On the morning of Feb. 9, Christina Horn of local band Hudson K walked out to her van to find the windows smashed, the ground littered with broken glass and thousands of dollars worth of equipment missing.
Horn's solution was to turn their already scheduled performance at the Pilot Light on March 1 into a benefit featuring an eclectic variety of Knoxville and Chattanooga musicians, including one from Hudson K.
"Instead of rolling in self-misery, we are throwing a party," reads Hudson K's description for the band's event entitled "Dont FOOG with our MOOG."
This is an accurate descriptor, as Hudson K members Horn and Nate Barrett are taking their lemons and making lemonade in the form of inspired new music and a united Knoxville music community.
"You could take it and be like, 'This sucks; the worst has happened,' or you can think like, 'This is just another bump in the road, (and) nothing can really stop us at this point,'" Horn said. "I think that's the attitude we're taking.
"We're not gonna let it stop us from doing what we're doing."
After posting about the theft on Facebook, people reached out to Horn and Barrett, offering money, equipment and moral support. For Horn, this was an "eye-opening experience."
One such person was Reenie Kennedy-Mooney, a freelance graphic designer and regular editor who has worked with the band on its album cover and other projects. Kennedy-Mooney designed the posters to advertise the event, and her husband loaned Horn a piece of equipment. For Kennedy-Mooney, her reaction was instinctual.
"I was pissed off. She'd just gotten that MOOG," Kennedy-Mooney said. "The past year and a half or so she's been learning all this equipment and just rocking it, and I was flabbergasted and really mad."
Kennedy-Mooney and others channeled their anger into an outflow of support that allowed Horn and Barrett to continue playing using borrowed equipment. Hudson K channeled its anger into songwriting.
"That feeling of not having control over so many things in your life and being violated and taken from is definitely good fodder for songs," Horn said. "I left my house and called my roommate and was like, 'I think I left it unlocked and (I'm) being a bit paranoid.'
"Maybe a little bit of that is good, but I don't want to live my life like that, living in constant fear of being robbed."
For Horn, the decision to hold a benefit was a reluctant one, even though she says it "made sense."
"There's a part of me that really hates having a benefit for us; it just feels weird because we usually do benefits for other people," Horn said. "I figured, why not get some of our good friends to jump on the bill? But we never make that much money anyway, so when you ask your friends to play for free it's kind of a sensitive subject. I hate doing that."
These friends span a wide set of genres and include Danimal Pinson, Jon Whitlock Trio, Zac Fallon and Glowing Bordis. The benefit of getting involved with the event speaks to more than just monetary support, it speaks to the tightness of Knoxville's music scene.
"In Knoxville, we support our musicians really, really well," Kennedy-Mooney said. "I've lived around this country, and I've never seen a better, warmer stew of love between people who make music than here.
"To come out and be part of that is awesome, to feel that you can be part of that is awesome. You get to say that you're part of the 'Scruffy City' love."
The show starts at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Pilot Light. Tickets are $7, or $10 with a complimentary PBR.