- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2014

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - Longtime Urbana blues musician Candy Foster walked outside his home Feb. 14 to find his van gone and with it much of his musical life.

Foster tells The News-Gazette in Champaign (http://bit.ly/1jRfTBn ) that the blue van held almost all of the music equipment he owned. That includes a drum set, sound cables, microphones, speakers, a sound system and more.

He estimates more than $4,000 worth of equipment was stolen.

Now a member of Foster’s band, Shades of Blue, has started to raise money online. A page on the crowd-funding site gofundme.com has raised about $1,600 so far.

And Foster says music businesses have offered to loan out gear so he can play a show Saturday in Missouri.

Foster has been playing in the area for more than 40 years.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com