The 6th Annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert
Saturday, March 9, 2019 • 6 PM • Brown’s Revolution Hall (425 River Street, Troy, NY)
$20 minimum suggested donation at the door.
Can’t attend but still want to donate? Donate online here: https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.team&teamID=207161
All online donations go directly to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Walk For Rita to help keep funds local
Proceeds from this year’s Memorial Concert will support three organizations — the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and Rensselaer County mental health and emergency assistance programs through Catholic Charities CoNSERNS-U — all in memory of Dustin.
Heather Kovar with WRGB CBS-6 News will be joining us as our special guest MC. This year’s bands include area favorites Emerald City, Soul Sky and Super 400, as well as a one-time-only reunion of the legendary Bob Etoll Group. The evening will also feature many guest musicians and vocalists.
In 2013, the world lost a bright light. Dustin was kind-hearted, happy and a joy to be around. He was full of positive energy and always encouraging others. Proof that anyone can be lost to suicide in an instant.
We still believe that advocating for suicide prevention programs that help erase the stigma of depression and making proper mental health care more easily available, lives can be saved. In five years of searching for programs in NY’s Capital Region that offer support and assistance for those struggling with these issues, it has become painfully apparent that these programs are few and far between compared to the need proven by the increasing rates of suicide.
Past Memorial Concerts have raised over $50,000 for Capital Region not-for-profits, and have drawn more than 2,700 people in all, including Congressman Paul Tonko and many Troy city officials. The concerts have been credited as the top local music event of the year by the Troy Record. Over the years, funds have also been raised for the Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club, the Companion Animal Placement Program (CAPP), the Troy Music Academy Music Scholarship Program, and the Rensselaer County Heroes at Home project.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) credited the Dustin Mele Memorial Concert as the top fund-raiser in upstate New York at AFSP’s largest annual event this past September, the 2018 Walk for R.I.T.A., which raises money for suicide awareness, suicide prevention and family support programs.
The Bob Etoll Group is led by Robert (Bobby) Etoll, a longtime resident of Los Angeles, where he founded and built the successful and widely acclaimed Q-Factory Music library. This boutique catalog of high-end music and sound design serves hundreds of clients worldwide in the motion picture and television advertising industry. Robert is one of the world’s leading composers and music producers of trailers, documentaries, TV theme songs and animated series. Check out Robert’s bio and see more about Q-Factory at qfactorymusic.com.
Bobby, who grew up in Troy, is very excited to return to the live stage after 25 years, reuniting with his old band mates — Peter Iselin (keyboards), Chris Garabedian (drums) and Joe Montarello (bass) — in support of the Memorial Concert and Bobby’s lifelong friend Joe Mele. Special guests will include the renowned Rhode Island vocalist Frank Rossi, making this, after 43 years, a Back Bay Brew reunion as well.
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On behalf of Dustin’s family and friends; as well as each years benefiting organizations; THANK YOU for your support!