Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan

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Chicago singer-songwriter and Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan has announced his second solo album "Ogilala" will be released Oct. 13 via BMG.

The album, produced by Rick Rubin and recorded at Shangri La Studios in Malibu, presents Corgan’s distinctive vocals and melodies across a sparse, but rich palette of acoustic guitar, piano, and strings. Corgan released the preview, advance single "Aeronaut," last week online (youtube.com/watch?v=7PdZXNET88A) and has announced tour dates that include two 7 p.m. hometown performances on Oct. 24 and 25 at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N Southport Ave) in Chicago. Box office: 773- 935-6860.

“For as long as I can remember the delineation point between songs I wrote for myself and songs I'd pen for whatever band was something I couldn't explain. And it remains so, for they all feel quite personal to me, no matter their time or era," said the artist who goes by William Patrick Corgan for his solo releases. "The lone difference on songs for 'Ogilala' is that they seemed to want little in the way of adornment. Having written the songs for voice and guitar, I put myself in Rick's hands to take the music wherever he'd like. Normally, I would have done more and tinkered more on production, but rather Rick put the onus on me to deliver at a molecular level via live takes. The rest was simply a reaction.” More: ogilala.com.

MUSIC NOTES

Soundz of Santana will be performing at Founder's Park in Portage on Sept. 3, followed by the country band Dixie Crush. If you miss this one, fans of Latin grooves can catch Soundz of Santana again Sept. 9 at the 19th Hole in Lakes of the Four Seasons from 8 to 11 p.m. Both shows are free to the public. All ages welcome. More: 219-762-3300, 219-762-1675 or portagemusic.com.

• Griffith's Rock 'N' Rail Festival runs today to Sunday with non-stop music on the Main and Bar stages with at least 30 food vendors, a Kidzone, an expanded seating area and a beer garden 2 blocks long. Among the headliners this year are the tribute groups American English (Beatles), Echoes of Pompei (Pink Floyd), Hot Rocks (Rolling Stones), and country favorites High Noon. Admission is free. More: griffith.in.gov or (219) 924-7500.

• The fourth of five performances of the Acorn Summer Concert Series at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens happens on Saturday as Chicago's Mr. Blotto and Northwest Indiana's Planetary Blues Band share the bill. Tickets to the outdoor, all ages concert are $15 and include a fireworks show. Blankets and chairs are recommended. Food and Refreshments available, including adult beverages. More series info: taltree.org.

• Singer/guitarist Mike Bruccoleri performs a live solo show every Monday at Chappy's Stadium Inn (2323 Wabash St.) in Michigan City from 7 to 10 p.m. More: 219-879-9781.

• Singer/songwriter/guitarist Joel Justin (of Mad Ants fame) performs his one man acoustic show at 6 p.m. tonight at The Meditrina Market Cafe (24 Washington St.) in downtown Valparaiso. More: 219-707-5271.

• Classic rock trio The South County Cousins Band will be performing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday at The Town Pub (214 E. Commercial Ave.) in Lowell. One of the members, Cousin Dave Neeley, also hosts the restaurant/pub's weekly "open mic" every Wednesday from 7 to 11 p.m. More: 219- 690-1947.

• Regional garage rockers Oscar & The Majestics give their last public performance of the summer from 6 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at Hobart's Festival Park. The all ages concert is free to the public. More: facebook.com/oscarandthemajestics.

• Live music weekends will take place through September and October at Garwood Orchards (5911 W. 50 S.) in LaPorte starting Sept. 9 with bands playing noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Coming up: Pointin' Fingers (9/9), Middle of the Road (9/10), Hazzard County Band (9/16) with Nashville female duo McCoy doing a special concert 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. More: 219-362-4385 or garwoodorchard.org.

• The Grammy Award winning music of the band Chicago will be featured as tribute group The Chicago Experience performs Friday (8 p.m. Eastern) at The Acorn Theater (107 Generations Drive) in Three Oaks, Michigan. The group performs hits and deep cuts from the extensive Chicago catalog from as far back as the 1968 self-titled LP. Tickets: $30. More: acorntheater.com or (269) 756-3879.

• Regional radio stations WIMS-AM 1420 and WHFB AM 1060 team up to present a performance by internationally famous classical guitarist Peter Aglinskas (5 to 8 p.m.) on Friday at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts (101 W. 2nd St.) in Michigan City. Aglinskas infuses elements of jazz, soul and rock into his music. Admission is free. Cash bar available. More: lubeznikcenter.org or 219-874-4900.

Leroy's Hot Stuff (333 West U.S. Hwy. 20) in Porter welcomes the acoustic rock of Johnny V & Friends at 9 p.m. Saturday. More: leroyshotstuff.com or 219-926-6211.

• Among the live guests for 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio's "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" program airing  Friday (noon to 2 p.m.) is California blues singer Brigitte Rios Purdy, a rising singer/performer getting a lot of internet attention lately with her original song, "Lucille Don't You Weep," a tribute to the late B.B. King. All Lakeshore programs stream live at lakeshorepublicmedia.org.

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