Midwest Beat

Tuesday: 7-8pm, Friday afternoons 1-3pm

"Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" is a weekly radio program all about music and the people who make it. The show's mission is to promote and expose regional and national artists of various styles and genres. Especially when they have roots in the Midwest/Chicagoland area, or will be performing in the Chicagoland region.

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This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 10-13-20 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.


For this edition, a brand new music video project and new song written by DONALD KINSEY of The Wailers and Kinsey Report fame was debuted for the first time to the public.   


This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 10-09-20 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.


For this week's program, host Tom Lounges welcomed down the incredible Midwest music talent, RACHEL BROOKE, to discuss her career, life during COVID as a musician, and the making of her latest album, "The Loneliness In Me," which she says is the most "honest" to who she really is as a person. 

Fantastic long time Region cover artist is coming out with her NEW ORIGINAL music album "Wrecked" and debuts some songs with Tom Lounges right here on Midwest Beat!

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on FRIDAY, SEPT. 25th @ on 89.1FM-The Lakeshore

This edition's MUSICAL GUEST is classic rock guitar great, Ricky Byrd, a former member of Joan Jett's Blackhearts and a popular and in-demand side and session player with a cavalcade of other top stars.

Tom's musical guest is fast rising Pennsylvania-based blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Jeremy Edge.  A red hot talent that has a strong buzz behind his debut album, will talk that release and his band, “The Jeremy Edge Project.” Songs from this buzz-worthy album will be featured for the first time on NPR for Lakeshore/"Midwest BEAT" listeners. 

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on FRIDAY, SEPT. 4th @ on 89.1FM-The Lakeshore

This edition finds British glam-rock legend NODDY HOLDER of the pioneering U.K. Glam Rock band SLADE doing a trans-Atlantic live interview with TOM LOUNGES. Holder talks with the show host about the band's long career and the soon-to-be-release anthology collections, "Cum On Feel The Hitz." 

On September 25th 2020 BMG  released Slade’s "Cum On Feel The Hitz", a superlative and comprehensive collection of Slade singles from 1970 to 1991. "Cum On Feel The Hitz"  has been  released as a  single CD and single LP collection: the CD comprises of 43 singles, while the double vinyl features 24 singles, In addition, there will be a 1LP and 1CD version available for North America exclusively.

"Cum On Feel The Hitz" includes all six of their UK Number one singles: "Coz I Luv You”, “Take Me Bak ‘Ome”, ”Mama Weer All Crazee Now”, “Cum On Feel The Noize”,Skweeze Me, Pleeze Meand “Merry Xmas Everybody”  and a total of 16 Top 10 singles.

The Slade band's vocalist, rhythm guitarist and primary songwriter -- NODDY HOLDER -- spoke for a full hour from his home in England about his iconic band's long and impacting career and their latest multi-format anthology project. 

What was the secret to the band lasting a quarter century with the original line-up? 

Why did they spell their song titles so strangely? 
Were they pleased or unpleased with the popular cover versions of classic Slade songs during the '80s by the American bands Quiet Riot and Britney Fox?

How involved where the band members in compiling and creating the new multi-format boxed set of Slade music? 

Will the new box set mean a reunion and possible tour by the original band?

The answers to those questions and many more are found by clicking and listening to this amazing interview with one of the most influential member of one of the most influential British bands of the 1970s... Noddy Holder!

Of course, a nice mix of  SLADE recordings are played to break up the blocks of titillating conversation and spotlight some of the things of which Noddy was speaking. Classic Slade songs featured here  include such original gems as "Cum On Feel The Noize," "Mama, Weer All Crazee Now," "Gudbuy T'Jane," "Skweeze Me, Teeze Me," "Run Runaway," and "My Oh My." 

Live in-studio this evening, James Gedda and Frank Ruvoli performing and talking about the popular solo option many local artists are doing in the COVID environment. All this and more on Midwest Beat!

Formerly the frontman of well-known mid-90’s Chicago band LOUDMOUTH, Robert earned a gold album from the soundtrack for the film Varsity Blues, penning the hit song "Fly." His songs have also appeared in numerous movies, movie trailers and TV shows. He joins live in studio with Tom Lounges on Midwest Beat!

Joe Bouchard is a very successful recording artist, best known as one of the founding members of the band Blue Öyster Cult.  The original band recorded classic albums for Columbia Records in the 70s and 80s.  The band toured all over the world with shows in the US, Canada, Europe, the UK and Japan. From those days Joe earned nine gold and two platinum awards.  

Special guest Steve Hackett joins by phone! Steve will be calling in live from England at 2pm Central to discuss his soon to be released live album "SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND & SPECTRAL MORNINGS: LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH", his new biography, "A Genesis In My Bed," and of course some of his amazing musical history.  Selections from the forthcoming live album will be played, giving NPR listeners a sneak preview of this beautifully recorded collection of live performances.

Alligator Records is has some new music up to bat and we here at Midwest Beat showcase some of the best acts with tom Lounges including SHEMEKIA COPELAND, SELWYN BIRCHWOOD, and the incredible pairing of ELVIN BISHOP & CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE.

Ross Friedman, or Ross the Boss. was born in the Bronx, New York, and formed the punk rock band the Dictators with Andy Shernoff in New Paltz, New York, in 1973. We have him here seeing how life has been treating him on this special heavy episode of Midwest Beat

Midwest Beat with Tom Lounges features Midwest talents that you won't want to miss!   JOHNNY IGUANA and DAVE SANCHEZ... live interviews and great music!

This edition of  "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on FRIDAY, AUGUST 21st on 89.1 FM-Lakeshore Public Radio

Musical Guest:  JOHNNY IGUANA 

"MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" featured two great musical guests on this date. First up from 1-2pm was Chicago music maker JOHNNY IGUANA of The Claudettes fame.  Iguana spoke of  his debut piano blues album being release that very weekend.  

Selections from the album were spotlighted as Johnny spokes with Lounges about the making of the new album, its many celebrity guests, and why the time for a solo release is now.  What wil the future of The Claudettes be moving forward?   Listen as that very question gets asked.


Come check out the best artists from the ages in the Chicago and NWI Music scenes from your own Region Radio Host Tom Lounges!

Veteran country music singer/songwriter/guitarist BERNIE GLIM will guest with host Tom Lounges in-studio with his guitar in hand to perform some brand new songs and perhaps spin a song or two from his last album.

It's has been a long time since Glim and Lounges have gotten together on the radio and there is much ground to cover. Among the topics will be Bernie's live performance this weekend, the loss of a close friend, the evolution of his music and what the future holds for this much respected Midwest recording and performing artist.

Regional music group, REGGAE EXPRESS, will be bringing the summer sounds of the islands to my radio studio tomorrow while guesting on "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges"

Join us to see how some artist are dealing with the new climate of the pandemic is affecting their time as a music artist on this very special Covid related episode of Midwest Beat!

Join Tom Lounges as he chats to the guy who brought you the greats from the 80's classic "Dirty Dancing". Franke Previte joins us in the studio to discuss his old but NEW song "One World" and how it came to fruition on this very speical edition of Midwest Beat!

Americana singer/songwriter Tom Sless joins us in the studio for our first hour on this special edition of Midwest Beat!

God Bless Charlie Daniels!   Thank you Charlie for the many interviews, the opportunity to emcee some of your local shows, and your many kindnesses over the decades.  You leave behind a legacy of great music, good works and great memories for so many.  You touched and impacted many, many lives.

 Charlie Daniels -- A Life Well Lived

Danielia Cotton calls into the studio to discuss how her music is relevent to today's climate and how listening to generations past can help us learn in the future. All this on today's special episode of Midwest Beat!

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” was originally broadcast  TUESDAY, JULY 7th @ 7pm CST on 89.1FM-The Lakeshore


West Coast Blues artist VAL STARR.  Tune in to talk COVID life for music makers and hear a couple of COVID-quarantine inspired new songs that came out of the experience on this special edition of Midwest Beat!


"Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" welcomed Chicagoland R&B vocalist/band leader Robby Celestin (Final Say, TimePeace, etc.) into the studio while practicing social distancing, to talk about his quarter century career, his various recording projects and musical groups over the years, and the brand new acoustic-based project he is debuting for the first time just days after this show aired.

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally broadcast on MAY 12, 2020 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio 

GUEST: JOSEPH S. PETE (Journalist/Book Author)

On April 13, 2020, Times business journalist Joseph S. Pete released his new book, "Lost Hammond" (Arcadia Publishing/History Press),  a reflective look back at places one  who grew up in Northwest Indiana might have known, places you might have forgotten, and even places you probably never even knew existed.

This edition of  "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio on TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2020.


Brent Clifford

This edition of  "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2020


Guest:  DOUG "COSMO" CLIFFORD of Creedence Clearwater Revival & Creedence Clearwater Revisited

This edition of  "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020