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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Adam Gawlikowski & Friends will perform a benefit concert for Bishop Noll’s Ignite & Inspire capital campaign on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. in the Bishop Noll auditorium theater

The Styles and Life with the Waydown Wanderers

Apr 23, 2019

The Way Down Wanderers are from the very heartland of America – central Illinois, Peoria, to be exact – which is reflected in their distinctive sound, which draws on elements of bluegrass, but also touches on classic rock influences including the multi-part harmonies of the Beach Boys and The Band’s hybrid soul, as well as the roots qualities of The Avett Brothers and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, with surprising elements of jazz, classical music and even hip-hop. Tom Lounges speaks Austin Krause-Thompson and Collin Krause

This editon of  "MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES" originally aired April 19, 2019 on 89.1FM-LAKESHORE PUBLIC RADIO...

GUESTS: SCOTT HOLT & ROGER EARL of Earl & The Agitators, TED NEELEY of "Jesus Christ Superstar," and WANDA JACKSON

 

 

The blues rock superstar ensemble EARL & THE AGITATORS are spotlighted during the entire first hour as Tom chats with guitarist/vocalist SCOTT HOLT and drummer/band namesake, ROGER EARL. A handful of their songs are featured during this portion of the program that will surely have listeners dancing in their seats.

A Night with Jeff Sarver

Apr 16, 2019

Join Tom Lounges as he enters the mind of a true genius of The Region, Jef Sarver. Jef gives us insight on future projects as well as some live performances, right here in the studio.

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio on APRIL 5, 2019.

MUSICAL GUESTS:  

JEF SARVER, JEFF MASSEY, JERICA PALIGA, STEFANI DAISEY, JACK WHITTLE, JAMES GEDDA, LeANN STUTLER, CHAD CLIFFORD, TRI-WAY, JUSTIN KING, FRANK RUVOLI, and DAN LEMMON with Cousin Dave

This edition of Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on TUESDAY, MARCH 29th on 89.1FM - LAKESHORE PUBLIC RADIO

GUEST:  International Vibraphonist, Educator & Bandleader STEFON HARRIS of BLACKOUT

Globally respected, vibraphonist STEFON HARRIS has taught music at many top institutions; and his group Blackout's latest album "Sonic Creed" was named "#1 Jazz Album of 2018."

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

MUSICAL GUEST:  DANI RABIN of   MARBIN

Marbin began their career in 2006 as an all instrumental quartet. Marbin have stayed true to their original vision of letting only their instruments be their "voice."

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

TOPIC: The First Inaugral Concours Car Show & Blues Party

GUESTS: LESLIE BAILEY & MARK VAN BUSKIRK
 

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio on Friday, March 15th

GUEST:  WE THREE: The sibling pop trio America fell in love with on NBC-TV's hit series, "America's Got Talent"

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio on March 12, 2019.

MUSICAL GUEST:  BRUCE BORDERS - "The Mayor of Rock 'N' Roll"

Doing an impression of Elvis Presley since his teenage years, Indiana State Representative BRUCE BORDERS (R), long ago mastered the craft of shaking his legs, swiveling his hips and curling his lip, while faithfully belting out the songs that once upon a time, turned a Mississippi sharecropper's kid into a king.  

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio on March 8, 2019.

MUSICAL GUEST:  JIM BABJAK of   The Smithereens
 

Photo provided by Switchback

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

MUSICAL GUEST: SWITCHBACK  

Photo provided by Angie Campbell

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

MUSICAL GUEST: ANGIE CAMPBELL 

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on February 26, 2019 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.  It was given an encore broadcast on March 2, 2019

MUSICAL GUEST: 

DENNIS STROUGHMATT of CREOLE STOMP

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
 

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