On Friday, Sept. 20 from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., five notable regional music talents will join forces at Front Porch Music (505 E. Lincolnway) in Valparaiso for an all ages music festival dubbed as “Acoustic Artists For Animals.”
Each artist will perform an hour of mostly original music. Chad Clifford of The Crawpuppies (and Front Porch owner) closes the night with a solo set following performances (in order) from duo Travis Lane Fugate and Greg Pogue (of the outlaw country band Jebco Black), recording group Ripley Street ( performing unplugged), singer/songwriter Robert Rolfe Feddersen (whose songs have been featured in a variety of MTV programs and international film projects), and Jef Sarver (who set a Guinness Book of World Records for longest non-stop performance in July 2006 after 48 continuous hours of playing and singing).
Proceeds from the event will benefit the animals in the care of Humane Society of Northwest Indiana (www.millercritters.com). Coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. A minimum donation of $10 is requested. More: (219) 464-4700 or www.frontporchmusic.com.
• Life Bridge Christian Church (2651 Rt. 2) in Valparaiso hosts “Grillin’ And Chillin’”Saturday from 2-5 p.m. with plenty of grillin’ coupled by chillin’ out to live music provided by The Life Bridge Worship Band, The Dave Thornberry Band, Jamie Schoff, Pennydown, and acoustic duo 2 Guys With Guitars.
2 Guys With Guitars is a project featuring Steve Campbell and Frank James Guzzo who are currently working at Willowcreek Recording Studios on their debut album of original music. “Hopefully it will be finished by Christmastime,” said Campbell a former touring musician with The Gospelites, The Goodnewsmen and The Cross Reference Band. Campbell describes the music he makes with Guzzo as a jazz-blues-folk hybrid with Seals & Crofts-style vocal harmonies.
Guzzo – known as Pastor “G” to his following – is a well seasoned music and media veteran who is presently the Music & Workshop Minister at The Life Bridge Christian Church. Guzzo hosts “The Morning Show” from 8-9:30 a.m. on Valparaiso’s low-watt public radio station, 93.5LPFM (WVLP). More: www.imaginelifedifferently.com
• Calumet Harley-Davidson will team up with the management of The Clubhouse Bar & Grill to host a free to attend indoor/outdoor fall fest from 2-10 p.m. Sunday to bid both farewell to the summer riding season and to showcase the new 2014 line of Harley-Davidson bikes. The 21 and older event takes place at The Clubhouse (9163 Wicker Blvd aka Rt. 41) with live music provided by The Muddsharks from 3-7 p.m. More: (219) 365-5509.
• The musical guest this Tuesday evening on my public radio program, “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges,” is international folk/pop singer/songwriter Dar Williams (www.darwilliams.com). Listeners will have opportunities to win tickets to her 7:30 p.m. concert performance on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso. Tickets: $25-$35 (www.mohlive.com)
A new “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” airs each Tuesday at 6 p.m. (with a repeat broadcast Friday at midnight) on 89.1FM-The Lakeshore and is streamed live in real time online -- www.lakeshorepublicmedia.org/radio -- then permanently archived on that website for free “on demand” listening.
• Chicago Street Theatre’s ongoing “One Night Jam” series promoter Paul Braun has announced the addition of two new shows being presented on the venue’s upper level “living room” stage. Those shows are violinist/vocalist Heather Horton (with accompaniment by her music star husband Michael McDermott) on Sept. 29, and singer songwriters David Glaser & David Stoddard on Oct. 20.
Braun also announced the booking of The Ted Nugent Band’s lead singer Derek St. Holmes for a March 2, 2014 concert date in the larger lower level theatre. St. Holmes all-acoustic performance will include songs from his own albums along with a smattering of songs he sang recorded with Nugent (i.e. “Stranglehold”).
Chicago Street Theatre is located at 154 West Chicago Street in Valparaiso. Tickets and information on both shows: www.chicagostreet.org/concerts or (219) 464-1636.