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"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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  • One of the few surviving radio played Chicago rock bands of the early 70's with the original line-up intact, M&R RUSH continues to perform throughout the Midwest annually during the summer months and have amassed a seven album catalog. Two members -Marty Mardirosian (drums) and John McFarland (guitar/vocals) - will guest live in studio to debut songs from the new M&R RUSH vinyl LP on 89.1-FM's weekly program, "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges".In 2022, a major health scare sidelined the group's summer tour completely and delayed the release of their long anticipate new vinyl album, "Good-Bye City Lights." Cleared to perform, the band has decided to do only ONE live concert to celebrate the release of the new album, their first vinyl in decades.That concert - their only show in 2022 - will happen on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 at The Hobart Art Theater (230 Main St.) in downtown Hobart, IN. This very special concert performance will be a triple themed event as it celebrates the physical release of their new record album (on both CD and Vinyl LP), the group's return to live performing, and it has also been announced as the FIRST performance of what will mark the official "M&R RUSH 50th Anniversary Tour -- 1973-2023". Special guest that night is Hobart's own rising young rockers The Geddy Trezak Band.M&R RUSH followed in the wake of their Roseland neighborhood friends, STYX, often opening shows for STYX in the early years. In 1979, WLUP-FM aka "The Loop" radio in Chicago chose the song "Rock & Roll Chicago," for their first hometown album. "Rock & Roll Chicago" became a #1 hit on the station's play list that summer, and continues to be heard on Chicagoland radio stations. A series of six more albums followed and now comes a new label deal with Color Red Records, spanning the first new M&R RUSH vinyl in decades -- "Good-Bye City Lights."
  • "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" welcomes Southern California singer/songwriter Karla Bonoff to talk about her career, her upcoming recording plans, and the current tour that brings her to Chicago's City Winery.Born and raised in California, Bonoff started playing piano and guitar in her early teens and eventually paired up with her sister Lisa for open mic nights at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles.The Troubadour is where she met and made friends with a "Who's Who" of future California music legends like Andrew Gold, Jackson Brown, Linda Ronstadt, J.D. Souther, Kenny Edwards, Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Timothy B. Schmidt and many others, who would eventually become part of the musical dream team for her recording sessions, songwriting projects, and touring. Tonight, Karla will talk about working with those folks and what that scene was like from an insider's perspective.Karla's original songs have been recorded by many artists over the years, including Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt and Wynonna Judd.
  • "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" welcomes Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken to talk about the New Jersey group's history, the newly released "LOST ALBUM," and their upcoming show at Chicago's City Winery on November 2nd, 2022.Known for such popular radio songs as "Blood & Roses", "A Girl Like You", "Only A Memory", "Behind The Wall Of Sleep", and "Strangers When We Meet" The Smithereens have continued to tour with three original members (guitarist Jim Babjak, drummer Dennis Diken and bassist Mike Mesaros) despite the unfortunate death in 2017 of founding lead singer, songwriter, guitarist Pat Dinizio.The band’s lead singer for many of their live concerts, including this show, is another noteworthy veteran of the power-pop scene, MARSHALL CRENSHAW, known for having his own his own noteworthy recording and film career, along with scoring a 1982 Top 40 hit with "Someday, Someway". Marshall carries on the tradition and high standards the band have set for themselves and for their fans over the years.Tune in on the dial or stream it live in real time at: www.lakeshorepublicradio.org.
  • "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" welcomes Chicago blues guitar great Ronnie Baker Brooks.A legacy artist, as the eldest son of blues guitar icon Lonnie Brooks, blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Ronnie Baker Brooks has carved out an incredible career and legacy of his own since going solo in 1998. After years of playing in his father's band alongside such mega-guitar talents as Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and B.B. King, to name but a few. Ronnie in an important part of the new wave of Chicago Blues and will impress.
  • Tyler broke out big in 2013 when at the tender age of 14, she released a duet with her dad of the old Kenny Rogers/Patty Smyth single, "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough," which received considerable country radio airplay. She'll likely bust that one out during Friday's concert, along with her 2018 solo radio hit, "Perfect."Tritt tours with a full band and is treating her audiences to some of the newer songs she is currently in the process of recording. The plan is to release a series of digital singles, before gathering up the best of them for a physical CD.
  • Northwest Indiana-born and Chicago-based R&B singer, songwriter and band leader ROBBY CELESTIN is the in-studio musical guest on this week's "Midwest BEAT."
  • Singer and songwriter Brigitte Purdy is based in Los Angeles where she hosts Brigitte hosts her own Los Angeles-based blues radio program "Ms. Purdy's Traveling Blues Show". She also produces and hosts a blues artist interview podcast called, "Purdy Amazing People."Songs from her albums and a few brand new numbers will be featured during this program as Ms. Purdy talks with Tom Lounges about the latest projects in her life and the three live shows that bring her back to the Midwest. Brigitte has performed with many top name artists over the years, including singing back up for rock legends Paul Rodgers and The Who.
  • Tom chats with Jett Beres of Gainesville, Florida's Sister Hazel.The interview will cover various aspects of the band's lengthy career, since Jett has been a member since the band's 1993 inception.Sister Hazel have been hailed as "one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years" by Performing Songwriter Magazine.The group have had chart success with a variety of songs on various charts, ranging from Country, to Indie-Pop, to Alternative. Among their best known songs are: "All for You," "Change Your Mind," "Happy, " “Mandolin Moon,” “Champagne High,” and "Roll On Bye."
  • WENDY DIO -- widow of late great metal singer RONNIE JAMES DIO -- has been interviewed numerous times by show host Tom Lounges over the years. The longtime wife and manager of the late heavy metal icon, Wendy recently co-authored the 2022 biographical book "DIO: Rainbow In the Dark," and is also the executive producer of the soon to be released documentary, "DIO: Dreamers Never Die."For this special program about the making of the documentary, Wendy is joined by the film's co-producers/co-directors Don Argott and Demian Fenton. The three discuss "Dreamers Never Die," a career-spanning documentary on the life and times of the legendary heavy metal superstar.“DIO: Dreamers Never Die” explores Dio’s incredible career with his early bands, to his days in Elf and Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, to replacing Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, and finally cementing his status as a legendary metal icon with his own band, DIO. The film incorporates never-before-seen footage, personal photos, and scenes with his closest peers, family, and friends, including Wendy Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Glenn Hughes, Vinny Appice, Lita Ford, Rob Halford, Sebastian Bach, Eddie Trunk, and Jack Black.
  • Two key members of hard rock supergroup THE DEAD DAISIES -- GLENN HUGHES (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion) and DOUG ALDRICH (Dio, Whitesnake) will talk with show host/producer Tom Lounges about their personal journey through the music business, The Dead Daisies group history, and the band's new 2022 album "RADIANCE."Selections songs from that new Dead Daisies album will be played during the program. The Dead Daisies are currently on tour promoting the new release.