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Continued: Hazelden's music festival: Rocking the sober way

In his 2007 autobiography, Clapton wrote about his submersion into Hazelden’s group therapy sessions: “I was feeling raw and vulnerable, wondering how I could even begin to get in touch with the person I had become.” After making a breakthrough during his second stay, the guitar god said, “I have never failed to pray in the morning, on my knees, asking for help, and at night, to express my gratitude for my life, and, most of all, for my sobriety.”

Clapton has since founded his own treatment facility, Crossroads, in Antigua, and raises money for it through his annual Crossroads Guitar Festivals. HazelFest is also a fundraiser (for the Hazelden Foundation), and organizers hope it, too, becomes an annual event.

While stressing that the fest is open to everyone, Hazelden’s Motu said, “Anyone who has gone through recovery deserves an event like this, where they can come celebrate living sober. It’s a great excuse for a party.”


Chris Riemenschneider • 612-673-4658


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  • Nicholas David of “The Voice’’ fame will perform at HazelFest.


    With: Nicholas David, Communist Daughter, GB Leighton, actress Kristen Johnston.

    When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday

    Where: Hazelden, 1 mile east of Center City, Minn., off Hwy. 8.

    Rules: It’s a “clean and sober” event, with no outside food or beverages.

    Tickets: $20 at gate; free for children under 13.


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