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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All things Elvis will be celebrated in the Region this weekend.
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.”
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.
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.”
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…
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…
"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."
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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…
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Casey Abrams blew some minds when he showed up on stage with his stand up jazz bass during the 10th season of “American Idol.”
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.”
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On May 29, Midwest music icon, Marvin Junior died of complications from longtime kidney and heart ailments. He was 77.
Things are going to get pretty WILD at Sunset Hill County Park if Bob Gregg has anything to say about it. And he does!
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.”
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