The 9th annual Joe B. Memorial Bike Run and Concert produced by the family and friends of Detective Sgt. Joe Betustak Jr. returns to Hammond’s Wolf Lake Memorial Park Saturday.
What began as a lone event to help with the sense of loss felt when bone cancer took their son and brother in 2005 after a long battle has evolved under the guiding hand of Joe Betustak Sr. into The Joe Betustak Memorial Foundation – a 501(c) (3) charity honoring the Hammond native who served his city for 13 years as a motorcycle officer, a member of the SWAT team, before ending his career with the narcotics unit.
The event always includes a motorcycle run assisted by The American Veterans Motorcycle Riders Association (AVMRA) and a multi-band concert sponsored by The Cavalier Inn of Hammond. All money raised each year helps the families of specific Region youngsters currently battling cancer. The Foundation board has selected 5-year-old Jazmine DeJesus of Merrillville and 15-year-old Amber Gallagher of Highland to be this year’s recipients.
"Joe always wanted to be a police officer and wanted to make a difference," recalled younger brother, Scott Betustak. "Doing this enables Joe to continue making a difference in the lives of local families who are in need.”
This year's all ages event begins with the morning motorcycle run (sign ups at 9 a.m., first bike out at 11 a.m., last bike in at 4 p.m. — $15 single rider, $25 double rider) and continues throughout the day with live music (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) donated by area bands – TNT Jams (acoustic music), Remember When (doo wop vocal group), Just4That (pop/rock), and Pearl Jam tribute act, Rearview Mirror featuring Steve “Beaver” Lopez.
More info call: (219) 616-2224 or via Facebook group: Joe Betustak Jr. Memorial Foundation, Inc.
• The “Hammond Morton Community Day” on Saturday features a 5k Run/Walk (registration 9 a.m.) and a Craft Show (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) with proceeds benefitting the Morton Athletics Dept. The event at Morton High School (6915 Grand Ave.) will also feature pet micro-shipping/pet nail clipping benefitting The Guardians Of The Green Mile Animal Rescue. Keeping things upbeat will be live performances throughout the day from acoustic guitarist and Greg Guidotti, a former member of such local bands as The Hz, Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot, and The Shotkickers. More on Guidotti at: www.facebook.com/greg.guidotti
• If you are a country music fan who feels there’s just nothing as mournful and moving as the cry of a steel guitar, then make tracks Sunday to the Cedar Lake Eagles (13140 Lake Shore Drive) as The Midwest Steel Guitar Club presents a live concert event featuring Buck Reid and Jamie Lannon with special guest vocalist Georgette Jones, the daughter of iconic country stars George Jones and Tammy Wynette. Music starts 2 p.m./$5 admission/All Ages.
• As expected given the many suggestive postings on their Facebook page, Chicago’s celebrated ‘90s rockers Veruca Salt (remember the hits “Seether” and “Volcano Girl”?) have officially reformed with all original members – Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Jim Shapiro and Steve Lack – and have announced a summer tour that finds them rocking Chicago fans for two 21 & older shows on July 12 and July 14 for a show at Lincoln Hall (2424 N Lincoln Avenue). Tickets: $25. This tour will mark the first time the original line-up has performed together since disbanding in 1998.
• With late ‘70s radio hits like “Tore A Hole,” “Too Late” and “Tomorrow Night” Windy City rock combo SHOES (www.shoeswire.com) helped pioneer Chicago’s Power Pop scene and also were one of the first nationally successful indie rock bands -- recording in their parents’ living room and releasing music on their own label, Black Vinyl Records.
SHOES perform May 31 at Valparaiso’s Memorial Opera House (www.mohlive.com). Catch SHOES co-founders John Murphy and Gary Klebe when they guest 6-7 p.m. Tuesday on 89.1FM/The Lakeshore’s radio program “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges.” Classic hits and new songs from SHOES’ latest CD, “Ignition,” will be spotlighted during the interview. The show repeats Friday at 10 p.m. and can be streamed live at: www.lakeshorepublicmedia.org/radio.