Soho Sessions Hit the Hamptons for Music Industry Mental Health & Sobriety
Countless greats have performed at the Stephen Talkhouse, the iconic Hamptons music venue in Amagansett, but on the night of Thursday, August 3, it was not only host to great music but also a great cause.
The evening brought The Soho Sessions to the Talkhouse, a new initiative created by accomplished music event producers Greg Williamson and Nicole Rechter. The pair have produced several successful concert events, such as Love Rocks NYC and the Talkhouse Jams, both of which, as always, support a charitable cause.
The seventh installment The Soho Sessions, like most of them, is in partnership and support of 1 Million Strong, an organization that partners with The Phoenix, a sober-active community of nearly 200,000, to support 1 million people in recovery.
“We’re very much aligned with what they’re trying to do,” says Williamson, who is sober and has been open about his own experiences with addiction and mental health. “Everything we do with music always has an important cause connected to it. We believe in a big way that mental health and addiction is something that’s a crisis throughout the country and disproportionately affects people within the music industry.”
“I don’t know if anyone’s ever thought, wow, there are sober people here at these festivals or at these bars where you’re gonna go see music, where people are just drinking their faces off having a good time, and that’s really triggering for people,” says Rechter, who isn’t “sober,” but doesn’t drink.”
So it’s a really important message and initiative to get out there.”
“We are here to de-stigmatize it all to show that everyone can be together in a really fun, cool, and inspiring way,” adds Williamson.
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