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Nicole Jamrose

Nicole Jamrose

The Nick Danger Band and Nicole Jamrose perform tonight at the Patrician Banquet Hall (410 U.S. 30) in Schererville for the annual Northwest Indiana Police Appreciation Day event presented by NWI Community Events.

The event will show appreciation for those who serve in our law enforcement community. It starts with a parade beginning at Lake Central High School at 6:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to line the parade route with flags and signs supporting law enforcement. The parade runs from U.S. 41 north to 77th east to Cline Avenue north to U.S. 30 and then proceeds to The Patrician. There will be a short presentation by key speakers and officers, followed by the musical performances and dancing. Free to attend, cash bar. More: 219-864-4000.

BOWIE COMES BACK

After critically lauded shows earlier this year, “Celebrating David Bowie” is back for a 2018 tour throughout Europe and North America with a brand new Bowie show spanning his entire career. The show asks the question -- 'What might a David Bowie 2018 tour set list be like?”

Bowie touring and recording keyboardist Mike Garson, who collaborated with Bowie for longer than any other player, will head up the band, along with previous Bowie band leaders, guitarist/vocalist Adrian Belew (Sound & Vision Tour) and guitarist Gerry Leonard (A Reality Tour).  Between them, Mike, Adrian and Gerry have over 30 years experience of recording, writing and playing live with Bowie.

Also on board will be Bowie's Let's Dance/Serious Moonlight Tour bassist Carmine Rojas as well as “Celebrating David Bowie” 2017 standouts -- Fishbone's Angelo Moore and 2017 Grammy Nominee Gaby Moreno -- and other former Bowie band members making surprise guest appearances along the way.

The memorial and celebratory event will stop at The Vic Theater on Feb. 23. VIP tickets are now on sale. General tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Tickets and more info at: celebratingdavidbowie.com. Fans can see a preview trailer of the touring event at http://tiny.cc/CdB2018Announce.

MUSIC NOTES

• The NWI Fall Food Truck Fest takes place Saturday at Food Truck Square (corner of Haglund & Westport Roads off of U.S. 49). It will feature 15 food trucks, tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides, bounce houses, costumed characters and face-painting for kids, a beer, mimosa and wine garden for adults and live music by Dick Diamond & The Dusters (10 a.m.), The Crawpuppies (1:15 p.m.), and High Noon (5:30 p.m.). Cost: $3.

• The 6th annual Spoo Willoughby Hoedown & Corn Boil happens on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Paul Henry’s Art Gallery (416 Sibley St.) in Hammond with live acoustic music by Spoo Willoughby and Dennis Lee. Willoughby -- a musician as equally at home on a banjo, electric or acoustic guitar -- has been a prime performer at Paul Henry's Art Gallery since the venue began its Acoustic Jams in 2010; $9 cover charge. Doors open at 11 a.m. Concert begins at 2 p.m. Corn will be served throughout the afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m. More: 219-678-5015.

• Northwest Indiana Elvis "tribute artist," Tim Dudley will be shakin' a leg and swivelin' hips during the Sunset Luau at Shovelhead Saloon (12 S. College St.) in Danville, Illinois this Saturday. "I'll be performing 3 sets of Elvis music -- the movie years, the '68 to '70 comeback years, and the Las Vegas-era," said Dudley. "Each set will include some 'Blue Hawaii' soundtrack songs to keep with the event's luau theme." A $10 admission includes a Luau dinner and Dudley's show. The venue will have a special tropical decor, so Hawaiian attire by attendees is requested. Reservations and info: 217-274-7345.

• The 25th annual Elvis FANtasy Fest will be held at the Woodland Park Community Building (2100 Willowcreek Rd.) in Portage from Oct. 6 to Oct. 8. This year, EFF welcomes more than 20 Elvis tribute artists coming from as far away as California and Texas who will compete at the two-day contest to win a spot next year in Memphis for the international contest during “Elvis Week” at Graceland. Among the special guests will be ‘60s actress Charlie Smith. Smith will serve as one of the judges, also sharing some stories from the stage about appearing in several films with Elvis. Tickets, schedules and more at: elvisfantasyfest.com.

• Just two weeks have passed since the more than 20-year-run of weekly Thursday night performances by Northwest Indiana musical duo Chris & Lou came to an end at the now closed Old Style Inn on the Valparaiso town square. But news has come that the weekly concerts will begin anew at The Radius-Valpo (15 E. Lincolnway). “Radius-Valpo has reached out to us, and they'd like to carry on the Thursday night tradition,” announced Chris Sulcer and Lou Samaniego on their Facebook page. “Although several great places have reached out to us, we thought that it was very important to stay in downtown Valpo, right in the same area. Starting Oct. 5 you can now catch us every Thursday just a few doors East of Old Style Inn performing from 7 to 10 p.m.” More: 219-299-2551.

• Acoustic music continues to grow in popularity it seems. Art gallery and gift shop One Best Life at Tinker’s Attic (2513 Highway Ave.) in Highland is now hosting a weekly Acoustic Jam every Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. More: 219-228-0105.

• Acoustic duo Shane & Mike perform a blend of bluegrass and jazzy licks on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bottom’s Up Bar 7 Grill (1696 Thornton-Lansing Road) in Lansing. More info: 708-418-3877 or BottomsUpOnline.com.

• Original music troubadour Robert Rolfe Feddersen will perform songs from his deep catalog of albums during a 6 to 9 p.m. concert at Fair Oaks Farms Farmhouse Restaurant (754 N. 660 E.) in Fair Oaks. All ages. No cover. 6:30 to 9 p.m. More: 219-394-2697 or robertrolfefeddersen.com.

Leroy's Hot Stuff (333 West U.S. 20) in Porter welcomes the blues rock of The Corey Dennison Band at 8 p.m. Friday, followed Saturday by the classic rock covers of Nawty at 9 p.m. More: leroyshotstuff.com or 219-926-6211.

Johnson Fall Festivals at Johnson’s Farm Produce Market (8960 E. Ridge Road.) in Hobart runs every weekend in October beginning this Friday and Saturday and wrapping up the weekend of Oct. 28 and 29. The series of fest days includes fun-filled day of competitions, food and music. Among the events are a corn maze, pumpkin patch, jump pillow, jump pad, jump pumpkin, challenge course, straw mountain, pedal karts, goat village, duck races, train, face painting, limbo contests, hula hoop contests, pie eating contests and games. Admission: $7. More: 219-962-1383.

The Humane Society of Northwest Indiana hosts its 5th annual Giant Yard Sale at the Lake County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday inside the “Sheep” building at Gate #2. DJ music will spin so pet-loving, treasure seekers can rock while they shop. Complimentary coffee and cookies provided while they last. More: 219-938-3339 or facebook.com/HumaneSocietyofNWIN.

Lakeshore Public Radio's weekly program, "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" welcomes a trio of guests to the Region airwaves from noon to 2 p.m. Friday. Long-time country music star T. Graham Brown will chat about his Saturday concert in Shipshewana at the Blue Gate Theatre (175 N. Van Buren St.); multi-instrumentalists Benjamin Jaffe and Suzanne Santo of the Los Angeles-based Americana duo HoneyHoney will chat about their Oct. 7 performance at Memorial Opera House (105 Indiana St.) in Valparaiso. Wrapping up the program will be North Carolina-based hard rock band Irata, who performs at Burlington Bar (3425 W. Fullerton Ave.) in Chicago on Oct. 3.

Wendy Dio, the widow of late heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio will then guest on the "Midwest BEAT" 7 to 8 p.m. evening edition on Tuesday to talk about the cancer fundraising projects being done in her husband’s memory. Stream Lakeshore programs live in real time at: lakeshorepublicmedia.org.

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