Song - Artist -
Get A Little Order - The Sweet Inspirations -
On the night of Thursday, March 24, a 23-year-old man named Mitchell Dubey was shot and killed in his New Haven home. To many people I am sure this was just another senseless homicide that they heard about on the news, but for people who frequent punk shows in Connecticut, including myself and a couple other DJs at WHUS, Mitch was a friend and an integral part of the community that makes up our music scene.
Personally, I did not know Mitch extremely well; I did however see him at almost every concert I went to, and he was always the first person to say hello to me, and the one having the most fun. Though all the conversations I had with him were brief, Mitch always made me feel as though I belonged whenever I was at a show where I didn’t know many people and most didn’t make an effort to talk to me, and I considered him to be a friend. Two years ago, Mitch had a benefit concert for his father who became paralyzed in a snowboarding accident; I was planning a road trip with my then-boyfriend to take place around the same time, and I told Steve that we absolutely could not leave Connecticut until after that show took place, because Mitch was such a great person and had done so much for the music scene here, and I couldn’t just not go. The fact that I would delay the start of my vacation to go to a concert supporting him and his family shows just how big of an impact he has had on everyone since moving here from California three years ago.
To help Mitch’s family pay for funeral costs, a benefit concert at Toad’s Place in New Haven has been planned for this upcoming Sunday, April 3, at 6:00pm. Originally slated to take place at the Madison Arts Barn, the concert was moved to New Haven to accommodate the large number of people expected to attend. The concert will feature several of Mitch’s favorite bands from Connecticut and surrounding areas, including The Flaming Tsunamis, Call it Arson (reunion show), My Heart to Joy (second-to-last show), Slingshot Dakota, and Brunt of It. Tickets can be purchased online for a minimum donation of $10, and beyond that you can pick how much money you wish to donate. If you are not able to attend the concert but still want to help out Mitch’s family, you can send a Pay Pal donation to email@example.com.
Rest in peace Mitch; you will be greatly missed.