Rob and Arch 1 are pretty much in most people's eyes one and the same, they both nurture and support the arts and artists in a multitude of creative mediums and from jazz to comedy and independent film makers, we all have reason to be thankful for the work of this most altruistic of men. No one ever comes through that arch at Arch One who doesn't get that excited buzz of knowing this is going to be a special night, no matter what it is you've come to see. So it is with the greatest sadness that I woke this morning to see pictures on facebook of the total devastation of the club due to floods from Wednesday night's storm.
As you can see from the picture (we will upload a video shortly) the club is in ruins. If you've ever been you will know it is stacked in every nook and cranny with sound and musical equipment. Rob created Arch 1 from scratch and it was all destroyed in literally a matter of minutes when the water went from a trickle to the club being under two feet of water. It will take months for any insurance to come through. This is Rob's only income and this is a guy who works seven days a week to keep the club afloat (I know, an unfortunate term right now).
Tonight G&B had planned a big charity event in aid of the Pulse shooting. Ironically I am now asking for donations to help get the club and Rob's pride and joy back up and running. Speaking on behalf of the comedy circuit, Arch 1 and Rob would be a painful loss and I'm sure that goes for every arts project that uses his venue.
Together we can do something to make sure Arch 1 is not lost and Rob is not left alone with this mess. We can show how much Rob, his venue and support means to us all by donating to this fund. G&B will be doing other fundraising events for Rob, but let's get the ball rolling from here and make sure we keep Arch 1.