Midwest Beat

Tuesday: 7-8pm, repeats Friday - 7pm, Friday afternoons from 12-2pm

"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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This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on February, 22, 2019 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.  It enjoyed four encore broadcasts over the next two weeks.

GUEST: 
Actor/Musician ZACKARY STEVENSON (who protrays Carl Perkins in "Million Dollar Quartet")

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES" originally aired on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019 on 89.1FM - LAKESHORE PUBLIC RADIO

GUEST:  Singer/Actress/Author/Radio Host DEANA MARTIN

photo by Christi Bushby

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio on January 29, 2019.

For this program, virtuoso guitarist and primary vocalist JEFF MASSEY of THE STEEPWATER BAND paid a visit to the 89.1-FM Lakeshore Public Radio's studio in Merrillville to perform a handful of songs live in studio and talk about his career as a global touring artist as that night's guest on “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges.”    

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" was orginally aired on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio on January 25, 2019.

This FIRST half of the radio program, “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges,” features interviews with drummer Jonathan Schang and vocalist Leslie Hunt of the Chicago-based progressive rock group District 97.  

photo by McBride

This edition of MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges was originally broadcast on FRIDAY, JANUARY 4 on 89.1FM - LAKESHORE PUBLIC RADIO 

GUEST:  RALPH COVERT of RALPH'S WORLD

Bill Hayden Talks New Album "Eureka!"

Dec 18, 2018

Classical Blast and Bossa Nova!

Dec 14, 2018

Classical Blast chats about new music and influences for the first half and the second half we have Denis Lou Ellen Day talk Bossa Nova on this exciting edition of Midwest Beat!

by Deborah Finegold

This edition of MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges was originally broadcast on December 4, 2018  

MUSICAL GUEST:  MINDI ABAIR of Mindi Abair & The Bonehakers

Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers!

Nov 19, 2018

Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers come chat with Tom Lounges about musical past, being "pretty good for a girl", and new albums on this edition of Midwest Beat!

by Mike Ruiz

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges was originally broadcast on November 13, 2018 on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio

MUSICAL GUEST: LINDA CLIFFORD -- Disco's Classsic Queen Returns 

Jimmy Ryan formally of The Critters has written many songs with many different people such as Carly Simons, Cat Stevens. and many more! Now he fronts The Hitmen and Tom Lounges has the scoop right here on Midwest Beat!

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES" originally broadcast on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2018 on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio.

MUSICAL GUESTS:  CHRISTOPHER KALE JONES & STELLA ROSE HOYT  (actor/singers)

Both of the guests on this edition of the program are versatile actor/singer/entertainers who are teaming up to work together for the first time as cast mates for the final production of the 2018 season at The Munster Performing Arts Center. 

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally broadcast on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2018 on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio

IN-STUDIO GUEST: NICKY JADE (Region Magician)

This edition of Midest BEAT with Tom Lounges originally aired October 19, 2018 on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio.

MUSICAL GUEST: 

BENNET CERVEN of THE TROUBLE NOTES

International music trio The Trouble Notes perform at Theatre At The Center this Friday at 7:30pm.  The Berlin, Germany-based group have performed over 500 shows in over a dozen countries since being founded in 2013 by violinist/co-founder Bennet Cerven, a 2007 Munster High School graduate and previously a Northwest Indiana native.

Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield's Legendary Lineage!

Oct 16, 2018

Join Tom Lounges as he chats with the Mojo Morganfield the son of the legendary Muddy Waters! Mojo promotes his new album plus some old mMuddy tunes on this edition of Midwest Beat.

The edition of "Midwest Beat with Tom Lounges originally aired on October 12, 2018 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio

MUSICAL GUESTS: OSCAR WILSON & JOE NOSEK of THE CASHBOX KINGS
 

2019 Lineup for Theatre at the Center!

Oct 5, 2018

Tom Lounges talks the 2019 lineup for the Theatre at the Center on this edition of Midwest Beat

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" orginally aired on October 2, 2018 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.

MUSICAL GUEST:  MARK FARNER formerly of Grand Funk Railroad

The voice, guitar and songwriter behind numerous hit records by Grand Funk Railroad from the 1960s through the 1990s -- MARK FARNER -- is still making new music and still rockin' audiences through his old hits with his latest touring project, Mark Farner's American Band.

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" orginally aired on SEPT 25, 2018 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.

TOPIC:  JOHN BONHAM LEGACY SHOW

Led Zeppelin is one of the greatest musical acts in the history of rock 'n' roll and on this the 38th anniversary of the death of the group's drummer, JOHN BONHAM, aka "Bonzo," host Tom Lounges talks about and plays some of his finest musical moments on record.

On this special episode of Midwest Beat, Tom Lounges is joined by Charlie Smith, NWI native actress, as she describes her plight in raising funds and clothes for the Native American Reservations that so desperately need it. We also celebrate the culture with Brule's great spiritual music on this week's Midwest Beat

Buddy Holly's Birthday Celebration!

Sep 7, 2018

Join Tom Lounges as he celebrates the life of  rock n roll and pop legend Buddy Holly! Kenny James and Ray Vaughan visits the studio as well on this week's Midwest Beat.

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES" originally aired on Tuesday,  September 4, 2018

TOPIC:  A SPOTLIGHT ON ERIN'S FARM 

In-Studio Guest: ERIN YANZ (Erin's Farm) 

Call-In Guest: GLENN REYNA (Rocken Horse) 

Nick Harrison

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES" originally aired on Lakeshore Public Radio on FRIDAY, AUGUST 31st  

TOPIC:   Reflecting on JETHRO TULL's 5oth Anniversary

Guest: IAN ANDERSON  of Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull are touring the U.S. in 2018 in celebration of the iconic British prog-rock group's 50th Anniversary.   They will perform in Chicago on Labor Day, Sept. 3rd at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. 

Andy Goodwin

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES" originally aired on Lakeshore Public Radio on  TUESDAY,  AUGUST  21st - 7:00-8:00pm

Musical Guest:  ROBBIE FULKS

This week's show is a spotlight on singer/songwriter ROBBIE FULKS to let folks know that the Southern-born, Midwest-residing country artist will be performing at TheAcorn Theater in Three Oaks, MI on August 24th. 

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES was originally aired on Lakeshore Public Radio on TUESDAY,  AUGUST  14th - 7:00-8:00pm

Guests:  THE SPANIELS FOREVER

Three members of the iconic vocal group who began their career with the 1953 charted hit, "Baby It's You," guest on this program -- Billy Shelton and Patrick Pitre -- in studio and Pernell Davis by phone.  

photo by Alain Boucly

This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally broadcast on August 7, 2018 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.                 

 

IN-STUDIO GUEST:   Chicago Bluesman WAYNE BAKER BROOKS

 

             WAYNE BAKER BROOKS (the youngest son of the late blues icon LONNIE BROOKS) will talk about his 20-plus year solo career and his blues legacy as the son of Lonnie; along with POTUS, songwriting, and his mission to keep the blues alive while helping the genre to evolve.

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES" originally aired on Lakeshore Public Radio on TUESDAY,  JULY 31st - 7:00-8:00pm

TOPIC:  The Memorial Opera House 2018 "Rock The Block" Fundraiser

In-Studio Guest: SCOTT "STRETCH" MILLER & NATALIE KOLBUCHAR of The Historic Memorial Opera House

Musical Guest:   ELIOT SLOAN of BLESSID UNION OF SOULS

Jess Griffin

This edition of MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired the afternoon of  JULY 27, 2018 on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio.

GUEST:  ANN WILSON

Wilson came to fame in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the classic rock group HEART, a  group that has continued to create music and tour through now.

Tom Lounges

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" orginally aired on July 27, 2018 on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio.

On this program, iconic classic rock vocalist PAUL RODGERS chats with show host/producer Tom Lounges about "FREE SPIRIT," his latest live album celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his seminal British blues/rock group FREE as listeners are treated to cuts from that album and others.

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES"  originally aired on Lakeshore Public Radio on Friday, July 13, 2018.

IN-STUDIO GUEST:  JEN KERR

One of the hot topics of the last year in the health world has been CBD oil -- from what conditions that it is  reportedly good for and whether it should be made legal over the counter amid concerns -- those are topics addressed on this program as Tom Lounges chats with Northwest Indiana's JEN KERR, a representative of HEMPWORX.    More on the product:  hempworx.com

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