Region music community loses a longtime friend

2013-04-19T00:00:00Z Region music community loses a longtime friendTom Lounges Times Correspondent
April 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

It is with sadness I report the passing of longtime drummer Anthony “Tony” Nicoletto, 65, of Valparaiso. Tony was a well respected and well known member of the regional music community for many years.

I first met Tony when he was doing artist management and regional concert promoting. Over the years, I came to learn a lot about the music business from my discussions with him. Tony’s knowledge of musical artists, especially those from the 1960s was so keen I would often in the early days of my writing, call upon him to reference my articles pertaining to that era. Tony came to my aid with his knowledge as recently as late last year, when I was preparing to guest on a radio program and wanted to double check some details about bands from the ‘60s “Garage Rock” era.

Nicoletto had a great ear for talent and was passionate about music. He advised and mentored many young Northwest Indiana talents; even aiding a few in getting their original music heard by record companies.

Nicoletto was also an accomplished drummer, who as a teenager took lessons from legendary jazz drummer, Buddy Rich. Over the years, Tony went on to play drums for a variety of musical combos, including the well-known regional groups Changing Times and Celebration. Tony was also rightly proud of the time he spent keeping the beat for the internationally-famous ‘60s rock group, The Turtles. Tony was the “go to guy” when The Turtles toured the Midwest.

My condolences to the Nicoletto family, and Tony’s many friends and fans.


• Can a person ever get enough Beatles music? Those who think not, are advised to attend “Beatles Night” at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Old Style Inn (5 Lincoln Hwy.) in Valparaiso. The evening’s dinner/music program of all Fab Four favorites will be performed by The Chris & Lou Band, fresh from their participation at County Line Orchard’s successful “Beatles at the Barn.” The group features guitarist/vocalist Chris Sulcer, bassist/vocalist Lou Samaniego, keyboardist/vocalist Marty Paxton and drummer Shane Samaniego. More info or reservations (suggested): (219) 462-5600.

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• No matter how much technology changes, musicians of all sorts still need to record their music. The latest free network session offered by The Chicago Music Commission at Columbia College (600 S. Michigan Ave. Ferguson Lecture Hall, Room #101) takes place on Monday (April 22) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This seminar will address “Do It Yourself (DIY)” Recording. Panelists are Bob Difazio (Columbia College Professor), Matt Hennessey (VSOP Productions/NARAS Regional President), Michael Mayer (Coach House Sounds), and Ian Wilson (School of Rock), with Jerry Brindisi (Columbia College) moderating. This seminar/panel is free of charge to all musicians and the public.

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