On Sunday, October 21, Mississippi Studios is hosting a benefit concert to raise medical funds for Mike Elias, a Portland musician who plays in the band Denver and leather maker and manufacturer who owns the Ship John shop at 1804 NE MLK. Performers will include Justin Townes Earle, Tom Bevitori, and others.
Last Saturday, October 6, Elias was attacked on the street after an evening event at his Ship John store. The attackers hit Elias with a hatchet and fractured his skull. They got away, but without any of the money they were attempting to steal. Elias, meanwhile, spent the night at Legacy Emanuel and has been convalescing quietly, posting a few grateful updates on Ship John's Instagram page.
A night in the ICU with a broken skull, however, is not cheap. Elias' medical expenses are going to be substantial, and his recovery is going to be long, so the community around him has come together to help defray the costs of both the medical procedure and a necessary period of rest for him to heal. Tickets for the Mississippi Studios benefit show are available here, and you can also contribute to Elias' recovery at GoFundMe.