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Review: Celebration of Sean Costello 2014, Northside Tavern

The Larry Griffith Band: Celebration of Sean Costello 2014
The Larry Griffith Band: Celebration of Sean Costello 2014
Takesi (Ken) Akamatsu

t was a night of joy and remembrance. People who knew Sean Costello prior to his death in 2008 and those who only know him through his music and the efforts of his mother Deborah Smith and his stepfather Glenn Smith and the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bi-Polar Research gathered, danced, and shared an evening of love and great music as they have for the past six years since Sean died.

All of the musicians on hand volunteered their time and Northside Tavern donated the venue for the night. The evening purposefully began with three young bands whose members were all children when Sean passed away but who have been touched by his music. Frets on Fire, Abe Lincoln and the Log Lawyers, and The Georgia Flood all did admirable jobs playing the blues. The Georgia Flood in particular captured the spirit of the evening, playing mostly Sean's songs or the songs that he played live. They had the women up and dancing , even yours truly for one song and those who know me know I don't dance much! But it was irresistible to get up and boogie a bit.
Then Larry Griffith came on with his band and Lola Gulley joined them on keyboards and that set was pure delight. Griffith talked about touring with Sean as his drummer and how much fun it was and how great he was and then he had us all enthralled and laughing with his great blues and banter.

After that we had to leave but I know that Rod Hamdallah, one of Sean's contemporaries who played with him and has gone on to be a very popular local musician, The Cazanovas, and everyone else who played after we left just continued to shed that joy and good feeling.
As at every one of these events I have attended, Sean's presence was strong. He sang, "I've got a light. It keeps on shining...It just keeps burning all the time." Through the music and the love that he engendered and that lives on in the friends and fans who knew him when or who have come to know him now and through the work of the Memorial Fund, that light keeps right on shining.

If you aren't familiar with Sean Costello's music or the Sean Costello Memorial Fund, please get acquainted today. Find him on YouTube, buy his CDs, and visit the website. Your life will be enriched if you do.

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