Mission musician Brandon 'Savage Banks' Levitt will perform at 14th Avenue Pub on Saturday (Feb. 4) to raise funds for his parents' laundromat. The Mama Bear’s Duds N Suds laundromat was hit with a fire in 2019. /Submitted Photo

Mission rapper to raise funds for family’s burned laundromat

Brandon ‘Savage Banks’ Levitt to perform at 14th Avenue Pub on Saturday for Mama Bear’s Duds N Suds

Since Mama Bear’s Duds N Suds laundromat in Mission was destroyed in a fire in July of 2019, the owners have been working to get the location back in business.

Brandon Levitt, whose parents own the laundromat, is a local musician with the stage name “Savage Banks”. This weekend, he’ll be performing at 14th Avenue Pub to raise funds and help get the business back on its feet.

“It’s our final push,” Levitt said. “It’s a lot of loose ends that I would like to be able to give to my folks and help get [the laundromat] open.”

Levitt says there were some issues with the insurance company, but it’s been worked out as best as it can.

“It’s been a long, drawn out, frustrating process,” Levitt said. “A lot of the money that has been going into [fixing the laundromat] has been either from our pockets or from people in the community helping out.”

The business received help from volunteers to rebuild and Levitt says Mama Bear’s Duds N Suds is pushing to reopen in the next month or two.

READ MORE: Early morning fire destroys Mission laundromat

“My father’s really been there working hands on for probably 95 per cent of what’s done,” Levitt said. “That’s been the toughest part is just the mental strain on my family trying to get it open, because they want it to be open.”

Tickets for the concert are already sold out. Levitt is a hip-hop and R&B artist based out of Mission, but his origins were in metal and hard rock.

He says his greatest accomplishment to date is opening for G-Unit rapper Tony Yayo for two shows. Under the “Savage Banks” moniker, he recently released his first single, “Left Me Done”, which is streaming on all platforms.

“I think the support for upcoming artists out here is really awesome,” Levitt says. “That’s the one thing I really enjoy about Mission – we’re a really supportive community.”

The show is set for 8 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 4) at the 14th Avenue Pub in Mission.


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