Jared and the Mill Perform Special Hospital Room Show for Fan Hurt in SXSW Accident

Categories: Local Wire, SXSW

Jared and the Mill play inside an Austin hospital room for fan Mason Endres.
The next time you see the members of Jared and the Mill hanging out around town or before one of their upcoming gigs (like at next weekend's McDowell Mountain Music Festival), be sure to offer a handshake, a kind word, or maybe even a hug.

They definitely deserve it, since the local six-piece indie folk-rock band performed a magnanimous gesture over the weekend for a fan who is going through an extremely painful time in her life.

As the band reported on its Facebook page, Jared and the Mill crammed themselves and their instruments (including an upright bass, a couple guitars, and a banjo) into an Austin hospital room on Saturday, March 16, to play an impromptu show for fan Mason Enders.

The 18-year-old, who has been a follower and friend of the band since meeting its members at last year's SXSW, was one of 20 people injured in the fatal DUI-related car crash on March 13 that also killed three.

Enders was outside music venue The Mohawk when a vehicle allegedly driven by a drunk driver struck her and two dozen others. She was seriously injured as a result, suffering a cervical spine fracture, a broken nose and femur, a concussion, and other injuries.

According to media reports, Enders (a regular SXSW attendee) was speaking to a couple of Jared and the Mill performers before the crash occurred. She was rushed to St. David's Medical Center in Austin, where she has undergone surgery at least twice and is recovering.

After learning that Enders (understandably) wouldn't be able to attend either of Jared and the Mill's SXSW gigs, the band decided to help raise her spirits with a beside performance.

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