Greetings Valley Recovery Center friends and welcome to another Sober SoCal Weekend blog. This time out, we’re doing things a little differently. Rather than profile a variety of Saturday/Sunday activities that do not involve drugs and alcohol, we’re profiling just one. Specifically, this Sunday’s first annual Rock To Recovery concert. If you can focus your energies on one major outing this weekend, do this. Not only will you be able to see amazing live music from the artists behind Korn, Sugar Ray and Jane’s Addiction, you’ll be supporting a cause that benefits people beating their addictions.
First, let’s get started on the actual concert. Set to take place at Hollywood’s Fonda Theatre this Sunday, Rock To Recovery kicks off at 7pm. Tickets run from $27.50 – $50.00, with proceeds going to the Rock To Recovery Foundation (which we discuss down below). If you arrive early, you can participate in the red carpet ceremony; which will highlight a variety of music and metal stars who have successfully beaten their addictions. You can expect other special celebrity guests as well, spreading a message of positivity and sobriety.
Once inside, we are pleased to share that there will be absolutely NO BARS and NO ALCOHOL. This is a 100% clean event, so you do not have to worry about any temptations (which is usually a common occurrence at rock concerts).
And what about the actual lineup? Expect to see all-star jams featuring Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, Jane’s Addiction’s Chris Chaney and Franky Perez from Apocalyptica. Now that’s just the first “jam.” Jam #2 will feature Korn’s David Silveria, Nate Lawler from Death on Wednesday, Scott Ellis from She Wants Revenge and Kill Radio’s Brandon Jordan.
There will also be a special ceremony honoring Social Distortion guitarist Mike Ness and the work he’s done to help his fellow musicians through sobriety. The bottom line is, Rock To Recovery will be an absolute blast and a great opportunity to see talented musicians.
Now, beyond this weekend’s Sober SoCal event is an amazing organization that we feel deserves a spotlight. Rock To Recovery exists 365 days a year and basically takes Music Therapy treatment to a whole new level. Founded by former Korn guitarist Wesley Greer in 2012, it actually gives people in recovery the opportunity to sit and play with their favorite artists. Along the way, they can hear real stories about musicians who have beaten addiction and turned their lives around.
Rock to Recovery also encourages aspiring musicians in recovery programs (whether professional or amateur) to form impromptu bands and write new songs. This can work as a release and allows patients to focus their energies on positive outlets, rather than using.
“Music is a powerful tool, proven to help soothe the soul. For someone in recovery, learning to have clean and sober fun, feeling a part of, connecting to a group, and quieting the mind are keys to a successful new life. It’s time to feel good in all that we do. Rock to Recovery gives people, such as recovering addicts/alcoholics, a chance to have fun expressing themselves, working as a group, and experiencing the natural high only music can produce.”
We definitely believe in this cause. For more info on this weekend’s event (including ticket purchasing), click here.