After Fire, The Reef to Host Knitting Factory Employee Fundraiser 

Rocking the Country rolls into The Reef on Friday, Oct. 19.

The Knitting Factory is still undergoing repairs after being ravaged by a fire earlier this summer.

Harrison Berry

The Knitting Factory is still undergoing repairs after being ravaged by a fire earlier this summer.

Outside the Knitting Factory Concert House on Sept. 11, employees from The Knit and other nearby businesses filled the sidewalks to watch firefighters do their thing and battle a blaze that damaged 60 percent of the building.

"The restoration process at the Knitting Factory is moving along quickly but we don't have any additional details yet on a reopening date," wrote Knitting Factory General Manager Gary Pike in an email. "So far, our main focus has been to clean up and remove everything that was damaged by smoke and water."

A fundraiser at The Reef, the Sixth Street restaurant, bar and concert venue, aims to keep employees of The Knit out of the lurch. On Friday, Oct. 19, Rocking the Country will roll into The Reef for five hours of country music, and all funds raised will support the Knitting Factory staff displaced by the fire.

The Reef concert showcases eight acts—Corey James of Fall Creek String Band, Pinto Bennett of Pinto Bennett & The Famous Motel Cowboys, Dustin Isaac of The Tumbleweeds, Cliff Miller, Jesse Dayne & The Sagebrush Drifters, Dave Nudo Band, Dusty Leigh & The Claim Jumpers, and Jensen Buck & The Family—hosted by Tim Meyer of Channel 99. There will be a $5 cover for the 21-and-over show and raffle items from supporting businesses.

The Reef Booking Manager Garren Spinato called The Knitting Factory and its workers "part of our community" when explaining the event, which will be the second fundraiser for Knitting Factory employees. The first took place at Mardi Gras Sept. 23.

Wade Huston, a member of Dusty Leigh & The Claim Jumpers and one of the chief organizers of the fundraiser at The Reef, said he already has a "room full" of swag for the auction, including a Taurus 9mm handgun, a Fender Telecaster-style guitar, stays at local hotels and more. He said the fundraiser is his way of saying "thank you" to The Knit.

"That's probably our favorite place to play in the valley. A lot of the stage crews, a lot of the lighting and sound guys, they're the ones that are kind of just sitting around waiting for the venue to open back up so they can go to work," Huston said.

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