Last Night: Adam Carter Memorial Concert at The Bone

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Adam Carter Memorial Concert
The Bone
March 23, 2011


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All photos by Danny Fulgencio
Friends gathered at The Bone last night for a concert memorializing the life of Adam Carter.
It was a somber scene at The Bone last night, a scene tragically all-too-familiar in the local music scene of late.

Since August, five members of the local music scene have died -- Ace McNeely, The Will Callers' Bradley Kyle Schroeder and Chase Monks, Frankie Campagna and, most recently, Campagna's Spector 45 bandmate Adam Carter, for whom Wednesday night's gathering was held. Not one of these area musicians was older than 33 years old at the time of their untimely death. It's been a trying time, to say the least.

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Yet once more, a sign of strength from the local musicians touched by their fallen friends' lives: Eleven bands gathered at The Bone, whose sound system had been built in part by Carter upon the Deep Ellum venue's recent reopening, to perform in honor of their friend. And, over the course of six hours of performance last night, that's precisely what they did, performing the same songs they so often did as recently as last week, when Carter was still alive and present, be it performing in these bands, helping them from the sound booth or cheering them on from the crowd.

And, just as had been the case earlier this year when Campagna was memorialized, their performances all came with a message -- to treat your friends well, to help them through tough times and to never be afraid to ask for someone's help.

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In the crowd, similar, yet less guarded sentiment: There were tears -- plenty of them; there were slumped shoulders; there were stone-cold faces. The attendees leaned on one another, both literally and figuratively, and they coped, in front of one another, in the various ways that humans cope with loss. Some celebrated their friend's life, regaling one another with tales of Carter and subsequently laughter. Some pleaded for explanations as to why Carter committed suicide. Others simply appeared overburdened by it all, numbed by this recent spate of loss in the community.

Conveniently, the layout of the venue helped attendees choose their method of grieving. On the rooftop gathered the talkers. In the performance room, the revelers. In the side, billiards room, the saddest of all. There, on a pool table, sat a collection of take-home tokens -- "45" stickers, compact discs of Carter's music, and a collection box for donations to given to an organization working in suicide prevention. Right alongside these artifacts, a poster for the event sat with a pen for attendees to sign.

A formal funeral will come on Friday. But, this event, indeed felt like a goodbye.

Here's hoping it's the last the local scene will have for some time.

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Adam's mother


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AC Cousin #2
AC Cousin #2

This person needs to grow up and realize how hurtful their words can be to the many people that loved Adam. Thank you for having his back.

Suspect56
Suspect56

Andrew- You're a friggin liar. You treated Adam like shit and you have the nerve to say he was your friend? You are a backstabbing asshole. He was right about you. You talk about people and glamorize them to their face, and then lie and talk dirt about them behind their back. Adam never deserved that, and I hope he is laughing at you, because he knows what an absolute jerk you are. So Andrew, piss off

TheresAlwaysHope
TheresAlwaysHope

I'm reposting this from another article in the hope it'll push down the crap below, which no know who loves Adam should have to see.

--I knew Adam casually through the music scene, though I saw him less frequently the last couple of years. The way he shared his love so warmly, while also wearing his torment on his sleeve, affected me deeply despite spending much less time with him than many others who’ve commented here. To their words, let me add this:

No one is beyond help, ever.

Adam couldn’t see that through his pain, just like he couldn’t see how much he gave those who love him even on his most difficult days.

The world is a worse place, not a better one, now that Adam is no longer among us.

I’m heartbroken by this news, even though having worked in mental healthcare I know neither I nor anyone else could have changed the outcome unless Adam allowed us to. And I know his close friends gave an immense amount over the years on numerous occasions when Adam found himself in bad places.

Still, if you feel hopeless and need help, you owe it to those who love you to ask again.

Any short-term burden of sitting with someone, either in person or even just over a quiet phone line, pales in comparison to the type of anguish Adam’s loved ones are going to suffer for a very long time, even though they bear no fault in his action.

If you can read this, you have the strength to call or text someone – anyone – and tell him or her that you just need to not be alone.

It may be easier to talk to someone you don’t know, too. Call the # Pete mentions above: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

nimbusthegreat
nimbusthegreat

go to hell you ignorant fuckwad.

meant for "you suck" in the comments below.

You suck
You suck

Being a drunk tattooed druggie "rock and roll" loser is so groovie

AET
AET

Thank you.

TheresAlwaysHope
TheresAlwaysHope

Let me add that if you find yourself helping someone who’s severely depressed, anxious, or thinking about harming themselves, it’s important you seek professional help promptly. While you may help someone through their feelings temporarily, the problem will come back without proper care.

Green Oaks Hospital in Dallas provides help for people in crisis even if they don’t need to be hospitalized. Though weak government funding for mental healthcare limits their resources, they treat everyone the same regardless of their background, and can often help those without money access free treatment programs. They’re located at 75/Central and Forest Lane behind Medical City and you can go there 24/7 without an appointment. The phone number is (972) 770-0818.

If in doubt, call 9-1-1 and they will assist you.

**Please like this comment and the one above it so they'll push down the crap below.***

David Hickmott
David Hickmott

Sure, Nesbitt...Sure :)

Anyway, I think that douche is just a troll looking for a reaction. Fuck that guy.

Suspect56
Suspect56

You are disgusting.You obviously hadn't the slightest clue what a gem Adam was. I'm with Stephanie on this. And having being engaged to Adam, knowing him, he would have laughed in your face if you said that too him. Rot in hell you insenstive F**head

Clbeard1021
Clbeard1021

How insensitive are you! A family lost a son, a brother, a cousin, etc. The Dallas music community lost a beautiful, talented person. Yes, he had problems, but we all do. And, none of us agree with or glorify how he chose to deal with his. I, along with many others, lost a friend.

I hope from your glass house you feel safe casting stones at others...

me
me

what a humongous asshole

David Hickmott
David Hickmott

Obviously you're friends with people that don't have real life issues, they don't create art or music, and are perfect in every way.

You see, Adam and the other musicians mentioned that have passed were brilliant in ways unimaginable to you. Please take your trolling elsewhere. And, if you've any real courage, you'll post your real identity and stand behind your evil words face to face with me and others who are of my kind. Of Adam's kind.

K?

Suspect56
Suspect56

Adam was Brilliant. Adam was a genius. I'll always love him and think of our times together. I'm glad he's not suffering anymore and that he's in a better place. He always wanted to meet Jimi Hendrix. I hope you're getting to play with him babe. Love you

Suspect56
Suspect56

Yeah who ever "You Suck Is"Go TO HELL. Adam was an angel in pain, you worthless sick asshead

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