Midwest Beat

Tuesday: 7-8pm, repeats Friday - 7pm, 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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George Butler

This edition of  "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on TUESDAY, NOVEMEBER 11, 2019

Guest:  NIC BYRD  

For this edition of "Midwest BEAT," show host/producer Tom Lounges welcomed NWI guitar virtuoso NIC BYRD to the studio to chat about his long and varied career in music.  Although best known to most as a blues guitarist, Byrd is comfortable and fluid in a variety of genres and styles of music. 

Fresh Hops are back in the studio to chat with Tom Lounges about future prospects on this edition of Midwest Beat!

Magic from the Asylum new October special!

It's that time of year again! Theatre at the Centre announces it's new year's lineup and this time its for 2020!! Join Tom Lounges as he talks to the great folks at TATC on this edition of Midwest Beat!

Stop.Drop.Rewind. has NEW content out and are trying some different ideas find out all about it on this edition of Midwest Beat!

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on November 1, 2019 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio

Folk/Americana music troubadour Ellis Paul is celebrating 30 years as a touring musician, having released 18 adult albums and two children’s albums, along with having published two children's books.  For that, he has garnered many awards.  More: www.ellispaul.com.

Join Tom Lounges as he talks to the owner of Green Door Books and Grant Fitch, actor extraordinare for a spooky episode of Midwest Beat!

photo credit to Kristie Schram

This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on September 20, 2019 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.


Come Join Tom Lounges as he talks to the director and cinematographer of Indie Film of "Bleed American",  A bold portrait of misguided youth as they learn the cruelties of life and love in the American Midwest. 

Join Tom Lounges as he talks Buddy Holly with Tribute Artists "Rave On!" on this week's Midwest Beat!

This edition of  "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019  


The buzz has grown steadily on the Stoney Curtis Band since Shrapnel Records released the debut album from the veteran blues artist on July 19, 2005.

Sophie Huber takes us on a journey through time in her brand new documentary about the history of the legendary jazz label that inspired not only contemporary jazz but the current hip hop artist and producers of this generation. Sophie and Tom discuss the documentary and more on this edition of Midwest Beat. 

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on August 16, 2019 on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio

Stand-up comedian and actor Tom Dreesen -- a born and bred native of Harvey, Illinois -- is celebrating his 50th Anniversary this year in show business. He is coming home once again to share stories and memories as only he can about Frank Sinatra, arguably the greatest entertainer and vocalist of the 20th Century. 

Come support local music all while capturing the spirit of woodstock! (kid friendly of course) Join Tom Lounges as he talks to the hosts of Region Radio on this far out edition of Midwest Beat.

Mindi Abair is back to tell us about her exciting ventures with her new album "No Good Deed" and her wine festivals! Join Tom Lounges on this edition of "Midwest Beat"

Switchback...is back! New album "Birds of Prey" is out now and Tom Lounges Talks to half the band on this edition of Midwest Beat! 

With the release of her debut album, 'Hard Won,' in March 2017, harpist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter Lizzie No established herself as one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary folk music. Lizzie is a winner of the American Songwriter Lyrics Contest, a finalist in the New England Indie Rock Competition, and a frequent musical guest of The Moth. Join Tom Lounges as he interviews this artist to keep your eye on right here on Midwest Beat!

This program originally aired on 07-30-19

Woodstock was an event that was not only one of the biggest music fesivals in the world, bringing together some powerhouses in music, but also a massive symbol of Peace, Love, and Equality. The 50th anniversary is upon us and Tom Lounges is chatting with the author of "Woodstock: Back to Yasgur's Farm" and actual attendee of this "hippie love fest" Mike GreenBlatt an they get the fact what happened at this legendary festival on this week's Midwest Beat.

Highland park has a doozy of a play coming and we have part of the cast and the director to speak on it! Join Tom Lounges as he gets the scoop on Ronald Dahl's Willy Wonka and even gets to hear some personalized live performances!

Sex Robot Divas blend soul, grunge, etc and don't have bordersin regards to genre. Tom talks with this interesting band and they perform some acoustic songs right here on Midwest Beat!

According to Willie Nelson, “A.J. Croce has wisdom beyond his years. With his music, he represents his generation with a profound sense of honesty in his lyrics and quality in his delivery. The future of entertainment is safe in his hands!” He speaks with Tom Lounges about new album, past influence, and future plans on this eidtion of Midwest Beat!

Join Tom Lounges as he chats live in studio with a truly great talent who flew in all the way from LA to perform live, chat future music endeavors, and talk about real life, Brigitte Purdy! From Blues to Soul she is truly an amazing woman you don't want to miss this edition of Midwest Beat 

Christi Bushby

This edition of  "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019  


On this edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges," show host and producer Tom Lounges welcomed into the station's broadcast studio, the four members of Nomad Planets for a few live acoustic performances and to feature songs from their latest studio album, "RISE AND SHINE," recorded at NWI's Thunderclap Studios and produced by John Carpenter.

Come join Tom Lounges as he talks with Singer/Songwriter/Pianoman Jamie M Harrison! Jamie truly has an ear for music as well as a perfect blend of raw authenticity with musical technicality. Join us in the studio on this Midwest Beat. 

This edition of  "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2019  

Guest:  BRYAN CHRISTIANSEN of National Led Zeppelin Tribute NO QUARTER 



"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.

Former drummer of "The Police" Stewart Copeland talks his new DVD coming out which details tour antics of the band as well as secrets behind music videos on this week's Midwest Beat

"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" 40th Aniversery is here and we are celebrating by having the "Long Haired Country Boy" right here in the studio! Charlie Daniels talk orgins, current touring schedule, and new music right here on Midwest Beat!