Posts Tagged ‘Dustin Mele’

LIVE: Dustin Mele Memorial Concert @ Revolution Hall, 3/21/15

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Johnny Rabb

Johnny Rabb

Photographs by Gene Sennes

Brown’s Brewing Company’s Revolution Hall was jam packed with an all-star line-up of Local 518 musicians and plenty of their fans last Saturday (March 21) for the second annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert. And, yes, even some heavyweight politicos stopped by to lend their support for the benefit concert for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Dustin’s father, ace guitarslinger Joe Mele, led the charge onstage with veteran rockers Emerald City, and the roster of musicians donating their time and talent to the cause read like a who’s-who of the Nippertown music scene – Super 400, Johnny Rabb, Luke McNamee, Matt Mirabile, Tony Perrino’s Killer B, Jocamo, Blue Machine, Roland Gendron & Jeff Dooley, the El Dorados and soooo many others…

The final tally of funds raised is still TBA, but there was certainly plenty of fun raised. GO HERE if you couldn’t make it to the concert but would still like to donate to the cause.

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Be Here Now: The Second Annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert @ Revolution Hall on Saturday

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
(1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

After last year’s inaugural Dustin Mele Memorial Concert, Dustin’s parents, Joe Mele and Patti Quade, presented a check to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Capital Region NY Area Director Laura Marks at Troy’s City Hall with Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan in attendance (1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

In a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the second annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert will be held at 6pm on Saturday (March 21) at Revolution Hall at Brown’s Brewing Co. in Troy.

In an effort to bring attention to and raise funds for suicide awareness, and celebrate Dustin’s life, the annual memorial concert was conceived last year by Dustin’s father, veteran Nippertown guitarslinger Joe Mele. Fellow musicians, family, friends and a contingent of local businesses rallied around the event last year and promise to make it a truly memorable event again on Saturday.

Minimum donation at the door is $10. If you can’t attend the concert but would like to donate, GO HERE.

Here’s the line-up of Local 518 musicians and bands shceduled to perform, all of whom are donating their time and talent:

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Doin’ Good in the Neighborhood: The Dustin Mele Memorial Concert

Monday, April 21st, 2014
(1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

(1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

The inaugural Dustin Mele Memorial Concert was held at Brown’s Revolution Hall in Troy on Sunday, March 30 as a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. A plethora of Nippertown musicians – including Dustin’s dad, veteran Troy guitarslinger Joe Mele – pitched in, donating their time and talent to the cause.

Last week, Dustin’s parents presented a check to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Capital Region NY Area Director Laura Marks at Troy’s City Hall with Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan in attendance. The check represents all cash and check donations raised at the concert (with additional money collected online and through credit card donations to be presented at a later date).

And save the date: The second annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert is slated for Sunday, March 29, 2015…

Joe Mele: The Music Community Pulls Together for a Grieving Father

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Lindsay Mele, Joe Mele and Dustin Mele

Lindsay Mele, Joe Mele and Dustin Mele

Story by Don Wilcock

“Even back in my lounge lizard days when I was wearing the one-piece velvet jump suit, I’d always remember something Joe Mele said to me,” says Vito Ciccarelli, the City of Troy’s event coordinator for the last decade. “I was complaining to him that I was playing KC & the Sunshine Band and disco. We were at a Tuesday night jam session down at the Tele Tavern, and we would actually go from bar to bar on the strip and walk in with our equipment. Everyone knew us, and we’d set up if they had no entertainment going. We’d play and get some free beer or whatever, and we’d just have a good time. I commented to Joe at the end of one of these jams: ‘You guys are lucky. You’re going out, and you’re really playing music you love, and I am doing all this crap.’ And Joe says, ‘How much money did you make last weekend?’ I said, ‘$1200.’ He said, ‘I made a hundred bucks last weekend. Shut up!’ That had to be 1977, ’78. ‘I made a hundred bucks, Shut up!’”

I think it’s hard for all of us in the local music scene to get it through our heads how long some of us have been doing this. I’ve been writing about amazing Capital District music for 45 years. Joe Mele has been performing for just about as long. Mele: “People go, ‘You’re pretty good.’ I go, ‘Yeah, well I’ve been practicing for 45 fucking years, really. Thanks. My clock stopped when it went to 2000. I still have a real hard time saying 2010, 2011, 2014. After ’99, that was the end of it for me. Now I’m in this real world working with regular people which I’ve never been around. Really, I’m in the studio smoking ganja and running bands my whole life. Now I’m hanging around with politicians in an office, but I still act and say the same shit, though. They love it.”

You don’t follow your muse for as long as Joe and I have without encountering some bumps in the road. Losing a son to suicide is a personal tsunami that is beyond my imagination. As a father and grandfather, I cannot even begin to fathom the despair. At 3pm on Sunday (March 30), Joe Mele will pour his grief into the inaugural Dustin Mele Memorial Concert at Brown’s Revolution Hall in Troy. The Out of Control Rhythm & Blues Band headlines the benefit, which also features Emerald City, the Chris Busone Band, Johnny Rabb, Tony Perrino’s Killer B (featuring Todd Hanhurst of the Refrigerators and Trish Anderson of the Bluz House Rockers), Super 400, Blue Machine (featuring Tommy Love and Frank Daley) and the Ernie Williams Band. All proceeds from this, the first of a planned annual event, go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) whose slogan is “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”

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