Camp Broadcast benefit show brings Nashville artists to Joe’s Live

Broadcaster Sam Alex is bringing a taste of the country from Nashville to Rosemont next week.

Alex, a Hoffman Estates High School graduate who recently moved from Tennessee to Buffalo Grove with his family, is hosting the “Acoustic Jam” benefit concert at Joe’s Live on Wednesday, June 15. The performance will help raise funds for his Summer Camp Broadcast education program.

Four Nashville artists – Abby Anderson, Canaan Smith, Darryl Worley and Ray Fulcher – fly out for the night on the town to play a ‘singers-in-the-round style’ event where they’ll take turns sharing their favorite songs , swapping stories and collaborating on each other’s songs.

St. Charles singer-songwriter Joey Wilbur will open the show.


Danielle and Nick Thompson of the Netflix series “Love Is Blind” host the “Acoustic Jam” benefit concert Camp Broadcast at Joe’s Live in Rosemont on Wednesday June 15th.
– Courtesy of Adam Rose

“Love Is Blind” stars Nick and Danielle Thompson (from Arlington Heights and Ottawa, Ill., respectively), who starred in the second season of the Netflix series, are set to host the concert, starting with a meet and greet before the show. The Thompsons will follow the all-ages performances with their own version of Game Night, complete with audience engagement activities, trivia and giveaways.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the meet and greet with music from 6-8 p.m. at Joe’s Live, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont. Tickets are $40 for general admission, $60 for reserved seating, and $100 for front row VIP seating. Find artist information and buy tickets at joesliverosemont.com.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Proceeds from the “Acoustic Jam” will help fund medical treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Chicago and scholarships for Broadcast of the campan intensive boot camp for aspiring journalists and broadcasters in high school and college.



Camp Broadcast founder and Hoffman Estates High School graduate Sam Alex leverages nearly two decades of radio experience to teach budding journalists interviewing and broadcasting skills.

Camp Broadcast founder and Hoffman Estates High School graduate Sam Alex leverages nearly two decades of radio experience to teach budding journalists interviewing and broadcasting skills.
– Courtesy of Abby Collida

Alex, who runs the nationally syndicated “The Sam Alex Show,” created the masterclass in 2020 when summer camps and internship opportunities were canceled due to COVID-19.

“I wouldn’t be where I am personally or professionally if I hadn’t done the four internships I’ve had over the years,” Alex said. “And being a camper and a counselor for many years, there were so many life lessons learned and experiences that I had, so I felt bad.”

That summer, Alex, who has worked in broadcast since 2003, gave the first Camp Broadcast students lessons on Zoom as well as the opportunity to virtually interview celebrities and journalists. At the end of each of the 10 week-long sessions, students walked away with new experiences and an interview reel to use for teaching and internship applications.

Now in its third year, Camp Broadcast is in-person for the June 13-16 session at the Art Center in Highland Park, which features special guests ESPN’s Marc “Silvy” Silverman, CMT’s Tiffany Goldstein, iHeartRadio’s Melissa Forman and NBC’s Mike Berman, among many others.

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