Teenagers wearing vintage dresses, leather jackets, and oversized sweaters pass by a Thai restaurant, a few offices, and a small church in order to get to a music and art space that's nestled away in a strip mall. Since 2004, Pehrspace has been providing a space for experimental and punk artists to perform.
Adam Hervey, the venue's founder, suffered a brain stem stroke on January 16 and had to undergo a risky surgery to remove a blood clot from an artery in his brain.
Pehrspace an intimate place to see a band. There's no stage, so the performers and audience are on the same level: mosh pits and singalongs and de rigueur. The volunteer-run shows are always all ages and almost always cost just $5.
He's recovering at Glendale Adventist Hospital but still has a long way to go. Although Adam has medical insurance, stroke patients have some of the highest out-of-pocket medical expenses in the nation. Friends and family have set up a fundraising site for Adam on Give Forward, so he can focus his energy on getting better instead of worrying about medical bills.
They ask that people only give if they can afford to. One of the sweetest donations received so far was for $5 and came with the message, "I'm Jesse, we've never met but thanks for all you've done at Pehr."
To donate money to help cover his medical expenses, visit Friends of Adam. Information about his recovery can be found at Caring Bridge.