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  • Local bands 13:1 and Devolver rock for a cause

  • Smyrna-area bands Devolver and 13:1 will rock out in memory of former Polytech High School graduate Jennifer Capello, 29, who passed away Oct. 19, due to injuries sustained from an auto accident.


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  • Smyrna-area bands Devolver and 13:1 will rock out in memory of former Polytech High School graduate Jennifer Capello, 29, who passed away Oct. 19, due to injuries sustained from an auto accident.
    The benefit concert, which will feature a 50/50 raffle, will be held at Bubba’s Rock Shack! at 9 p.m. on Friday. Proceeds will benefit the Capello family.
    When Smyrna band 13:1  (who will be performing at the 2012 South by Southwest Festival in March) booked their show at Bubba’s awhile back, they knew they were going to tear the house down and provide the audience with an escape from whatever personal issues they were experiencing. While the band still expects to shut the venue down with their heavy, alternative rock sound, no one in the band ever imagined the show would become a benefit concert that would help the Capellos.
    It all started when John Wetherall, of Dover, received a call from Michele Reider – lead teacher for the Childhood Development Center at Delaware Technical & Community College’s Terry Campus – who reached out to Wetherall, after Jennifer pasted away, about performing a benefit concert for the Capellos.
    Wetherall didn’t hesitate to get on board with the project. He contacted Bubba’s owner, Charles Lyon, for permission to turn their show into a benefit, and the owner was “totally” in support of the idea, he said. In addition, he informed his band mates about doing the benefit and they also were on board with it.
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT 13:1 benefit concert
    WHEN 9-1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4
    WHERE Bubba’s Rock Shack! 865 N. Dupont Highway, Dover
    COST $5; raffle tickets $1 apiece or eight for $5
    INFO Facebook.com/ThirteenToOne
    “We took advantage of having the show and we turned it into something to help [the Capello] family out,” said Wetherall, whose group will share the stage with fellow Smyrna-area band Devolver, who will also perform at SXSW in March of 2012. 
    Considering a friend informed Reider that 13:1 had past experience doing benefit shows, she took it upon herself to reach out to Wetherall because she wanted to make sure Jennifer’s 5-year-old-son, Paul, who she taught for a year-and-a-half at the Childhood Development Center, would have a more financially-secure future.
    Upon receiving Reider’s call, Wetherall contacted Matt Boller, president of June Jam (an annual concert held in June, in Houston, in which a portion of the proceeds benefit Delaware organizations) to assist him with the concert.
    Last Wednesday, Tara (Jennifer’s 28-year-old sister), Michele, Wetherall and Boller organized a meeting at the MainStay Suites Hotel in Dover to discuss the operation. Boller said the meeting was emotional and just about everyone present was “pretty teary-eyed around the whole room.”
    Page 2 of 2 - At the meeting it was decided there’d be a series of raffle prizes, including a night’s stay at the MainStay Suites Hotel, which was donated by the hotel’s owner, Bob Hartley, Reider said.
    Tara was speechless that strangers would unite to support her family.
    “It means the world to me,” she said. “It shows there’s good people in the world that will help you even if they don’t know who you are.”
    As for the Capellos, Tara said they’re doing well and “staying positive” and “pulling together.”
    In addition, she mentioned Daniel Simpson, campus director of the Delaware Technical Terry Campus, presented her family with a full college scholarship for Paul, at a ceremony held at Delaware Technical’s conference room after Jennifer’s funeral.
    While Tara couldn’t pinpoint who Jennifer’s favorite band was, since she enjoyed a variety of music, she knows her big sister “would have loved to know that a band played in her honor,” she said.

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