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Applications are now being accepted for persons with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder who may be in need of supplies to support their creative artistry. Requests are sent via application to the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research’s committee. Donations are dependent on merit as well as funds available, and will be announced during Mental Health Month.
Applications are due no later than April 29, 2015.
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BLUES BLAST MUSIC AWARDS: SEAN COSTELLO RISING STAR AWARD
Thursday, October 23, 2014
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The Blues Blast Music Awards honor contemporary Blues artists and their recordings. Artists with major labels and indie artists are all eligible to be considered for categories such as Male Blues Artist, Female Blues Artist, Blues Band and the Sean Costello Rising Star Award.
History Behind the Sean Costello Rising Star Award
“To me Sean embodied the 20 year, overnight success artist who works hard for years before people notice they are rising stars because of that hard work. He had so much going for him, amazing talent, great singer, great songwriter, and that amazing guitar playing!
And then fate takes him from the world way too soon as he was about to tour in support of a great new album [We Can Get Together] on a “major” blues label. He was truly a “rising star”. It was just like the genius of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix or Jim Morrison who were tragically taken from the world at the pinnacle of their unique talent. All of them oozing with talent possibly fueled by some inner torment and soothed by the musical drug culture. E
very subsequent release of video and recordings I come across continues to show his amazing talent. I know there must be more out there we have not seen yet and this new album [In The Magic Shop] gives me and all his fans hope that we will get to hear more.”
– Blues Blast Magazine Publisher Bob Kaiser
Sean Costello: In The Magic Shop
October 21st, 2014
The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research is releasing a collection of previously unreleased tracks that Sean Costello recorded with Paul Linden, Melvin Zachery and Ray Hangen at The Magic Shop in New York. The producer of this album, Steve Rosenthal, is a Grammy winning producer of David Bowie, Coldplay, Norah Jones, Sean and other greats. He and the distributor, Vizztone, are donating all proceeds to the the Fund in honor of their cherished friend.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of In the Magic Shop will go to support research at a rehab facility dedicated to creative people with co-occurring illness. Creative people are 6-10 times more likely to have bipolar disorder, which has the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric illnesses. We have lost too many gifted people to this illness, including Sean, a 2014 inductee into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME AWARDS
Saturday, October 11, 2014
World Congress Center, Georgia Ballroom
Broadcast on Georgia Public Television at 8:00pm
Sean Costello (1979-2008) will be posthumously inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame alonside this year’s honorees: Lady Antebellum (performer award), Ed Roland (songwriter award), Francine Reed (pioneer award), Wet Willie (group award), Jeff Foxworthy (spoken word award), Danny Beard (non-performer award), and posthumous inductees Wally Fowler, Eddie Horst, Bobby Byrd and Frank Fenter.
Performers, Presenters, Honorees, and Entertainment VIPs will walk the Red Carpet beginning at 6:00pm on Saturday, October 11. For early arrivals, a cash bar will open at 6:00pm. The Dinner will begin at 6:45pm followed by the live Georgy Awards Telecast at 8:00pm.
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2014 BMA Nominee Brandon Santini (www.brandonsantini.com)
2014 BMA Nominee Gracie Curran (www.graciecurran.com)
VizzTone Recording Artist Mikey Junior with Dave Gross (www.mikeyjunior.com)
Greg Gumpel & Friends, with Special Guest Ray Hangen, Sean’s Former Drummer
Cover is only $5 for all of these amazing musicians. Being in Memphis after the Blues Music Awards, you never know who else may pop in! Hopefully we’ll also be celebrating Brandon and Gracie’s win!!!
Special Thanks to Sunday Wilde for her generous donation of a hotel room!
Saturday, April 19, 2014
1058 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Doors at 6:30pm
Music at 7:00pm
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 after 5:00pm
Do you have an appetite for giving?
For Georgia Gives Day, the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research is hosting a dine out at several Atlanta restaurants. Please join us for dinner on the evening of November 13, 2013 at the following participating restaurants:
It’s really simple…just eat dinner and a portion of proceeds from your meal will be donated to the SCMF!
If you are not in Atlanta and would like to participate, please feel free to make a donation at www.seancostellofund.org.
We are looking forward to seeing you on 11/13/13!
Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 7:00PM – 2:00AM
1058 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA
In memory of Sean Costello’s birthday (April 16, 1979), Northside Tavern donates its use for an annual benefit in his name. This year’s lineup features some of Atlanta’s best! Chicago Joe’s Rock ‘N Blues Camp features young blues musicians. Stephen Duncan, a solo artist, plays traditional country blues. The Rockaholics perform an homage to the blues, rock and soul artists of yesteryear and today. The Georgia Flood, a young and upcoming trio, represented Atlanta in the 2013 International Blues Challenge (IBC). Little G Weevil, a Hungarian native, represented Atlanta at the 2013 IBC, coming home the Solo/Duo Winner, as well as best guitarist. The Cazanovas are an Atlanta favorite, who have been performing since 2004. They also made it to the semi-finals at the 2013 IBC, impressing blues fans from around the world.
Doors open and entertainment begins at 7:00pm.
$10 donation at the door.*
*The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research is a 501c3 organization; donations are tax deductible according to IRS guidelines.
Beautiful Minds Lecture Series: The Impact of Bipolar Disorder on Loved Ones
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A panel of experts will take questions from the audience about living with a loved one who has bipolar disorder. The panel includes: Jeffrey Rakofsky MD (Psychiatrist and Bipolar Expert), Nadine Kaslow PhD (Psychologist and President-Elect of the American Psychological Association) and Yvonne DeBellotte (parent of a child with bipolar disorder)
Come with questions you would like answered about the challenges you have encountered as a caregiver. These may include:
This seminar will offer the caregiver an opportunity to discuss feelings and pose questions to a diverse panel that may be able to offer insights and suggest available resources. The panel discussion will be followed by a performance from an individual with bipolar disorder.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Sponsored by The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research and the Emory University Mood and Anxieties Disorder Program
Treatment in Tune – Acoustic Guitar Donations
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The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research is launching the program: Treatment in Tune. The Fund is seeking donations of new or gently used acoustic guitars. The guitars will be distributed to psychiatric and mental health rehabilitation programs in the Atlanta area. The purpose of the donation is to provide residents who are able to play, access to a musical instrument. There is evidence that creative outlets may help offset anxiety and increase a sense of self-worth in people with depression and bipolar disorder. A natural byproduct of the music they share may be stimulating the creativity of others. Often, people in these programs find themselves bored, or without activities that resonate with them.
Please consider donating to Treatment in Tune. In exchange for your donation of a new guitar, the Fund will place your logo on our website, if provided.
Please let our volunteer know if you are interested. Alternatively, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your participation.
Debbie Costello Smith (Sean’s Mom)
Founder and President of The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research
THIRD ANNUAL ROOTS AND BLUES BENEFIT TO SUPPORT THE SEAN COSTELLO MEMORIAL FUND FOR BIPOLAR RESEARCH
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Doors at 6:00 PM
North Atlanta High Center For the Arts
2875 Northside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
PURCHASE TICKETS NOW
$25.00 (plus applicable service fees) in advance
$30.00 at the door
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Donations are tax deductible according to IRS guidelines.
A TRIBUTE IN BLUE (excerpt)
Benefit celebrates bluesman’s too-brief career
By RENEE PRUSI –
Journal Staff Writer, The Mining Journal
The memory of Sean Costello’s visits to Marquette burn brightly in Tom Hyslop’s mind.
Like when the guitarist-vocalist played at the Marquette Area Blues Fest in 2005.
“That was a great time for a few reasons. Musically, it was right on because Sean had a new CD out – his self-titled disc on Artemis – and was working the material from it,” Hyslop said. “But the tracks had been recorded a couple of years earlier, and he had even more, newer songs, works in progress like his rearrangement of Bobby Womack’s ‘Check It Out’ and an early version of his own ‘Hard Luck Woman’ that showed up on later CDs.
“(Sean) touched a lot of people at the Fest – I’ve been told by more than one person that ‘He changed my life’ – and just smoked it at the after-fest party at the Matrixx, where things were a bit looser,” Hyslop said. “The kid just had too much soul to control.”
A concert at Upfront and Co. May 20 will raise funds in memory of Costello, whose star was on the rise in America and around the world when he died in April 2008 on the day before his 29th birthday from an accidental overdose.
Spring is here and it’s the perfect time for some blues, and to remember a dear musician who helped make this particular music scene so vibrant in Atlanta. The Northside Tavern will be hosting the 4th Annual Sean Costello Memorial Celebration on April 14th, from 7:30 PM-2:00 AM.
The event will include members of Costello’s band, some of which many local jazz fans might recognize from Matt Wauchope’s group the Mar-Tans. The night will also feature special guests who were friends and fans of Costello.
While the event always stands as an annual celebration of the life of the blues prodigy, this year’s affair will also serve as the official release party of Sean Costello At His Best- Live, which was released late last year. At His Best is truly the first and only major compilation of Costello’s live performances, and was collected from fans and venues alike, making it a true testament to both Costello’s loyal fan base and the type of stellar live performances that made him a true master so early in his life.
The 4th Annual Sean Costello Memorial Celebration is sponsored by The Sean Costello Memorial Fun for Bipolar Research, Barking Dog Blues, Photographic TOM, and of course, Northside Tavern. Tickets are just $10.
In the meantime, fans can take advantage of a free Mar-Tans show at Twain’s Billiards and Tap this Thursday, April 5th at 8:30 PM.
Visit the Northside Tavern’s calendar often for the best in live blues, seven days a week.
When Atlanta blues prodigy Sean Costello slipped away from his earthly life April 15, 2008, a day before his 29th birthday, confusion and sadness gripped his fellow musicians. Outwardly, Sean appeared quite normal. Only after his passing did his family reveal Sean’s battle with Bipolar Disorder and his struggle to stay alive.
“Sean acted professionally and was as normal as a musician could be. I think this factor makes people want to look closer at the circumstances.” says Debbie Ann Smith, Sean’s Mom and President of The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Disorder. “Although Sean obviously was fighting some serious demons, some of his professional friends didn’t even know that he drank. A person like Sean can maintain a professional exterior while fighting to keep themselves alive, literally. Performers often wear a public face that belies their private angst.”
In the years since Sean’s passing, Atlanta musicians have rallied around his family and dedicated themselves and their music performances to raising funds for continued research into Bipolar Disorder and its impact on artists.
“We were very much waiting on the right time to do something unique in honor of Sean for the Foundation.” remarks Kris Gloer, leader of The Last Waltz Ensemble, a group dedicated to progressively playing the music of Bob Dylan and The Band. “When I mentioned the idea of an event for The Foundation, Dan Nolen, owner of Smith’s Olde Bar was adamant that we do two nights and feature lots of special guests to honor our friend.”
“Sean played the Last Waltz as one of the last gigs he did. He came home so full of joy. I know he would cringe at the use of the corny word, but I can’t describe it any other way.” says Debbie. “He loved Levon Helm like family and was thrilled to honor him with his brother musicians, The Last Waltz Ensemble.”
Sean Costello was a great young Atlantablues musician who we lost too soon. He suffered from Bi-Polar Disorder and the Sean Costello Memorial Fund is dedicated to helping educate the public about this disorder, find new and better treaments, and learn more about BD and the connection between it and creative people, especially musicians.
THe fund is non-profit, and on April 16th, they are holding their 3rd annual celebration of Sean’s life. I had the honor of helping out last year at a fundraiser, and it was a wonderful experience, Get the details in the release below, and please buy your tickets and go!
The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research will hold its third annual celebration of the life of Sean Costello on Saturday, April 16th, 2011 at Northside Tavern, located at 1058 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA.
Doors open at 5pm and entertainment will follow from 6pm – 2am. Tickets are only $10 at the door! Donations are tax deductible according to IRS guidelines.
The 22nd Annual Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival is one of the most nationally recognized Blues Festivals in the United States. It began in 1987 with John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, and John Mayall headlining, along with 8 local acts on 2 outdoor stages and one indoor stage. The festival maintains the original theme of the blues, but also incorporates many other styles of “American” roots music, including, zyedco, rock, swing, jazz, jam, rhthym and blues, soul and maybe even some latin influenced music and bands.
Phone: 954-399-BLUE (2583)
A portion of the proceeds from the Riverwalk Festival will benefit The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research.
The Sean Costello Memorial Fund is having its second annual benefit concert and silent auction October 10th at The Tabernacle’s Cotton Club,located at 152 Luckie Street, Atlanta.
Your ticket purchase benefits a great cause, The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research. It was bipolar that took Sean from us too soon, and your blues examiner has a family member who suffers from this insidious disorder, so it is a cause near my heart. The press release explains that “The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research is uniquely focused on the needs of musicians with bipolar disorder. The Fund supports and conducts research on bipolar disorder and creativity while promoting awareness, providing education, and serving as a resource for these musicians and their support systems in order to foster acceptance, functioning and health”
Sean Costello was most recently honored for his retrospective recording, Sean’s Blues, which was nominated for Best Historical Album in the 2010 Blues Music Awards, and Best Contemporary Blues Recording in the 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards.
Don’t miss this fantastic benefit for a great cause.
Tumbleweeds Presents Cookin’ at Mccooks BBQ & Boogie
-$10 Suggested Donation per person!! Kids under 12 FREE! $$$ pays to see 3 Kick Ass bands!! and keep this event alive!…any proceeds will be going to The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research!
-We will have food and sodas/water, Piggy Roasters BBQ, Booby D’s Pizza, Burke’s Tavern will be selling fruit cups, Kiefers Kettle Korn, Italian Ice, Deep river Snacks, and A Veggie Option will be made available too!
-We advise…NO Coolers…There is No Alcohol in the park. As well as underage drinking has ruined things for everyone…know where your teens are! If you Must drink…Use your common sense!! If you are out of control in any way I will personally ask you to leave (sorry! but it is my event, so I can do that). NO GLASS.
– ABSOLUTELY NO DOGS of any kind, size, or shape (sorry)-Activites for kids…facepainting, hula hooping, bubbles, and more!-CLASSIC CAR SHOW…Bring your car and you enter FREE!
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This benefit show included the raffle of a framed full-color chalk drawing (female nude) by the legendary Atlanta musician and artist Donnie McCormick. Donnie wrote and sang on Sean’s version of ‘Have You No Shame’ on Sean’s ‘We Can Get Together’ CD. The untitled drawing was a birthday gift from Donnie to Sean. Donnie’s drawings and paintings are highly valued by the owners and seldom (never) change hands.
Benefit for The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research
Presented by Blind Raccoon.
RAFFLE – ENTER TO WIN:
Saint Blues Bluesmaster IV Guitar
A set of Sean Costello CDs (six in each)
A set of Sean Costello Memorial Fund T-shirts (three in each)
Two framed photographs of Sean Costello
Seydel 1847 Stainless Steel Reed Harmonica
Seydel 14-slot Harmonica Case
Seydel Baseball Cap
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$5 FOR SIX TICKETS
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Family, friends and fans of the late blues recording artist Sean Costello, braved the snow Sunday to attend the First Annual Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research Benefit Concert. The event, held at Costello’s alma matter, the North Atlanta High Center for the Arts, featured an incredible lineup of blues musicians including Lurrie Bell, The Wood Brothers, King Johnson, Soul Shakers and Felix and the Cats with Jon Liebman. In addition to great music, there was also a live auction.
Costello, a blues recording artist praised as one of the main torch-bearers of the blues flame for the next generation, passed away in Atlanta, on Tuesday, April 15th, one day before his 29th birthday.
The man who wrote “I’ve got a light that keeps on shining” is doing just that thanks to his music and the work of the fund started by his mother, Debbie Costello Smith. Smith said the fund’s mission is to apply Sean’s celebrity and the love of Sean’s fans and fellow musicians to increase research for treatment of Bipolar Disorder.
- atlanta.metromix.com (view slideshow)
Catch Sonia Leigh for her cd release party November 14th at Smith’s Olde Bar! VIP party to follow. Tickets $10 in advance. Purchase her cd “Angel on My Shoulder” with part of the proceeds going to the Sean Costello Charity.
One of the major fundraisers for community radio station WRFG-FM (89.3) featured performances from some of the best blues talent including: The Soul Shakers, Zydefunk featuring Charlie Wooton, Joe McGuinness and Oliver Wood, Joe Krown Organ Combo, Heaven Davis and the Breeze Kings. The event was dedicated to the late Sean Costello who died on the eve of his 29th birthday earlier this year. His mother, Debbie Smith spoke on his behalf and talked about the Sean Costello memorial fund for bipolar research.
Sadly, the world tragically lost this talented young musician on April 15, 2008, one day short of his 29th birthday. In his memory, his mom, Debbie Smith, established The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research. Information about the foundation can be found on Sean’s website at www.seancostello.com.
This year’s WRFG Labor Day Blues Barbecue is dedicated to Sean Costello, marking the first time that this honor has been bestowed posthumously. He headlined the Barbecue back in 2006. All of us in the Atlanta blues community wish that Sean were still alive and could be here with us to enjoy this tribute. His parents, Debbie and Glenn Smith, do joinus today and we welcome them.
Download WRFG Program from the Event
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Sean Costello was a musical prodigy who’d released several internationally acclaimed blues records and seemingly had nowhere to go but up when he was discovered dead in an Atlanta hotel room on April 15 of this year, one day before his 29th birthday. Buffalo native Ray Hangen played drums with Costello, and has organized a tribute concert this Sunday (July 6) starting at 1pm at theSportsmen’s Tavern. The show is also a benefit fundraiser for the Sean Costello Fund for Bipolar Research, a charity started by Costello’s mom to address the disorder the young guitarist and singer was struggling with at the time of his death.