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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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 show 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 will talk about the band's long career and the soon-to-be-release anthology collections, "Cum On Feel The Hitz." 

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!

Johnny Iguana joins us again to talk about the latest release of his new solo album "JOHNNY IGUANA’S CHICAGO SPECTACULAR!" as well as updates on The Claudettes and music in general on this edition of Midwest Beat!

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

MUSICAL GUEST:  Bluesman JOHNNY BURGIN

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.
 

Guest:  JIM PETERIK of IDES OF MARCH 

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 

Stephen is a music historian and professor at Delaware Valley University who specializes in rock 'n' roll and 20th Century America. In this latest effort, Tow weaves together information given to him by over 90 musicians; many who were movers-and-shakers of the 1960s era. These pages uncover the uniquely British story of classic rock’s birth.

This edition of  "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2020 

This edition of  "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2020 

Come join Tom Lounges with the guys from Switchback live in honor of St. Patrick's Day!

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