The Mighty Men of God is a regional gospel quartet planning to flex their four-part harmony skills for all to enjoy on Sunday during a free 6 p.m. concert at the First Baptist Church of Griffith (324 North Colfax).
The foursome – Mac Zambrano (19) sings high tenor, Robert Cheek (19) sings bass, David Klocek (18) sings baritone, Scout Klocek (17) – have been friends and making music together since middle school, most recently in The First Baptist Church Praise Band with Scout and Mac playing guitar, Dave on drums and Robert on keyboards.
The church’s Minister of Music, Rich Wallen, encouraged the lads to hone their singing and helped in the formation of The Mighty Men Of God, who recently recorded their self-titled, 14-song debut CD. Wallen will accompany the vocal group at Sunday’s concert. CDs are available for purchase at the concert.
• The Village of Steger hosts “Steger Days of Music” this weekend at Veteran’s Memorial Park (Phillips Avenue & 36th Street) featuring a plethora of regional bands. Performing on August 24 starting at 11a.m. are: Danny Donuts, Rainstorm Remedy, Dead Feathers, Expired Empire, Bad Day, Nobody’s Business, 95th Street Band, Big Boppers, Little Johnny & The House Rockers, Superstition and Dot Dot Dot. Sunday’s entertainment starts at 1 p.m. with performances by Into The Void, 13 Spaces, Axe Man’s Bridge, Acoustiholics, Big Guitars From Memphis, and Off Broadway. Admission: $6 Saturday, $3 Sunday, or $7 for a two day pass. More: www.villageofsteger.com or (708) 754-3395.
• Nashville songwriter Gretchen Peters, who has written hit songs for Trisha Yearwood, Bryan Adams, Pam Tillis, Neil Diamond, George Strait, Etta James, The Neville Brothers and, most famously, "Independence Day" for Martina McBride, will perform at Chicago Street Theatre in Valparaiso on Sunday, Sept. 8. Peters and her husband, songwriter/pianist Barry Walsh, are touring in support of Peters’ latest album, "Hello, Cruel World." It is Peters’ first performance in Northwest Indiana since 2001.
Tickets are on sale now. Reserved seating is $25, and the special VIP couch seats, which include a photo op with Peters and a souvenir 8x10 print of that photo after the concert are $50. More: www.ChicagoStreet.org/gretchen2013 or (219) 464-1636.
• Although she hails from Moscow, Russia and lives in Los Angeles, Marina V. has become adopted by many Northwest Indiana fans in recent years due to her frequent concerts at Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre. Congrats to Marina on winning the EOTM (Enterpreneurs On The Move) award for video last Sunday for her self-produced and self-financed music video “Hello.” The song is the lead track on Marina’s latest album, “Inner Superhero,” and was filmed at Moscow’s beautiful Novodevichiy Monastery. See the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBlB6OyP8oc
• Winners of the 2013 Living Blues Critics' Awards earlier this month included four artists signed to Chicago’s Alligator Records. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials won for “Best Live Performer”, Joe Louis Walker won “Best Blues Album” (for his Alligator Records debut CD, “Hellfire”), Janiva Magness won “Blues Artist Of The Year (Female)” and Marcia Ball won” Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboards)”. Congrats to all.