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Steve Crabtree

Custom Drum Builder Steve Crabtree rocks on

Custom Drum Builder Steve Crabtree rocks on

Beat Boogie Quality Drums owner Steve Crabtree has loved drums since he was a young boy and heard Sandy Nelson’s classic “Let There Be Drums” for the first time.

January 20, 2014 5:37 pm Photos


St. John marketing town's many assets

St. John marketing town's many assets

St. John Town Council President Mike Forbes, right, talks drums with Beat Boogie entrepreneur Steve Crabtree at the St. John 175th Aniversary Festival last fall. Steve handcrafts drum sets locally for famous musicians.

February 10, 2013 12:00 am


Chicago alt-rock recording/touring group, The Smoking Popes will re-issue their landmark 1995 album, “Born To Quit” this Tuesday (10/23) via Los Angles-based indie label SideOneDummy Record, which they signed with earlier this year. There will be limited amount of color vinyl LPs pressed up …

October 17, 2012 3:00 pm

LOCAL SCENE: McHenry & Bricker, An Ear-Pleasing Pairing

One of the perks of writing this weekly column about local music is opening up mail and discovering a CD of well-crafted new music to ingest. Such was the case two weeks ago when a disc arrived from Merrillville songwriter/guitarist John McHenry, who has rocked, twanged and bluesed it up in …

October 11, 2012 3:00 pm

LOCAL SCENE: Trio reunited in Highland, Porter County unplugged winner

Long time local rockers Allen Fray (bass/vocals) and Bob Wray (guitar/vocals), formerly of the regional bands Salamander Drake and Desdinova, are back in action with a new 3-piece original project rounded out by drummer John Ripperton. The trio goes by the name The Barleywine Sound Union and…

October 04, 2012 3:00 pm
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