Smokey Sings for the Recovery Project Saturday Morning at Cadman Plaza

A&E’s Recovery Project is hosting a concert tomorrow morning at Cadman Plaza Park, 11:15am.   More info here and please enjoy the official press release:

Musical legend Smokey Robinson will perform at A&E Network’s 2009 Recovery Rally after a celebratory walk across New York’s Brooklyn Bridge on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2009 as part of the network’s initiative The Recovery Project. HLN host Jane Velez-Mitchell (Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell) will kick off the rally in Foley Square in Manhattan. Thousands of individuals and families in recovery will walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, creating a symbolic “bridge to recovery.” Robinson will entertain the crowd of supporters with a free concert at Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza where he will perform songs from his new album “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun,” as well as classic hits.

The Recovery Rally is organized in partnership with Faces and Voices of Recovery, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., Partnership for a Drug-Free America and the 2009 Recovery Month Planning Partners. This is the second year of the award-winning The Recovery Project, a multi-faceted, multi-year initiative led by A&E Network to raise awareness that addiction is a treatable disease and recovery is possible.

Last year’s Recovery Rally drew more than 5,000 people — individuals in recovery from across the country, along with their friends and family — who shared remarkable stories of determination and hope.

More than 22 million Americans* struggle with addiction to alcohol and other drugs, yet fewer than ten percent receive the treatment they need because of stigma, lack of awareness or cost. The Recovery Project – inspired by the incredible response from viewers, individuals and families in recovery to the Emmy nominated documentary series “Intervention” — strives to shed light on the scope of the addiction crisis and its impact on society.

A dedicated web site,, provides information about the initiative and includes ways for individuals to get involved.

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  • Claude Scales

    Dylan once called Smokey “America’s greatest living poet.” When I heard him rhyme the couplet, “Just like Pagliacci did/ I try to keep my sadness hid,” I knew Dylan was right.

  • No One of Consequence

    So, like, is that it? It seemed like only 10 mins of music.

  • Father Mark Hummell

    Ascension’s Recovery Sunday focuses specifically on the brokenness that comes from addiction, both for the afflicted and the affected and the significance of God’s gift of love, grace and understanding in the midst of it. Join us for prayers, sermon, and communion this Sunday, October 4th at 4p.m. at The Church of the Ascension, Northwest corner of 5th Avenue and 10th Street in Manhattan. For more information contact Father Mark Hummell at