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Great wine, great brisket, and a great time! Join Chef Nick as he talks with brand new hip restaurant Sqaure Roots on this week's "Let's Eat"!

Come support local music all while capturing the spirit of woodstock! (kid friendly of course) Join Tom Lounges as he talks to the hosts of Region Radio on this far out edition of Midwest Beat.

Mindi Abair is back to tell us about her exciting ventures with her new album "No Good Deed" and her wine festivals! Join Tom Lounges on this edition of "Midwest Beat"


Darth Vader, Storm Troopers, Tusken Raiders, if you are a nerd for star wars you know exactly who I'm talking about. The 501st Legion is a worldwide organization dedicated to the pinpoint accuracy of not only the look of the bad guys of stars but also the behavior. I have two very special guest, Tom Rosy and Mike Determen, both apart of the Midwest Garrison of the 501st, here today to discuss a new documentary they are producing about the 501st, as well as share stories about their time served. Join us on this weeks Region Nerd Alert. back! New album "Birds of Prey" is out now and Tom Lounges Talks to half the band on this edition of Midwest Beat! 

With the release of her debut album, 'Hard Won,' in March 2017, harpist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter Lizzie No established herself as one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary folk music. Lizzie is a winner of the American Songwriter Lyrics Contest, a finalist in the New England Indie Rock Competition, and a frequent musical guest of The Moth. Join Tom Lounges as he interviews this artist to keep your eye on right here on Midwest Beat!

Come join Chef Nick as he travels far down to Rensselaer, IN to try some homemade, nostalgic  tasting, just like your granny made pies from The Wire Whisk Bakery right here on "Let's Eat"

Let's Eat: Asparagus

Jul 26, 2019

Join Chef Nick as he talks to hip local restaurant in Merrillville Asparagus! We eat, talk delicious food, and the history behind Asparagus on this week's Let's Eat

Woodstock was an event that was not only one of the biggest music fesivals in the world, bringing together some powerhouses in music, but also a massive symbol of Peace, Love, and Equality. The 50th anniversary is upon us and Tom Lounges is chatting with the author of "Woodstock: Back to Yasgur's Farm" and actual attendee of this "hippie love fest" Mike GreenBlatt an they get the fact what happened at this legendary festival on this week's Midwest Beat.

Join Chef Nick as he gets his food truck on with Chunky's Tacos on this week of "Let's Eat"!

Director of the weird and intriguing horror movie “Hereditary”, Ari Aster brings us to A surreal folk cult in sweden  to give us a terrible, beautiful, and unique take on what we know as the horror/thriller genre. This movie inspired us here at Region Nerd Alert to discuss our favorite psychological horror films/shows/ etc and how Midsommar is reaching that cult like following very quickly. This is Region Nerd Alert.  

Highland park has a doozy of a play coming and we have part of the cast and the director to speak on it! Join Tom Lounges as he gets the scoop on Ronald Dahl's Willy Wonka and even gets to hear some personalized live performances!

Let's Eat: Nutrim

Jul 12, 2019

 The words "You have high cholestrol" may sound like a death sentence to your food life. But that's not always the case! Chef Nick is joined by the guys over at Future Ceuticals to introduce a healthy new way to fight cholestral on this edition of Let's Eat!

Sex Robot Divas blend soul, grunge, etc and don't have bordersin regards to genre. Tom talks with this interesting band and they perform some acoustic songs right here on Midwest Beat!

Comic Book Conventions, Anime Conventions, Horror movie Conventions, if something exists I guarantee there is a convention for it. Well in this episode of Region Nerd Alert, my guest and I are pretty well seasoned in conventions so we can tell you what to expect, share some stories of wisdom, and maybe even inspire you to go to a convention yourself on this week's Region Nerd Alert. 

According to Willie Nelson, “A.J. Croce has wisdom beyond his years. With his music, he represents his generation with a profound sense of honesty in his lyrics and quality in his delivery. The future of entertainment is safe in his hands!” He speaks with Tom Lounges about new album, past influence, and future plans on this eidtion of Midwest Beat!

Come join Chef Nick as he chats wine with the wine guys over at Shady Creek Winery on this edition of Let's Eat.

Join Tom Lounges as he chats live in studio with a truly great talent who flew in all the way from LA to perform live, chat future music endeavors, and talk about real life, Brigitte Purdy! From Blues to Soul she is truly an amazing woman you don't want to miss this edition of Midwest Beat 

Adam West to Robert Pattinson, Cesar Romero to Joaquin Phoenix. The batman franchise has created some recurring and some would say overdone roles. With about 6 Batmen going on 7 and 4 Jokers going on 5, is the public and the alustrious fanboys and girls of DC getting sick of the dark knight? Today we discuss, on Region Nerd Alert

Chef Nick is joined by debonair singer, successful entrepreneur, and now restaurateur Blake Alexander! They chat about music, food, and beer on this exciting episode of "Let's Eat"

E3 is here and boy is there a lot of crispy games coming out in the near future. For those of you who arent in the know, E3 is one of thee biggest video gaming conventions in which all the big devolpers announce their showcase for the upcoming season or plans for future development   From Nintendo, Microsoft and all of our favorite third party developers we will be picking our favorite announcements right here on Region Nerd Alert.

Come join Tom Lounges as he talks with Singer/Songwriter/Pianoman Jamie M Harrison! Jamie truly has an ear for music as well as a perfect blend of raw authenticity with musical technicality. Join us in the studio on this Midwest Beat. 

Come join Chef Nick as he talks delicious burgers and refreshing brews with Big Time Burger & Brews on this edition of "Let's Eat"


Jazz, Hip-Hop, Rap, and soul music have been evolving since their conception. But now as we near 20 years past Y2K we have come to a new genre known almost exclusively to the cyber world of the INTERNET. Lo-Fi Music. Chill Study Beats, Lofi hip Hop, DIY music, all describes this new wave of becoming (Exactly as the name suggest) a  Bedroom Producer. We discuss the short history with DIY producer "Olathoe" and the percieved longevity of this internet artform on this week's Region Nerd Alert. 


Recently FromSoftware has released a new game getting a lot of attention called Sekiro: Shadows die twice, Its the newst Souls game, basically meaning extremely difficult, but people seem to think its too difficult. Right now we give you some knowledge on the history of these games and decide our selves if it is indeed too hard to be considered playable. This is Region Nerd Alert.

The new trailer for the final installment of Disney’s Star Wars Trilogy is here and that makes us here at Region Nerd Alert break out the old jedi texts and compare the new trilogy to the previous two, where the new one shines, and where it falls to the dark side in terms of cinematic blunders. This is Region Nerd Alert.

In this episode of RNA, my co-host and I give you a little refresher on all the Marvel films leading up to the big finale, "Avengers: Endgame". We discuss our thoughts on the preivious films, spoiler free theories, and some insight on the box office goliath on this weeks Region Nerd Alert!