PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Following repeated burglaries, a Northeast Portland jazz hotspot held a benefit show Sunday to help raise funds to recover what they’ve lost.
In the past four months, the bar has been burglarized three times, most recently earlier this month when thieves stole an ATM and thousands of dollars from the safe.
The venue lost over $14,000, so a group of local musicians came together to perform a show at Blue Diamond Bar & Grill to raise money.
“The Diamond’s in the Rough” concert is free, but there was a suggested $10 donation to help raise funds. Online donations can be made through their a link on their website.
Co-owner Sonny Hess said she was “overwhelmed, humbled” by both the efforts from the bands but also the people that came out to support the Blue Diamond on a Sunday afternoon.
“We think we’re kind of a special little niche,” Hess told KOIN 6 News. “That’s all we’re about, is music and really good food.”
The music began at 1 p.m. A raffle was also held.
Visit the Blue Diamond website for other details.