The 8th Annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert to be Held on March 19th

TROY –  The 8th Annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert has just been announced; the public has been invited to enjoy an evening full of music to benefit suicide prevention and mental health intervention services. Taking place on Saturday, March 19th, at 6:00 pm, the event will be held at Brown’s Revolution Hall in Troy. A minimum $20 donation at the door is suggested; proceeds from this year’s Memorial Concert will support three organizations, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP); National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and Rensselaer County mental health and emergency assistance programs through Catholic Charities CoNSERNS-U program, all in memory of Dustin. 

Past annual concerts have raised over $90,000 for Capital Region not-for-profits, and have drawn more than 3,900 attendees, including Congressman Paul Tonko and many Troy city officials, and world-renowned musicians. The concerts have been credited as one of the top musical events of the year in the Troy Record. This year, they expect to break $100,000 in fundraising, thanks to the generous support of their community, donors, and sponsors. 

This year, world-renowned musician/singer/songwriter Jeff Dayton will be coming up from Nashville to take the stage and kick off the evening. Jeff is best known for his 15 years as Glen Campbell’s bandleader and guitarist. He’s also toured in Kenny Chesney and Lee Greenwood’s bands and played guitar with Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Vince Gill, and many more. Dayton’s songs have been recorded by George Strait, Doug Stone, Sarah Darling, Chubby Carrier, and more. Jeff’s original music is steeped in the best of great songwriters in country, pop, and rock with an emphasis on strong, smart lyrics about real life people. He tours throughout the U.S., the Caribbean, and Europe. 

Jeff Dayton (photo provided)

Following Jeff’s musical performance will be regional band favorites The Kyle Bourgault Band, Super 400, and Soul Sky, donating their time and talent to play in support of the event. The Kyle Bourgault Band has been working on a special project, a full set of music by The Eagles for the event that is sure to please Eagles fans. Other top local musicians sitting in throughout the evening include Steve Candlen, Chris Carey, Frank Daley, Tom Flynn, Chris Garabedian, Chris Gill, Todd Hanhurst, Brian Kane, Heather Kovar, Tommy Love, Scotty Mac, Eileen Markland, Luke McNamee, Tony Perrino, Johnny Rabb, Rich Romano & more.

Joe Mele lost his son Dustin to suicide in 2013. A veteran of more than 40 years on the local music circuit, Joe rallied the area’s elite musicians to raise awareness of the growing suicide problem. Dustin’s friends and family believe that by erasing the stigma of depression and making proper mental health care more easily available, lives can be saved. Suicide is at epidemic proportions and touches more and more lives and families every day. Over the past 9 years, the Mele family has gone above and beyond to try to bring awareness and assistance to those who are struggling in the Capital Region. 

Lindsay Mele, Joe Mele and Dustin Mele
Lindsay Mele, Joe Mele and Dustin Mele

Over the past 7 years, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) credited the Dustin Mele Memorial Concert as the top fund-raiser in upstate New York for AFSP’s largest annual event, the Fall Walk for R.I.T.A., which raises money for suicide awareness, suicide prevention, and family support programs. 

This year’s Dustin Mele Memorial Concert event is sponsored in part by Brown’s Brewing; The Catholic Monument Design Center; Fagan Associates; Grotto Skin and Lash Lounge; Guth DeConzo Consulting Engineers, PC; Modern Press; RadioRadioX; Rensselaer County Deputy Sheriff’s PBA and Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office. 


To make an online donation, you can do so through any or all 3 benefiting organizations: 

Catholic Charities Dustin Mele Memorial Fund
AFSP Dustin Mele Memorial Concert team members
NAMI N.Y.S. chapter

Don’t forget to mention the Mele Memorial Fund so they can add it to their Fund list and send a thank you! For more information on the Annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert, visit their Facebook page.

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