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Rockin' the opera house

Rockin' the opera house

With the national economy still recovering, the last few years have been an especially tough time for those in the arts as people trying to keep ahead of their bills have had less money than usual budgeted for entertainment.

July 10, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Planting possibilities with musical seeds

Planting possibilities with musical seeds

Rockopelli 2014 – once again benefitting Planting Possibilities – happens on Sunday, July 13 at Main Square Park in Highland from 2:30 to 9pm. Admission is free however, donations are most appreciated.

June 27, 2014 2:30 pm Photos

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Berlin’s Terri Nunn is singing and looking better than ever

Berlin’s Terri Nunn is singing and looking better than ever

With the sexy image and sultry vocals of West Coast actress-turned-singer Terri Nunn, the band Berlin helped introduce American music fans to Europe’s Electro-Pop sound. The band's racy first hit debuted in 1982.

June 26, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Local Sixties teen idols ready to rock the Region

Local Sixties teen idols ready to rock the Region

Oscar & The Majestics were a hard-rocking, soul-influenced, garage-punk quartet of the 1960s from Gary who recorded most of their tunes at the legendary Chess Recording Studios in Chicago for the USA Records label.

June 19, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Lake County Fair mascot "BEA the Bee" will join Times columnist Tom Lounges in creating a "buzz" about reading during a series of Saturday morning appearances at various Lake County Public Library branches.

Lake County Fair mascot "BEA the Bee" will join Times columnist Tom Lounges in creating a "buzz" about reading during a series of Saturday morning appearances at various Lake County Public Library branches.

Lake County Fair mascot "BEA the Bee" will join Times columnist Tom Lounges in creating a "buzz" about reading during a series of Saturday morning appearances at various Lake County Public Library branches as they team up to entertain children 10 and younger with story book readings, refresh…

June 12, 2014 1:00 am
ROBERT ROLFE FEDDERSEN and THE HIGHWAY BAND are among the seven regional musical artists performing Saturday at the "Livin' It Up!" Music Festival benefitting the Porter County Special Olympics.

ROBERT ROLFE FEDDERSEN and THE HIGHWAY BAND are among the seven regional musical artists performing Saturday at the "Livin' It Up!" Music Festival benefitting the Porter County Special Olympics.

Robert Rolfe Feddersen and The Highway Band are among the seven regional musical artists performing Saturday at the "Livin' It Up!" Music Festival which benefits the Porter County Special Olympics.

June 12, 2014 1:00 am
Local Scene: Region bikers and bands rally for Special Olympics athletes

Local Scene: Region bikers and bands rally for Special Olympics athletes

The annual “Livin’ It Up Benefit for Porter County Special Olympics” has grown considerably since last year and now includes a bike run, bike show, car show, beer garden, food vendors and several music groups performing noon to 9pm at Sunset Hill Farm County Park (the corner of Route 6 and M…

June 12, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Lake County Fair and Lake County Public Library promote literacy

Lake County Fair and Lake County Public Library promote literacy

“Bea,” the Lake County Fair mascot and a symbol of the summer season in Northwest Indiana, will be flying into five local Lake County Public Library branches in the coming weeks to remind region families that the 162nd Lake County Fair is coming up Aug. 1 to 10 while helping promote summer r…

June 09, 2014 12:00 am
Hammond detective still making a difference in young lives

Hammond detective still making a difference in young lives

The 9th annual Joe B. Memorial Bike Run and Concert produced by the family and friends of Detective Sgt. Joe Betustak Jr. returns to Hammond’s Wolf Lake Memorial Park Saturday.

May 15, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Flowers for a great cause with Wednesday 'Buds and Blossoms' event

OFFBEAT: Flowers for a great cause with Wednesday 'Buds and Blossoms' event

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 27, 2014 12:00 am

Pezband powering up new pop sounds

Arguably one of the best groups to emerge from the “pre-wave” days of the 1970s was Chicago’s pioneering power-popsters, Pezband, a collective from suburban Oak Park formed in 1971.

October 18, 2013 12:00 am

Chicago challenges their fellow Americans

Iconic Windy City jazz-rock group, Chicago has never rested on their laurels nor resigned themselves to being “an oldies” act. According to the ensemble’s trumpeter/vocalist and co-founder, Lee Loughnane, they are not about to start.

October 11, 2013 12:00 am

Acoustic concert etiquette – Respect the artist AND the audience!

A recent experience my wife Alice and I had while attending a concert at a very popular region concert hall is what inspires today’s column topic, “Proper Concert Hall Etiquette.”

October 04, 2013 12:00 am

Local Scene: Looking at an endearing musical legend

With Paul Revere & the Raiders co-headlining the “Where the Action Is: An Evening of Hits and Laughs” at Star Plaza Theatre tonight, I thought it fun to share fun facts about “the legend of Paul Revere.”

September 27, 2013 12:00 am

Local Scene: For the rock 'n' roll and the rubber chickens ...thanks Jerry!

For those of Chicagoland’s baby boomer population, a little piece of us died on Monday when the news broke of former Chicago radio personality Jerry G. Bishop having died the night before at the age of 77 following a heart attack at his home in San Diego.

September 20, 2013 12:00 am

Local Scene: Animals, motorcycles and The Lord inspire end of summer events.

On Friday, Sept. 20 from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., five notable regional music talents will join forces at Front Porch Music (505 E. Lincolnway) in Valparaiso for an all ages music festival dubbed as “Acoustic Artists For Animals.”

September 13, 2013 12:00 am
Local Scene: Reflections of a Yardbird on 50 years in rock 'n' roll

Local Scene: Reflections of a Yardbird on 50 years in rock 'n' roll

Along with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds are among the most impacting of the British Invasion groups of the mid-1960s, because the band was a springboard for three of rock’s greatest guitarists – Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.

September 06, 2013 12:00 am

Mighty Men making free music Sunday

The Mighty Men of God is a regional gospel quartet  planning to flex their four-part harmony skills for all to enjoy on Sunday during a free 6 p.m. concert at the First Baptist Church of Griffith (324 North Colfax).

August 23, 2013 12:00 am
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