Northwest Indiana singer/songwriter Chris Bolint just received his trophy for having taken top honors in the 2016 American Songwriting Awards with his original song, "Forge The Dream," co-written nearly four years ago with friend Billy Cox, of Lake Station.
"I learned about the American Songwriting Awards on the internet," Bolint told the Local Scene. "I entered because I thought of it as another way to get my music out to more people within the music industry, and make connections. Plus, I wanted to see if my songs stood out. I choose 'Forge The Dream' because I thought it was a really good song all the way through and might have a chance of winning."
The song was co-produced in 2012 by Bolint and Wes Koz at the latter's home studio in Lombard, Illinois with additional recording done at Chrome Attic Studios in Crystal Lake, Illinois. The song appears on Bolint's 2015 full length original CD, "Embers Alive," which made this writer's "2015 Regional Top 10" list in the column published on January 7.
"I wrote all the main melodies, bass parts, drums. I recorded all guitars, and bass for the song," said Bolint. "I initially had the opening riff for the song beforehand, Billy and I worked together to develop the rest of the song structure. It was a big help having somebody to bounce ideas off of during the writing session and led to the magic of writing what I think is a truly rockin' song! Contributing to the recording and adding the beats heard behind all of Bolint's instrumentation is drummer Trevor Warren of Lombard, IL
"It feels great to be recognized by songwriting peers as having written a good song," said Bolint. "I knew this was a great song from the second we finished it almost four years ago. Sometimes you just know, but it feels good to have that confirmed, even when stacked up against so many great songwriters from across the world. I'm happy to be recognized for it."
Keep up with the artist at: chrisbolint.com.
MOTOWN & MORE ROCKS THE MARINA
This Saturday marks the end of the boating season at the Hammond Marina and the Hammond Port Authority is marking the occasion with a dock party from 6 to 9 p.m. anchored by live Motown music and more. "We are going to get everybody up and out of their seats for this final party of the summer," promises Sheryl Youngblood, band leader of the funky R&B group, Say Yes!
" This is going to be a great night of music! As a very special treat, we will be joined on stage Saturday by members of the Chicago vocal group, High Performance," said Youngblood, noting that group's Cornell Brown, Al Burrows and Joe Fizer are scheduled to perform.
The "Motown Night At The Marina" performance Youngblood has put together for the Hammond Port Authority on Saturday is open to the public. There will be a beer garden and food vendors and lots of groove-driven music from the classic "Hitsville USA" musical catalogs of The Temptations, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Commodores and others.
Youngblood noted there will be a few funk favorites (cover tunes from The Bar-Kays, Sly Stone, Wild Cherry) and a few current hits (songs from Meghan Trainer, Bruno Mars, etc) added to the mix. It has become the case that Youngblood -- a 2015 Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee -- can not leave a stage these days without treating her audience to something by Aretha Franklin and Etta James.
There is no admission, but there is a $5 parking fee for Indiana residents and $10 non-Indiana visitors. Hammond residents can park for free. More: hammondmarina.com/event/end-of-season-boater-party or (219) 659-7678.
• Local music promoter and concert producer Rob Harkel of Valparaiso is launching a new music entity he calls Brightside Music that will begin presenting a series of live concerts in the Region. The first two Brightside shows he has announced are New York rocker Willie Nile on March 18 and Rock And Roll Hall of Famer and former Byrds leader, Roger McGuinn on June 3. Both will be at Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso and both go on sale Sept. 15 online at: mohlive.com. More shows in 2017 are forthcoming promised Harkel.
• Attention jazz/blues fans! This writer recently discovered a sweet place called Dirtty's Jazz Club (4601 Melton Rd.) in Gary, where on the first Sunday of the month a 1 p.m. Jazz Brunch is featured. This Sunday, the brunch features Dr. Odies Williams Quartet. A $5 cover includes the music and AYCE buffet. 21 & Older only. Thursdays is an R&B Open Mic Night. Owner Robert Day, a Region musician himself, gives the area club scene a classy touch with his recently opened venue and hopes to soon present more live jazz. More: Call (219) 363-4606 or visit dirttys.com.
• Live jazz can also be found this weekend at Asparagus (7876 Broadway) in Merrillville (Call (219) 794-000 / asparagusrestaurant.com) and at Siam Marina (16846 Oak Park Ave.) in Tinley Park (Call (708) 407-8825 / siammarina.com). On Friday at Siam, it's The Bill Boris Quartet with keyboadist Roger Harris. On Saturday, Asparagus offers up The Daniel Tabion Trio.
• Chicago Blues Hall of Famer Liz Mandeville will be bringing along a few international musician friends when she guests in-studio at 7 p.m. Tuesday (9/6) on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio's weekly program, "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" (streaming: lakeshorepublicmedia.org), to promote her new album, "The Stars Motel."
Mandeville's official album release happens Saturday with her 6:30 p.m. set at the Ship 'N Shore Blues Fest (Washington Park's Guy Foreman Amphitheater) in Michigan City (shipandshorebluesfestival.com). Catch her again on Sept. 9 for a 9 p.m. show at Martha's Midway (810 W. 4th St.) in Mishawaka. More: lizmandeville.com.