Tired of trudging out to local watering holes and seeing bands or singing karaoke on the weekends? Looking for something different? May I suggest making plans to catch the return of “Variety-Ville” on June 7 to Valparaiso’s historic Memorial Opera House?
Having once hosted the likes of The Marx Brothers during the glory days of Vaudeville, the venerable century old Opera House seems the ideal venue to host “Variety-Ville,” which according to co-creators Frank and Buddy Devil is – “equal parts vaudeville, burlesque, cabaret, ‘Rat Pack’ and The Ed Sullivan Show.”
Frank and Buddy Devil aka The Lounge Devils are hosts/producers/performers who believe the old ways are sometimes the best ways. In this high tech entertainment era of gaming, digital music, on demand streaming movies, etc. sometimes we need to put away the electronics to “re-boot” and “reconnect” with some old-school slapstick comedy, plate-spinning masters, acrobats, magicians, tap dancers, strongmen doing feats of strength, torch singers, and well…as the name suggests…a “variety” of things from an era too soon forgotten.
“People who experience Variety-Ville find it’s a hip place where cool cats in fedoras like Sinatra still croon, girls in pillbox hats with trays still hawk fine cigars, dames still dress like Betty Grable with bright red lipstick and a line running up the back of their nylons, fine cigars are still enjoyed, and martinis are still the drink de jour,” said Buddy.
For young folks not familiar with the “lounge lifestyle,” the Devil brothers have a website — theloungedevils.com — they think is “pretty swell” that details the “lounge” lifestyle and includes recipes for swingin’ cocktails and mood setting “lounge” music suggestions.
The classic comedy teams of the early 20th Century have been inspirations to the Devil brothers, who cite Abbott and Costello, Hope and Crosby, Lewis and Martin, Burns and Allen, and The Marx Brothers as personal influences.
“There’s more than one generation that has now missed out on what entertainment was and can be,” concluded Buddy. “We don't do ‘blue’ we don't do politics, we just do fun!” Tickets: mohlive.com or (219) 292-2013.
Rockin’, Walkin’ & Ridin’ For Animals:
Two local animal rescue groups – Lakeshore PAWS of Porter County and The Lake County Animal Shelter — have tapped popular local music talents to aid in their shared mission to of helping care for homeless animals as they await adoption from loving families. Both events are on June 7.
Covers band NAWTY will take the stage at Lakeshore PAWS annual “Pup Crawl” event scheduled for 5-10pm June 7 at the Central Park Plaza home to the Porter Health Amphitheater in downtown Valparaiso. Along with the live music, the event will feature food, drink, pet costume contest and a chance to show off your dogs and meet some of the adoptable pups currently being fostered by PAWS.
The rockin’ afternoon party follows PAWS’ annual Healthy Hustle 5K run/walk at 8am on June 7 at Sunset Hill Farm County Park at U.S. 6 and Meridian Road in Liberty Township. Proceeds from both events benefit Lakeshore PAWS. Early Walk/Run registration is $25 up to May 30 then increasing to $30. More: lakeshorepaws.org.
At the same time on the other side of the county line, the Lake County Animal Shelter will be hosting their “Third Annual Bicycle Ride for Animals” June 7th at Oak Ridge Prairie Park in Griffith. The event runs from 11am to 3pm and includes two sets of live covers and original music in the park donated by The Darren Enloe Band. More info: Call Donna at (219) 769-7016.
WILCO SALUTE BENEFITS KIDS ED. PROGRAM:
· Chicago’s Uncommon Ground at 3800 North Clark Street presents salute to one of Chicago’s famous rock exports with their “A Tribute to Wilco,” a 20 artist concert that runs over the course of two days and benefits “Rock For Kids,” a program that provides music education to underserved children in Chicago. Their mission goal is sparking creativity and passion, teaching critical thinking, supporting academic achievement and enriching young lives. Rock For Kids serves over 5,000 students annually.
On May 28 among eleven featured artists are: The Shams Band, Carbon Tigers, Midwest, Mooner, Cousin Dud, and Adam Fitz. On May 29 ten more artists perform including: Paper Thick Walls, Clip Art, Paper Arrows, The Oarsman and Rebecca Rego. Wilco has even donated some collectible items for a special silent auction to help the education program. Two day ticket: $20 / 21 and older only. More: (773) 929-3680.
Email Tom Lounges at email@example.com.