A 2013 community health profile by Grays Harbor Public Health &Social Services found that 25- to 44-year-olds in the county were dying from drug-related causes nearly 20 percent more often than the state average in the most recent five-year study period.
In response to statistics like these, a partnership between Educational Service District 113 and Worksource of Grays Harbor is bringing a Rockers In Recovery concert to the D&R Theatre at 7:30 p.m. to promote addiction awareness.
Rockers In Recovery is an organization dedicated to using music to spread awareness of addition issues. Based in Florida, the band differs each show, made up of musicians who are passionate about helping addicts get treatment.
The free event on June 27 features musicians from groups such as the Blue Oyster Cult and The Capris in an effort to reach out to the community.
The directors, who lead the different musicians making up the band on different performances, are March Bosch and Lou Esposito. There are five other performers contributing to the event.They plan on playing 21 songs, including “Needle and the Damage Done,” “Tobacco Road,” and “Pink Cadillac.”
Katie Cutshaw from ESD said this free event has a greater purpose than just entertainment.
“We want the community to hear something positive and come together to have some fun,” she said. “Whether a person is in recovery, dealing with their own addiction, or impacted by someone else’s, the message will be that there is hope and that wellness is possible.”
No alcohol will be sold at the concert, nor will smoking be allowed in the theater. Organizations will have tables set up to answer questions about addiction advocacy groups.
John Hollis, founder of Rockers In Recovery, said the musicians look forward to coming to places like Aberdeen.
“We’re just doing a concert for awareness at the D&R,” he said. “There will be no money raised or pressure like that. It’s just about awareness.”
Social media brought the Rockers In Recovery non-profit to the Educational Service District 113’s attention. It appeared to be the best usage of private and public funds to put on monthly addiction-related programs in unison with the Worksource Grays Harbor.
This same program hosts a free comedy show June 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the D&R, with comedian Mark Lundholm, who did a similar show last year talking about his experiences in a 12-step program.
There will also be a special acoustic concert at The Harborena on June 26 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Those who want to donate to support prevention events can give to the Coastal Community Action Program, which is focused on improving health in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. For more information visit coastalcap.org.
Musical Directors of RIR All-Star Band and their past bands:
Mark Bosch (Ian Hunter, Rant Band, Garland Jeffries)
Lou Esposito (Joe Walsh, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry)
RIR Musical Contributors For D&R June 27 and their past bands:
Eliot Jacobs- Guitar (Peter Criss Band, The Capris)
Tommy Zvoncheck - Keyboards (Formerly of Blue Oyster Cult)
John Gianoulis - Drums (Earl Slick Band, Felix Cavaliere)
Lee Brovitz- Lead Vocals &Bass (Cyndi Lauper)
Casey Montana Rogers-(Recovery Unplugged)
Rockers in Recovery Concert
205 South I St., Aberdeen WA
7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.