Local, regional bands entertain at Summer Fest

2012-05-30T00:00:00Z Local, regional bands entertain at Summer Fest nwitimes.com
May 30, 2012 12:00 am

Local and regional musical talent lights up the 2012 Dyer Summer Fest being held June 7 through 10 at Pheasant Hills Park along Hart Street.

The stage will be located near the Beer Garden and entertainment is planned each day of festival. Admission to the festival is free.

Check out the line up and prepare to be entertained!


The Muddsharks entertain audiences with a blend of "Sharkin' Rock", blues, funk, jam band, R&B, reggae and everything in between.

"This ain't music you listen...you boogie," says the band's Facebook page.

Based in Northwest Indiana, the group performs throughout the area. The Muddsharks were voted Top 10 bar band in NW Indiana in 2010 and were in the top five in the 2011 Northwest Indiana Cover Band contest.

Members of this popular regional group include Mike Columbo on drums, percussion harmonica and lead vocals; Mark "Magicman" Landes, keyboards and vocal; Tony Nuzzo, bass and Dan "Luke Skyrocker" Smith, guitar and vocals.

Join The Muddsharks as they open the 2012 Dyer Summer Fest from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 7.



The AcoustiCats are a five-piece Northwest Indiana classic rock and roll band that brings energy to the stage.

Enjoy the music created by band members Joel Henderson, Ed Martin, Rob Martin, Ken Bronowksi and Bob Patterson.

With more than 120 songs on the active play list, The AcoustiCats can "step it up" for the dance crowd or "turn it down a notch" for the discerning listener. From outdoor gigs, weddings and graduations, to private parties and corporate gatherings, The AcoustiCats are a guarantee for good entertainment and great fun!

With unmatched vocals, solid musicianship, and the ability to offer music for any occasion, The AcoustiCats will really entertain you from 7 to 11 p.m., Friday, June 8 at Dyer Summer Fest 2012.



New to Dyer Summer Fest, Gerhart is a garage band featuring students from Lake Central High School.

Gerhart is a German name that means "Braveheart" and these musicians are the new generation of modern classic rock. The band's sound can be described as "The Psychedelic energy of Led Zeppelin, sinister guitar licks of Black Sabbath, heart-pounding excitement of AC/DC, and the raw power of Metallica."

The band consists of 5 1/2 members - Drew Burrell, lead/rhythm guitar; Jake Kamykowski, bass; Kevin Badten, lead vocalist; Matt Kamykowski, lead/rhythm guitar; Nick Smith, drummer and 5-1/2 year old Chris Burrell, Drew's little brother who keeps rhythm with his small red guitar.

This talented group took first place in the Battle of the Midway at Lake County Fair and at Zest Fest Battle of the Bands in Highland.

Welcome Gerhart to the stage at Dyer Summer Fest 2012 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 9.



Sound Connection is a Premier DJ Service entertaining audiences throughout Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

You'll hear Sound Connection at weddings, birthdays, graduations, corporate events, school functions and festivals.

Sound Connection always strives to meet clients' demands. With more than 20 years in the entertainment industry, they can provide the entertainment any event deserves.

You'll hear quality sound, professional equipment and courteous, professional and reliable DJs.

Let Sound Connection entertain you at Dyer Summer Fest 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 9.



The Relics have been performing in the region for more than a decade.This five-piece classic rock band has a sound very reminiscent of the bands of the 1960s and 1970s, giving the band a commercial-rock feel yet with a pop edge.

In March 2007, The Relics were named one of the Midwest's top cover bands by Midwest Beat Magazine.

Entertaining audiences are Joe Sowinski on guitar, harmonica and keyboard; Jim Pardonck on keyboard; Dave Sobierajski on drums; Bob Teske on bass guitar; and Dave Trump, guitar.

In addition, each band member contributes vocally, allowing for five-part harmony on many songs that is unique and sets The Relics apart from other local groups.

Another unique feature is their ability to alter their instrumentation and lineup by having either two guitarists or by switching to use two keyboardists, depending on the style of song and arrangement.

This flexibility enables The Relics to create a much richer sound by being able to add strings, horns and also synthesizer technologies that rival larger eight- or ten-piece bands.

Enjoy The Relics' performance from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Saturday, June 9.



Chicagoland's Jim Bulanda can easily step into the shoes of any major Las Vegas entertainer. He's a vocalist most famous and appreciated for his impressions of Dean Martin and of course, the 'Chairman of the Board,' Frank Sinatra.

In the early 1990's, Jim ventured into the nightlife. He could frequently be seen singing and dabbling in comedy at Chicago's local comedy clubs. Patrons at these clubs soon remarked on his remarkable singing voice, and encouraged him to develop it. For the next three years, Jim polished his Sinatra classic songs and developed a nightclub act that includes a repertoire of 70 classic songs.

Jim began his professional singing career in 1994, performing in numerous nightclubs in Chicago and Northwest Indiana, including at Chicago's East Bank Club, The Merchandise Mart, Salvatore's and Chicago's famous Omni Ambassador East and The Pump Room.

Local audiences have also become fans through Jim's performances at local nightclubs and casinos, and at events and outdoor festivals including the American Heart Association's "Taste of Northwest Indiana," Merrillville's 2001 Town Ball, WBBM Channel 2 Chicago on Ed Curran's Morning Show and the Star Plaza Theatre with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra.

Enjoy Jim Bulanda's "Tribute to Frank" from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 10


Don't let High Noon's modest beginnings in an Indiana basement in the early 1990's fool you. This band has developed into one of the most recognized and accomplished bands in the region.

Enjoy the performances of Andy Fowler on lead guitar; Ed Haack on drums; Butch Cisco, keyboards; Norm Daisy on bass guitar; and Brian Wheatbrook, lead vocals.

The group's eclectic tastes and talents allow them to cover all genres of music from rock to country and old to new. Whether it's the old favorites, the chart toppers or their own original music, they have what it takes to keep the crowds dancing, and coming back for more!

As much fun as the guys obviously have on stage, High Noon is serious about their music. They have several country showdown wins under their belt, as well as runner up placing in both Indiana and Illinois state music finals.

And their talent has earned them recognition in the music world as well, allowing them to share the stage with such great names as Neal McCoy, Confederate Railroad, Kevin Sharp, Boy Howdy, John Anderson, Sherri Austin, and even industry heavyweights such as Garth Brooks and Travis Tritt's band Country Club!

High Noon performs from 7 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, June 9.

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