October 4, 2013 in Features

Concert celebrates life, supports family of local DJ Mundell


Dustin Mundell, above, was killed Sept. 14 in a car crash. His life will be celebrated tonight at the Knitting Factory in a show featuring Sammy Eubanks, left.
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Dustin Mundell had many friends. His affable nature ensured it.

Those friends are mourning his death three weeks ago in a car accident in North Idaho. Mundell, who worked his way up from DJ at the Knitting Factory to assistant general manager – a post he held for five years – will be celebrated Friday with a concert featuring Spokane bluesman Sammy Eubanks and friends.

Matt Judge, the Knit’s general manager, said Mundell was his right-hand man. “He always had a joke. He always had as story to tell,” Judge said. “He was just a great guy.”

Mundell started there as a DJ, then worked his way into production, then into the bar staff. “When it came time to fill my assistant general manager position,” Judge said, “he was a perfect fit.”

In addition to his work at the Knitting Factory, Judge said Mundell was a well-known DJ, spinning tunes under the name DJ Graffix. He worked at several radio stations, including KXLY, Radio Spokane and Clear Channel. He also spent a couple years as a volunteer firefighter in Airway Heights.

Mundell, 28, lived in Newman Lake. He was killed Sept. 14 after the vehicle he was in rolled on Highway 95 south of Coeur d’Alene. Neither Mundell nor the other person in the car were wearing seat belts, Idaho State Police said at the time.

Mundell is survived by his young sons, Landon and Jordan. A memorial fund has been established for the boys through Numerica Credit Union. Proceeds from tonight’s concerts will benefit the Dustin Mundell Memorial Fund.

In addition to Eubanks, tonight’s show will feature Devon Wade, Jimmy Nuge and 33. Tickets are $10, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the memorial fund. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Knitting Factory is located at 919 W. Sprague Ave.

“We have a real solid lineup of local folks donating their time to come down and see if we can raise money for these children,” Judge said.

Carolyn Lamberson

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