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  • The Ides of March are the longest running Chicago rock group still able to boast of having all of its original founding members - Larry Millas (guitar/vocals), Bob Bergland (bass), Mike Borch (drums) and Jim Peterik (guitar/lead vocals) - dating back to 1964. Scott May (keys/vocals) who joined in 1989 rounds out the band.This broadcaster will serve as the evening's bell jingling, red-nosed stage emcee on Friday. So get a sneak peek at what's in store for this rockin' holiday special event. Tickets & More: www.brickartlive.com.Keep up with the iconic group at: www.theidesofmarch.com.
  • Join Chef Nick as he has the great people over aat Anderson Winery out of Valparaiso, Indiana on this special episode of Let's Eat.
  • Chicagoland songwriter and recording artist Dave Rudolf will tonight from 7-8pm on 89.1-FM Lakeshore Public Radio's weekly "Midwest BEAT" radio program. Selections from Rudolf's two newest albums released via indie label, Moneytree Records.Selections from each of those two albums -- "Traditional" and "Sit Down, Take A Number" -- will be spotlighted on the program. Rudolf will perform a song or two live in studio with accompaniment by instrumentalist John Chorney.The very latest of the two new releases - "Sit Down, Take A Number" - is a 16-song collection and is the 41st career album by this veteran Chicago troubadour, who crosses styles and genres with tremendous ease. One will hear that first hand as songs from these two back to back albums are far removed frm each other musically.Keyboardist/organist John Chorney who joins us in studio for this live broadcast is a frequent session player and collaborator of Rudolf.Other local luminaries who appear on this album, include region talents who are well known to Midwest BEAT listeners, such as blues guitarist Jack Whittle, violinist Al Joseph, trumpeter Tim Bales (of Ides of March), and vocalist Lauren Dukes.Read more about Dave and his music at: www.daverudolf.com.
  • MUSICAL GUEST: LOWERTOWNGuest Host: Rockin' Riley MummeyCalling in to chat will be Lowertown -- a fresh young international music duo who are performing with red hot pop sensation BEABADOOBEE on November 29th at The Riveria Theater in Chicago.Lowertown members -- Olive Osby and Avsha Weinbert --create music with moody aesthetics, vulnerable lyrics, and grungy soundscapes. Their latest album is "I Love To Lie" on Dirty Hit Records.Joining show host Tom Lounges in studio to add her own youthful perspective to this interview will be Riley Mummey, the manager and "new music" buyer of The Record Bin in Hobart, IN.
  • 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."
  • Join Chef Nick as he the nice folks down at Litehouse Whole Food Grill to talk about their amazing combination of health and delicious food.
  • "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.