Goodbye notes

November 1, Todd Kelly Life Celebration

Todd Kelly's October 3 death from pancreatic cancer sent reverberations throughout the Sacramento music community and beyond.

For those who didn't know the musician—or did so only casually—Kelly's battle with the disease lasted approximately a year.

In life, Kelly was a talented artist and trumpet player, probably best known for his work with the iconic Sacramento band Filibuster.

He was also a devoted father and deeply loved by close friends and acquaintances alike.

A memorial to celebrate his life will take place this Sunday, November 1, at the Fox & Goose. The event will be hosted by local musician Cardel Daniels, who called on Kelly's musical peers to pay tribute.

Todd Kelly's brother David Blakely remembers him with fondness.

“Some people thought my brother was weird. He was just T.K. to me. [Kelly] lived his life for himself and for his [15-year-old] son Avery,” Blakely says.

“I looked up to him and the way he did so with no regrets,” Blakely adds. “Not only was he passionate, fearless and very intelligent, he was loved by all the people he hugged and shared his time with.”

The tribute will include guest speakers, special sets by Kelly's Heroes, Sac Storytellers and a free-for-all urban jazz session in Kelly's honor curated by Daniels with Harley White Jr. $5 minimum donation; 5 p.m., Sunday, November 1; Fox & Goose, 1001 R Street;