Local Scene: Catching up on Local Scene happenings

2013-03-15T00:00:00Z 2013-03-16T12:31:15Z Local Scene: Catching up on Local Scene happeningsTom Lounges Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 15, 2013 12:00 am  • 

• A triple band “St Baldricks Day” concert for all ages will be held on Saturday at The Art Theatre in downtown Hobart (230 North Main Street) to raise funds and awareness for the Locks of Love program to help kids with cancer.

Event promoter Jason Lach has booked three popular region rock groups – The Allen Wronko Band, The Difference, and Mr. Right. As the bands rock out, clippers will be buzzing off the hair of patrons to help the cause in this annual holiday tradition. The 5 to 11 p.m. event will include beer (for those 21 and over), a silent auction, and raffles. To sign up for a head shaving, call Lach at (219) 730-0427.

• Singer/songwriter Robert Rolfe Feddersen of Crown Point – whose original songs have been used in a variety of MTV series and films – did some “jamming” with guitar-slinging Valparaiso’s Mayor Jon Costas earlier this week at Flint Lake Elementary School in Valparaiso.

The duo united after Feddersen – who while making music by night delivers cartons of milk to regional schools – was invited by the Valparaiso School System to perform his 2010 single “Milkman” and other tunes for students as part of “National Breakfast Week.” Longtime musician Costas popped in with his own guitar to take part in the mini-concert to Feddersen’s surprise and delight. More on Feddersen: www.robertrolfefeddersen.com

• Tune in “Living It Up! With John King” at 9 p.m. Tuesday  on Valparaiso’s community radio station WVLP 98.3FM (or stream online at www.wvlp.org) to catch a guest appearance by Joel Justin and The Mad Ants. “We’ll be performing live in studio acoustic versions of new songs from our forthcoming CD, ‘International Album.” Call-in to the show and talk to the band at (219) 464-9000.

• National singer/songwriter Bill Leverty, best known as songwriter/guitarist of the hard rock group Firehouse (“Don’t Treat Me Bad”) is the live call in guest at 6 p.m. Tuesday on 89.1FM - The Lakeshore celebrity music program, “The Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges.” Listeners will have a chance to call in during the show to speak with Leverty and to win autographed copies of Leverty’s new solo album. “Drive.” More: www.leverty.com

• Regional talent looking for some professional advice in landing gigs, can find it at a free public seminar being held 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday  at the Chicago Cultural Center in the Claudia Cassidy Theater (2nd Floor, 77 East Randolph Street) in downtown Chicago. Learn from venue and festival talent buyers directly as they demystify the booking process. Hear first-hand what they look for in a booking submission, and how booking decisions are made. Also, get the latest scoop on new performance spaces, and explore unconventional booking opportunities in Chicago.

• In his new documentary, “Born in Chicago,” director John Anderson tells the story of middle class white kids who learned to play the blues directly from its most legendary pioneers. Being screened for the first time ever this week at the South By Southwest (SXSW) music conference in Austin, Texas, “Born In Chicago” is a mix of interviews, archival footage and live performances that chronicles the passing of the torch between first-generation blues masters like Buddy Guy, who came from the Mississippi Delta, and young, white apprentices in Chicago like Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Steve Miller, Howie Mandel, Corky Siegel and Jim Schwall.

• Join this columnist as I get up to my elbows in Corned Beef and all the fixins while helping to cook up 250 meals Sunday at the American Legion (6601 Hobart Road) in Miller from 1 to 6 p.m. to benefit the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana. More: (219) 938-3339.

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