The Ides of March's vocalist and guitarist Jim Peterik (formerly of Survivor) returns to the Region Sunday to "re-interpret" some of his most famous songs at Chicago Street Theater (154 Chicago Street) in Valparaiso.
The show is part of the venue's long-running "One Night Jam" series produced by Paul Braun.
"I love playing at Chicago Street Theatre and I'm always willing to try something a little different every time I perform there since it's so intimate, you can take a chance," said Peterik, famous for writing all the classic Survivor hits ("Eye of The Tiger," "Caught Up In You," "The Search Is Over," etc.) as well as major hits for many other artists, including Sammy Hagar, Blackhawk and .38 Special.
"Chicago Street Theatre is one of my favorite places to play because it is so intimate, so friendly. We've been coming there since roughly 2002. I can see faces in the audience, and recognize many of the regulars. There's no pressure when I do a show there, I can relax and have fun. It's like playing in a large living room with a bunch of old friends," he said.
"We're doing this show in the style of my 2016 album 'The Songs,' which means we are going be reinventing the songs a bit, and doing acoustic, rootsy arrangements of some of my biggest hits. It will be me on guitar, my son Colin Peterik on piano and Andy Ohlrich on fiddle. This is a very different kind of show than I usually do, and audiences have responded exceptionally well to it."
Producer Braun said Peterik continues to be one of the most requested artists of the series at Chicago Street Theatre and always fills the seats. "Jim's song catalog speaks for itself, including 'Vehicle' and 'Eye of the Tiger,' but it's the way he interacts with people that makes his performances so special. He has a way of making them feel more like friends hanging out together than an audience. Shows like this and artists like Jim Peterik are the reason I continue to produce the 'One Night Jam' series."
"We're bringing a song with us for this show that we've not performed before," Peterik said. "We're pulling out a song I originally wrote for Ariel, Zoey and Eli called "Trains." I was going through songs recently and came to this one, and suddenly I'm like -- 'Why aren't I doing that song?' It's one of the best ones I wrote for them and I can just imagine myself, Colin and Andy singing it in three-part harmony, so we're going to premier that song that night at Chicago Street Theatre for this special show."
• Time-trip back to the early 1980s as Munster-Highland Tri Kappa presents "'80s Prom Night" Friday at Silver Buckle (8353 Indianapolis Blvd.) in Highland from 7 to 11 p.m. Dressing in '80s Throw-Back garb is requested and those who dress in "prom" attire may be entered into the "Prom Court". DJ music will keep the party thumping. Tickets are $50 per person and include taco buffet and penny drinks. Available from any MHTK member or at the door. More: facebook.com/events/2104014223162274
• Northwest Indiana classic rock and blues quartet Lake Effect Band takes its tunes across the state line Saturday for a 7 to 11 p.m. performance at Evil Horse Brewing (1338 Main St.) in suburban Crete, Illinois. More: (708) 304-2907 or lakeeffectblues.com.
• Chicago's Jeff Givens & The Mugshot Saints have just released a new collection of swampy Southern Rock infused blues grooves titled "Bleeding Ink." This third album release by the powerful quintet was created in the Fame Studios of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Givens (aka The Bourbon Cowboy) has rustled up an incredible band of cohorts with which to make an indelible stick to the ribs rock hybrid. Live shows include a good mix of original tunes with rootsy covers by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones, Creedence and Springsteen. Turn on to the band at: jeffgivens.com.
• Because of its origins at Star Plaza Theatre and large Northwest Indiana fan base, a road trip might be in order for those readers who follow the vocal group, Under The Streetlamp, performing two shows (3 and 8 p.m. on March 24 at The Paramount Theatre (23 E. Galena Blvd.) in downtown Aurora, Illinois. Tickets are $49 and $59. To purchase, visit ParamountAurora.com or call 630-896-6666.
• Leroy's Hot Stuff (333 West U.S. 20) in Porter welcomes the jazz fusion sounds of Freek Johnson at 8 p.m. Friday, followed Saturday by an evening filled with Beatles' hits and fan faves performed by The Chris & Lou Band at 9 p.m. More: leroyshotstuff.com or 219-926-6211.
• Midwest garage rock icon, Wayne Kramer, the founding guitarist and leader of Detroit's proto-punk/hard rock band the MC5, has announced that he will celebrate the landmark anniversary of the band's incendiary debut album "Kick Out the Jams," with a 35+ date "Kick Out the Jams: The 50th Anniversary Tour" this fall, following the release of his memoir "The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities" (Da Capo Press). Kramer reports this touring group -- dubbed MC50 -- will feature the all-star line-up of guitarist Kim Thayil (of Soundgarden), drummer Brendan Canty (of Fugazi), bassist Dug Pinnick (of King's X), and vocalist Marcus Durant (of Zen Guerrilla). More: facebook.com/waynekramer.
• A spotlight on '50s rock guitarist Jerry Hedges and his rockabilly band The Jiants has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday (March 13) on 89.1 FM Lakeshore Public Radio program "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges." The original broadcast was postponed when a recent snowstorm made it impossible for Jerry's son Aaron Hedges (of The Crawpuppies) and widow Linda Lane Hedges to make it into the studio.
The program will also welcome guests Bill Lee Balsbaugh of The Jiants, and Lisa Umbarger of '90s national alt-rock band The Toadies (daughter of The Jiants' late bassist Ray Umbarger). Listeners will hear both of The Jiants' 1959 hits, "Tornado" and "She's My Woman," as well as The Toadies' awesome 1990 remake of "Tornado" given a heavier alt-rock treatment. Stream live at: lakeshorepublicradio.org.