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Nicholas David, '3rd Rock' star to appear at Hazelden music festival


A first-of-its-kind music festival is going on Saturday at Hazelden treatment center in Center City, and all of its performers share a common bond, the Star Tribune reports.

HazelFest will feature acts including "The Voice" finalist Nicholas David, G.B. Leighton and Communist Daughter. Actress Kristen Johnson ("3rd Rock From the Sun") is also set to appear as a speaker.

Honoring confidentiality matters regarding the performers, Hazelden would not divulge if any have been treated at the center, although Leighton and Communist Daughter frontman Johnny Solomon have confirmed that they have spent time there.

Eagan native David, whose real name is Nicholas David Mrozinski, says he got sober on his own and is doing the event because he supports "what they do."

Acts are scheduled to perform outside the world-renowned substance-abuse center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The "clean and sober event" will be far different from most music festivals, beer gardens being replaced with recovery speakers and 12-step meetings for guests. The event will also feature family attractions and food trucks.

Hazelden vice president Nick Motu tells the Star Tribune that he'd like to use the event "as a way to prevent people from needing to come here," and that the the facility wants "to show everyone that you can have a good time without drugs and alcohol."

Admission to the event is $20 and is free for children under 13.

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