Black Keys, Wilco, Spoon Band Together, Donate Gear to Minnesota Charity Auction

The Black Keys
Danny Clinch

The Black Keys, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Spoon are all among a group of rock musicians coming together to support the family of a Minneapolis musician and sound engineer who died last month at 36.  

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Andy Richardson was an employee at the boutique effects pedal company, Z.Vex Effects, specializing in high-end guitar pedals and other accessories. He also played guitar, bass and sang in a number of bands around the Twin Cities area, and was a driving force behind a local DIY venue. Now a memorial fund sale and benefit auction with over 150 items have been assembled to help his wife and three-year-old son, including Richardson's own gear as well as autographed limited edition pedals and other memorabilia. 

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Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis, Cage the Elephant, Har Mar Superstar, Tera Melos and Midlake are also contributing to the cause, with a number of items such as Mascis' Z.Vex Double Box of Rock guitar pedal are hand-painted and one-of-a-kind. 

Tweedy has donated his signed, personal EQD Afterneath pedal, as well as music, memorabilia and backstage passes. Spoon contributed an EarthQuaker Devices Disaster Transport used by the band's members while recording their newest record They Want My Soul, which is also included in the auction. And the Black Keys pitched in two T-shirts and autographed Chulahoma and Turn Blue vinyl records. 

See the full auction list here