Jason Sudeikis Thundergong Benefit Show! Go online


The pandemic has forced Jason Sudeikis’ Thundergong! to go virtual this year, but it will allow the music / comedy advantage to attract its largest audience ever.

Organizers announced Thursday that the fourth annual Thundergong! will air live at 7 p.m. on November 14. Access will be free, although members of the public can donate and bid on auctioned items in real time.

Sudeikis, who grew up in Overland Park and is a “Saturday Night Live” actor turned movie star, will welcome along with his friend Billy Brimblecom, a drummer who is executive director of the Steps of Faith Foundation. The group provides prosthetic care and other aids to amputees.

Sudeikis is also one of the hosts of the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend charity event each June in Kansas City. This year’s Big Slick also went live, but still managed to raise $ 2 million for Children’s Mercy Hospital.

The list of performers for the two-hour Thundergong! includes Will Forte, Fred Armisen, Nathaniel Rateliff, Brandi Carlile, Wynonna Judd, Seth Meyers, Ben Harper, Fastball and Madisen Ward.

“We are delighted to once again share an incredible experience made possible by incredible artists,” Brimblecom said in a press release. “Although we are socially distanced this year, it’s great that we can still get together for a well-deserved pleasure to benefit a great cause.”

The first three editions of Thundergong! were held at the Uptown Theater, where a pre-release event is scheduled for November 13. Those who respond by October 31 will be entered for a chance to win two tickets to the Uptown event.

To RSVP or for more information, visit thundergong.org.

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Dan Kelly has been covering entertainment and arts news at The Star for 10 years. He previously worked for the Columbia Daily Tribune, the Miami Herald, and the Louisville Courier-Journal. He was also on the journalism faculty of the University of Missouri for six years and wrote a historical novel, “Soaring with Vultures”.

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