Springfield, Missouri based hard rock band Paralandra recently had to back out of a show scheduled for Rivers Bend Campground because their drummer, Dakota Watson, was admitted to the ICU.
In a post on Facebook, vocalist and founding member Casandra Carson shared a video asking fans for thoughts and prayers for Dakota and for understanding as the band is navigating the situation.
Paralandra also shared a GoFundMe for anyone interested in helping cover Dakota’s medical costs. The GoFundMe page shares additional details about what happened.
“On Friday, July 24, Dakota went to a friend’s apartment to help her after her recent breakup and the ex showed up, forced his way into the apartment, and shot Dakota in the head and in the arm. He is in the hospital with a good outlook, but he will have a long road to recovery. That recovery plan will include extensive surgery, because of the severity of his injuries. He will require a great deal of unexpected medical treatment, along with what we already know, and with that comes unexpected medical expenses. Any help that you can provide our sweet boy would be very much appreciated.”
As of the time this article was being written, already $13,170 had been raised in under 24 hours. The target goal set on the GoFundMe is $50,000. The band has also announced that they will be playing a benefit concert, which you can learn more about on the Facebook event page.
Paralandra was founded by father-daughter duo Paul and Casandra Carson. The band is known for their high energy while on stage. They have created an intentional and orchestrated show for all viewers to enjoy, not only to listen to, but to watch. Each song, transition, key, tempo, and crowd interaction is carefully thought out and designed to create an entertainment experience that will never be forgotten.
Their debut project, Rise Up, was released in June of 2014 followed by a series of EPs released in partnership with Legend Recordings.