NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Local musician, Doug Potter, is still hospitalized and unconscious after he was savagely beaten by two men almost three weeks ago.
The violent attack first rocked the community, but now it is bringing the communtiy together to help in his recovery, as Sunday, the music community stood behind one of their own.
Friends, family and even complete strangers came to d.b.a. on Frenchman Street, to show their support for local musician Doug Potter.
“I can't even put it into words what it means,” said his wife Cynthia Potter. “It’s just overwhelming that people loved and cared about my husband so much.”
It’s been nearly three weeks since the bass player was brutally attacked in the French Quarter while packing up his instruments after one of his performances.
Sadly, it's been a painfully slow recovery for the musician, who remains unconscious in his hospital bed. “He's got moments where he opens his eyes and we are just praying those moments just continue to get longer and longer,” said his wife.
“We just want to see a little bit more and that is going to come in time, it’s a slow process,” said his brother David Potter. “We have to have the patience like Job so to speak, but it is a process we have to go through and we are taking everything in stride.”
What has made that process easier is the overwhelming support and response from the community.
“Awesome turnout,” said Potter’s childhood friend Sandy Wilson. “It’s amazing, yes,the people just keep coming. From the food down to the things for auction, people have just been so giving.”
But it has not stopped there. Just across the street, The Blood Center and The New Orleans Musicians' Clinic hosted a blood drive. For every person who donated blood, $10 was put towards Potter's hospital bill.
“It’s just an incredible showing of love and it's really gratifying to know that,” said his brother David.
It's a show of support his family never expected, but says they are so thankful for.
“I couldn't ask for anything more except that I would like everybody to keep praying for him because if anything is going to make him get better it is God.”
If you would like to help, you can make a donation to the Doug Potter Musician Fund at any local Capital One branch. There will also be another benefit concert this Wednesday, February 12th, at 7 p.m. at Howlin' Wolf.
If you would like to make a donation online through PayPal, click here, and scroll down to the post from January 24.