DULUTH, MN — The pandemic impacted people’s lives in obvious ways like canceled plans, financial challenges, and fear of the future.
A less visible impact is the toll COVID-19 took on mental health.
Duluth Bethel Executive Director Dennis Cummings said returning to normal is easier for some than for others.
“As typical with folks in recovery, from whatever path they’ve been down, the desire to get back and to be a part of something that’s special just overwhelms you,” Cummings said.
Duluth Bethel wants people to know help is available, so to spread the word they are spreading a tune.
“I’m a person in recovery, and I’ve been to venues, and the transference of feelings that take place with music and being around people is absolutely incredible,” Cummings said.
In partnership with the DECC, Concert for Recovery features four local bands, food trucks, and treatment information.
Tom Berrigan, a member of the South of Superior band, said music and mental health go hand-in-hand.
“An opportunity like this is to get to help out and also hopefully let some musicians know if they are struggling that they can go to places like Duluth Bethel and get the help that they need,” Berrigan said.
Two months from now, Harbor Drive behind the DECC will be transformed into a concert venue.
Event organizers hope more than 1,000 people will show up on September 25.
This concert for a cause also serves as a trial run for the DECC.
The DECC’s Executive Director Dan Hartman said he hopes to permanently close Harbor Drive and turn it into an outdoor venue.
“We’re happy to be a part of this too, to support something that a lot of folks in Duluth believe in, and we’re excited to be a part of it, and to launch this new space, even more excited,” Hartman said.
Organizers want to make the concert an annual tradition, so they can help people in need for years to come.
“This event is to most importantly recognize those in recovery, their families, and their support system,” Cummings said. “That’s what this is all really about.”
Concert for Recovery is on September 25.
Doors open at 3 p.m., and bands will play from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets are $15.
All proceeds go to substance abuse and mental health services.
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