and a basilar fracture in his skull which caused bleeding in his brain.
Though Collins is out of the hospital and on the mend, the musician — best known as the vocalist for Austin bands including At All Cost, L.A.X. and Vegatron — faces extensive bills. That's where the greater "Austin music family" comes in, says Erin Jantzen.
Jantzen, who has played music with Andrew for years, is organizing AndrewFest, a benefit at Red 7 on December 19-20 that has been months in the making. "I decided to put on AndrewFest a few days after Andrew was in the motorcycle accident. He was still in a coma and there wasn't much I could think to do for him," says Jantzen. "I had a lot of mutual friends posting on social media to raise money and knew that we'd have a lot of support from our Austin music family, so I started making some calls."
Thanks to support from Transmission Events (who is presenting the festival) and a host of local bands, the fest has come together seamlessly. "It's been incredible to see how many people have pulled together to support this event. I have been in the music scene for 10 years and called on contacts that I've made over those 10 years — every single person I spoke to offered to help in some way," Jantzen explains.
The folks at Red 7 and Transmission Events offered two nights for the event, which will feature more than a dozen bands on two stages. Headliners include Wild Child and Eagle Claw on Friday, and The Rise on Saturday.
Two-day passes are available for $30 and all door proceeds will go directly to Collins' extensive medical and legal bills, says Jantzen. "He was in the hospital for three weeks and has had to have a lot of physical therapy and rehab since released from the hospital. He also hasn't been able to work much so there's no money coming in for day-to-day expenses."
In addition to supporting Collins, AndrewFest reinforces the greater mindset of the Austin music community. "I can't speak for other cities, but I can say that Austin has an incredibly supportive music scene," Jantzen says. "No one I know wants to see a fellow musician down on their luck. We all want to help him get back on his feet so that he can go back to doing what we all love — creating music."
More information about AndrewFest is available here.