The Tune In & Tune Up Rhode Island Musicians Health Awareness Program, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, will present the 2nd annual “Feeling Alright Health Fair & Unity Concert” on Sunday, October 21, at the Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St., Pawtucket, R.I., in the Music Hall of Fame museum and at The Met.
This year’s theme, “With a Little Help From Our Friends” symbolizes a new partnership with the State of Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) and an effort to focus an awareness campaign on the opioid crisis in Rhode Island to make the community aware of the help options that are available.
The Unity Concert will take place inside the Met, from 2 to 7 p.m. Many past Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame inductees as well as other local musicians will be performing with the Tune In & Tune Up All-Stars including: John Cafferty, James Montgomery, Steve Smith, Michael “Tunes” Antunes, George McCann, Mark Cutler & Emerson Torrey, Kim Trusty, Neal Vitullo & Dave Howard, and Tyler Morris & Craig Rawding. Also performing short sets will be pianist Mark Taber, The Rock’n Docs (an all-RI doctor band), and The School of Rock Show Team.
Each featured musician or duo will perform two songs of their own choosing backed by The Tune In & Tune Up All-Stars, The Fabulous Tunettes, and The In-Tune Horns who represent possibly the largest house band ever created for a single event in Rhode Island. The Tune In & Tune Up All-Stars are Don “D.C.” Culp on drums, Gary Gramolini and Steve Malec on electric guitar, Dean Cassell on bass, Robert Johnson Howard on acoustic guitar, Steve Burke on keyboards, and Bradie Speller on percussion. The In-Tune Horns features Steve DeCurtis on trumpet, and Doug James and Andrew Clark on saxophones. The Fabulous Tunettes feature vocalists Adrienne West and Leslie Grimes.
Hall of Fame Inductee and Tune In & Tune Up committee member James Montgomery comments, “Tune In & Tune Up is important to musicians because it provides specifics on what, where, and how to get help and the Unity Concert, well it’s uncommon to have that many great players on one stage and I’m looking forward to it. This show will be a blast. Don’t miss it!”
Now in its 6th year, the Tune In & Tune Up Rhode Island Musicians Health Awareness Program originated as a committee of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. 2018 marks not only the beginning of this new partnership with BHDDH which tackles the addictive dangers of alcohol and drugs including the opioid epidemic, but also event sponsorship by HealthSource RI and several other health industry professionals.
Upon becoming aware of the Tune In & Tune Up initiative, BHDDH’s Director Rebecca Boss stated, “My Department is pleased to collaborate with Tune In & Tune Up. Mental health and substance use disorders affect all of us and we need to get the word out in places where we don’t have traditional access. This is an ideal forum for us to reach large numbers of musicians and industry pros who, due in large part to lifestyle, have a higher percentage of drug and alcohol use disorders than any other profession.”
When asked about their sponsorship, HealthSource RI Director Zach Sherman spoke to the natural alignment between Tune In & Tune Up and the state-based insurance marketplace. “At HealthSource RI, we aim to expand access to critical healthcare services by simplifying the health insurance purchasing process and providing financial help to pay for premiums. We know firsthand how difficult it is to navigate the healthcare system and are proud to serve alongside Tune In & Tune Up to improve the health of Rhode Islanders.”
Joining Silver Sponsor HealthSource RI are Bronze sponsors United Healthcare, Rhode Island Primary Care, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Ortho Rhode Island, South County Health, Codac Behavioral Healthcare, and Bullard Abrasives. Community Sponsors are Neighborhood Health Plan, Hospital Association of Rhode Island, and BehaveCare. Motif Magazine is the media sponsor.
“Feeling Alright” will kick off with a free public Health & Wellness Fair from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. More than 30 exhibitors and presenters are expected comprised of doctors, health care professionals, insurance companies, holistic health providers, and wellness practitioners. Exhibitors will be on hand to answer questions about their products and services and a guest lecture series will run throughout the day focusing on key areas of health and wellness. Tune In & Tune Up will provide attendees with a tote bag pre-filled with literature and informational materials from all exhibitors.
Tune In & Tune Up co-chair Russell Gusetti explains, “While Tune In & Tune Up focuses on health awareness for the state’s music community and its industry professionals, we want it to be clear that the Health Fair is open to all and features information that is important to everyone, especially those who are self-employed.”
Don Culp, Tune In & Tune Up co-chair adds, “It is our sincere hope that our free health fair and Unity Concert will provide health awareness to any and all Rhode Islanders who attend. Knowing that ‘knowledge is power,’ our organization’s aim is to educate people to become healthier while demystifying the confusing world of health care.”
The Health & Wellness Fair is free and takes place from 12 to 4 p.m. Tickets for the 2 to 7 p.m. Unity Concert are $15.00 in advance and $20 day of show. Tickets can be purchased at themetri.com. Proceeds from the event will go toward continuing initiatives of the Tune In & Tune Up Rhode Island Musicians Health Awareness Program. There will be free valet parking from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., courtesy of Bullard Abrasives.