Rock To Recovery, a transformative program for those in treatment and recovery, has announced that this year's Rock To Recovery 3 will take place on Saturday, September 15 at the legendary Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California. The event will be hosted by Academy Award-winning American film director Bryan Fogel and will feature music from STEEL PANTHER. This year's benefit concert will honor musician, DJ, record producer, singer, and songwriter Moby with the Rock To Recovery award.
The Rock To Recovery award is given each year to public figures known far and wide, who use their power to influence great masses of people. The award specifically honor those people who have battled addiction to overcome in an industry full of challenges. In doing so and by sharing their experience while accepting the award, they also give great hope to others.
"When people are new to recovery, they think life is going to suck, and many are just hopeless," says Rock To Recovery founder Wes Geer. "So the coolest thing about the awards we give is we get to honor people that have beaten great odds in an industry full of seemingly impossible challenges. Our recipients have stories that have flown under the radar for most of the general population. So when people hear Moby, who's has had huge hit records, DJs, is in recovery and advocates so strongly as he does, it really brings hope to the whole world that you can be an artist, super cool, cutting edge and do it all sober."
Past award recipients include Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR), Wayne Kramer (MC5) and Mike Ness (SOCIAL DISTORTION).
The concert serves to raise funds and awareness for Rock To Recovery's non-profit musical programs expanding the organization's reach, and helping to support, advocate and inspire people in all types of recovery: Wounded Warriors, addiction, mental health, PTSD, TBI, at-risk youth, foster children, etc.
"We are so excited to be in year three of our annual event," says Geer. "Each year, we help reframe recovery a bit further by showing just how many amazing humans have overcome huge life-threatening obstacles to beat their demons and thrive. Our sold-out events garner widespread coverage from the entertainment industry, helping us further our message, and act as our primary revenue source financing our core service — helping struggling people heal through playing music."
Former KORN and HED P.E. guitarist Wesley Geer founded Rock To Recovery on December 12, 2012, in an effort to give non-musicians access to the magic, healing powers of playing music, and advance the use of music expression groups in various treatment settings. In each session, program participants form a band, write a song together, and record their work, offering an uplifting, therapeutic release to patients recovering from PTSD, alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, cancer treatments and more, by organically helping improve body/brain chemistry by stimulating the natural release of serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, and oxytocin. Rock To Recovery typically operates as an adjunct service to a treatment center's curriculum, and in just four years, the program has grown to become an integral part of the weekly treatment curriculum for nearly eighty programs.
Rock To Recovery's non-profit entity donates its services to the U.S. Department of Defense's Wounded Warriors program, state-funded programs and indigent rehabs like the Salvation Army and Clare Foundation, programs for at-risk youths including Turning Point and North County Lifeline, as well as Breath of Heaven, and local VA programs, including New Directions for Veterans and the Brentwood VA.
Prior to the inception of these annual concerts, Rock To Recovery has been entirely self-funded. Due to the program's success and subsequent demand, coupled with the overwhelming successes of last year's event, the organization will continue to grow its reach through these annual fundraising celebrations in order to bring the healing power of music to more people.