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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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"

Midwest BEAT- FRIDAY June 11

Jun 11, 2021

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. DiGirolamo’s has a new solo EP, "PAPER BOATS," released today, June 11, that reflects his wide array of influences.

The Jenny Thing came together on the Berkeley campus of the University of California in 1991. After a series of albums, they disbanded, only to come back together for this newest collection, "AMERICAN CANYON," being released on June 18. Lakeshore listeners will get an early, sneak listen to some of the songs from the syn-driven group.

Oscar and the Majestics were an American garage punk band formed in Gary, Indiana in 1960. The band, led by Oscar Hamod, achieved regional acclaim and produced seven well-regarded singles in their heyday. As the group progressed, they experimented with psychedelic rock and soul influences which led to their most acclaimed piece, a cover song deemed "House of the Rising Sun 1969".

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Today's "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" will feature a call in by JOHNNY IGUANA of the red hot Chicago group, THE CLAUDETTES, whose latest album "HIGH TIMES IN THE DARK," was released in 2020, but due to COVID-19 never had a chance to really get much promotion.

Less than a week away from our next show! Enjoy four talented regional artists while supporting the Humane Society of NWI. Come on out for a great time and help a great cause!

On Sunday, June 6, 2021 from 5pm-8pm, The Hobart Art Theatre will be the site of the 2021 "Songwriters Circle For Critters." 

Today's live musical guests on Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" from 1-3pm on Lakeshore Public Radio will be the four writers/performers -- Robby Celestin, Leslie Hunt, Eric Lambert and Ivy Ford who doing this charity fundraiser for the Humane Society Of Northwest Indiana, where 100% of the funds raised benefit HSNI to help homeless and abused animals find safe and caring homes.

FRIDAY, MAY 21 1- 3 PM

The Juniors will have the pleasure of being on the “Midwest Beat” with Tom Lounges on Lakeshore Public Radio - 89.1 FM 1pm-3pm. Tune in to hear talk about their upcoming show at the HSNI Critter Ride at Valpo Harley next Sun. May 30th to benefit homeless and abused animals. They will also be playing a couple tunes live on air!

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired TUESDAY, MAY 18th on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio 

Musical Guest: SEAN LATHAM -- Director of the Institute of Bob Dylan Studies at The University of Tulsa & editor of "The World Of Bob Dylan"

Singer, songwriter, and performer only scratch the surface of the powerful entity that is Robert Zimmerman, aka BOB DYLAN, who sprung upon the world from the unlike community of Hibbing, Minnesota to transform popular music of various genres, poetry, pop culture, and certainly the politics of a turbulent era.

Lyrics that at first often make little sense -- have over the years, become the topic of deep discussion in think tank scenarios by experts in various fields of literature, musicology, political science, and various aspects of the arts.

It is a daunting task to talk about Bob Dylan in just an hour's time, but that is the task I will attempt with this evening's special guest --- SEAN LANHAM -- the Director of the Institute of Bob Dylan Studies at The University of Tulsa.

Mr. Lanham is the editor of the new Cambridge University Press release -- "The World Of Bob Dylan" -- a collection of essays from a bevy of greatly respected writers and musicologists about the impact Bob Dylan has had on the world during his 80 years of life.

Mr. Lanham also directs the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, edits the James Joyce Quarterly, and has written or edited ten books on modern culture. More: https://dylan.utulsa.edu/

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on FRIDAY, MAY 7th on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio

Musical Guest: JAMES HOLVAY  -- Songwriter/Performer




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

"MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" also airs a new and different afternoon show each and every FRIDAY from 1:00-3:00pm CST.

The fabulous voice and namesake of The Lauren Dukes Band will visit in-studio on this evening to talk about and spotlight her first original music album.  After years on the scene singing blues, jazz and R&B covers to appreciative audiences throughout Chicagoland, Dukes is putting her own music on the front burner.

Giovanni Taliaferro, who as the Director of Memorabilia Design for Hard Rock International, creates the amazing and historic musical artifact displays that draw thousands of people to the Hard Rock Cafe locations worldwide, including the brand new location in Gary, Indiana.

Legendary album cover artist Ioannis who has created over 175 iconic album covers from artists that include: Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Allman Brothers, Styx and many others.

He talks new projects and old works on the this artistic episode of Midwest Beat!


GUEST:  MAIA SHARP - Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist

Veteran singer/songwriter Maia Sharp returns with her boldest and most confessional offering to date.  After living in the Los Angeles area most of her life, Sharp recently relocated to Nashville to start a new chapter of her life and her musical career.  On Tuesday's "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges," Sharp will reflect on her musical journey and discuss her career, her evolution as a songwriter/performer, and the making of her newest album, "MERCY RISING," which is coming out on MAY 7th.

Provided by Stop Drop Rewind / Facebook


STOP.DROP.REWIND is unique, in that their progressive roots set them far apart from the pack of other alt groups out there. The guys will drop by in studio to preview song new songs, talk about their latest original music album, and getting things going again in this new year.

Provided by Ola Timothy / Facebook

OLA TIMOTHY is a popular Chicago bassist who spends a lot of time performing and recording as an in-demand session/sideman. Today, Ola will call in to talk about his career and the journey he has had to date, while also focusing on his own forthcoming new album that will be dropping soon. Listeners to today's program will get a sneak peek at two of the songs from it.

One of rock's most famous and influential drummers, Carmine Appice, is live on this special edition of Midwest Beat with Tom Lounges

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on FRIDAY, APRIL 9th on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio 

This program is a 2-part episode with concert production company MUSH MUSIC, LLC and one of the many rock bands the company is presenting as live music returns to concert halls as COVID pandemic numbers drop and restrictions start to ease up.


The Chicagoland music and event promoter PAUL PANICALI discussed the return of live concerts in the Great Lakes Region following the year of COVID- shut downs. 

There was also discussion about some of the shows and bands has promoted in the past, and ones that he is working on bringing to the area in the coming months of 2021, many being presented at Hobart Art Theatre, including an April show with Southern Rockers, JACKYL.  Songs by some of those artists -- hed PE, Buckcherry, Fasterpussycat, Jackyl, L.A. Guns, and others were featured during the program.


Colorful rocker JESSE JAMES DUPREE talked about his years of rockin' with JACKYL, their music, their current tour plans and his own line of Spirits. 

An assortment of JACKYL songs were also played during the second half of the program, in and around the segments of interview chatter...

Soundz of Santana is back in the studio and they have never sounded better! Join Tom Lounges in welcoming the Soundz to a special episode of Midwest Beat!

This edition of  "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired Friday, March 26, 2021 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio

MUSICAL GUEST: CHRIS HILLMAN -- a pioneer of the Country Rock/Americana sound.

A "Rock And Roll Hall of Fame" inductee, Chris is a hit-making, chart topping recording star who has been an integral part of such iconic and groundbreaking groups as THE BYRDS, THE FLYIN G BURRITO BROTHERS, MANASSAS, and McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN.

Hillman has has also contributed to many albums as a guest musician, and throughout the years, has created a deep catalog of outstanding solo albums, with his most recent being produced by the late rocker and Hillman fan, TOM PETTY.

This past year, CHRIS HILLMAN recently added another feather to his cap and another credential to his resume. That of BOOK AUTHOR!

Hillman recently released his new 315-page autobiography, "TIME BETWEEN: My Life as a Byrd, Burrito Brother, and Beyond," via BMG Books, with a Forward by friend and fellow musician, Dwight Yoakam.

During this program, which is Chris Hillman's second guest appearance on "Midwest BEAT" in just over 2 years, various aspects of his 5-plus decades in the music business is discussed, an music by a variety of his famous groups is feaured before, between and after the talking segments.

Host and producer TOM LOUNGES said -- "CHRIS HILLMAN is one of the most cordial, easy-going and colorful guests to have appeared on this show and he always has an open invitation to stop-in or call-in anytime he has a new project or tour that he would love to promote and share with his multi-generational fan base."

To order an autographed copy of the "TIME BETWEEN" book, some of Chris' music, and other merchandise, log on to:


Alligator Records has an endless supply of talent, and Curtis Salgado is no exception! Tom Lounges talks about the good ol days with his friend Curtis on this special episode of Midwest Beat!

The New Book by Danny Zelisko. Available on DZPLive.com, Amazon and Kindle, The long-awaited stories of legendary concert promoter Danny Zelisko have arrived! Four years in the making, he quipped, “this baby was screaming to come out after all this time!” Tom Lounges chats to the author on this special episode of Midwest Beat.

Hobart bagpiper player, Craig Brooks, was live in-studio on my pre-Pat's live radio "Midwest BEAT" program tonight on 89.1-FM Lakeshore Public Radio. Craig stopped in with his wife and drummer, Dianna Brooks, both of Celtic Guard Academy Pipes and Drums.

Kathy Valentine, legendary bassist of The Go-Gos calls in to chat with Tom Lounges! She talks band history, rock hall of fame induction, and new book all on this special Midwest Beat!

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on FRIDAY, MARCH 12 on

  89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio            MUSICAL GUEST:  VINNY APPICE: Drummer for DIO & BLACK SABBATH    Iconic metal/rock drummer -- VINNY APPICE -- of Black Sabbath, DIO and Heaven & Hell fame is the guest for this program. Vinny has been on the radio with host Tom Lounges a few times over the years and has some great stories that he is happy to share.  For this program, the conversation covers how he came to work with Ronnie James Dio and the Black Sabbath guys, his teenage encounter with John Lennon, growing up with his famous older brother Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, etc.), the mystery of his mother's lasagna pan, and the 40th anniversary re-issuing of the Black Sabbath's landmark Dio-era albums, "Heaven And Hell" and "Mob Rules." 

Versatile musician, guitarist, vocalist, composer, producer and arranger Steve Lukather was born in Los Angeles on October 21 in 1957. He has new music coming out with some big names and he dishes all right here on Midwest Beat!

Tesla was a rockin band with some crazy stories and Tom Lounges interviews bass guitarist Brian Wheat on this edition of Midwest Beat!

Gunnar Nelson is a American singer-songwriter and musician who, with his twin brother Matthew Nelson, is a member of the multi-platinum-selling band Nelson, which had a #1 hit in 1990 with the single "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection". Tom Lounges chats with Gunnar about some upcoming projects right here on Midwest Beat!