Local musician Dave Dodge of the popular Northwest Indiana club band Flashpoint and his family are discovering the true meaning behind those Beatles song lyrics about getting by with a little from friends.
The region’s music community is coming together this Saturday (12-14) in support of Dodge and his family to take part in a special fundraiser that will feature performances by Flashpoint, The Shift, The Robots, Joe & Doc, Liz Horvath & Friends, The Dirty Mac, Bad Cadillac, The Goodrich Trio, The Picks, Little Daddy Blues, and Chicago Bob’s All-Stars. Other musical guests are expected to be added to the line-up of talent right up to the day of show.
The local rocker’s wife Sharon Dodge is currently living with C.O.P.D., a very severe and sensitive lung condition for which she will soon undergo lung transplant surgery.
All proceeds from Saturday’s “A Mother’s Breath” event at The Track Lounge (318 North Jackson) in Crown Point will go toward the needed home repairs, modifications, and improvements necessary to accommodate Sharon’s current and future health needs.
“My family and I have been taken back by the outreach and generosity of those who have taken part in the planning arrangements, those who have volunteered, and those who have donated/pledged donations. This whole process wouldn't and won't be possible without all of you. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts,” said David Dodge in a prepared written statement.
“A Mother’s Breath” is a 21 and older event starting at 12 noon and ending at 9pm, with plenty of live music, food, silent auctions, raffles and a cash bar. A $20 donation is requested. More info: (219) 765-8042 and online at: www.mothersbreath.tumblr.com
• Singer/songwriter Jef Sarver of Portage will host a CD release party at Front Porch Music (505 E. Lincolnway) in Valparaiso on Friday to celebrate the release of his latest solo collection of original music. More: www.frontporchmusic.com or (219) 464-4700.
• Chicago indie-dance group Gemini Club -- Tom Gavin (vocals), Gordon Bramli (DJ), Daniel Brunelle (production) and Ryan Luciani (drums) – have a new single called “Preacher” about a gay priest.
“When I started coming up with lyrics for ‘Preacher,’ my whole point was that a priest who may love a man can still guide and lead and uplift, it doesn't matter who he loves,” said Gavin. “I grew up in the Catholic Church and was impacted in a positive way by priests. But when my sister came out a few years ago, I could no longer support an institution that condemned her.” Hear “Preacher” at: www.soundcloud.com/geminiclub/preacher.
• Berwyn’s legendary music venue FITZGERALD’S (6615 W. Roosevelt Rd.) opened December 18, 1980 and celebrates its 33rd anniversary starting tonight at 9pm with The World Famous Pontani Sisters performing a “Burlesque-a-pades Holiday Spectacular” along with Telecaster Master Bill Kirchen’s Holiday Honky-Tonk Show.
For the weekend a special outdoor, heated tent will accommodate the huge crowd expected for swamp rock master Tab Benoit’s 8pm concert. “Tab has sold out the club so many times that we decided an outdoor tent would give us more room and would also be something special for the holidays,” said club owner Bill FitzGerald, who echoed a similar sentiment for Brave Combo who perform 9pm Saturday.
Along with hosting those main stage talents, the tent will serve as a festive grand lobby, featuring Christmas films, live local choirs, and Louisiana specialties freshly grilled to order.
The celebrating continues inside the club when Rob Parton’s Big Band performs on the actual Dec. 18 anniversary date. Cost: Pontani Sisters & Kirchen - $20, Benoit - $25, Brave Combo - $15 and Rob Parton - $15. More: (708) 788-2118 or www.fitzgeraldsnightclub
• Lakeshore Public Radio’s locally-produced radio program “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” features classic rocker Joe Grushecky (ex-Iron City Houserockers) as musical guest on Tuesday.
Then getting a double broadcast on Friday (12-22) and Christmas Eve (12-24) is “Midwest BEAT’s Celebrity Memories & Music: Home For The Holidays…hosted by Tom Lounges.” Among celebs featured on this 2-hour special are country artists Charlie Daniels, Brenda Lee, Richard Sterban (Oak Ridge Boys), R&B singers Peabo Bryson and Gary U.S. Bonds, classic rockers Edgar Winter, Gunnar Nelson, Steve Lukather (Toto), Ricky Phillips (Styx), Roger Earl (Foghat) and Jim Peterik (Ides of March), and new teen pop star Courtney Rau. All “Midwest BEAT” programs air at 6pm CST on 89.1FM and streamed live at: www.lakeshorepublicradio.org/radio.