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I'll emcee the latter part of the evening at the “To Remember A Fallen Hero” memorial to fallen Merrillville police officer Nickolaus Schultz Saturday at Catch 22 (500 E. 81st Ave.) in Merrillville.
Fasten your seatbelts for a guided musical tour through rock ‘n’ roll history! The Neverly Brothers play popular rock n’ roll and rhythm & blues hits from 1950s American pioneers to mid-1960s British Invasion groups in a way that has audiences singing, dancing and thoroughly entertained.
Chicago has long been known as a music city, first for its blues (Chess Records to Alligator records) and then for its two rock booms, in the mid-1960s (The Buckinghams, Ides of March, The Cryan’ Shames, etc.) and in the mid-1970s (Cheap Trick, Chicago, Styx and REO Speedwagon).
They started kicking out the jams more than 30 years ago and still boast the original lineup that first came together as starry-eyed teens in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood. They aspired to follow in the footsteps of an older neighborhood band called Styx.
It is that time of year once again, when fans and some of the King of Rock’s real life friends and associates come to Woodland Park Plaza (2100 Willowcreek Road) in Portage, to celebrate everything Elvis – the music and the man.
Minnesota’s Sena Ehrhardt may have earned herself a master’s degree in health care, but she really never wanted to do anything other than sing the blues.
Charlie Daniels has been “fiddling around” long enough to become a certified music legend during a career spanning six decades.
Every Tuesday night, Bill Satterlee and Kent Lindquist have a routine.
The lower level coffee house at Valparaiso’s Front Porch Music (505 E. Lincolnway) is the place where region music fans who favor string music will be gathering as the venue presents two nights of back to back concert artists.
Transplanted region native Katie Schlesinger grew up in Munster and graduated as a “Mustang” before transforming herself into the trendy, indie rocker Katie Day and relocating to San Francisco. The term “indie” gets underscored in the case of Day, who writes, arranges, sings, produces and pl…
Northwest Indiana’s own Chris Funk – who once rocked locally in bands sporting names like The Outlaw Bikers and Social Sometimes - returns to his hometown stomping grounds of Valparaiso to rock the Memorial Opera House with the second of his two globally acclaimed musical groups, Black Prairie.
The damper on Labor Day had nothing to do with the thunderstorms plaguing the region, but it was the sad news of 63-year-old Survivor vocalist Jimi Jamison suffering a fatal heart attack. One of rock music’s greatest voices had been silenced.
After hearing Into The Light’s 2010 self-titled sophomore album, I was impressed enough to rank it as one of the best regionally-released CDs of that year.
Has it really been 30 years since hippy revivalist band Enuff Z’Nuff first burst out of Chicago’s South Side (Blue Island) to conquer MTV and radio playlists with their Beatlesque brand of paisley pop?
“We’ve been wanting to do some kind of big outdoor event this summer and we love animals so this just seemed to be a great fit,” said Broadway Glass & Customs general manager Todd O’Day on how he and his staff came to do this Saturday’s “Doggie Days End Of Summer Fest” from 1 to 6 p.m. …
Alice Peacock’s sound is a hybrid of pop/folk and country. She presents colorful story songs with lyrics that paint pictures in the mind’s eye as her voice rides over upbeat instrumentation akin to artists of the 1970s soft rock scene such as Jackson Brown, J.D. Souther and Linda Ronstadt.
As emcee for last week’s “Battle of Midway” at the Lake County Fair, this columnist was excited to see top shelf young talent coming up the region music scene ranks. The style of each competing band was completely different and ranged from hard alternative and classic pop/rock to country/pop…
This is a great weekend for Northwest Indiana Beatles’ fans. There'll be three events over three days all celebrating the Fab tunes of John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Front Porch Music presents "The 2nd annual Front Porch Music Festival" from 3 to 7pm Aug. 3 at downtown Valparaiso’s Central Park.
Folks who have been dreaming of elephant ears, racing pigs, winning stuffed animals and seeing Crown Point from atop a Ferris wheel, have that opportunity at 6 p.m. Thursday when the gates open for an early “sneak peek” at all the 162nd Lake County Fair has to offer.
Several months ago a radio promotion friend Tom Mazzetta suggested this 21-year-old R&B/pop singer from Holland, Mich. named Kanisha K. might be a good guest for my weekly Lakeshore Public Radio show, “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges.”
Having come a long way from the Manhattan apartment they once called home with their loving parents Howell and Elvira Wayans and six other siblings – brothers Keenen, Damon, Shawn and Marlon – are as much an entertainment empire these days as they are a family.
Summer has officially arrived in Northwest Indiana now that Hammond’s 11th annual Festival of the Lakes has kicked off at Wolf Lake Memorial Park (2338 Calumet Avenue).
For over three decades singer/songwriter Dan Navarro has been living a rather bohemian life on the road, traveling from venue to venue, city to city, playing music and drinking in applause. He wouldn’t have it any other way.
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.
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…
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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…
As a radio DJ for many years, it is often my job to dictate people’s moods with the music I play and provide a soundtrack to their good times. Last week while cruising around Northwest Indiana with the car windows down, I compiled my Top 10 summer songs other than those Beach Boys songs that…
In the late 1970s the Midwest and in particular Chicago was buzzing with major record labels looking for the next corn-fed rock ‘n’ roll band to follow the likes of Chicago, REO Speedwagon and Cheap Trick into glory.
Tired of trudging out to local watering holes and seeing bands or singing karaoke on the weekends? Looking for something different? May I suggest making plans to catch the return of “Variety-Ville” on June 7 to Valparaiso’s historic Memorial Opera House?
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.”
Northwest Indiana’s four-piece Capernuam — LeAnn Stutler (lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, and saxophone), Will Wyatt (drums, vocals), Mark Lugo (bass, vocals), and Gabe Dudlicek (lead guitar, ukulele) – all members of the Christ Lutheran Church Youth Group, will step up and plug in on May 31 …
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.
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 …
Chicago's The Kickback — comprised of brothers Billy (vocals, guitar) and Danny (drums) Yost, Eamonn Donnelly (bass) and Jonny Ifergan (guitar) — is prepping for the release of their new full length album titled “Sorry All Over The Place” this summer. The session was produced by Spoon drumme…
Singer/songwriter Drew Bolsega and Beat Boogie Drum builder/drummer Steve Crabtree, two region music veterans on the scene since the 1970s, teamed up to record a CD in 2006, are back in cahoots and currently working on a 10-song compilation project they are calling Bolsega/Crabtree & The…
Chicago Street Theatre’s “One Night Jam” series continues tomorrow (4/25) with a performance by singer/songwriter Gurf Morlix and special guest Ralston Bowles. The two artists team up for an intimate evening of storytelling and Americana/Roots music in the venue’s upstairs Edith B. Wood Perf…
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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