There's a triple bill blues assault planned for the fourth and final show in the TalTree Arboretum's Summer Concert Series taking place Saturday as The Blues Project, Corey Dennson Band and Carl Weathersby team up to close out what can only be called an awesome first year for the new series.
Taltree is located at 450 W. 110 N. in Valparaiso. Tickets: $15 all ages. More: (219) 462-0025 or taltree.revelup.com.
The Blues Project opens the show and features students from Ben Franklin Middle School busting out a mix of blues, soul and gospel covers. Guitar great Weathersby will then take the stage to unite with the group named for and fronted by his friend and former side man, Corey Dennison, who spent a dozen years performing in Weathersby's band before striking out on his own. This reunion of the two road warriors should make for an exceptional evening of ferocious live blues.
Since forming in 2013, Corey Dennison Band has become a favorite attraction at Chicago blues venues, including twice-weekly appearances at Kingston Mines. Led by Dennison’s soulful voice and muscular guitar, the band released its self-titled studio debut for the legendary Delmark Records in 2016.
Playing with and being mentored by Weathersby blessed Corey with opportunities to share the stage with many musical greats such as The Kinsey Report, Robert Blaine, Chico Banks, The Steepwater Band, Jimmy Johnson, Robert Randolph, Derek Trucks and John Mayer and more. More: coreydennisonband.com.
Rockin' and Riding' for Homeless Critters
From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Leroy's Hot Stuff (333 Highway 20) in Porter, Indiana will be the gathering place for animal lovers and motorcycle enthusiasts from all across the Region as the popular eatery/bar hosts the The HSNI 2017 Fall Critter Ride.
The ride begins and ends at Leroy’s and is followed by a rockin' "after party" from 4 to 8 p.m. that includes a complimentary food buffet at 4 p.m. for riders ($10 for non-riders), plus live classic rock sets donated by the power trio Hardwired and perennial club favorites Shuddup & Drive, who is also donating sound gear for the event.
All proceeds from this event benefit the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana. The cost to ride is $20/single or $30/couple and includes a free T-shirt at sign up (while they last) along with the complimentary food buffet and after party. Sign-ups start at 11 a.m. Last bike out at noon and return at 4 p.m. Leroy’s offers an optional AYCA Breakfast Buffet from 10 a.m. to noon ($7) for early birds. More: (219) 926-6211.
As always, live music is found at Leroy's all weekend. Friday and features an 8 p.m. show with country artist Brant Vogel and Saturday finds the 10-piece rock ensemble Heavy on the venue's stage at 9 p.m.
·The Art Blitz happens this weekend at The Art Barn (695 N. 400 E.) in Valparaiso and features activities for entire families, mini-courses in various art styles, shows by The Von Orthal Puppets and Marionette Puppetry by Ralph Kipness, along with plenty of beautiful art creations (paintings, sculptures, etc.). Guests can hike the nature trails, indulge in a variety of food options and libations, while also enjoying plenty of live music. Among the many musical options are the afternoon drum circles each day and daily concerts by international Americana/Celtic group, Switchback, who perform Saturday at 10 a.m. with two shows Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Switchback -- Martin McCormack and Brian Fitzgerald -- have been traveling the world since 1993 and have a large catalog of albums and DVDs to their credit. The event is free to attend and goes from 10 a.m. to dusk, rain or shine on Saturday and Sunday. More: (219) 462-9009 or artbarnschool.org.
· Guitar-driven classic rock from Region band Whiskey Biscuit can be enjoyed on Sept. 16 at The Track Lounge (318 N. Jackson St.) in Crown Point. The Biscuit band who mix some original songs along with plenty of covers by the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Doobies, Cream and others, consists of acoustic guitarist/lead vocalist Dave Varella of Marrakesh Express fame, along with guitarist Jimmy K, bassist Bill Wheat and drummer Steve Saricos. More: (219) 663-9838.
· The classic rock quartet Lake Effect will dish out tunes starting at 8 p.m. this Saturday at Bottom's Up (1696 Thornton-Lansing Rd.) in Lansing. More: (708) 418-3877.
· Take a rock 'n' roll journey, or as lead singer/guitarist Kevin Giragosian calls it "a magical history tour," this Friday (8 p.m. Eastern) at The Acorn Theater (107 Generations Drive) in Three Oaks, Michigan. Giragosian's retro-rockin' trio The Neverly Brothers takes its audience on a trip through music from 1955 to 1965 with great factoids about many of the artists whose hits they perform live. A typical repertoire covers the gamut from All-American rockers like Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry to such British Invasion legends The Beatles, The Kinks and The Rolling Stones. More: theneverlybrothers.com.
The music of Beatles co-founder John Lennon comes to life on Saturday when veteran Beatles tribute artist Young Hines presents his nationally acclaimed "Dear John" show spanning Lennon's catalog from The Beatles through his years with The Plastic Ono Band, and as a solo artist rediscovering his inner passion. Tickets $25 for each concert. Tickets and info: acorntheater.com or 269-756-3879.
· Veteran Chicago radio personality and rock jock Mitch Michaels just released his memoirs, "Doin' the Cruise: Memories Of A Lifetime in Radio and Rock & Roll" (Eckhartz Press). Michaels will be live in-studio Friday in Merrillville for a noon guest slot on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio's weekly program, "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges." Michaels will be joined by Highland resident/author, Ken Churilla, the book's co-author. Later in the program blues icon Benny Turner, the younger brother of blues legend Freddie King, will chat via phone about his upcoming induction into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame. Stream live in real time at: lakeshorepublicmedia.org.