Longtime regional music favorites Ripley Street, best known for cranking out high-volume rock ‘n’ roll shows at area festivals and night clubs, will have their hearts plugged in and their instruments unplugged for a special acoustic performance Sunday afternoon at Maxine’s Restaurant in Michigan City.
The group is one of two bands donating their time and talent to benefit the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana by entertaining attendees of HSNI’s “Tails of Love” event which runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and includes food, music, a silent auction and a live auction for the requested donation of $30 per person/$50 per couple. A cash bar will also be available.
“People who come support this second annual event on Sunday will dine in a lovely European bistro and have a delicious selection of European cuisine and American classics while also enjoying some great acoustic music by two wonderful area music groups, Ripley Street and The Darren Enloe Band,” said Betty Clayton, Director of the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana, which is based in Miller.
“This is the second ‘Tails of Love.’ The last one was also at Maxine's who generously not only allows us use her restaurant but also donates the food so that all of the profits will go to the shelter,” continued Clayton. “The silent auction (4:30-6:30 p.m.) will include a variety of specially themed baskets, jewelry and handmade teddy bears. The live auction will include signed prints by famous local artist Neal Kienitz, a 10" Android Tablet with leather case, Coach bag and matching wallet, and more.”
Ripley Street – vocalist Ken Williams, guitarist Charles Jones, bassist Bill Tervo, drummer Tim Majkowski, keyboardist Theron Schmeckpeper -- have planned an acoustic concert of songs from their own original albums and classic rock covers to close out the 4-7 p.m. music/dinner event at Maxine’s, while “keeping it in the family” by sharing the afternoon with The Darren Enloe Band, who kick things off at 4 p.m.
The Enloe trio features namesake guitarist/vocalist Darren Enloe of Lansing and Griffith guitarists Bill Jones and Steven Jones, who are the son and brother of Ripley’s guitarist Charlie Jones, respectively. The Darren Enloe Band will be the musical guest tonight on “The Midwest BEAT” radio program on 89.1FM – The Lakeshore, which airs at midnight.
“I have and always will strive to he half the guitar player my father is,” said Bill Jones. “He is the reason I love music and first picked up a guitar. I’ve been watching him play for the last 29 years and my father is truly my idol.” Jones said he loves jamming with his “Uncle Steven” and getting to team up on a gig with dad’s Ripley Street is a dream come true for him.
Although his trio has been together for a just over a year, Enloe has been part of the region music scene for about 25 years, often hosting local “jam nights” in area clubs and bars.
“This is an important event for HSNI because the proceeds from it allows us to carry on our humane work which is caring for the unwanted, stray, neglected or abused animals,” added Clayton. “Without the support and generosity of the kind people of the area, we would not be able to survive. Only through them can we keep the shelter alive.”
“This is a great cause,” concluded Bill Jones. “We all love animals and respect the great work that the Humane Society does. We are very proud to be able to help out and very happy to have been asked to be a part of ‘Tails of Love.’ More info: www.millercritters.com or (219) 938-3339.
• “A Relay for Life” benefit concert to raise awareness and funds on behalf of the American Cancer Society happens Saturday at On The Square Sports Academy (105 North Court Street) in downtown Crown Point. The 7 p.m. performance is by Hessville Star, an all-star group of regional rockers including members of the bands Eddie Money, Survivor and The Crawpuppies. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. A $20 donation for the all ages event is requested. Beer and wine is available for those 21 and older. More: (219) 808-4627.