Dominic Agius

The story of Dominic Agius is a tragic one.

A talented young local musician, Dominic died of a heroin overdose Feb. 14, 2011, in Costa Mesa. He had gone to Southern California in hopes of getting clean and sober at a center called Sober Living by the Sea.

He was 22.

Dominic’s brother, Jim Aguis, who has been booking bands at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma for the past five years, wants Dominic’s friends to remember not just the tragedy, but the talent, too.

So Jim is doing what he does best. He’s putting on a concert.

“Concert for Dominic,” featuring Dominic’s songs, performed by his musician friends, starts at 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Phoenix. The line-up includes Pet Sounds, Dan Coxon, Mystery Invention and Girls in Suede.

Admission is free, and everyone who attends will receive two free CDs:

(1)“Mystery Invention — Self-Titled Full Length,” recorded by Dominic and his band, Mystery Invention, in the summer of 2010. The ablum was completed but unreleased when he died.

(2)“Dominic Agius — Tribute,” a new album featuring 16 covers of his songs, recorded by his friends and bandmates, recorded and mixed by Robert McLean in 2011.

But that’s not all. “Dominic Agius — A Life Inside the Kaleidoscope,” a documentary film on Dominic’s life and music, will screen at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Roxy Stadium 14 movie theater in Santa Rosa.

For Jim, who made the film, it best captures what he remembers most about his brother.

“Those things include his wit, his irreverence, his musical ability and his valiant struggle to battle the demons that eventually took his life,” Jim said.

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