To fans of Duran Duran everywhere,

Hello name is Bryan Beller, and I'm the producer of a benefit concert series called WesFest. It's organized and promoted by the friends and family of Wes Wehmiller, the incredibly talented former bassist for Duran Duran who died of thyroid cancer in 2005 at the age of 33. To honor Wes' memory, and to ensure that future bassists have the opportunities that Wes had, Wes' family has established the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music. The scholarship goes to a deserving continuing bass student at Berklee - basically, to a great up-and-coming bassist who one day will likely be a pro.

The idea of WesFest was born of a desire to keep Wes' community in touch with an annual gathering, to grow that community, and to raise money for the scholarship with a benefit concert and an annual fundraising drive. This year's show, WesFest 3, is happening at Paladino's, in Tarzana, CA, on Monday, February 25. I'm writing this to invite you to the show, and to support this great cause! Our goal is to raise $10,000 for the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship with this year's fundraising drive. We're getting there, but we have some way to go and we could use your help.

Now we know that not everyone reading this lives in the greater Los Angeles area, but may want to support the efforts to honor Wes anyway. To that end, we have the WesFest 2 Concert DVD! It's a professionally produced 75-minute concert video from last year's show, featuring many of Wes' friends (including former Duran Duran drummer Joe Travers) and lots of great music. It also includes special bonus features, like a slideshow tribute to Wes with many never-before-seen still photographs, a pictorial biography set to music, and more.

All of the details for both WesFest 3 and the WesFest 2 Concert DVD are below. One thing folks interested in attending WesFest 3 should know is that advance ticket sales for WesFest 3 end on Monday, February 18! Door tickets are available, but at a slightly higher cost. Details are below.

So, here are your links, followed by even more event information below.

Order WesFest 3 tickets right here, right now!

And if you know that you can't make it, the WesFest 2 DVD is available for your contribution as well.

Thanks so much to the Duran Duran community for taking the time to read this, and I invite you to consider supporting the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship in any way you're inspired to do so.

Best wishes to all,
Bryan Beller/The WesFest 3 Team


The WesFest Team is proud to announce:

WesFest 3: A Concert To Benefit The Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College of Music


The WesFest 2 Concert DVD


WesFest 3: A Concert to Benefit the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music

February 25, 2008
6101 Reseda Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91335
              (818) 342-1563       

Doors open at 7:00 PM

Band Lineup

Andrew Gouche - HEADLINER
The Mike Keneally Band
Kira Small
Mother Eff
and Danny Mo & The Exciters, featuring 2007 Wes Wehmiller Scholarship winner Claire Finley

Ticket Pricing

$30 per pair of tickets in advance (advance tickets are available until February 18, 2008)
$20 for single tickets in advance
$30 for tickets at the door.


(Just read the instructions on the page for purchase.)

Official sponsors of WesFest 3:

Mike Lull Custom Basses 
Epifani Custom Sound 
D'addario Strings 
Fender Guitars and Amplifiers 


We're also proud to announce the release of the WesFest 2 DVD!

If you absolutely, positively can't make it to the show, this is a great way to support the event and the fundraising drive! And it's a great concert DVD in its own right as well.


(Just read the instructions on the page for purchase.)

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