“Refuse No River,” a benefit concert for those in addiction recovery, will take place Saturday, September 14, at 7 PM at the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Lillie Auditorium.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit Wellstrong Inc., a Falmouth nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a wellness space for those in recovery.
In 1982 Pete Townshend of The Who released a solo album titled “All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes” on the heels of his recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Many of the songs on the album are reflections and insights into both addiction and recovery. For the September 14 show, the band The Greeting Committee will be performing “All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes” in its entirety.
Tickets are $20 general admission and are being sold at www.refusenoriver.com.
The event is being spearheaded by former Falmouth resident Sal Catalano, an actor/writer/musician who now lives in Los Angeles.
The Greeting Committee, which featured Mr. Catalano on guitar and vocals, performed regularly on Cape Cod and in the Boston area. The group is reuniting for the benefit.
Along with Mr. Catalano, the band includes guitarist Chris Engles and bass guitarist Peter Mello, both Falmouth natives, along with Lee Rothstein on drums and Tony Bailey on guitar, keyboards and vocals.
In addition to performing musically, Mr. Catalano’s film credits include appearances in “Pucked,” “Come Away Home,” and “We Married Margo.”
Mr. Engles is a veteran of public radio, having worked on such NPR favorites as “Car Talk,” “The World,” “Morning Edition” and “Living on Earth.” He has produced several short filmsthat have screened in Boston and at the Woods Hole Film Festival. In 2017 his documentary, “Finding Heaven Under Our Feet,” screened at the New Filmakers New York Festival and the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Having performed as the bass player in both The Complex Kids and The Greeting committee, Mr. Mello has had a career as a software developer.
Mr. Rothsetin studied music at UMass Lowell and the Berklee College of Music. He has performed on Cape Cod and in the Boston area with bands such as Act 4, Color Design, The Candles, Rocking Horse and the Beatles Tribute, People. Mr. Bailey is a longtime Cape Cod resident by way of Muscle Shoals/Sheffield, Alabama. A multi-instrumentalist, he continues to perform regularly at local venues as a solo act.