Most folks have likely heard the old adage about “singing for your supper.” At this time of year, the original region rock quartet Nomad Planets opt to instead sing for other people’s supper.
They hope area rock fans will be on hand when they do it on Dec. 8 at Beer Geeks in Highland, where at 10 p.m., the group will present their fifth annual holiday show to benefit The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.
“Nomad Planets’ first ‘Holiday Benefit for The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana’ took place at Uncle Freddy’s Art Gallery in Highland in 2008,” recalled the group’s guitarist/vocalist Mark Mybeck, who co-hosts the weekly radio program “Flying Around The Sun” for WJOB AM 1230 with Planets’ bassist Phil Rapchak.
“Once Phil Rapchak and I started doing the radio program at WJOB, we thought it would be cool to stage the benefit on a whole new level since we had more opportunity to spread the word about the show and the cause,” continued Mybeck. “In 2010, the concert took place at the Art Theatre in Hobart and we brought in 567 pounds of food plus a few hundred dollars in cash.”
The show moved to Beer Geeks in Highland last year as Nomad Planets combined the benefit with the release of their snarky original holiday tune, “Let’s Leave a Bottle Out for Santa.” Doing so generated added attention to the benefit as the song got air play on a variety of local radio stations in addition to WJOB.
Unlike shows of past years, the Dec. 8 event will not feature an assortment of special guests on the play bill, but is instead a two-part concert performed entirely by Nomad Planets - Mybeck, Rapchak, guitarist/vocalist John Carpenter and drummer Drew Enselman – consisting of one set of holiday tunes, followed by one set of original Planets songs.
“We’re proud of our Northwest Indiana roots and this has become a tradition for us,” said Rapchak. “With so many of our neighbors in need at this time, it’s vital to give back to the community. We’re sure everyone who attends is in for a great evening.”
Admission for the 21 and older benefit is a minimum of one non-perishable food item per person. FYI: (219) 513-9795 or FaceBook Flying Around The Sun.
• The public is invited to celebrate the holidays with a sassy and brassy concert on Sunday when more than five dozen Midwest horn players converge for Valparaiso University’s annual “Tuba Christmas” at the school’s Chapel of the Resurrection. Starting at 2:30 p.m., “Tuba Christmas” will be immediately followed by the “Julesfest” concert, performed by the Valparaiso Community/University Band, comprised of nearly 100 region musicians. Admission is free for this family-friendly musical event. FYI: (219) 465-7819.
• The historic Rialto Square Theatre (102 North Chicago Street) in Joliet hosts a concert on Sunday at 7 p.m. with regional rock band, The Reminders, opening for Dirty Dan's Cool Rockin' Daddies. Many may remember Dirty Dan Buck years as front man /vocalist of the late ‘70s Chicago recording group, The Boyzz From Illinoizz. Cost is $10. Proceeds benefit The Ridgewood United Community Food Pantry of Joliet. More on Facebook at: Christmas at the Rialto or www.coolrockindaddies.com or call Dave at (708) 479-6944.
• Northwest Indiana vocal group, Harbor Lights, perform their “Doo Wop Christmas” show tonight at Valparaiso’s historic Memorial Opera House. The 8 p.m. concert will feature Christmas classics mixed with various doo wop hits of the 1950s by The Platters, The Drifters and others. “Doo Wop Christmas” has been a complete sell-out in years past, so calling ahead and reserving tickets is advised. Cost $25 ($19 for seniors and students). FYI: (219) 548-9137 or www.mohlive.com