Energy was running high on Saturday night as more than 200 recovering addicts/alcoholics and musicians came out to the first “Tune In: Express Yourself” concert to help raise money for the Face the Music Foundation. The night was filled with performances ranging from intimate acoustic sets, spoken word poetry, and even stand-up comedy, all focusing on the struggles of addiction.
The evening took place at the V-Twin City motorcycle shop on Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. The evening embodied the rock-and-roll aesthetic with a lot of motorcycles, the colorful banter of the master of ceremonies; the energy was a playful and fun one to say the least.
The event kicked off with a rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” performed by a group who, appropriately enough, are in rehab at the moment. The irony wasn’t lost on the crowd and this sense of humor and fun permeated throughout the rest of the show. First and foremost, this was a celebration of life and the possibilities of staying clean and sober.
Performer and recovering addict Jack C said, “It was absolute fire; I’m blessed.”
Another recovering addict named CJ told us the concert was, ”Some of the most fun I’ve had in recovery yet.”
When I spoke to attendant Jenn H, she told me that she, “…is realizing that relapse doesn’t have to happen and I need to love myself.”
The headliner of the evening was Tommy Gunz, a Detroit rapper who draws from his experience with drug addiction to write his lyrics. His passion and enthusiasm for recovery fueled his performance and really cemented why it is that The Face the Music Foundation puts so much effort into raising awareness to the horrors of addiction.
We here at the Face the Music Foundation couldn’t be happier with how the evening went. We’d like to thank Recovery Unplugged for sponsoring the event and V-Twin City for having us. Our next event is sure to be even bigger and more exciting!
The money raised from “Tune In: Express Yourself” is being used to help cover the costs of treatment for addicts and alcoholics.