Singer, songwriter, radio hit-maker, and Northwest Indiana native Chris Wallace will be the musical guest Tuesday on my weekly radio program, “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges,” which airs at 6 p.m. on 89.1FM – The Lakeshore. Listeners can win copies of Wallace’s new CD, “Push Rewind,” featuring the recent Top 20 radio hit, “Remember When (Push Rewind).”
A 2004 graduate of Boone Grove High School, Wallace grew up on Lake Eliza and spent time on the local music circuit singing with the bands, Avenue and A Perfect Gentleman.
Wallace now has a Los Angeles zip code. In between here and there, Wallace’s life was turned upside down when his original song “Allow Me To Introduce Myself…Mr. Right” was posted online and went viral. The buzz landed his then Chicago-based group, The White Tie Affair, a recording contract with Epic Records and an opening slot on Lady Gaga’s 2008-09 tour.
Now a solo artist signed with indie label, ThinkSay Records, Wallace’s teenage dream of being a successful pop singer has come true. These last few weeks have been spent doing national media stops, including a recent appearance on daytime TV talks show, “Kelly and Michael.”
• Gary’s Oscar & The Majestic’s are featured guests at 9 p.m. March 28 on the WJOB-1230AM radio program, “Flying Around the Sun.” Members will be live in the studio to chat with show hosts Mark Mybeck and Phil Rapchak about the band’s first go around from 1963-68, their rebirth in 2010 with a reissued singles collection, and a forthcoming album of previously unreleased material. Plenty of the group’s music will also be featured. More: www.wjob1230.com .
• Chicago rock ‘n’ soul group, Great Divide, released their self-titled, sophomore record. Great Divide was produced by Dan McMahon and Darren Garvey (Cory Chisel) and engineered by James Auwarter (Kanye West, Rihanna, John Legend). The song “Fast Train” features up-and-coming Ann Arbor/Brooklyn musician Theo Katzman and members of the up and coming Chicago hip hop/soul/jazz band Sidewalk Chalk. Catch Great Divide in a 9 p.m., 21 and over performance Saturday at Subterranean (2011 W. North Ave.) in Chicago. Cost: $10.
• Dark Star Records has inked the young Chicagoland progressive experimental band, The Projectionists, whose trippy, neo-psychedelic sound has been compared to The Doors meets early Pink Floyd.
The Sony-distributed international label will release the band’s new EP “Dysphoric Illuminations,” produced by Eric Wagner, in early spring. Catch the group at House of Blues Sunday as they perform an 8 p.m.pm set of original songs as part of a multi-band show with Spectators, Parallels & Lies, Savior Self, Johnny Rockette and Kilpatrick. More: www.darkstarrecords.com