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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Dinah will be on the program to discuss her new career as a novelist, which became official with the release of her new book of fiction, "The Real True Hollywood Story of Jackie Gold" (via Star Alley Press).

Since the late 1970s, Dinah Manoff has appeared in many live theater productions, as well as over a dozen films and countless television roles.

She was brutally murdered by the demonic doll Chucky in "Child's Play," and sang her way into our hearts as one of the hottest memebrs of the  "Pink Lady" girl gand in the film version of "Grease." 

Acclaimed Texas based singer songwriter and musician Al Staehely (Spirit, The Staehely Brothers) has released "Post Spirit Vol. 1 (1974-1978)"  a fourteen-track album of rare solo recordings written over 40 years ago during Staehely's days in Los Angeles in the 1970s. He talks to Tom Lounges about where life has brought him and how it landed him into unearthing these true gems from the past. 

She has opened for the legendary Michael Smith, Dan Navarro and special consensus bluegrass band. Her songwriting has garnered numerous awards. Additionally she has been active in community theater for over 25 year and has awards for performance and been recognized for her directing and performance coaching. Patti has studied improvisational, singing with mistress of improv Rhiannon and Bobby McFerrin. Join Tom Lounges as he chats with Patti about her new album and her inspirations for songwriting. 

Leland Sklar veteran session bassist and member of the supergroup The Immediate Family. Songs from the new Immediate Family album, including their new single "Divorce," will be featured. Other members of the group are: Waddy Wachtel, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel and Steve Postell. 

A lively, entertaining, wide-ranging oral history of the golden age of the rock concert based on over ninety interviews with musicians, promoters, stagehands, and others who contributed to the huge cultural phenomenon that is live rock. Author Marc Myers joins Tom Lounges on Midwest Beat to chat about his latest creation.

Bryan Lubeck is a reknown guitarist and musician and he has a nice chat with Tom Lounges! His urban riffs, and pop vocals always gets people dancing and in awe at his performance prowess. He talks his new music and life now on this edition of Midwest Beat.

Garage Rock? Pop Punk? Nerd Core? Whatever you call them StopDropRewind has amazing energy with just as much talent to match. Join Tom Lounges as he talks with the bassists/singer Kris as he talks about the music industry now, technology, and new music! 

The Tuesday, October 26th program will find host Tom Lounges shining a light on the music and career of an artist coming to the Region for a performance in the Hard Rock Cafe at Hard Rock Casino (29th & Burr St.) in Gary, Indiana on October 29th.

ALLY VENABLE, a gifted young Texas blues guitar-slinger who has been turning heads for a while now with her three earlier recordings and live shows. But it is Venable's latest album, "Heart of Fire" (on Ruf Records), that has finally landed this talented lady on the musical radar in a big way.

This new 2021 release is the follow up to her impressive 2019 "Texas Honey" album, and is now available on all formats -- CD, digital and vinyl -- offering up 11 memorable and well-crafted songs produced by the artist with Jim Gaines.

Ally gets a nice musical assist on a couple of the new tracks by Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Devon Allman, while also delivering to us a moving and heartfelt number titled, "Tribute to SRV."  Those songs and a couple of others from "Heart Of Fire" will be featured during this radio program in-between interview segments with Venable.

Ally Venable will surely impress when she hits the Hard Rock Café Stage at 9pm on October 29th, demonstrating why the world will be hearing a lot more about this rising artist in future.

More:  https://allyvenableband.com.

The 2nd Annual Crown Point Concours Collector Car Show will be held October 29-31st at the Industrial Building at Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point, Indiana. This indoor exhibit of over 30 vehicles will feature both rare, curious and seldom seen autos from local collections AND cars belonging to local enthusiasts who want to display their pride and joy.

Come out and join these talented local artists while helping them help animals at our Hard Rock/Humane Society of NWI Adopt-A-Thon!

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.  

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.

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"   

Legendary Bassist Kasim Sulton New Album!

Sep 15, 2021

It's been quite a few years since Kas had been on the radio with MB host Tom Lounges.  He has a new solo album coming out to chat about, and of course his incredible career working as a member of Joan Jett's Blackhearts, Todd Rundgren's Utopia and with Meatloaf.

Nashville country music artist -- once a native of Michigan City -- comes in studio to play live and talk about his early career locally as a young artist, his move to Nashville to chase the dream, and his homecoming dates that weekend at Crown Point's Bulldog Park and Highland's Main Square Park.

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!

When Chicago's Buckinghams hit the stage at 7:30pm on September 10 at the Hobart Art Theater (230 Main St.) in downtown Hobart, it will be the first time in a few years that the group declared  America's number one rock band of the year 1967 will have played their songs live in Northwest Indiana.  Info & Tickets: www.brickartlive.com.

The Buckinghams landed five Top 20 radio hits that year with the songs  “Kind Of A Drag,” “Don’t You Care,” “Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song),” “Susan,” and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.”  They appeared on all the big TV shows -- ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ ‘American Bandstand,’ ‘The Joey Bishop Show,’ 'Shindig,' 'Hullabaloo,' and others.

The daughter of blues icon B.B. King -- has a 2020 album to chat about, and also will be performing for the first time in Northwest Indiana in a few years, when she joins the Kinsey Report live on stage at Hobart Art Theater on Friday, September 17th.  Along with being a respected and long time blues singer, Shirley is also a book author ("Love Is King: B.B.'s Daughter fights to Preserve Her Father's Legacy").

Lauren Dukes Radio Debut New Ep!

Aug 31, 2021

This Chicagoland R&B vocalist who for too long has been doing cover songs in downtown corporate party groups, finally steps out with her own solo EP of original songs. Lauren Dukes of The Lauren Dukes Band will be live in studio on this program to chit-chat about the new music, her upcoming CD Release party on Sept. 2nd in Griffith, and co-DJ in the spinning of songs from the new CD.  This will be the first time the mastered tracks from this CD will be debuted on radio.

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.    

Former STYX vocalist show host Tom Lounges' long time friend, DENNIS DEYOUNG will call in to discuss his two newest solo band releases -- "26 East Vol. 1" and "26 East Vol. 2" -- and what promoted him to go back in the studio after such a long hiatus.

Are these really DeYoung's final recordings was recently announced?  Find out what's happening with this gifted Chicago songwriter/performer who sounds as good or better than ever on these newest recordings.

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. 

Midwest BEAT- FRIDAY, AUGUST 20th

Aug 18, 2021

HOUR ONE: 1:00-2:00pm
GUEST:  CLASSICAL BLAST

Three members of the Chicago-based CLASSICAL BLAST group will be 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 (1601 Franklin St.) in Michigan City. This special store performance is all ages and is limited to only 40 tickets.

Info and tickets: (219) 210-3813 or at: www.eventbrite.com/e/classical-blast-bach-to-rock-tickets-166186828277?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

HOUR TWO: 2:00-3:00pm
GUEST:  SHANNA IN A DRESS

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 Monday, August 23rd at 7pm in Michigan City for a special all ages 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.

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. 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 10th - 7:00-8:00pm

"MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" on 89.1-Lakeshore Public Radio and streaming at: www.lakeshorepublicradio.org

GUEST:  JENNIFER JEAN / Marketing Manager of "Brewski Fest"

This radio program will focus on a different kind of BEER FEST brewing in the Region on August 20th at Central Park Plaza

This novel new event is aptly called "Brewski Fest" and it is based on an idea as refreshing as an ice cold "Hamm's Beer," which just happens to be one of the many “old school” beers being served up at this "Retro" themed suds fest.  Others include: Schlitz, PBR, Bud, Strohs, Miller High Life, and a few other tasty brews.

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