Thief steals gear from Big Sam's Funky Nation on first night of West Coast tour

Big Sam's Funky Nation's West Coast tour took a turn for the worse last night after thieves broke into their van and stole several instruments.

According to the band's manager, Steven Klein, someone "smashed the windows in the van stealing Sam's notorious long time trombone, JBlakk Henderson's Bass amp and Seizo Shibayama's guitar, amongst other personal items including Sam's favorite Krewe du Optics." 

Klein added that the theft occurred on the first night a month-long West Coast tour.

"The show must go on," according to Klein. The band is working to replace the stolen instruments through local music shops and by having replacements shipped overnight from back home.

Klein estimates more than $10,000 in equipment was stolen.

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