Something’s “Brewing” in the Barn this Saturday.

2014-01-23T00:00:00Z Something’s “Brewing” in the Barn this Saturday.Tom Lounges / beatboss@aol.com nwitimes.com
January 23, 2014 12:00 am  • 

One can hope party rock band The Crawpuppies busts out some Village People and leads the capacity crowd in a rousing “YMCA” cheer on Saturday at the County Line Apple Orchard in Hobart.

The popular Hoosier quartet along with Chicago’s Mr. Blotto band will be pumping out tunes while brew masters pump out savory craft beers at “Brews in the Barn,” benefitting Hobart YMCA’s annual “Changing Lives” campaign, which helps offset child care, membership expenses and program fees for less fortunate residents.

“We have DJ Tonycue from 5 to 7pm spinning vinyl. The Crawpuppies take the stage at 7pm and Mr. Blotto ends the night with a 3-hour set starting at 9pm,” explained Scott Mockler, Vice President of the Board of Director for the Hobart YMCA.

“This is the inaugural year for ‘Brews in the Barn’ and it's our plan make it an annual event,” continued Mockler. “We had originally set a ticket limit of 1200, but as we started to get more and more vendors on board, we decided to cut that back to 850. We wanted to make certain the County Line Orchard barn didn't get too crowded so we decided to be conservative and have a better experience for our guests. We are already looking at ways to increase capacity next year as this event has been sold out for a couple weeks and there is still huge demand for tickets.”

“We will have about 35 breweries, five wine distributors and Journeyman Distillery all pouring samples of their beverages. Most of them are donating their product and time to help us produce this event. I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support,” said Mockler.

Between 50 and 70 items are up for silent auction, including a signed and framed Elton John/Lady Gaga color photo with a certificate of authenticity. “The silent auction is a great mix of local products and services and also includes some highly collectable memorabilia,” said Mockler. “There will also be a Disney vacation package that will be given away at the end of the evening.” A list and photos of items to be auctioned is found at event’s website -- www.brewsinthebarn.com .

Various packages from regular ticket admission to VIP range in cost from $10 to $75 and include various perks. All net proceeds benefit the Hobart Family YMCA. Early VIP entry is at 5:30pm with regular ticket entry 6:30pm. Unlike most County Line Apple Orchard events, “Brews in the Barn” is a 21 and older only event.

We are absolutely thrilled with the reception the event has received from the public,” concluded Mockler.


· Portage blues-rock trio Midnight Mass release of their 11-track original music CD – “Violet” -- with a live 10pm performance on Saturday at The Roadhouse Bar & Grill (4 U.S. Highway 6) in Valparaiso.

If the band’s name rings a bell, it’s because Midnight Mass had a run in region clubs over a decade ago when led by bassist/vocalist Randy McKay. After a few years hiatus, original guitarist Randy Cole resurrected Midnight Mass last year with help from new recruits April Santos on bass, vocalist Mark Stiburski, and an electronic drum machine they have named Dr. Crank.

· Grammy-award winning group CHICAGO perform a January 29 concert (7:30pm) at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois for victims of the devastating tornados that rolled through Central Illinois on November 17. Because of sponsorship from Country Financial the concert is free to attend.

"The band wanted to do something special for the people of Central Illinois who have suffered any type of hardship related to the tornados,” said Chicago's manager Peter Schivarelli.

· Blues harmonica master James Cotton, who celebrates his 70th year of as a professional musician in 2014, received a Grammy Award nomination for his 2013 CD “Cotton Mouth Man,” produced by Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi) and released via Chicago’s Alligator Records. Guest performers on the album include Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Ruthie Foster, Warren Haynes, Delbert McClinton and Keb Mo. The Grammy Awards airs Sunday, January 26, 2014.

· Chicago Grammy-winning songwriter/rocker Jim Peterik stops by The Lakeshore Public Radio to guest on “The Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” radio program airing on 89.1FM on Tuesday (Jan. 28) at 6pm. Peterik -- who performs a solo “Storyteller’s” style show at Chicago Street Theatre on Sunday, February 9 -- will perform acoustic versions of some of the famous radio hits he has written or co-written for Survivor, Ides of March, .38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sammy Hagar, Van Zant, REO Speedwagon, and others. The program streams live in real time worldwide on: www.lakeshorepublicmedia.org/radio

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