Chicago challenges their fellow Americans

2013-10-11T00:00:00Z Chicago challenges their fellow AmericansTom Lounges Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Iconic Windy City jazz-rock group, Chicago has never rested on their laurels nor resigned themselves to being “an oldies” act. According to the ensemble’s trumpeter/vocalist and co-founder, Lee Loughnane, they are not about to start.

Since first hitting the charts in 1967, the brassy jazz-rock band has continued to create new music and release new products, keeping them in the U.S. Top 10 during every decade of their existence, making Chicago one of the best-selling American bands in the world.

Lounghnane hopes to keep that streak going with the group’s release last week of new single, “America.” With its grass roots message that challenges “we the people” to step up and save the American dream before it’s too late.

“This (“America”) is a song that has been waiting to be written for many years,” said Loughnane. “Perhaps in some way, the message of ‘you and me’ found in the lyrics of ‘America’ will remind people to think about how much more we can all do, especially in what we demand from OUR government. America can and should be an even better place. We must find new ways as a people to work together to preserve this remarkable pursuit of happiness. To preserve a life of freedom for generations to come, we simply cannot – must not – fail.”

Keep up with the iconic Midwest group and hear their latest recordings via their web site -- www.chicagotheband.com – and for an annual membership fee, fans can now check out a cache of newly available behind the scenes photos, videos and more at: www.chicagopremiumaccess.com.

READERS AGREE: “Shhhhhhhh…at shows.”

Thanks to the many readers of this column who emailed and FB messaged me this past week about the topic of last Friday’s “Local Scene” column which addressed concert etiquette at acoustic shows. Some said the column was long overdue and then told of similar experiences at acoustic music events. A few acoustic artists were also grateful for the gentle reminder to be quiet when someone is performing and how talking during a performance IS disrespectful to the person on stage. Only one reader referred to my mild rant as being “whiney.” I can live with that. And in response to that reader, the incident I experienced was reported to the event’s promoter, who was receptive and grateful.

MUSIC NOTES…

• Veteran local comedian/singer Don Baron (ex-Bravo Johnny, ex-Metallicous, ex-Cheese Pizza, etc.) has announced his retirement from the regional club scene after 30 years of rocking area music haunts and fests. His retirement means an end to his current role as the “Dick” in the shtick-heavy “Dick Diamond & The Dusters” musical “tribute” to the Seventies pop/disco-era of leisure suits, platform shoes and pukka shells. Although fans may miss Baron’s quirky personality, the group will continue according to Duster’s drummer and band leader Phil Carmen (alter-ego Mortimer J. Rosengolden III).

“Our new ‘Dick’ is Matt Wukitsch,” reports Carmen. “Matt was the original singer of the Chicago-based group ‘Wedding Banned’ and was known in that group as ‘Captain Mantastic’. Matt will debut with us at the annual Dick Diamond & The Dusters Halloween Bash (10 p.m.) at Bourbon Street (115 Bourbon Street).” More: www.dickdiamond.net/band.

• Nashville singer/songwriter Alan Rhody performs tonight (8 p.m.) at Front Porch Music (505 E. Lincolnway) in Valparaiso. Rhody’s set will be a mix of those songs, plus new tunes from his latest CD, “Led By Love”. More: www.frontporchmusic.com or (219) 464-4700.

• Catch the “Barnyard Jams” this weekend at County Line Orchard (200 S. County Line Road) in Hobart. Both Saturday and Sunday feature inside stage performances from acoustic singer/songwriters Chris & Lou (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and Chad Clifford (1-4 p.m.). Full bands perform on the outside cornstalk stage. On Saturday (12-6 p.m.) its country/bluegrass band, Flintlock. Outside on Sunday is Bernie Glim & The County Roads Band (noon to 3 p.m.), followed by The Applebutter Band featuring Biscuit (3-6 p.m.). More: www.countylineorchard.com or (219) 947-4477.

• Jethro Tull founder/frontman/flutist – Ian Anderson – will guest on “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” this Tuesday (6-7 p.m.) on 89.1FM-The Lakeshore, streaming live at www.lakeshorepublicmedia.org/radio.

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