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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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.

Tom Lounges interviews Michael Jahnz about his new collabrative project "Richrath Project 313" and working with the late great Gary Richrath.

Fans of REO Speedwagon's late guitarist Gary Ritchrath will want to tune in to Friday's edition of the 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio's music program, "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges."

Although the music man whose guitar parts helped to propel such classic songs as "Take It on the Run," "Golden Country," "and "Ridin' the Storm Out" to hit status, passed away in 2015, his musical legacy is being carried on via the Richrath Project 3:13.

The project's Michael Jahnz guests live here with selections featured from the group's new album, "L.A. is Mine."

Midwest BEAT- TUESDAY, AUGUST 3rd

Aug 2, 2021

TUESDAY, AUGUST 3rd - 7:00-8:00pm
GUEST:  "THE LITTLE MERMAID" Director ALLY SHINKAN & various cast members

Info:  Disney's "The Little Mermaid" is being presented on stage this coming weekend, as the Highland Parks & Recreation Department re-boot their annual as a community summer theater production at the town's Main Square Park. 

Returning as show runner and director for this season is Munster's Ally Shinkan, a rising young theater talent who studied under former Munster High School Theatre Director Larry Brechner, now co-host of Lakeshore Public Radio's "Art On The Air."  Shinkan was welcomed back after successfully directing some of the town's more recent production's including 2019's "Willy Wonka." 

Guests in studio for this program will be Shinkan, along with regional cast members: Samantha Corey ("Scuttle"), Christina Arroyo ("Ursula") and Klayr Taylor ("Flounder").

VIP tickets for each performance can be bought for $2 at the Lincoln Center. All other seating is free.

The long-awaited autobiography from heavy metal music icon Ronnie James Dio, the powerhouse voice of Elf, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his long-time bespoke band DIO, will be published on July 27 by Permuted Press in the U.S. and Canada and Constable in the U.K. Co-written with British music journalist and longtime Dio friend Mick Wall, and Dio’s widow and long-time manager Wendy Dio. 

For two years now, the Austin-based trio Nobody's Girl Rebecca Loebe, Betty Soo, Grace Pettis has been bridging the divide between Folk and Pop music. Their new, 11-song, self-titled album is the long-awaited full-length follow up to their 2018 EP, "Waterline."  The new collection of original songs will be released worldwide on July 30 in multiple formats vinyl, CD and digital through Lucky Hound Music. Although Nobody's Girl is a relatively new musical project, the three women have more than 15 between them as solo artists.

In the decades that followed Creedence Clearwater Revival's 2 year reign as the number 1 band in the world, Creedence drummer Doug Cosmo Clifford focused his creative energy on producing album projects. His concept was to assemble a top shelf mix of players, write an album’s worth of original songs, then record, mix and master each album. When a project was completed, the masters were archived and safely stored in Cosmo’s Vault until the time was right to release them. Fast forward to 2021 and Cosmo has retrieved those masters and will be releasing them one album at a time on his own label, Cliffsong Records. The first release will be For All The Money In The World by Clifford Wright.

Midwest BEAT- FRIDAY July 23

Jul 20, 2021

FRIDAY, JULY 23rd  - 1:00-3:00pm
HOUR ONE: 1:00-2:00pm
GUEST:  DOUG "COSMO" CLIFFORD -- founder/drummer of CCR

Information:  In the decades that followed Creedence Clearwater Revival's 2 year reign as the #1 band in the world, Creedence drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford focused his creative energy on producing album projects. His concept was to assemble a top shelf mix of players, write an album’s worth of original songs, then record, mix and master each album. When a project was completed, the masters were archived and safely stored in Cosmo’s Vault until the time was right to release them. Fast forward to 2021 and Cosmo has retrieved those masters and will be releasing them one album at a time on his own label, Cliffsong Records. The first release will be For All The Money In The World by Clifford / Wright.

HOUR TWO: 2:00-3:00pm
GUEST:  REBECCA LOEBE from NOBODY'S GIRL

Information: For two years now, the Austin-based trio Nobody's Girl -- Rebecca Loebe, Betty Soo, Grace Pettis -- has been bridging the divide between Folk and Pop music. Their new, 11-song, self-titled album is the long-awaited full-length follow up to their 2018 EP, "Waterline."  The new collection of original songs will be released worldwide on July 30 in multiple formats -- vinyl, CD and digital -- through Lucky Hound Music.  Although Nobody's Girl is a relatively new musical project, the three women have more than 15 between them as solo artists.

            Since the release of "Kingfish," his 2019 debut for Chicago's Alligator RecordsChristone "Kingfish" Ingram has taken the blues world by storm in a relatively short amount of time. Since the release of Kingfish, Ingram has quickly become the defining blues voice of his generation.  He has been pegged as a "superstar" bluesman on the rise and clearly with the release of "662," Ingram has avoided the dreaded "sophomore slump."

             That break out album earned the 20-year-old newcomer volumes of accolades from both the media and his peers; along with five "Blues Music Awards" -- "Album Of The Year," "Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year," "Best Emerging Artist Album," "Contemporary Blues Male Artist Of The Year," and the coveted "Best Guitarist of the Year" award. Add to that, Ingram also won four "Living Blues Awards," including "Album Of The Year" and "Artist Of The Year."

            Now, just a about a year after dusting off places for his many trophies, comes the rising star's sophomore album for Alligator, "662," officially being released this weekend with a two day celebratory party at the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana (5400 W. 29th Ave.) in Gary.  Admission is free both nights, but advance RSVPs are necessary to attend as space is limited.

            "We did Evansville before, but this is my first time playing in Northwest Indiana I'm pretty sure," said Ingram, who is clearly excited to be playing the same stage this weekend christened just a few weeks ago by his mentor and friend, Buddy Guy, during the casino's Grand Opening.

            Guy has been an important part of the Kingfish saga and put the lad's feet on the path that has brought him to this point. Early on, Guy saw something special in young Ingram and put him together with his own Grammy Award-winning producer Tom Hambridge, who also once made musical magic with guitar great Roy Buchanan. 

  

Tom will welcome once again to the program, Foghat drummer and founder ROGER EARL, to discuss the band's 50th Anniversary and the release of "8 DAYS ON THE ROAD," a 14-track live performance that will be released as a double CD/DVD package on July 16 via their own Foghat Records label, distributed by Select-O-Hits, a division of the legendary Memphis-based Sun Records label, owned by founder Sam Philips son and nephew.  Recorded on November 17, 2019, the collection features the band’s biggest and most legendary hits, including Slow Ride, I Just Want To Make Love To You, Fool For The City, and others. Foghat 's tour behind the album brings them on July 17 to St. Charles, Illinois for a performance at The Arcada Theatre.

Tom will talk with STYX guitarist JAMES YOUNG about the iconic Chicago band's brand new album, "CRASH OF THE CROWN," their current tour, and future plans for the long-running rock group. New songs from "CRASH OF THE CROWN" will be spotlighted during the interview and discussed.

FRIDAY JULY 2 AT 1 PM
GUEST: Chan Kinchla - -Blues Traveler

Chan Kinchla - -Blues Traveler, is on this special edition of Midwest Beat with Tom Lounges.

Fathers are important and in the music industry, they have influenced many people including their very own children! Tune in for this special show dedicated to the the Daddies in the music industry! 

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

1-2pm -- JAMES DIGIROLAMO
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.

2-3pm -- MATT EASTON of THE JENNY THING
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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