Doo Wop stars bring "The Signal" back to stage and radio

2014-04-17T00:00:00Z Doo Wop stars bring "The Signal" back to stage and radioTom Lounges / beatboss@aol.com nwitimes.com
April 17, 2014 12:00 am  • 

After having playing to a standing room only audience and having to turn away people last month during its regional debut performance at The Aquatorium in Gary, “The Signal – A Rhapsody” has been scheduled for a second performance on April 27 at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts (540 S. Lake Street) in Gary. Tickets: $20 & $25 / Showtime: 4pm.

This original 90-minute production written and produced by lifelong region resident Henry Farag is an historical tribute to the early doo-wop street sounds of Gary, Indiana. It traces the original urban music of Gary from the 1950s through the 1970s with The Jackson Five. Featured in its cast, along with contemporary regional performers are original members of hit-making vocal groups The Spaniels (“Goodnight Sweetheart”), Stormy Weather (“Street Corner Serenade”) and Willie Rogers & The Soul Stirrers (“Chain Gang”).

Hall of Fame inductee Willie Rogers (who with The Soul Stirrers performed and recorded with late R&B icon Sam Cooke) will guest along with The Spaniels’ Billy Shelton and Stormy Weather’s Henry Farag on the April 22 live 6-7pm broadcast of “The Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” radio program on 89.1-FM/Lakeshore Public Radio. The three R&B icons will perform live on air and share stories about their careers. Stream the program live online at: www.lakeshorepublicmedia.org/radio.

Don’t Forget “RECORD STORE DAY”…

Speaking of the old days when music came stamped on black vinyl platters – don’t forget that Saturday, April 19 in “Record Store Day” all across America.

Several very limited run (generally only 2,5,00 to 10,000 copies each) re-issued LPs and limited run collectable vinyl from some of today’s modern artists will be on sale for this one day only at record shops. You can bet this columnist will be popping in to check out the special releases and my personal “go to” place for music – S&J Stereo in downtown Highland, Indiana -- which still sells tons of pre-owned LPs and even cassettes every day.

Specially printed collectable LPs, many stamped in colored virgin vinyl, will be snatched up by rabid music fans who still appreciate a little crackle and pop served up organically with their music. Among such limited-edition releases are titles by The Ramones (“Meltdown With The Ramones”), The Doors (“Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine”), Rick James (“Rick James”), Otis Redding (“Pain In My Heart” 50th Anniversary Edition”) and Henry Mancini and His Orchestra (“The Pink Panther”).


• Bud Monaco and Red Rose of Sopro Music, Inc once again blues up the Easter holiday with their “Annual Easter Parade Blues Revue” on Saturday. Begun in 1982, this year’s 32nd Parade is at Sullivan’s Irish Pub (4660 West 147th St.) in Midlothian.

The 9pm show features performances Southside blues musicians: guitarists Joey Drada, Frank Anastos, and Billy King; vocalists France Marie and Peaches Staten; along with bassist John Falstrum, drummer Jay Frank and The Chicago Horns Quartet. More: www.sopromusic.com.

• South African-born and Midwest-raised singer/songwriter Jann Klose performs frequently in the Great Lakes Region, with an annual winter appearance in Chicago at The Uncommon Ground’s “The Jeff Buckley Memorial Concert.” Jann received four nominations in The 13th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMA) including one for his for his a-cappella cover of Tim Buckley's "Song To The Siren" on his new CD “Mosaic.” Tim Buckley was an iconic ‘60s singer/songwriter and also Jeff Buckley’s father.

"I fell in love with the song when I worked on the movie, ‘Greetings From Tim Buckley’,” said Klose, who returns in June for a variety of Midwest performances. More: www.jannklose.com.

• At press time word came from my friends in the Bad Company camp that due to it being one of the most successful summer tours of 2013, the original line-up of the legendary British rock combo -- Paul Rodgers (vocals/guitar/keys), Mick Ralphs (lead guitar) and Simon Kirke (drums) -- team up once again this summer with Southern rock stalwarts Lynyrd Skynyrd. The three co-founders will be joined on tour by guitarist Howard Leese (of Heart) and bassist Todd Ronning (of Rodgers solo band).

"Last year's tour with our friends in Skynyrd was a fantastic time for all. We're looking forward to spending ten dates with them and our fans again this summer,” said Paul Rodgers. The tour stops July 23 at The First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. More: www.badcompany.com.

• Are you a fan of musicals? The Munster Theatre Company of Munster High School’s spring presentation is “Fiddler on the Roof” -- May 1-3 at 7pm and a 2pm matinee on May 4 – featuring the timeless musical selections “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” Sunrise Sunset” and “Tradition.”

Munster’s producer/director Larry A. Brechner and his students always do a top notch job with their MTC productions. Tickets: $7 (senior/student tickets $5). To order or more info: (219) 838-2235 or email to: apkinser@munaud.org.

Email Tom Lounges at beatboss@aol.com

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