Journopalooza II

01/08/10 Andy Sullivan and his band Dirty Bomb rock out for charity at the second annual Journopalooza held at the National Press Club.

I normally do all I can to avoid entering the Press Club for anything other than press conferences because I find the bar there to be one of the most depressing places on earth – a place where bitter old-timers bloviate about things like Army McCarthy Hearings. I have to admit, however, that this was a fun event. It was a battle of the bands contest between bands made up of journalists. I came out to support Andy who’s a reporter at Reuters and his band sounded great.  The other three groups were: Charm Offensive, Nobody’s Business, and Suspicious Package.  It was a charity event because (according to the press release)  “Our profession is in financial trouble. Trouble that can only be fixed by rock n’ roll.” Proceeds from Journoplaooza II go to The Committee to Protect Journalists/Journalist Assistance Program, The Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library, and Reporters Without Borders.

It was also a blast to hang with a bunch of friends I haven’t seen in a long time – Noelle, Tommy, Shannon, Stephanie, Kate and on and on.

Video snippet here.

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