Ohio new music location robbed of equipment, liquor worthy of $17,000

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Yalan Papillons awoke Tuesday morning to soul-crushing information: The indie music location she’s owned because 2010 experienced been robbed of $17,000 in belongings.

Double Happiness, an “off-the-crushed-path” dive bar in the Brewery District, has opened its doorways to an eclectic combine of up-and-coming artists – which includes a 2013 opening act by hip-hop singer Lizzo just before her increase to stardom, Papillons claimed. 

On Tuesday early morning, Papillons received a get in touch with from Double Happiness’ seem manager, who arrived at the venue’s entrance on the 400 block of South Entrance Road after a neighbor informed them the door was ajar.

“He did not even want to explain to me how bad it was for the reason that he realized it would devastate me,” Papillons mentioned. “I could not get it alongside one another to go there, you know?”

Right after witnessing the damage – the theft of the venue’s sound board and speaker program, truly worth a merged $14,000, alongside with backup liquor, hard cash and about 20 circumstances of really hard seltzer – Papillons reported she did not have significantly decision but to launch a GoFundMe to continue to keep Double Contentment afloat.

The livelihood of Double Contentment, she mentioned, depends on the venue’s seem system. Without it, it wouldn’t be attainable to host a selection of musical artists, from indie pop band Japanese Breakfast to sounds rock duo Lightning Bolt, three to five times a week. 

Irrespective of the “heartbreaking” breaking-and-moving into at Double Joy that compelled Papillons to shift a planned function on Friday somewhere else, she reported the outpouring of guidance from the Columbus community has assisted enhance her spirits. Practically $8,000 was raised for the venue in just two times.

“A couple of other individuals named and explained they have speakers remaining,” she explained. “It’s been overwhelmingly amazing, you know, all the items I have finished for men and women is coming back to me.”

In the meantime, as Columbus police examine the theft, Papillons stated she can only hope that Double Pleasure, “a bar that looks like a Chinese restaurant that doesn’t provide Chinese foods,” can carry on to serve its common group and newcomers alike.

“Over the yrs, we’ve broken a great deal of bands like Lizzo, and just remaining able to be a system for the local community and neighborhood bands to get up and national acts to do their first demonstrates in this article … We do not provide Budweiser we’re a entirely distinct detail,” she said. “We’re making an attempt to make everybody get to exterior the box and explore unique issues.” 

“We just truly want our equipment back.”

Papillons inspired any person with information and facts about the theft or people who desire to donate to check out Double Happiness on Fb.