Celebration of Sean Costello

  • Event date: April 16th, 2016
  • Event time(s): 7pm
  • Hosted at: Northside Tavern
  • Price at the Door: $10.00
  • Join us on April 16th, 2016, for our annual celebration of Sean! This year, we are excited to have the following bands:

    No Solution
    Larry Griffith & Stephen Talkovich
    The Georgia Flood
    Joe McGuinness Trio
    Headlining is SONIA LEIGH!

    To RSVP & for more info, visit:

    Directions to Northside Tavern

    Thank you to our Sponsors:

    Northside Tavern
    Talkovich Guitars
    High-Tech Tennis

    Annual Celebration of Sean Costello April 15, 2017

  • Event date: April 15th, 2017
  • Event time(s): 7:30pm
  • Hosted at: Northside Tavern
  • Price at the Door: 15
  • Featuring:

    Donna Hopkins

    Cody Matlock

    Danny Michel

    Michael DeLaney

    Odd Man Out

    The Magic of Creativity

  • Event date: April 29th, 2015
  • Hosted at:
  • 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.

    Apply for this event here!

    Blues Blast Sean Costello Rising Young Star Award

  • Event date: October 23rd, 2014
  • Event time(s): 6:00pm
  • Hosted at: Champaign, Illinois
  • Price in Advance: $35
    Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Fluid Events Center
    Champaign, Illinois

    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

    More info & to purchase tickets

    Release of Sean Costello: In The Magic Shop

  • Event date: October 21st, 2014
  • Event time(s):
  • Hosted at: Online Sales
  • Sean Costello: In The Magic Shop
    October 21st, 2014

    Preview Check It Out from the upcoming release, Sean Costello: In The Magic Shop.

    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 Induction

  • Event date: October 11th, 2014
  • Event time(s): 6:00pm
  • Hosted at: World Congress Center
  • Price at the Door: $100-125
    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.


    For ticket/table sales, call 770-491-9494 ext 15 or email

    Rum Boogie Cafe Benefit

  • Event date: May 10th, 2014
  • Event time(s): 9:00pm
  • Hosted at: Rum Boogie Cafe
  • Price at the Door: $5.00
  • Event Performers

    Brandon Santini
    Gracie Curran
    Mikey Junior
    Dave Gross
    Greg Gumpel & Friends
    Special Guest Ray Hangen
    The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research is heading to Memphis Tennessee on May 10th!
    Join us at the Rum Boogie Cafe on May 10th at 9:00 for an incredible night of music!
    Lineup includes:

    2014 BMA Nominee Brandon Santini (

    2014 BMA Nominee Gracie Curran (

    VizzTone Recording Artist Mikey Junior with Dave Gross (

    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!


    6th Annual Celebration of Sean Costello

  • Event date: April 19th, 2014
  • Event time(s): 7pm
  • Hosted at: Northside Tavern
  • Price at the Door: $10.00
  • Event Performers

    The Cazanovas
    Acoustic Hour with Bill Sheffield and Jon Liebman
    Rod Hamdallah
    The Georgia Flood
    Larry Griffith Band
    Abe Lincoln and the Log Lawyers
    Frets on Fire
    and an evening of Very Special Guests

    Saturday, April 19, 2014
    Northside Tavern
    1058 Howell Mill Rd NW
    Atlanta, GA 30318

    Doors at 6:30pm
    Music at 7:00pm

    Dine Out. Do Good. 11/13/13

  • Event date: November 13th, 2013
  • Event time(s): 5:00pm
  • Hosted at: Big Easy Grille, Casseroles, D.B.A. Barbecue, Darwin's Burgers and Blues, Fat Matt's Rib Shack
  • 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:

    Darwin’s Burgers and Blues
    Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
    D.B.A. Barbecue
    Big Easy Grille

    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

    We are looking forward to seeing you on 11/13/13!

    NO HALF STEPPIN’: 5th Annual Memorial Celebration

  • Event date: April 20th, 2013
  • Event time(s): 7:00pm
  • Hosted at: Northside Tavern
  • Price in Advance: N/A
  • Price at the Door: $10.00
  • Event Performers

    Chicago Joe's Rock 'N Blues Camp
    Stephen Duncan
    The Rockaholics
    The Georgia Flood, Little G Weevil
    The Cazanovas
    Special Guests & Musician's Jam

    Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 7:00PM – 2:00AM
    Northside Tavern
    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
  • Event date: April 03rd, 2013
  • Event time(s): 6:30pm
  • Hosted at: Emory University-Briarcliff Campus
  • Price in Advance: FREE
  • Price at the Door: FREE
  • Beautiful Minds Lecture Series: The Impact of Bipolar Disorder on Loved Ones

    Download Flyer (PDF)

    Click address for directions:

    1256 Briarcliff Rd.
    Building A, 3rd Floor Auditorium
    Atlanta, GA 30306

    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:

    • Coping with anger, frustration, grief, exhaustion
    • Feeling unsupported by the mental health system
    • Believing your loved one will never get better
    • Blaming your self
    • Wishing your loved one would take their medicine
    • Wanting to hide the diagnosis from others
    • Having financial difficulties
    • Lacking effective coping skills

    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
  • Event date: March 10th, 2013
  • Event time(s): ongoing
  • Hosted at: online
  • Price in Advance: FREE
  • Price at the Door: FREE
  • Treatment in Tune – Acoustic Guitar Donations

    Download Flyer (PDF)

    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

    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


  • Event date: September 29th, 2012
  • Event time(s): 7pm
  • Hosted at: North Atlanta High Center For the Arts
  • Event Performers

    Tinsley Ellis
    Kim Wilson
    Gina Sicilia and Dave Gross
    Virginia Martinez with
    Original Sean Costello Band Members And Special Guest Jon Justice
    Truett Lollis

    Saturday, September 29, 2012
    Doors at 6:00 PM
    North Atlanta High Center For the Arts
    2875 Northside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

    $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.


  • Event date: May 20th, 2012
  • Event time(s): 3pm
  • Hosted at: Upfront & Company
  • Event Performers

    Billy Flynn
    Flat Broke Blues Band
    Travis & The St. Lous

    A TRIBUTE IN BLUE (excerpt)
    Benefit celebrates bluesman’s too-brief career
    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.



  • Event date: April 14th, 2012
  • Event time(s): 7:30pm
  • Hosted at: Northside Tavern
  • Event Performers

    Matt Wauchope
    Terrance Prather
    Paul Linden
    Melvin Zachery
    Aaron Trubic
    Paul Campanella, Jr.

    With Special Guests:
    Friends and Fans of Sean Costello
    Jon Liebman
    Oliver Wood
    Chicago Joe Jones & Blues Camp Youth Bands
    Joe McGuinness
    Jon Justice
    Jackie Tanner
    Bill Sheffield
    Art Holliday
    Truett Lollis
    Andew Black
    Kyle Smith
    Mike Bourne
    Stephen Talkovich

    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.

    For more details or to learn about the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research or bipolar disorder, please visit The Memorial Fund’s website.

    Visit the Northside Tavern’s calendar often for the best in live blues, seven days a week.


  • Event date: August 19th, 2011
  • Event time(s): 7pm
  • Hosted at: Smith's Olde Bar
  • Event Performers

    Friday, August 19, 2011:
    The Last Waltz Ensemble
    With Special Guests
    Opening set by: Moontower
    Also starring...
    Jon Liebman
    Ike Stubblefield
    Reverand Jeff Mosier
    David Blackmon
    Joe McGuinness
    Rod Hamdallah
    Aaron Trubic (Sean Costello Band)
    Greg Baba (King Johnson)

    Saturday, August 20, 2011:
    The Last Waltz Ensemble
    With Special Guests
    Opening set by: Turtle Folk
    Also starring...
    Jon Liebman
    Ike Stubblefield
    Nelson Nolen
    Richie Jones (Donna Hopkins Band)
    Preston Holcomb (The Grapes)
    Daniel Hutchens (Bloodkin)
    Charlie Wooton (Zydefunk)
    Will & Lee Haraway (The Sundogs)
    Lee Schwartz (Outformation)
    Justin Brogdon
    Randy Chapman
    Skye Paige
    Jessica Sheridan and more...

    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.”



  • Event date: April 16th, 2011
  • Event time(s): 7pm
  • Hosted at: Northside Tavern
  • Event Performers

    Uncle Sugar
    The Electromatics
    Rod Hamdallah
    Snave & the Grass
    The Hollidays
    Truett Lollis
    Odd Man Out
    Chicago Joe's Rockin' Blues Camp Band
    With Special Guests, including the friends and fans of Sean Costello.

    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.



  • Event date: February 11th, 2011
  • Event time(s): All weekend
  • Hosted at: Bubier Park
  • Event Performers

    Robert Randolph and the Family Band
    Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers
    Janiva Magness
    Superchikan and The Fighting Cocks
    The John Nemethm Band
    Richerd Johnston
    Karen Lovely
    Albert Castiglia Band
    Rod Hamdallah Band
    Joey Gilmore Band
    Dave Shelly and Bluestone
    JP Soars and the Red Hots
    Big City Blues Band
    Blues Dragon
    Ever So Klever
    Big Poppa E and the E Band
    Ernie Southern
    Blueberry Jam and more!
    Special All Star Jam hosted by Famous Frank and the Knucklebusters

    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.


  • Event date: October 10th, 2010
  • Event time(s): 5pm
  • Hosted at: Cotton Club/Tabernacle
  • Event Performers

    Candye Kane
    Seth Walker
    Sonia Leigh
    Coy Bowles and the Fellowship
    Jon Justice
    Burnt Bacon (Oliver Wood, Jon Liebman, Chris Uhler, Dave Roth)
    Special Guests: Paul Campanella, Aaron Trubic and Matt Wauchope

    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.



  • Event date: July 25th, 2010
  • Event time(s): 4pm
  • Hosted at: McCooks Park Niantic Connecticut
  • Event Performers

    Nick Moss and the Fliptops
    Sean Chambers
    Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters

    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!
    -Free Parking
    -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!
    -Bring chairs/blankets/bugspray/sunscreen…bathing suits and towels…there are 2 beaches!! Don’t forget your dancin’ feet!
    – Message us for more info!


  • Event date: April 16th, 2010
  • Event time(s): 7pm
  • Hosted at: Northside Tavern
  • Event Performers

    Breeze Kings w/ members of Sean’s band
    Bill Sheffield
    Nathan Nelson & the Entertainment Crackers
    Eddie Tigner
    Uncle Sugar
    Josh “Blonju” McCormick
    Chicago Joe Jones & Blues Camp Youth Bands
    Rod Hamdallah
    Heaven Davis
    Plus Special Guests, the friends and fans of Sean Costello.

    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.


  • Event date: January 22nd, 2010
  • Event time(s): All day
  • Hosted at: King's Place, Rum Boogie
  • Event Performers

    King’s Palace:
    Dave Riley & Bob Corritore
    Steve Howell & His Boys
    Tas Cru
    Davis Coen
    Izzy & Chris

    Rum Boogie:
    Memphis Livin featuring Billy Lavender
    Jon Justice Band
    Levee Town
    Davina and The Vagabonds
    Will Tucker
    Jay Gaunt

    Benefit for The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research
    Presented by Blind Raccoon.

    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

    162 Beale St.

    182 Beale St.


  • Event date: July 17th, 2009
  • Event time(s): 9pm
  • Hosted at: Northside Tavern
  • Event Performers

    Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner
    Nathan Nelson
    Josh McCormick
    Burnt Bacon with Oliver Wood
    Jon Liebman
    Chris Uhler
    Dave Roth
    Bill Sheffield
    Joe McGuinness


  • Event date: March 01st, 2009
  • Event time(s): 5pm
  • Hosted at: North Atlanta High Center For the Arts
  • Event Performers

    Lurrie Bell
    The Wood Brothers
    King Johnson
    Felix and the Cats
    Jon Liebman
    Eddie Tigner
    Soul Shakers

    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.

    – (view slideshow)


  • Event date: November 14th, 2008
  • Event time(s): 9pm
  • Hosted at: Smith's Olde Bar
  • Event Performers

    Sonia Leigh
    Joe McGuinness
    Sol Junky

    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.

    Tickets will sell out. Don’t get left on the curb. Sonia Leigh is a little bit rock and roll and a little bit any other genre you can bring to mind other than say, jazz or hip hop. An accomplished singer and songer writer, she plays the guitar with the virtuosity of a master. Her fiery voice calls to mind legends like Janis Joplin with the rebellion and black streak of Johnny Cash. A charge set to explode is the only comparison I can honestly pull to mind when describing this wee bit of woman. Size does not matter, contrary to popular belief. Please check her out at or visit her myspace page.


    Buy Sonia Leigh’s Angel On My Shoulder, dedicated to Sean Costello



  • Event date: September 01st, 2008
  • Event time(s): 1:00pm
  • Hosted at: Park Tavern at Piedmont Park
  • Event Performers

    The Breeze Kings
    Heaven Davis
    Joe Krown Organ Combo
    Joe McGuinness & Oliver Wood
    Zydefunk featuring Charlie Wooton
    Soul Shakers

    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

    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.

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  • Event date: July 06th, 2008
  • Event time(s): 2pm
  • Hosted at: Sportsmen's Tavern Buffalo New York
  • Event Performers

    Dave Gross with Gina Sicilia
    Scott Cable
    The Blues Hounds
    Mark Winsick Band
    The Allison Pipitone Band
    Bass Reeves & The Outfit
    Mr. Conrad
    Acid Funk Duo, featuring Ron Davis and Ray Hangen
    Allen St. Jazz Band
    Jack Civiletto

    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.

    Sean Costello