December People returning to Topeka to rock and raise hunger awareness

For Immediate Release
October 15, 2015

Al Hammons, Vice President for Communications and Information Technology
Phone: 785.228.5111 Cell: 785.230.2202

Classic Rock Christmas band members spending the day in Topeka on Oct. 20 meeting fans and receiving a city proclamation
TOPEKA, KAN. (Oct.15, 2015) – United Rocks—A Classic Rock Christmas is set to pick up the downtown concert excitement where last week’s jazz festival left off. December People founder and classic rock star Robert Berry will be in Topeka on Tuesday, October 20, along with DP drummer David Lauser to spread a little pre-holiday cheer. Berry and Lauser will visit concert partner and sponsor sites in town, including a trip to Harvesters—The Community Food Network to pack food boxes and a visit to the City Commission meeting to accept a proclamation naming the November 21 concert date as “December People Day.”

United Way of Greater Topeka is presenting the show for the second year at TPAC. The Classic Rock Christmas tour doubles as a community food drive—this year benefitting Harvesters. The format of last year’s Topeka show, which featured local performers sharing the stage with the band, has become the standard for all of December People’s concerts. Returning this year are the Countryside Methodist United Church bell choir, the Topeka High drum line, and choirs from Washburn Rural, Highland Park and other high schools have been invited to sing along.

Meet members of the band and get discounted tickets on October 20
December People is a group of classic rock stars who come together when their tours end with bands like Boston, Sammy Hagar, The Tubes and the Greg Kihn Band to bring their unique twist on classic Christmas carols to support community food banks. The showcase show in Topeka is just one stop on the band’s itinerary this year, which includes seven more concerts in California and Michigan. Familiar tunes, high-energy performances and a west-coast quality light show make this a must-see, family-friendly holiday event. Every Classic Rock Christmas performance must include a food drive to benefit local food banks, which is a perfect kick-off to a season where food banks often see increased need.

Before the concert even gets here, rock fans will have a chance to meet Berry and Lauser on their visit to the capital city. On Tuesday from 4 to 6 pm, fans can come by the TPAC lobby for a V100 live remote broadcast. The pair will sign autographs (bring that Sammy Hagar album—Lauser has been their drummer from the start!), and special ticket prices will be in effect at the TPAC box office for anyone who brings a food donation. Regular tickets, normally $29, will be sold for $20 with a food donation, and active or retired military personnel with ID can get their tickets for just $10 with a food donation (normally $19).

Scheduled appearances and photo/video opportunities on October 20:

HyVee Store
2951 SW Wanamaker Rd
10 am HyVee is the exclusive grocery sponsor of United Rocks—A Classic Rock Christmas and will be matching a percentage of grocery donations purchased in the store up to the concert date.
Harvesters—The Community Food Bank

215 SE Quincy St.

1 pm Harvesters is this year’s food donation recipient. Band members will be visiting with Harvester’s staff and packing food boxes. Members of the Topeka City Council and Mayor Wolgast have been invited to attend.
Topeka Performing Arts Center Lobby

214 SE 8th St.

4-6 pm Band members will do a live radio remote with radio sponsor Cumulus media on its V100 station. Fans are invited to get autographs and photos with Robert Berry and David Lauser. Special concert discounts will be in effect at the box office for these two hours only with a food donation to Harvesters.
Topeka City Council Meeting

214 SE 8th St. (2nd Floor)

6pm Robert Berry and David Lauser will accept a City of Topeka Proclamation declaring November 21, 2015 as December People Day in Topeka. Guests will include concert sponsors, partners and community leaders who are helping make the concert possible.

2015 United Rocks—A Classic Rock Christmas Partners

Diamond                               Kansas Army National Guard

Capitol Federal

Platinum                               Chavez               Transportation

Gold                                       Bartlett and West

Silver                                      IBEW Local 304

Bronze                                   Intrust Bank

Crown Distributors

Official Concert Destination              Capitol Plaza Hotel

Media Sponsors                                  WIBW-TV, Cumulus Stations V100 & 99.3 The Eagle

Official Grocery Partner                     Topeka HyVee

Official Food Bank                              Harvesters—The Community Food Network


Event news and contest information is updated regularly on the United Rocks 2015 Facebook page at:


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