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High 48s introduce old bluegrass sounds to new songs

High 48s introduce old bluegrass sounds to new songs

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.

September 25, 2014 1:00 am
Indie rocker, Bowie and Lira Ensemble

Indie rocker, Bowie and Lira Ensemble

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…

September 18, 2014 1:00 am
Looking back on Survivor's Jimi Jamison

Looking back on Survivor's Jimi Jamison

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.

September 11, 2014 1:00 am
Into the Light moves into secular success too

Into the Light moves into secular success too

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.

September 04, 2014 1:00 am
Three decades not  “Z’Nuff” for South Side rockers

Three decades not “Z’Nuff” for South Side rockers

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?

August 28, 2014 1:00 am
'Doggie Days' celebrated with cars, bikes and bands

'Doggie Days' celebrated with cars, bikes and bands

 “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. …

August 21, 2014 1:00 am
L.C. Fair's battle competition a tight match

L.C. Fair's battle competition a tight match

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…

August 14, 2014 1:00 am
A weekend of Beatles, Beatles, Beatles

A weekend of Beatles, Beatles, Beatles

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.

August 07, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Front Porch teachers showcase their talents

Front Porch teachers showcase their talents

Front Porch Music presents "The 2nd annual Front Porch Music Festival" from 3 to 7pm Aug. 3 at downtown Valparaiso’s Central Park.

July 31, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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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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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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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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Local Scene: Songs of Summer

Local Scene: Songs of Summer

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…

June 05, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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Slipping into some old Shoes in Valpo

Slipping into some old Shoes in Valpo

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.

May 29, 2014 5:56 pm Photos

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Local Scene: Devilish duo offer "Variety" of vintage entertainment

Local Scene: Devilish duo offer "Variety" of vintage entertainment

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?

May 29, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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Local Scene: Musical youth step up and tune up for their church

Local Scene: Musical youth step up and tune up for their church

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 …

May 22, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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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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Kickback's summer tour kicks off to promote new CD

Kickback's summer tour kicks off to promote new CD

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…

May 08, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Local all-stars "Shuffle" in on collaborate album

Local all-stars "Shuffle" in on collaborate album

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…

May 01, 2014 2:17 pm Photos

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Americana artists return to The Attic to "Jam"

Americana artists return to The Attic to "Jam"

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…

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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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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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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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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
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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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
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