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Doo Wop stars bring "The Signal" back to stage and radio

Doo Wop stars bring "The Signal" back to stage and radio

After having playing to a standing room only audience and having to turn away people last month during its regional debut performance at The Aquatorium in Gary, “The Signal – A Rhapsody” has been scheduled for a second performance on April 27 at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts (5…

April 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Stars over Valpo helps keep local radio station "on air"

Stars over Valpo helps keep local radio station "on air"

The second annual “Stars Over Valpo” all ages community concert to raise operating funds for low-power public radio station WVLP-98.3 in Valparaiso takes place at 6pm this Sunday (4/13) in Duesenberg Recital Hall at the Valparaiso Center for the Performing Arts.

April 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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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The Rockin’ WESTIES to Make an Acoustic NW Indiana Debut

The Rockin’ WESTIES to Make an Acoustic NW Indiana Debut

For their first concert in Northwest Indiana, Chicago rockers The Westies will make a “soft debut” by performing in an acoustic format at 7:30pm this Sunday (4/6) at Chicago Street Theatre (154 W. Chicago Street) in Valparaiso. Tickets: $25 with VIP Couch seats $50.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am
“PET ROCK” Lives Up To Its Name with Music Celebrity Support

“PET ROCK” Lives Up To Its Name with Music Celebrity Support

As “father” to some amazing rescue animals over the years, I have come to be passionate about the important work being done by my fellow animal lovers at local shelters and rescue groups. I spend a lot of personal time volunteering and campaigning on behalf of the region’s homeless and abuse…

March 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Country Music Makers Rally to Help Region Music Fan

Country Music Makers Rally to Help Region Music Fan

The members of the country music group Hazzard County have circled the wagons and are coming to the aid of a longtime fan and friend Dan Berrisford by putting together a multi-band event on March 29 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles (13140 Lakeshore Drive) in Cedar Lake. The doors open at 4 p…

March 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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S. Joel Norman travels light with new album

S. Joel Norman travels light with new album

Munster native S. Joel Norman celebrated the release of “Traveling Light,” last week with a headline performance at The Metro in Chicago and is thrilled that radio is already picking up on the title track/single.

March 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Family & friends still beat the drum for late local rocker

Family & friends still beat the drum for late local rocker

The third annual “Mike Ratley Memorial Rock & Roll Benefit Concert” named for longtime Highland resident and regional musician Mike Ratley happens at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1400 South Broad Street, Griffith, IN on Saturday (March 8) from 6 pm to midnight. All ages are welcome.

March 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Nugent's St. Holmes strips down famous songs for solo show

Nugent's St. Holmes strips down famous songs for solo show

In recent years, Derek St. Holmes had been a key component of the “Voices of Rock” national tour that united famous singers behind famous radio hits; and rightfully so, since it was St. Holmes’ indelible voice that powered Ted Nugent’s biggest hits.

February 27, 2014 12:00 am

Jambalaya and Louisiana Bayou Sounds Heat Up Berwyn

The South Side’s most eclectic music club -- FitzGerald’s at 6615 W. Roosevelt in

February 27, 2014 12:00 am
Highland songwriter & book author dances against cancer

Highland songwriter & book author dances against cancer

Northwest Indiana author and songwriter Ken Churilla is among the Chicagoland celebrities dancing their way closer to a cancer cure next month as Arthur Murray Presents “The Dancing with Chicago Celebrities - Pink Carpet Premiere” ninth annual charity ball to fight against breast cancer. The…

February 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Gary’s Aquatorium to “Echo” Again With Street Corner Sounds of Its Past

Gary’s Aquatorium to “Echo” Again With Street Corner Sounds of Its Past

This Sunday afternoon at 3pm, a story that began 58 years ago with a Christmas gift that changed the life of a young boy will come to life in the very city where it all began, as “The Signal: A Rhapsody” is presented on stage at The Gary Aquatorium on the lakefront of Gary’s Marquette Park.

February 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Beatlemania impacted today's music makers near and far

Beatlemania impacted today's music makers near and far

Love ‘em or loath ‘em, The Beatles forever changed the pop music and culture when a flight from London to New York City brought them to American soil on February 9, 1964 for their first U.S. television appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

February 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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The Stories Behind The Creation of Songs You Know And Love

The Stories Behind The Creation of Songs You Know And Love

Today’s column is about a skinny kid from Berwyn, Illinois who has mined a considerable amount of precious metal over the years, both gold and platinum. Not with a pick-ax, but rather with a pen, a notepad and a piano.

January 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Something’s “Brewing” in the Barn this Saturday.

Something’s “Brewing” in the Barn this Saturday.

One can hope party rock band The Crawpuppies busts out some Village People and leads the capacity crowd in a rousing “YMCA” cheer on Saturday at the County Line Apple Orchard in Hobart.

January 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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The Lone Bellow take their Americana sound from obscurity to acclaim

The Lone Bellow take their Americana sound from obscurity to acclaim

Acoustic music has provided the soundtrack to America since its discovery, which is why the term “Americana” came to be coined for those “old timey” groups whose use of stringed-instruments carries on the traditions of periods past, from cowboys and field hands strumming around campfires, mo…

January 22, 2014 7:58 pm Photos

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There’s Lots of Monkey-ing Around Planned For Saturday Night!

There’s Lots of Monkey-ing Around Planned For Saturday Night!

“It’s just four friends out having fun,” said regional rocker Jack Adams when contacted about a Northwest Indiana gig on Saturday that has Facebook buzzing. The reunion by his mid-1990s band – Monkey Cocktail – is “just a chance to play some old songs with old friends. It’s a night for nostalgia.”

January 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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79th Birthday Celebration Tour Honors Elvis’ Music, Memory & Legacy

79th Birthday Celebration Tour Honors Elvis’ Music, Memory & Legacy

The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll’s music, memory and legacy will be remembered for the 27 consecutive year by those who knew him, those inspired by him and those who will never forget him or the impact Elvis Presley made on pop culture.

January 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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TOM LOUNGES’ TOP 10 REGIONAL ALBUMS of 2013

TOM LOUNGES’ TOP 10 REGIONAL ALBUMS of 2013

As “Local Scene” columnist for The Times, a lot of regional music catches my ear each year. These ten releases are personal favorites culled from the plethora of local product that has hit my stereo over the past twelve months.

January 02, 2014 4:03 pm Photos

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Midwest Rockers the Bodeans to rock in NYE

Midwest Rockers the Bodeans to rock in NYE

The Bodeans have been Midwest rock perennials since their 1983 when they broke out of Waukesha, Wisconsin and stole across the border and became a major part of the Chicago music community and ultimately a national success story with their break out 1985 debut LP, “Love & Hope & Sex …

December 26, 2013 4:00 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
Gary’s KINSEY Brothers Once Again REPORT for Musical Duty.

Gary’s KINSEY Brothers Once Again REPORT for Musical Duty.

They’re baaaaack! THE KINSEY REPORT, Indiana’s first family of the blues, is back in a big way with “Still Standing,” a four-song EP on the group’s own label, RDK Records.

December 19, 2013 4:03 pm
Local Scene: "A Mother's Breath" helps local rocker's family get by

Local Scene: "A Mother's Breath" helps local rocker's family get by

Local musician Dave Dodge of the popular Northwest Indiana club band Flashpoint and his family are discovering the true meaning behind those Beatles song lyrics about getting by with a little from friends.

December 12, 2013 4:03 pm
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
Local Scene: Gobble up the Blues at SoPro’s 31st Annual Thanksgiving All-Star Revue

Local Scene: Gobble up the Blues at SoPro’s 31st Annual Thanksgiving All-Star Revue

It’s happening again! South Side production company, SoPro, presents its 31st Annual Thanksgiving Chicago All-Star Blues Revue Saturday (11/30) with a stellar cast of musical talents onboard.

November 28, 2013 4:03 pm Photos

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Local Scene: Oak Ridge Boys sing of Santa, snowmen and Baby Jesus

Local Scene: Oak Ridge Boys sing of Santa, snowmen and Baby Jesus

For Richard Sterban, it does not feel like 40 years have passed since he got the surprise phone call from William Lee Golden inviting him to join the Oak Ridge Boys.

November 21, 2013 9:43 am Photos

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Local Scene: Jann Klose gets up close this weekend in NWI

Local Scene: Jann Klose gets up close this weekend in NWI

The name Jann Klose has become more recognized since it first appeared a number of years ago in this column, when I was introduced to the music of this singer/songwriter with global roots by my music savvy friend Anne Leighton.

November 13, 2013 7:45 pm
Portage Brothers create hybrid sound

Portage Brothers create hybrid sound

Jef Sarver has been a regional singer/songwriter for decades whose name has appeared in this column many times over the years, during which time he has released a string of original music albums. His latest solo CD, “Eight,” is expected to be released in mid-December.

November 06, 2013 7:45 pm
LOCAL SCENE

LOCAL SCENE

Last week’s Local Scene column offered aspiring young region hopefuls perhaps misled by the many reality TV shows about how easy it is to find musical success, some true reality from the lips of six major musicians who have earned star status.

October 30, 2013 7:45 pm
LOCAL SCENE

LOCAL SCENE

In today’s world of “American Idol”, “The Voice,” and other talent shows, it would seem that music stardom is quick and easy? But any working musician knows that it’s tough to eke out a living playing music and that it is often a difficult and heartbreaking road to travel.

October 23, 2013 7:45 pm
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

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
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
Mitch Ryder displays link between Detroit's rock and soul sounds

Mitch Ryder displays link between Detroit's rock and soul sounds

When Mitch Ryder unleashed his yowls, growls and shouts while recording hits like “Jenny Take A Ride,” “Devil In A Blue Dress” and “Sock It To Me,” he cemented his place in music history as the godfather of Detroit rock ‘n’ soul. Ryder became the stitch in the musical fabric of Detroit conne…

September 26, 2013 10:42 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
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