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A new summer tradition begins with Lightning Bug Music Festival

A new summer tradition begins with Lightning Bug Music Festival

The twin passions of a local husband and wife will collide on the grassy knoll of Valparaiso’s Sunset Hill Park as a bevy of unique music styles and food options are presented under the banner of Lightning Bug Music Festival to help fund a regional educational cause that, as parents, is impo…

July 03, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Steppers, singers, swing bands, soldiers and solidarity celebrated

Steppers, singers, swing bands, soldiers and solidarity celebrated

"Dancing with the Stars on the Nostalgic Stage of World War II" is a multi-media musical program focused on the popularity of dancing in America during the years of 1934 to 1948.

June 21, 2014 9:05 pm Photos

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Israel's blues king Lazer Lloyd returns to U.S. homeland

Israel's blues king Lazer Lloyd returns to U.S. homeland

After a chance meeting with a homeless man in New York’s Central Park more than 20 years ago, American-born musician Lazer Lloyd walked away from an Atlantic Records contract and a chance to work in the studio with a member of The E-Street Band to follow his muse to the Middle East.

June 19, 2014 1:00 am
Hey, Hey, They're still the Monkees and still comin' to your town

Hey, Hey, They're still the Monkees and still comin' to your town

It's been a long time since they came (as the theme song goes) -- “walkin’ down the street getting’ the funniest looks from everyone they’d meet…” -- but The Monkees are still “comin’ to your town.”

May 29, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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'Killin' Time' for 25 years with country music's Clint Black

'Killin' Time' for 25 years with country music's Clint Black

It’s been a quarter century since Texas hitmaker Clint Black galloped onto the country music charts and into stardom with his debut album “Killin’ Time” that spawned five #1 charted singles – “A Better Man,” “Killin’ Time,” “Nobody’s Home,” “Walkin’ Away,” and “Nothing’s News.” That remains …

May 15, 2014 12:00 am
Hendrix Lives as Guitar Disciples Invite the Region to get Experienced.

Hendrix Lives as Guitar Disciples Invite the Region to get Experienced.

Jimi Hendrix was arguably the greatest of all rock guitar gods ever to bend a steel string and was certainly the most innovative. Hendrix’s indelible legacy and ground-breaking music will be honored Saturday (4/5) at Merrillville’s Star Plaza Theatre by a legion of his famous guitar-slinging…

April 03, 2014 5:02 pm Photos

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Styx rocks the hits while helping local homeless animals

Styx rocks the hits while helping local homeless animals

To say Styx is a hard working band is an understatement.

December 24, 2013 12:00 am
Oceans Over Airplanes making waves on the music scene

Oceans Over Airplanes making waves on the music scene

Oceans Over Airplanes' name reflects a topsy-turvy world where up is down, down is up, and where rock 'n' roll dreams can still come true for those who are determined.

December 03, 2013 12:00 am
Ian Anderson will lay it on 'Thick' during his Star Plaza visit

Ian Anderson will lay it on 'Thick' during his Star Plaza visit

Knowing he could never best Eric Clapton on guitar, young Ian Anderson put down his six-string and picked up the flute for the first time in 1968, giving birth to the wholly unique and trademark sound of the British prog-rock group, Jethro Tull.

October 18, 2013 12:00 am
Taking a 'Ride' with American rocker Willie Nile

Taking a 'Ride' with American rocker Willie Nile

Valparaiso-based Imagine Music wraps up its fifth year concert series on Saturday with a return performance by New York rocker Willie Nile, who makes his third appearance at the Memorial Opera House, but his first with his East Coast band tagging along.

October 18, 2013 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
Portage's Elvis FANtasy Fest turns 21

Portage's Elvis FANtasy Fest turns 21

All things Elvis will be celebrated in the Region this weekend.

October 10, 2013 10:34 pm Photos

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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
Ex-McCartney sideman Laurence Juber 'Wings' into Valpo

Ex-McCartney sideman Laurence Juber 'Wings' into Valpo

Although the name -- Laurence Juber -- may not set off a fire alarm of familiarity in the average person’s mind, a litany of the hit songs featuring Juber’s guitar playing would immediately have even the most casual music fan singing along.

October 04, 2013 12:00 am
Horton steps out and into Edith's Attic

Horton steps out and into Edith's Attic

When chatting with Heather Lynne Horton about her headline gig Sunday at Chicago Street Theatre’s upstairs music room known as “Edith’s Attic,” I could almost hear Johnny Cash singing in my head ¬-- “she’s been everywhere, man, she’s been everywhere” -- as  Horton spoke of how her musical jo…

September 26, 2013 10:54 am
Hobart educator's children's book educates on Alzheimer's

Hobart educator's children's book educates on Alzheimer's

"A person learns and experiences so much during their lifetime. I believe if you can pass it along to others in a way that can help or enrich them, than you should."

September 22, 2013 8:00 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
Dar Williams comes armed with a social consciousness and great songs

Dar Williams comes armed with a social consciousness and great songs

Boston-based singer/songwriter Dar Williams’ snappy folk-pop sound has powered nine studio albums, several EPs and a few live concert releases during her nearly 20-year professional career as a music-maker, earning her a legion of loyal fans, including many in Northwest Indiana.

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
Hit songwriter Gretchen Peters to share stories and songs

Hit songwriter Gretchen Peters to share stories and songs

It’s been a dozen years since Gretchen Peters has strummed her guitar and sang a song for her Hoosier fans as the second artist to ever perform on the then fledgling “One Night Jam” series at the converted church building now called Chicago Street Theatre.

September 06, 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
Gin Blossoms still a crowd pleaser

Gin Blossoms still a crowd pleaser

The short-lived Grunge music-era was already starting to wane by 1992 as melody-driven rock sounds once again found a place on radio playlists. The Tempe, Arizona group -- Gin Blossoms – helped lead the way with their debut album, “New Miserable Experience,” powered by the breakthrough Top 1…

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

Chicago music community loses another much loved member

The sudden death last Friday of Bad Examples bassist Tom “Pickles” Piekarski, age 61, shocked and saddened the Chicagoland music community which he had been a part of since 1972.

August 16, 2013 12:00 am

'American Loser' looks like a winner for regional music-maker

Chicago music veteran Robert Rolfe Feddersen releases his latest solo album “American Loser” on Saturday with a release party at Crown Brewery Company (211 S. East Street) in his adopted hometown of Crown Point.

August 09, 2013 12:00 am
Black Crowes wing to Chicago with Tedeschi-Trucks Band

Black Crowes wing to Chicago with Tedeschi-Trucks Band

The Black Crowes are back on the road after a two-year hiatus from performing with the “Lay Down With Number 13 Tour.” this co-headline romp across America with the musically well-matched Tedeschi-Trucks Band, stops on Aug. 14 at Chicago’s Charter One Pavilion.

August 09, 2013 12:00 am
There’s nothing “Disturbing” about Fight or Flight

There’s nothing “Disturbing” about Fight or Flight

It has been a confusing year for fans of the Chicago-born group, Disturbed, as they have watched the band’s members explore individual projects after five platinum-plus selling albums and 14 years together at the forefront on the modern heavy music scene.

August 02, 2013 12:00 am
Local Scene: 'American Idol's' Casey Abrams breaks out his bass in Valpo

Local Scene: 'American Idol's' Casey Abrams breaks out his bass in Valpo

Casey Abrams blew some minds when he showed up on stage with his stand up jazz bass during the 10th season of “American Idol.”

August 02, 2013 12:00 am
From Steel Horses to fried pickles and racing pigs ...

From Steel Horses to fried pickles and racing pigs ...

It has been 161 years since the first baseball was thrown at a stack of milk bottles to win a prize, the first prize pig won a blue ribbon, the first group of horsemen squared off in the arena, and the first batch of homemade preserves and pies were presented to a panel of judges.

August 01, 2013 11:44 pm Photos

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“Variety-Ville” offers  swank Saturday of devilish fun for all

“Variety-Ville” offers swank Saturday of devilish fun for all

One can bank on plenty of swank, sizzle and swinging fun whenever the red hot entertainment duo Frank and Buddy Devil – The Lounge Devils – bring their eclectic cast of guys and dolls to a stage.

July 26, 2013 12:00 am
Oyster boys to set Valpo aflame with rock

Oyster boys to set Valpo aflame with rock

A recent visit to Kokomo, Ind. prompted legendary Long Island, N.Y. metal band Blue Oyster Cult to tackle an impromptu performance of the Beach Boys’ “Kokomo,” which band member Eric Bloom confessed “wasn’t very good.” So don’t expect to hear it when BOC headlines Saturday’s “First Annual Va…

July 26, 2013 12:00 am

Local Scene: First 'Front Porch Fest' to feature myriad of musical styles

Front Porch Music -- a mecca for local players of varying degrees of skill and talent from the Northwest Indiana music scene – presents “The First Annual Front Porch Music Festival” Aug. 4 at downtown Valparaiso’s Central Park.

July 26, 2013 12:00 am
3 Doors Down brings hits tour to town

3 Doors Down brings hits tour to town

Escatawpa, Mississippi’s platinum selling alt-rock exports 3 Doors Down long ago had proven they were not one of the many “one-hit-wonder” bands of the 1990s, but the release of their first “Greatest Hits” collection last winter underscored the fact.

July 19, 2013 12:00 am

Princesses, superheroes and rockers out to help Miller’s Critters

Five regional bands and at least as many costumed characters will gather together as Goodfellas Bar & Grill literally goes to the dogs (and the cats too) Sunday during an afternoon fundraiser benefiting the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana in Miller (www.millercritters.com). A free wi…

July 19, 2013 12:00 am

Local scene: Surf guitar king Dick Dale still riding wave of popularity

When film director Quentin Tarantino used Dick Dale’s 1962 instrumental rock classic “Misirlou” to open up his 1994 cult classic, “Pulp Fiction,” the surf guitar god was introduced to a whole new generation of fans not born when he released his 1960 debut LP, “Surfer’s Choice.”

July 12, 2013 12:00 am
Hammond's Festival of Lakes shines with many stars

Hammond's Festival of Lakes shines with many stars

For the 10th consecutive summer, music will fill the night air over the waters of Wolf Lake in Hammond, as the city’s Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. and The Hammond Parks & Recreation Department gift local music fans with five days of top name talent free of charge at The Pavilion Stage of Wolf…

July 11, 2013 11:25 pm Photos

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Kids invited to visit 'Ralph's World'

Kids invited to visit 'Ralph's World'

There are quite of few gifted and talented performers who are just out of this world, but there is only one who has his own world.

July 05, 2013 12:00 am
King of Shock Rock to 'raise the dead' in Merrillville

King of Shock Rock to 'raise the dead' in Merrillville

When “School’s Out,” so is Alice Cooper. The 65-year-old king of Shock Rock is still on the road six months a year and loving every minute on stage as much as he ever did.

July 05, 2013 12:00 am

Local radio DJ lives it up for Special Olympians

Things will first be rollin’ and will then be rockin’ this Saturday at Valparaiso’s Sunset Hill Farm County Park as the third annual “Livin’ It Up” festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with a car show, followed by a multi-band concert, before wrapping up with an explosive fireworks display.

June 28, 2013 12:00 am
Bad Company celebrates 40 years

Bad Company celebrates 40 years

Although sadly overshadowed in the media by the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour hoopla, a concert event no less enthralling, equally relevant and most likely better sounding, takes place tonight in Hammond.

June 27, 2013 12:00 am
Creedence revisits classic song book

Creedence revisits classic song book

Between 1968 and 1972, Creedence Clearwater Revival was the preeminent American singles band of the era, releasing a string of hits that came to define much of the Vietnam era.

June 21, 2013 12:00 am

'Rock 4 Hope' to help families of Cancer Kids

Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation (NICK) presents “Rock 4 Hope” from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Hall (805 Elm Street) in Valparaiso to raise funds for its care and support programs for the families affected by pediatric cancer. All ages welcome. Cost is $10.

June 21, 2013 12:00 am

Bluesin' into summer at Centennial Park

Free live blues music returns to Munster this summer several years after the popular but costly annual “Munster Blues Fest” held at the Town Hall Municipal Complex on Ridge Road came to an end.

June 14, 2013 12:00 am
Gomes pulls the plug to revisit blues' roots

Gomes pulls the plug to revisit blues' roots

Toronto-born Anthony Gomes is a powerful musical force whose fingers squeeze out a torrid of emotions from the strings of his electric guitar with a style as much rock as blues.

June 07, 2013 12:00 am
Marvin Junior of The Dells joins Heaven's choir

Marvin Junior of The Dells joins Heaven's choir

On May 29, Midwest music icon, Marvin Junior died of complications from longtime kidney and heart ailments. He was 77.

June 07, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Something  'wild' at Sunset Hill Park this weekend

Something 'wild' at Sunset Hill Park this weekend

Things are going to get pretty WILD at Sunset Hill County Park if Bob Gregg has anything to say about it. And he does!

May 31, 2013 12:00 am
Shilo: Pioneers and purveyors of 'Scum Pop'

Shilo: Pioneers and purveyors of 'Scum Pop'

In the many years of doing this column, I have written on all styles of music, but had never focused my attention on the genre of “scum pop.”

May 31, 2013 12:00 am

Local Scene: Hot Rod Heathens ready to rev up rock ‘n’ roll-a-billy engine

From the ashes of his last group 3 Peace, veteran bassist Mike Vetromila has risen like a phoenix with a new project. Staying with the trio format, Vetromila has assembled The Hot Rod Heathens with drummer Patrick Mulloy (ex-Purple Rose Gang) and guitarist/trumpeter/vocalist Jordan Gross (ex…

May 24, 2013 12:00 am
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