Planetary Blues Band

Planetary Blues Band will be among bands playing at an upcoming memorial event for fallen Merrillville officer Nickolaus Schultz.

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.

The Oktoberfest-style indoor/outdoor event begins at 4 p.m. and is a two-fold fundraiser with proceeds going to the Merrillville F.O.P #168 and earmarked for two goals. Monies raised by this event will specifically go to erecting a memorial to Officer Schultz at the Merrillville Town Hall. Schultz was the first Merrillville officer killed in the line of duty. Monies raised will also help send members of the Merrillville P.D. to Washington, D.C. in May 2015 to attend the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial where Officer Schultz’s name will be added on the national Wall of Fallen Officers.

Performing at “To Remember A Fallen Hero” are Mr. Funnyman (4-6 p.m.), The Planetary Blues Band (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and Alien Syndicate (9-11 p.m.), with between band music provided by DJ Jeff Minchuk. A donation of $5 is requested for the family-friendly event. Donations can also be made payable and sent to: Merrillville FOP 168, P.O. Box 10100, Merrillville, IN 46411.

Catch 22’s Kimberly Wallace added there will be a Jumbotron TV screen featuring the Notre Dame vs. FSU football game, along with kids activities, a silent auction, and a Sam Adams Beer Garden. More: (219) 793-9635.


• Henry Farag’s live musical documentary – “The Signal: A Rhapsody” – returns Saturday for an encore performance at The Acorn Theater (107 Generations Dr.) in Three Oaks, Mich.

The cast has been featured live on Rick Kogan’s “After Hours” WGN 720 radio program as well as the region’s own 89.1-FM Lakeshore Public Radio as performance dates continue to pack venues.

The original production written, produced and starring veteran Northwest Indiana entertainer Farag, reminiscences about radio, steel mills, gangs, family, and most importantly Gary’s Vee Jay Records.

The show also stars Rhythm & Blues Pioneer Award winners The Spaniels, ("Goodnight Sweetheart," "Baby It’s You," "Peace of Mind"), Hall of Fame inductee Willie Rogers of The Soul Stirrers, ("A Change is Gonna Come," "Chain Gang," "If I Had a Hammer"), and the nation’s premier acappella group Stormy Weather ("Sweets for my Sweet", "Sh-Boom", "For Your Precious Love"). Tickets: $25. More: (269) 756-3879 or acorntheeater.com.

• Traveling across America supporting his new album “Respectable Enemy,” which was released in early August, Curtis McMurtry performs an 8 p.m. show Friday at Fitzgerald’s (6615 Roosevelt Rd.) in Berwyn. Tickets: $10. More: (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

If the name rings a bell, perhaps it’s because Curtis is the son of singer/songwriter/actor James McMurtry and the grandson of acclaimed screenplay writer/novelist Larry McMurtry (“Lonesome Dove,” “Brokeback Mountain,” etc.).

“I wanted to make an album about people treating the ones they loved as opponents and the really mean and competitive aspects of love,” said McMurtry. “It’s about conflict and spite and those times when someone who should be proud of their partner’s or friend’s accomplishments is jealous instead. I play out the nastiest parts of people.” More: curtismcmurtry.com.

• Sad to report the Oct. 4 death of local musician, John Cammelot, a native of Evanston, Ill., who for six years during the 1980s was keyboardist for The Buckinghams. Cammelot battled with MS for years and died from pneumonia while under hospice care.

Buckinghams' co-founder and vocalist Carl Giammarese recalled Cammelot played an important role in helping get the once chart-topping Chicago band back on the concert and recording scene when the group reformed. John performed on The Buckinghams’ album, “A Matter of Time,” the band’s first new album in over a decade at that point.

“The music he made for us, the memories he made with us, and how each of us in The Buckinghams mourns his passing remains steadfast in time, a part of our history as of our lives,” posted Giammarese in an open letter about Cammelot on his personal Facebook page.

• Derek Fawcett, vocalist and percussionist of long-running Chicago band Down The Line, has switched from his trademark djembe African drum to piano for his first full-length solo album “Feel Better” released last week. More: derekfawcett.com. Fawcett celebrates his solo CD with an 8 p.m. all ages performance Saturday at Front Porch (505 E. Lincoln Hwy.) in Valparaiso. Showtime: Tickets: $12. More: frontporchmusic.com or (219) 464-4700.

• Craig Martin band leader and founder of the touring group - Classic Albums Live - will guest Tuesday on the weekly Lakeshore Public Radio program, “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” airing at 6 p.m. The group performs full concerts recreating in sequence all the songs from selected classic rock albums. More: classicalbumslive.com

Martin will chat about his group’s Oct. 25 concert performance accompanied by a full symphony at The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, where they will perform The Beatles “Abbey Road” album in its entirety in celebration of the classic album’s 45th anniversary.

"Think of it as a recital," says Martin of the concert. "(We do) historic albums that stand the test of time. We don't dress up or wear any sort of costume. We just stand there and play. All of our energy is put into the music. We want the performance to sound exactly like the album.” Stream Tuesday’s radio show at: lakeshorepublicradio.org/radio.

• Guitar and violin virtuoso The Great Kat’s new single “Goddess Shreds Live in Chicago” was released worldwide this week via online music sites iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. The Great Kat (born Katherine Thomas in Swindon, England) maniacally shreds guitar with her all male backing in this hypnotizing song. The single is priced from $.99 - $1.99. More: greatkat.com.


Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.