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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Northern Irish musician and songwriter, and the lead singer with Black Star Riders and Thin Lizzy. He is also the frontman for the Scottish hard rock band The Almighty, with whom he achieved chart success in the UK throughout the 1990s, although the band is currently on hiatus. Warwick has released several solo albums and performed with a variety of other bands and artists, and also fronts his own band, The Fighting Hearts, to showcase his solo material.

Musical guest is TOTO vocalist JOSEPH WILLIAMS . Toto's evolution and Williams' star-studded solo album "Denizen Tenant" will be discussed as new songs get spotlighted. Check out his new music video here: http://youtube/tbI3zJ2qeb8


Jim Hillegonds of "Bonfire" joins Midwest Beat to celebrate the life of Bon Scott as well as the legendary ACDC!


One of the best and fastest rising new generation bluesmen, Alligator Recording artist, SELWYN BIRCHWOOD, has been catching fire and has fanned those flames into his incredible new 13-song 2021 album, "LIVING IN A BURNING HOUSE." On this afternoon's program, in addition to the interview, Lakeshore listeners will be treated to selections from this incredible new collection of original Birchwood songs, performed by one of the mightiest blues bands in the world today.

Nate Venturelli is heating up the region! With support from unions all across the area he has new music that we showcase right here on Midwest Beat!

This edition of “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on TUESDAY (1/26/21) on 89.1FM-LAKESHORE PUBLIC RADIO

  GUEST:  ARISTOTLE GALANOS of THE CLOSETS.   The Closets are Northwest Indiana’s contribution to the post-Millennial music landscape. Headed by aspiring musician and Hammond native, ARISTOTLE GALANOS, who has been performing since age 14, the project is done in true indie-rock fashion.  Galanos self-records his original compositions in a home studio often alone, but sometimes utilizing the help of friends.  For this radio program, Galanos performed a pair of live in studio songs, with a pair of additional songs “These Cobwebs” and “Strings in a Swing,” being pulled from some of The Closets’ earlier recording projects. 

Among the topics of conversation during this episode was The Closets’ debut vinyl album, “MONGREL IN THE COBWEBS,” released to regional record shops in late 2020.  Galanos says that he takes inspiration from artists ranging from singer/songwriters John Prine and Randy Newman; to artists like Lou Reed, Kevin Morby and Nick Drake, who focus on social observations and self-reflection.  Listeners should follow this young artist for one never knows what might come out of The Closets as Aristotle finds his footing in today’s ever-changing world of modern indie-rock. 

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges"originally aired on 01-08-21 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio


This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 12-14-20 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.


Southside of Chicago music native, Kevin J. Friend returned over the holidays to rock his old stomping grounds. Friend is best known in the region for having been the lead vocalist and guitarist for the club-packing Chicago band MAMMOTH during the 1980s. 


The group shared stages with top rock names of the day at venue ranging from Pointe East, to The Hammond Civic Center, to the Aragon Ballroom, and Midway Ballroom, to name a few.


Friend later spent time on the local club circuit in the 1990s fronting Kevin Friend & 20/20 before relocating to Florida many years ago.

The popular and charismatic entertainer returns to town to perform two special shows before jetting back to the Sunshine State.  During his time in studio at Lakeshore Public Radio, Friend talks to his old buddy Tom Lounges about the glory days, the current days, and the blessings of sobriety.  

There is a fair share of live singing and playing of music in studio and the show opens with a short blast of hard rockin' via a partial clip of Friend's band 20/20 kicking out an amplified treatment of Cat Steven's classic, "Wild World."

JAMIE JAMES of the retro rock group, The Kingbees, talks about his long career in music and about being band leader for the late character actor HARRY DEAN STANTON's musical group, THE CHEAP DATES.   James also serves as the musical director and band leader for DENNIS QUAID & THE SHARKS.   Music from all three of those unique projects will be featured in between the conversation segments. 

10 Years Away Talk To Tom Lounges on Midwest Beat!

Legend of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Greg Lake has some new music coming out.

Midwest Beat remembers dear friend, Mojo Morganfield. 

Join us as we celebrate a holiday special apperance of Blackmore's Night vocalist, Candice Night! She has some new carols to show and we chat on this Christmas Edition of Midwest Beat!

They released a three excellent albums for Mercury and one for Columbia, and over the course of those albums and years, the band offered up such memorable FM hits as -- "The Only Time I'm Sober Is When You're Gone," "Racin' The Sun," "Gypsy Rider," "The Wonder of It All," and "House of the Living." 

Albert Bouchard, co-founder and original drummer of Blue Oyster Cult, who has recently re-recorded that band's classic 1988 album, "Imaginos."  Selections will be played from the newly released Bouchard version, cleverly titled "Re-Imaginos."  

The veteran keyboardist/vocalist whose recording career began in the mid-1970s with a trio of albums on Columbia Records, will call in from his home in Sweden to talk about his decades spanning musical journey as selections are featured from the band's latest album, "Free Angel Express." All of this on Midwest Beat!

This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 11-24-20 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.


JOSEPH "MOJO" MORGANFIELD, the youngest son of Chicago blues icon MUDDY WATERS (whose real name was McKinley Morganfield) has released in a digital format his newest recording, "It's Good to be King," an advance single from his forthcoming album for the international blues label, Delmark Records. 

Mojo Morganfield IS blues royalty -- even though he came into the royal court much later than his already successful older brothers Mud Morganfield and Big Bill Morganfield -- while focusing on sports in his earlier years.  Muddy's youngest is now wasting little time in staking his claim as heir to the throne, while keeping his famous daddy's name and the influential music alive and well.

Not only a rising performer and recording artist, Mojo is recognized as an ambassador of the Chicago Blues scene, and was inducted as such into the prestigious "Chicago Blues Hall of Fame" because of work promoting Chicago blues music and keeping his father's legacy alive for future generations. 

While backstage with Morganfield in 2018 during the "Stars Align Tour" with British guitar god Jeff Beck, this columnist overheard Beck say to Mojo -- "If it wasn't for your father, none of us would be here today doing this!" Muddy was a huge influence on Beck's early band, The Yardbirds, along with The Rolling Stones (who took their name from a Muddy song title), The Animals, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, and many other British Invasion groups.

With the release of his 2018 EP -- "Mojo Risin'" -- young Morganfield set the stage for his entrance into the recording world.  The live dates with The Mannish Boyz to promote that EP put him on the blues radar in a big way.

The COVID pandemic could not have come at a worse time for Morganfield,  who was on the rise as many high profile performances began coming his way. Among them was being invited to perform with Grammy Award-winners Don Was, Jamey Johnson, and Warren Haynes at the Windy City stop of 2019 "Last Waltz Tour" at The Chicago Theatre; sharing the stage at "The Chicago Blues Fest" with older brother Big Bill Morganfield; and getting to open for Paul Rodgers & Bad Company at Hammond's 2019 "Festival Of The Lakes."


This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 11-20-20 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.


For this edition of the program, Patti Shaffner joined show host Tom Lounges in-studio to discuss her latest recording, the special meaning behind it, and her long involvement in the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland music community.

A veteran of the NW Indiana music scene, Shaffner discussed the inspiration and creative process behind her recently released a 14-track spoken word collection released under the collective name -- Shaffner-Sarver-Cowan. 

Recorded at Hammond's Thunderclap Recording Studio, the "Messages For The Heart" CD is the result of a creative partnership with regional musicians and songwriters Jef Sarver and David Cowan.  The CD is a tribute to Cowan, Shaffner's late husband, who passed away in May 2019. Cowan wrote or co-wrote much what is heard on the CD, along with performances on a variety of instruments. More: www.jazzdakini.com.

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges"originally aired on 11-17-20 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio

Songwriter/Vocalist/Rhythm Guitarist of THE CATHOLIC GIRLS

On this program, GAIL PETERSEN will reflect on her long career at the forefront of the new wave rock band, THE CATHOLIC GIRLS, who were one of the first all female bands of the New Wave/Pop-Punk Scene.

Real life Catholic schoolgirls Gail Petersen and Roxy Andersen put their guitars together while still required to wear the school girl uniforms that soon became, and still remain, their stage wear.  Not long after forming,  they became the first all-female band from New Jersey signed to a major label, when they inked contracts with MCA Records.

Their self-titled 1982 debut album included the new wave anthem, "Boys Can Cry," which landed the Girls on MTV and commercial radio.

THE CATHOLICS GIRLS ARE BACK... with a new double CD, "Rock N' Roll School For Girls," an anthology of their songs from 1979-2017!  

DISC ONE includes some demos never heard before plus songs never available before.  DISC TWO features a cross section of previous released CG recordings from over the years. "Rock N' Roll School For Girls" was released worldwide via JSP Records on November 20, 2020.

Listeners to this program got an early a sneak listen to some of the tracks while show host Tom Lounges chatted up the band'songwriter, vocalist and guitarist. More on the group at: www.thecatholicgirls.net.

This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 11-13-20 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.


For this edition of the program, show host TOM LOUNGES interviews GREG ROSS, the bassist of EPIC TANTRUM, an eclectic rock band from Syracuse, New York.  Their debut release is an ambitious, double full-length CD titled, "Abandoned in the Stranger's Room." 

The impressive collection was released in November 2020 and features both studio album and a live recorded album.  Some of the studio tracks are given the live treatment, but others on the live side of the set are new songs that were included because as Ross said -- "It these times...You don't know when you are releasing your first album, if you will have the opportunity to release a second one..." 

The studio side of the collection is stellar and will make a fan of the more progressive side of hard rock music sit up and take notice.  The live album serves to prove that these incredibly talented band members really have the chops and musicality to pull off their complex musical compositions in a live setting. 

Best listened to with quality headphones or a really awesome stereo system, I believe that fans of groups like Dream Theatre, Queensyche and Steely Dan will surely enjoy this band and this outstanding first effort from the studio by Epic Tantrum.   

As for Ross' statement that a band never knows if a "next album" will follow... Show host/producer Lounges predicts, not only will a second album follow, but many more as the rock world turns on to this killer collective of musicians.

More on the group at: www.EpicTantrum.com


This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 11-13-20 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.


For this edition of the program, show host TOM LOUNGES welcomes and interviews Southern Rock guitar great, FREDDIE SALEM, about the newly released DVD/CD capturing THE OUTLAWS live on August 29, 1981 in Lorelei in Germany.

This hour-long performance captured and released as -- "Live at Rockpalast 1981" --  has been issued via MIG and includes all the expected early Outlaws classics are included – “Devil’s Road,” “Hurry Sundown,” “Holiday,” "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky," and "Green Grass And High Tides."

In 1981, the group was still a live musical force to be reckoned with, and still capable of packing stadiums with entusiastic fans in Europe.  This 1981 live snapshot in time, allows fans to see and hear the band's powerful three guitar army assault in action. This 60-minute collection is a trip back to the glory days of classic southern rock.

The Outlaws line-up captured in action and full rockin' glory on this surprisingly high quality board recording included:  FREDDIE SALEM (guitar/vocals), HUGHIE THOMASSON (guitar/vocals), BILLY JONES (guitar/voc), DAVID DIX  (drums) and RICK CUA (bass).  

For THE OUTLAWS, it’s always been about the music. For more than 40 years, the Southern Rock legends have remained one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre. That proud legacy is discussed by former band member Salem and Tom Lounges on this episode of  "Midwest BEAT."

Along with plenty about The Outlaws, Lounges talks with Salem about other periods of his long career in rock music.  Salem has been a touring & recording artist, session musician and producer for several decades and began performing professionally at the age of 16 with various bands from the Midwest before joining the legendary Chambers Brothers Band as their lead guitar player.

In 1977, Freddie joined The Outlaws and for six years played lead guitar for 'The Florida Guitar Army' and wrote many songs on their albums which sold over 10 million copies worldwide, earning Freddie platinum and gold albums with Arista Records.  

The incredible guitar work and producer credits of Freddie Salem can also be heard on recordings with The Godz, The Zippers, Raging Slab, Snatches Of Pink, Michael Rank and more. 

Learn more and follow the career of Salem online at: www.freddie-salem.com.

One of the true regional stars on the rise, Ms. Dukes will discuss her career, her influences and her forthcoming original music album. She and Byrd will perform a pair of songs live on air and a studio recording of her original song, "Same Things," will have it's worldwide radio debut.

"Hey Yo" listen to what we "Say-O" We have Tribute Artist Red NOT Chili Peppers LIVE in studio right here on Midwest Beat!

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This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 10-30-20 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.




"MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" airs TUESDAYS - 7:00-8:00pm CST  (with this same show being rebroadcast the following Friday Night - 11:00pm CST)

"MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" also airs a new and different afternoon show each and every FRIDAY from 12:00-2:00pm CST.

Shameka Copeland has been here before and now shes back with powerful new music. Come listen to some great music with some great messages right here on Midwest Beat!

Uriah Heep has a new 23- CD Box Set and we have Mick Box to talk about it on this week's, Midwest Beat.

Built on a rock-solid foundation of blues and soul, infused with the ageless tendrils of folk melodies and world music rhythms, the new album reveals the power of song and the maxim of love and togetherness that is core to Ace of Cups. 

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.