Three former Region rockers return home this weekend to showcase their latest musical project -- The Traveling Brothers Electric Roadshow -- performing Saturday at Leroy's Hot Stuff (333 W. U.S. 20) in Porter. Showtime is 8 p.m. More: 219-926-6211.
Bobby Love and J.J. Garcia are natives of Chesterton, while Michael Thomas once called Valparaiso home before they transplanted themselves to the West Coast to chase their musical dreams and taste national success in various groups. "We three have been friends for over 30 years now and this show is a celebration of the music we were raised on, that inspired us and for the love of rock n’ roll," said Garcia.
Garcia and the project bassist Brian James still reside in Los Angeles and played together as the rhythm section in the band Judge Jackson for over two decades. They currently keep the groove going as members of Bo & The Bluesdrivers. The duo also collaborated with famed horror director John Carpenter, both on-screen and as part of the soundtracks for his films, including "Vampires" and "Ghost of Mars."
Thomas and Love recently left L.A. and are now based in Louisville, Kentucky. "Michael and Bobby recently formed an amazing Red Hot Chili Peppers' tribute band call Blood Sugar Sex Magik that also will perform on the bill this Saturday at Leroy's." The Traveling Brothers Electric Roadshow is a way for the four friends to continue making music together. They plan for this project to do selective dates when breaks in their respective bands' schedules allow for it.
JOHN PRINE SHINES
Congratulations to folk legend John Prine, who helped to create and define the Chicago Folk sound of the 1960s and early 1970 as a mainstay of Chicago's Old Town music haunts along with Steve Goodman, Bonnie Koloc and Jim Post. Prine, now 70, was named Artist of the Year last week at Nashville's Americana Honors & Awards Show and received a standing ovation from his peers. Just last month, Prine's own label Oh Boy Records re-released "September '78," a historic live performance recording from the fall of 1978 at Chicago's Park West for the first time on CD and digital formats. The 10-song set includes such Prine classics as "Angel From Montgomery," "Please Don't Bury Me," and "I Had a Dream." More: ohboy.com.
Speaking of Bonnie Koloc, a live date with her has been announced by The Acorn Theater (107 Generations Drive) in Three Oaks, Michigan for Oct. 29. The 4 p.m. performance will find Koloc accompanied by pianist/accordionist Don Stille, guitarist Elliot Delman, and very special guest, fellow Chicago folk icon Ed Holstein, who once opened for Koloc at historic Chicago venues. Koloc will perform songs from her deep catalog, along with tunes from her newest CD, "Seems Like Yesterday." More: acorntheater.com.
STARS "COME TOGETHER" FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS
Various artists from the worlds of country, rock, blues, bluegrass and gospel have banded together to aid victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Country singer John Berry and award-winning songwriter Chuck Jones have penned the song, "All Come Together," now recorded and featuring vocals from Berry, Jones, John Oates (Hall & Oates), John Cowan (Doobie Brothers), Keb Mo, Heidi Newfield (Trick Pony), Dave Innis and Paul Gregg (Restless Heart), Casey James ("American Idol"), Collin Raye, Bryan White, Robin Berry, Mike Farris, and Darin & Brooke Aldridge. The recording was documented on film to create a music video. Watch it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlT8o4BGthg&feature=youtu.be.
• This is the final weekend of "The Charms of China: Let the Moon Bring Us Together" at the Hammond Academy of Performing Arts at Morton High School. Catch the show tonight and Friday at 7 p.m. with 2 and 7 p.m. performances on Saturday. The production then moves to Portage High School for a continued run from Oct.r 13 through Oct. 23.
The live theatrical production features a large cast and provides viewers with a feast of assorted genres of Chinese performing arts including traditional Chinese music, dance, opera, acrobatics, martial arts, magic, comedy, fashion, and puppetry, while revealing the thousands-year old Chinese dream that states all under the heavens become one family. More: charmsofchina.us.
• The Lake Station Parks & Recreation Department presents The 2017 Riverview Park Fest this weekend at Riverview Park (2701 Ripley St.) in Lake Station and features a carnival, food vendors, craft vendors, live wrestling matches, and a variety of regional talent performing in the beer garden. Musical groups on Friday are Five O'Clock Shadow (7 p.m.) and Nawty (9:30 p.m.). On Saturday is Silent Spectrum (5 p.m.), Revolver (7 p.m.) and Visions of Santana (9:30 p.m.). Then Sunday, the event wraps up with a day of country music by The Hoosier Boys (5 p.m.) and High Noon (7:30 p.m.). More 219- 962-7508.
• The Four Freshman perform fresh treatments of beloved favorites from The Great American Songbook when Lakeshore Community Concerts presents them live at the Munster High School Auditorium on Friday at 7 p.m. The Grammy-nominated vocal combo first came together as college students in the 1940s and later evolved into one of the most influential vocal groups in music, strongly influencing other vocal groups, including Manhattan Transfer, Take 6 and the Beach Boys. The current members of the iconic group provide their own musical accompaniment. Tickets are $30. More: Christine 219-923-7879 or Marie 219-923-2078.
• The Highway Band will lay down a mix of classic rock, southern rock and original music on Saturday at Gator's (9101 E. 109th Ave.) in Crown Point. Showtime is 9 p.m.. More: 219-662-0458 or thehighwayband.com.
• Chicago singer/songwriter Al Rose has a busy week ahead. The gifted wordsmith whose albums have made this columnist's Annual Top 10 in The Times more than once over the years, will be performing his songs at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wishbone North (3300 N. Lincoln Ave.) in Chicago backed by a group of special friends. Then on Tuesday, Rose performs live at 9 p.m. on WDCB 90.9 FM's "Lilli Kuzma's Folk Festival Show." Stream at WDCB.org.
• Lakeshore Public Radio's weekly program "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" will jazz up the Region airwaves Friday from noon to 2 p.m. as two members of The Buddy Rich Band visit the Merrillville studios. Live on air will be Greg Potter, who occupies the drum throne upon which the late Buddy Rich helped change jazz music and drumming forever, and vocalist Cathy Rich, who continues to keep her legendary father's musical legacy alive and well.
• British prog-rock icon Derek Shulman will then guest on the "Midwest BEAT" program's 7 to 8 p.m. evening edition on Tuesday to chat about his famous '70s and '80s prog band, Gentle Giant and the new retrospective release of its music, "Three-Piece Suite." Stream Lakeshore programs live in real time at: lakeshorepublicmedia.org.