Jason Molina - Rest In Peace
On Monday, the indie music world lost not only a great artist, but also a great person, when Jason Molina passed. Jason was a mainstay over the years at Schubas, performing over 15 times either solo or with his bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. Some of these shows were personal highlights of my 12 years at Schubas, including his performance with Glen Hansard marking the release of a split 7” or his 2006 Practice Space residency, which to this day is still one of the most successful of the series. He was also one of the first well known acts to participate in our annual Tomorrow Never Knows festival, when he agreed to play in 2006, only its second year.
The quality of these performances goes without saying. However, they also point to Jason’s generosity and willingness to work with someone to not only benefit his own path, but to help others pursue their goals for the benefit of the music community as a whole.
When Jason moved away some years ago I not only missed his performances, but also the periodic times I would run into him after a long day of work. He was the perfect reminder that talented and genuinely good people exist in an industry that too often relies on a “what can you do for me” mentality.
Jason will be missed by his fellow artists and the many others that had the pleasure to know and work with him.
- Matt Rucins - Talent Buyer for Schubas and Lincoln Hall
Here’s an interview that our friend Stephanie Katsaros conducted with Jason in our basement green room in July of 2009. And here’s a link to donate to Jason’s family to help cover medical expenses.