Scene News: Australian artists organise MEL FEST in support of Mel McNamara

Friends of Mel (Melissa) McNamara have arranged a special show at the Croxton Bandroom on Friday 7th April to show their support as she battles a third round with cancer, called MEL FEST. Lending their talents on the night will be Paul Dempsey performing solo and acoustic, the Glenn Richards Five Piece, Dan Kelly on his own-some, cancer survivor Dan Brodie and Krista Polvere, as well as some special surprise guests to be revealed on the night.

Mel McNamara moved to Melbourne from Adelaide almost 20 years ago and quickly became friends with many musicians working as a photographer before moving in to magazine production. Mel’s husband Andrew “Skipper” Skim is also actively involved in live music as a lighting technician for Augie March as well as the Meredith and Golden Plains festivals, even whilst the couple relocated to New York for ten years, their visits coincided with the events. They are now back in Melbourne with their young family and the return of breast cancer has been even tougher than before.

One of the friends behind MEL FEST is singer songwriter Krista Polvere, who also relocated to Melbourne from Adelaide and spent time in the USA in between. Krista felt helpless when Mel was diagnosed with cancer again but wanted to do something to show support and give her friend a special night to look forward to. “Having her closest mates by her side is helping Mel a great deal. She’s the kindest soul I’ve ever met and has been there for me consistently in so many ways. Our friendship is unique and there are some people who you know your lives are meant to be shared with forever. Thanks for being my rock Mel I hope I’m being yours,” said Krista Polvere.

 


MEL FEST 

Paul Dempsey (solo and acoustic)

Glenn Richards Five Piece

Dan Kelly (solo)

Dan Brodie

Krista Polvere

 

Tickets $35 on sale now from thecroxton.oztix.com.au

(or $40 on the door if still available)

 

Friday 7th April 2017 from 8pm

Croxton Bandroom

607 High Street Thornbury

 

About Mary Boukouvalas 1147 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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