Published on Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:20
WLS-AM afternoon host Roe Conn is bringing back Newsapalooza, his rock & roll stage show, featuring Chicago media talents singing and/or playing instruments. After a few years away, the live event returns this Fall.
The name "Newsapolooza" is a take-off on the annual music festival "Lollapalooza." Instead of the year's top alternative rock acts performing, Newsapalooza features Chicago news anchors and media personalities showing off some of their musical talents instead of their more serious side, which is normally seen by the public.
Scheduled to appear on stage in Newsapalooza 3 so far are: WLS-TV's Val Warner, WLS-TV's Ryan Chiaverini, WFLD-TV's Anna Davlantes, WMAQ-TV's Natalie Martinez, WBBM-TV's Rob Johnson, WGN-TV's Steve Sanders, WLS-AM/Chicago Sun-Times' Richard Roeper, former WMAQ-TV sports anchor Paula Faris, WLS-AM fill-in host/podcaster/Chicago radio legend Steve Dahl, and of course, Roe Conn. Other names are expected to be added in the coming weeks. They will all be backed on stage by professional musicians.
Roe Conn's first Newsapalooza took place on December 6, 2008. On October 3, 2009, Newsapalooza 2 took place. There has been a three year break, but Newsaplooza 3 will finally return and take place this year on Saturday, November 10.
Like the 2008 and 2009 Newsapalooza shows, this year's program will also take place at Chicago's Park West (322 W. Armitage). The November 10th show begins at 7:30pm, with the doors opening at 6:30pm. (Must be 18 or older to attend.)
As was the case for the last two Newsapalooza events, ticket proceeds go to a local charity. This year, ticket sales will go to benefit Clearbrook
. The website for the Arlington Heights-based organization Clearbrook says it is "the largest provider in the state of Illinois of services, programs and support for children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other intellectual/developmental disabilities."
General admission tickets are now on sale at this link HERE
for $75 each. VIP tickets for $100 each will be on sale soon, which include include reserved seating for the concert and entrance to the exclusive Newsapalooza After Party.