Stars over Valpo helps keep local radio station "on air"

2014-04-10T00:00:00Z Stars over Valpo helps keep local radio station "on air"Tom Lounges / beatboss@aol.com nwitimes.com
April 10, 2014 12:00 am  • 

The second annual “Stars Over Valpo” all ages community concert to raise operating funds for low-power public radio station WVLP-98.3 in Valparaiso takes place at 6pm this Sunday (4/13) in Duesenberg Recital Hall at the Valparaiso Center for the Performing Arts.

“Stars Over Valpo came about as a skull session between myself and station founder Paul Schreiner as to how we would bring in more revenue, since our operating costs had increased while the economy had taken a toll on our ability to raise money through such normal means as donations, memberships, grants and other accounts,” explained WVLP’s Executive Director Gregg Kovach.

“Paul came up with the idea then shared it with others and eventually other station activists refined the idea into what it is today – a musical revue comprised of a diverse collection of local talent,” continued Kovach. “The event last year was an enormous success which surpassed our expectations. We think this year’s event will be even better than the last one.”

“Stars Over Valpo” features a non-stop parade of regional musical artists each performing one original composition. The artists onboard for the second annual event are -- Robert Rolfe Feddersen, Buddy Pearson (of Freek Johnson), Patti Shaffner, Ronn Barany, Beatrice Eveland, Taylor Fleming & Devin Whitten, Ron Buffington, Angelo Cicco, Jason Murphy, Tekila Rose, Lou Samaniego, Brett Galvan, The Rodeas, The Webdolls, Melissa Welch, Waz, John Derado, Chris & Megan Marolf, Mami Matsuda & Kids and the trio Harlan/Jeff/Dot.

“WVLP has about fifty very talented and committed volunteers. On behalf of this station and what we represent, it would be nice to see the seats filled with all of us as well, just to show our tacit support and so that all these generous musicians have a captive audience,” added air personality John King, host of the 7pm Thursday evening program, “Livin’ It Up Radio.”

We’re really excited to be a part of ‘Stars Over Valpo’,” said Feddersen who with his wife Teri Ann Feddersen co-hosts the new WVLP music showcase program “Left Of Center” on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. “The only hard part is figuring out which song to perform from our new album (“American Loser” produced by Steve Albini), but I think we’re leaning towards the new single, ‘Dave’s Lament’.”

“The way this program is presented keeps things fast paced and offers something enjoyable for any music lover because its comprised of such a diverse collection of local talent of various styles and genres,” added Kovach.

Tickets are $20 each and available at the door and in advance at Valparaiso businesses Front Porch Music and The Old World Market. More info: (219) 476-9000 or www.wvlp.org.


The music of popular alt-rock band The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus will shake things up Friday (4/11) at Purdue University Calumet with an 8pm outdoor campus concert held at the south end of campus in the parking lot behind Peregrine Hall, 2440 173rd St.

The band’s 2006 album “Don't You Fake It” -- featuring singles “Face Down,” “False Pretense,” “Your Guardian Angel” and “Damn Regret” -- was certified gold and their music is also heard on the “Madden NFL 2007” game.

“This is a great band, and people can see them for a terrific price,” said Purdue Calumet Assistant Director of Campus Life Debbie Bachmann. “This concert is not only exciting for people who are fans, but our campus is excited to bring such a big name act to northwest Indiana”.

Food and beverages will be on sale. Outside food and beverages are not be permitted on campus. Admission is $10 ($5 for Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central students with student IDs). In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the gymnasium. Info: (219) 989-2369. Tickets online at: www.purduecal.edu/studentactivities.


• Motley Crue frontman/vocalist Vince Neil will be performing a solo concert of Motley hits and a smattering of tunes from his solo project when he performs Saturday at Hammond Civic Center for a concert that marks the return of hard rock to the historic landmark after many years. Concerts by top rock names of the day like Cheap Trick, Robin Trower, UFO, Molly Hatchet and others were prevalent at the Civic Center during the 1970s. As a fan and attendee of those past shows, this columnist is thrilled to see Hammond bringing live rock back to the venue. Opening the show for Neil will be ‘80s MTV rockers Warrant. Tickets for the 21 and over only concert are $25 at the venue’s box office or online via www.ticketmaster.com

• This Saturday is the date for the annual “Beatles in the Barn” fundraiser to benefit The Northwest Indiana Food Bank at The County Line Orchard (200 S. County Line Road) in Hobart. The music of the Fabs springs to life from 6-9pm with performances by The Chris & Lou Band, The Crawpuppies and once a year gather of The Mega-Beatles musical collective. Tickets for the all-ages event are online at www.countylineorchard.com and are available at the door.

• Perennial rock favorites of the region -- M&R Rush – announced they will be returning to the stage for their 2014 "Livin’ For The Music" Tour begining May 3rd at Sullivan’s in Midlothian and will schedule shows to run through mid October. 2014 will be the 12th summer since the original M&R Rush line-up regrouped for what was expected to be one short run of shows.

“Being that we are the original members who played your high schools in the 70’s, we feel blessed to able to continue to make music for all our fans and friends! We are Livin’ for the Music and look forward to seeing everyone again this summer,” said the band’s drummer Marty Mardirosian. “Since the final show of our 2013 tour, we have been busy editing a live DVD of our Beverly Arts Center performance filmed in December. It will be titled "An Evening with M&R Rush" and will be available at shows and online this summer.” More: www.mandrrush.com

Email Tom Lounges at beatboss@aol.com

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