Readers who will be in the Atlanta, Georgia area at the end of September should mark their calendars for Saturday night, September 29th, 2012. That's the date of the third annual "roots and blues" benefit concert for the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research. This year's show will be held at the North Atlanta High School Center for the Arts, and ticket prices begin at $25 plus fees for what is guaranteed to be a heck of a night of entertainment. How can the old Rev make such a bold guarantee? How about this line-up of talent - guitarists Tinsley Ellis and Dave Gross, harp wizard Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and phenomenal blues singer Gina Sicilia, among others - will all hit the stage and perform for this worthy cause.
Proceeds from this year's concert will help the Costello Fund launch the MOJO Project, a web and mobile-based application which monitors sleep patterns and warns the user of possible sleep deprivation. Musicians are particularly vulnerable to this sleep problem, and lack of sleep is often a trigger for mania, which creates other problems. Such an application may have helped save Costello's life, and could help other musicians. The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research was launched by the late guitarist's mother and is focused on the needs of musicians with bipolar disorder, supporting research on the disorder and providing a support system and valuable resource for musicians suffering from this problem.
Check with the Sean Costello Memorial Fund website for more details on the benefit concert.
Photo courtesy Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research