Northwest Indiana’s four-piece Capernuam — LeAnn Stutler (lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, and saxophone), Will Wyatt (drums, vocals), Mark Lugo (bass, vocals), and Gabe Dudlicek (lead guitar, ukulele) – all members of the Christ Lutheran Church Youth Group, will step up and plug in on May 31 to help their economically strapped house of worship.
The fundraiser for Christ Lutheran Church in Hammond runs from 2-8pm on the church grounds, located at 7051 Indianapolis Boulevard and includes a silent auction, used book sale, food vendors, and more. Capernuam’s 4-7pm performance will blend t original songs with a variety of country and rock covers by the likes of Miranda Lambert, John Mayer, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bon Jovi. Admission is $3 per person/$10 per family. More: (219) 844-6122.
• The “Battle of the Midway” regional talent competition returns Sunday, August 3rd during the 162nd Lake County Fair (August 1-10) in Crown Point, IN. Musical artists of all styles and genres whose members are all 21 and younger and who have original music will compete for trophies and prizes at the event in The Lakeshore Public Media Entertainment Tent, located next to the 4-H Building.
A maximum of 8 bands, each performing a 20-minute set, will be selected to compete from all entries submitted. Bands wishing to be considered will find the rules and entry form at the official fair website: lake-county-fair.com. Print and fill out the entry form, then mail or drop it off along with a CD or cassette sample of original music, a short bio profile and photo to: “Battle of the Midway 2014” c/o Lakeshore Public Media, 8625 Indiana Place, Merrillville, IN 46410.
• The City of Hammond has announced the artist line up for the July 16-20 “Festival of the Lakes” at Wolf Lake Memorial Park, one of Northwest Indiana most highly anticipated annual summer music events. Reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff will break out island rhythms to kick of the 2014 series on July 16. Following up Cliff on July 17 will be national country group Big & Rich with an opening set by regional group The Jimmy Sarr Band; on July 18 features national alt-rockers Sublime and Rome; on July 19 features a triple bill of national artists with Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler and Uncle Kracker; although the name of the artist closing out the festival has not yet been released as of press time. Updated info/schedules at: festivalofthelakes.com
• Grammy-nominated South Chicago studio wiz Johnny K (Disturbed, Loudmouth, etc.) was tapped to produce sessions for Magician In the Machine, the new project assembled by former Wind-Up and Elektra recording artists Sean Kennedy, Johnny Royal Jaison Karner, and Stefan Runstrom. The band’s debut EP will be released in 2014, along with several music videos, and comic book artwork from Marvel Comics artist Wayne Robinson. Keep up at: facebook.com/magicianinthemachine
• Mark the date for the May 31 Grand Opening of a new regional music haunt – The Bullpen Luxury Bar (10685 Randolph Street) — where five top regional music groups will fire up the amps and pump up the jams. Performing for the gala event are The Highway Band, the Nicole Jamrose Band, The Difference, Overdue and the Allen Wronko Band. More details: (219) 661-0088.
• Although it’s not a “local” event, local fans of Southern-fried rock will not want to miss my old friend, Charlie Daniels on AXS TV Saturday (5/24) at 8pm CST. Charlie guests on “The Big Interview” with newsman Dan Rather, which is followed immediately at 9pm CST with the broadcast of Daniels’ annual “Volunteer Jam,” a benefit concert for America’s soldiers and first- responders. More: axs.tv
Over the years, I have had the great pleasure to emcee concerts for Daniels and interview him numerous times. Without a doubt, Charlie is one of the most genuine and downright nicest celebrities my path has ever crossed. Charlie has added a Chicago show to his tour. Catch him October 3 at Joe’s (940 W. Weed St.) in Chicago. Ticket info: joesbar.com or (312) 337-3486.
• LaPorte native and world famous novelist Catherine Lanigan – author of over 40 books, including “Romancing the Stone” and “Jewel of the Nile” (both turned into films starring Michael Douglas) – will be the live in-studio guest tonight (May 22) at 6pm on WLPR-89.1FM / Lakeshore Public Radio for a special expanded edition of the “A Look At Local Arts” program hosted by this columnist. Tune in or stream live online at: lakeshorepublicmedia.org/radio.
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