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New York rocker Willie Nile returns to the program for another chat with longtime friend, show host Tom Lounges. This time, it's to spotlight songs from and chat about his latest, 11 song album, "The Day The Earth Stood Still."  

Willie is currently touring behind that album and will be stopping for a show this Saturday, October 16th at The Acorn Theater.

On Saturday, October 9 the Hobart Art Theater in downtown Hobart will present the national touring group, Midnight Rider, doing their spot on musical tribute to The Allman Brothers Band.

Opening the show with a solo set will be Northwest Indiana's own Jeff Massey, the guitarist, vocalist and primary songwriter of The Steepwater Band. Jeff will be performing original songs, many of which eventually made it to some of Steepwater's internationally released albums.  On today's edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges," each will chat about their respective careers, their music and the concert performance on Saturday at Hobart Art Theater.

October 9th the Hobart Art Theater presented the national touring group, Midnight Rider, doing their spot on musical tribute to The Allman Brothers Band.

 Opening the show with a solo set was Northwest Indiana's own Jeff Massey, the guitarist, vocalist and primary songwriter of The Steepwater Band.  Jeff will be performing original songs, many of which eventually made it to some of Steepwater's internationally released albums.  

On this final episode of Region Nerd Alert we look back on the people who impacted our lives and our memories that Region Nerd Alert has brought to all of us. We are all very thankful of Jose for bringing this show into our lives and wouldn't be here without the all powerful Jose. Also the latest gaming news and streaming news of course!

Mellencougar has had many acolades and praises not only from the estate of John Mellencamp but from fans around the country. Join Tom Lounges as he celebrates Indiana's own John Mellencamp with what would've been his 70th birthday.

Gen Con 2021 was a success! It's great to see so many familar faces at a convention and spend all of our hard earned money on board games, mats, and dice. We share our expierence 

Join Tom Lounges on Midwest Bet as he talks to the incredbly talented Eric Lambert about his latest release. "Beating the Odds" is a reflection on current society's mark on climate and humanity as well as uplifting in a world where hope is fleeting.  

Dar Williams brings a new element to the singer/songwriter genre and adds watercolors to her music with her lyrics, rhythms, and soothing timbres. Join Tom Lounges as he chats with Dar Williams about her 12th studio album "I'll Meet You There"   

Join us this week as we get pumped about the upcoming Gen Con! Also we talk about how to bury a lead and movies we want to see.

The Kinsey Report is a Gary, Indiana based band, established in 1984 by the brothers Donald, Ralph, and Kenneth Kinsey, plus a family friend, Ron Prince. As Big Daddy Kinsey and the Kinsey Report, they effectively backed their father, Big Daddy Kinsey. Join Tom Lounges as he looks into Blues nonprofit Talking Blue Steel Blues Society on this special Midwest Beat!

On this special episode of Midwest Beat, Tom Lounges remembers 20 years of post 9-11 and celebrates our first responders during a new challenge we are faced with in 2021.    

Join Chef Nick on this special episode of Let's Eat where we chat about Fall brews, seasonal events, and the history of brewing. 

Region Nerd Alert delves into our childhoods and discuss about our biggest crushes when we didn't know any better.

Colorado-based singer/songwriter Shanna is currently traveling across country via a bicycle with a guitar on her back.  Shanna's "Tour de Dress" stops on in Michigan City for a special performance at Tom Lounges Record Bin. 

 The purpose of the tour, according to Shanna, is to raise awareness for causes that her charity partner Pangaea World Foundation is involved with, to better society by accelerating global efforts to rescue people, animals, and our planet.


Three members of the Chicago-based CLASSICAL BLAST group is live in studio to talk about and to spotlight songs from their just released fourth full length album, "Life On Fire."  The group is known worldwide for their unique way of blending classical instruments with rock instruments, to create both original compositions and incredible mash-ups.

 There will also be discussion about the intimate local concert Classical Blast is performing on Saturday, August 28th at Tom Lounges Record Bin in Michigan City. 

The new album from Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band was written by candlelight and then recorded using the best technology available in the 1950s. But listeners won’t find another album as relevant, electrifying and timely as “Dance Songs for Hard Times.” Join Tom Lounges as he and The Reverend talks about new music, music he enjoys to make, and post pandemic plans all on this episode of Midwest Beat. 

Crystal Bowersox, a northwest Ohio native currently calling Nashville, TN home, has built her life around music. Crystal’s love for music developed at an early age from her need to find peace in a chaotic world. Through art and creation, Crystal was able to direct her energy and emotion into finding a way to mend a young mind in turmoil.  For her, music has always been the most effective form of catharsis. Join Tom Lounges as he curates a live interview and performance by Crystal. 

Tom Lounges interviews Michael Jahnz about his new collabrative project "Richrath Project 313" and working with the late great Gary Richrath.

Fans of REO Speedwagon's late guitarist Gary Ritchrath will want to tune in to Friday's edition of the 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio's music program, "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges."

Although the music man whose guitar parts helped to propel such classic songs as "Take It on the Run," "Golden Country," "and "Ridin' the Storm Out" to hit status, passed away in 2015, his musical legacy is being carried on via the Richrath Project 3:13.

The project's Michael Jahnz guests live here with selections featured from the group's new album, "L.A. is Mine."

Loki has messed everything up and we here at Region Nerd Alert discuss the implications of his party foul.

The long-awaited autobiography from heavy metal music icon Ronnie James Dio, the powerhouse voice of Elf, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his long-time bespoke band DIO, will be published on July 27 by Permuted Press in the U.S. and Canada and Constable in the U.K. Co-written with British music journalist and longtime Dio friend Mick Wall, and Dio’s widow and long-time manager Wendy Dio. 

For two years now, the Austin-based trio Nobody's Girl Rebecca Loebe, Betty Soo, Grace Pettis has been bridging the divide between Folk and Pop music. Their new, 11-song, self-titled album is the long-awaited full-length follow up to their 2018 EP, "Waterline."  The new collection of original songs will be released worldwide on July 30 in multiple formats vinyl, CD and digital through Lucky Hound Music. Although Nobody's Girl is a relatively new musical project, the three women have more than 15 between them as solo artists.

In the decades that followed Creedence Clearwater Revival's 2 year reign as the number 1 band in the world, Creedence drummer Doug Cosmo Clifford focused his creative energy on producing album projects. His concept was to assemble a top shelf mix of players, write an album’s worth of original songs, then record, mix and master each album. When a project was completed, the masters were archived and safely stored in Cosmo’s Vault until the time was right to release them. Fast forward to 2021 and Cosmo has retrieved those masters and will be releasing them one album at a time on his own label, Cliffsong Records. The first release will be For All The Money In The World by Clifford Wright.

Back in the days of dial up and not using the phone while surfing the web, some of the funniest, scariest, and saddest content on the internet created the childhoods of many adults today. From Numa Numa to Bad Luck Brian, Myspace to Club Penguin, and everything in between. Catch Region Nerd Alert on Spotify or on 89.1fm!   


Tom will welcome once again to the program, Foghat drummer and founder ROGER EARL, to discuss the band's 50th Anniversary and the release of "8 DAYS ON THE ROAD," a 14-track live performance that will be released as a double CD/DVD package on July 16 via their own Foghat Records label, distributed by Select-O-Hits, a division of the legendary Memphis-based Sun Records label, owned by founder Sam Philips son and nephew.  Recorded on November 17, 2019, the collection features the band’s biggest and most legendary hits, including Slow Ride, I Just Want To Make Love To You, Fool For The City, and others. Foghat 's tour behind the album brings them on July 17 to St. Charles, Illinois for a performance at The Arcada Theatre.

Tom will talk with STYX guitarist JAMES YOUNG about the iconic Chicago band's brand new album, "CRASH OF THE CROWN," their current tour, and future plans for the long-running rock group. New songs from "CRASH OF THE CROWN" will be spotlighted during the interview and discussed.

E3 has come and gone and TONS of great games were revealed! If you missed the presentations don't worry Region Nerd Alert Has you covered! From Microsoft and Bethesda, Nintendo, Revolver Media and many more, we are talking about all the highlights! Join Region Nerd Alert every Saturday at 7pm on 89.1 fm and listen as a podcast online anywhere podcasts are heard!

GUEST: Chan Kinchla - -Blues Traveler

Chan Kinchla - -Blues Traveler, is on this special edition of Midwest Beat with Tom Lounges.

Fathers are important and in the music industry, they have influenced many people including their very own children! Tune in for this special show dedicated to the the Daddies in the music industry! 

What would it mean to be defeated beyond your wildest dreams? Get ready to walk under the aching sky and absinthe clouds into the love, violence, and light of American Canyon. The Jenny Thing’s American Canyon, coming June 2021, and we have Matt Easton of The Jenny Thing on this far out episode of Midwest Beat!

Nashville-based singer-songwriter James DiGirolamo, has extensive experience as a session musician and touring sideman. As a keyboard player, he’s worked with Mindy Smith, Holly Williams, Peter Bradley Adams, Alice Peacock, Robby Hecht, Fognode, The Bittersweets, Judson Spence, and many others. Join Tom Lounges as we encounter the new album by James called "Paper Boats"