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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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  • Tonight was fun as my friend Marco Villarreal --- a most amazing guitarist and multi-Instrumentalist -- joined me as a special guest on tonight's "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" program. The weekly celebrity interview program is broadcast Tuesdays on Lakeshore Public Radio.Join Marco and I tomorrow (Wednesday) at Montego Bay Grille in downtown Hobart for our 6pm "Guitar Speak", an entertaining and educational gathering for guitar students and players of all ages and all skill levels. Learn from one of the Midwest's best.Everyone is welcome. Free admission, full cash bar and a full menu is served.
  • An iconic entertainer, TONY ORLANDO, has been in show business since the age of 15, as a songwriter, producer, record label executive, television variety host and hit-making recording artist with 19 Top 40 charted singles, including three Top 5 hits --"Candido," "Knock Three Times," "Sweet Gypsy Rose," "He Don't Love You Like I Love You," and his internationally famous signature song, "Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ol' Oak Tree."Currently back on the road and touring with his good friend and fellow show biz legend WAYNE NEWTON, the entertainment duo which Orlando describes as "the last of the old school Vegas-style acts still on the road," will be performing this Saturday at The Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana.Tonight, I talk with Orlando about his fabulous 64-year career in the entertainment business -- on stage, on television, and behind the scenes. Some of our chat will including his sharing some very unique stories about some of his biggest hits, the impact that "Tie A Yellow Ribbon" has had on American veterans over the decades, and how he has "backed into" some of the biggest breaks of his career.
  • Singer/Songwriter Peter Case calls in while on the road promoting his new solo album "Doctor Moan"
  • Goodrich will be speaking and performing Saturday, April 15th at Merrillville Public Library on U.S. 30, as the guest of honor at the "Lake County Public Library Foundation's Annual Literary Tea" at 1:00pm CentralThe multi-skilled CORY GOODRICH is the celebrity guest this evening on 89.1-FM for Lakeshore Public Radio's weekly celebrity interview/music program, "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges."Goodrich is a five-time Jeff Awards nominee who has performed on top theater stages across the Midwest, along with appearing in such hit television series as, "Chicago Fire."Goodrich is a accomplished and successful book author, who has also released several albums spanning various musical genres, including children's, holiday, and folk music.
  • Performing at HOBART ART THEATER on Saturday, APRIL 8th @ 7:30-9:00pm. Doors Open: 6:30pm.New Jersey native BRET ERNST plays the popular reoccurring character of Louie LaRusso (aka Cousin Louie) on the hit Netflix television series, "Cobra Kai."Along with having a successful acting career, Ernst is currently ranked as one of the nation's fastest rising young stand-up comics in American, and is considered by both his peers and the entertainment media at large, to be one of the best comedians currently doing stand up.Known for hot topic material and his savvy street style, Ernst often hits nerves with his original comedy bits in ways most modern comedians shy away from in the world's now uber-sensitive society. Ernst's comic skills have earned him appearances on Showtime's "Weeds," Kevin Hart's "One Mic Stand," and Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," among others.Northwest Indiana comedy fans can catch BRET ERNST LIVE on SATURDAY, APRIL 8th at The Hobart Art Theater (233 Main St.) in downtown Hobart, IN. Opening the show is Chicago comedian, Abi Sanchez. More at: www.brickartlive.com.
  • Tune in tonight for Tom 's interview with QUEENSRŸCHE'S guitarist and co-founding member MICHAEL WILTON, and hear several songs from their sixteenth and latest studio album -- "DIGITAL NOISE ALLIANCE. " The recently released album features 11 brand new original songs, plus a unique cover of a classic and surprising '80s radio hit, given the special Queensryche treatment.Be sure to catch Queensrÿche live in concert as the "Digital Noise Alliance Tour" makes stops tomorrow (March 29th at Clyde Theater in Fort Wayne, IN), on Friday (March 31st at Concord Music Hall in Chicago), and on Saturday, April 1st (at The Intersection in Grand Rapids, Michigan).More info on the dates and all things Queensrÿche at: www.queensrycheofficial.com
  • Former NWI musician LuBecke returns for his first local live performances in over a decade this month, to visit some old haunts and showcase the music from his recent solo albums. After playing with AC/DC the tribute Bonfire and Allman Brothers tribute Eat A Peach for decades, LuBecke was the driving force of the original recording groups Hogtown Packing Co. and Hyper Tribe, before relocating to Florida in 2011.Once in the sunshine state, he formed the band, LÜBECK, and has performed regularly at places like Gloria Estefan's, Disney Springs, Hard Rock Daytona and other resorts all over Florida. Show host/producer Tom Lounges will chat up with Michael LuBecke and spotlight some of his new songs for Lakeshore listeners.
  • Performing at Hard Rock Casino on March 17th on his "Trouble Is...25th Anniversary Tour"Kenny Wayne Shepherd -- guitarist, singer, and songwriter -- is well into his second decade as a recording/touring artist, a career that began when he was just 17. He was heralded as a child prodigy for the first few years and quickly outgrew that description to become one of the premier blues guitarists of his generation.Shepherd has sold millions of albums worldwide, received five Grammy nominations, taken home two Billboard Music Awards, and assorted other awards and accolades, while charting nine #1 blues albums and a string of #1 mainstream rock singles. Shepherd recently re-recorded his break-through album "Trouble Is..." with the same basic line-up of players and production folks, only with a hind-sight of 25 years.Shepherd talks with show host/producer Tom Lounges about his long musical journey, touring with Bob Dylan, some great advice from Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the approach taken while re-making the landmark "Trouble Is..." album. Kenny Wayne Shepherd performs at Hard Rock Casino on March 17th.
  • The three members of Ocean's "RAT PACK" -- Tony Ocean, Elliot Wimbush and Bill Serritella -- guest on this edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges," as they prepare to bring a touch of old Vegas -- the smoky gin joints, the saloons, and early casinos -- to historic downtown Hobart, IN.
  • Demotte, Indiana native RYAN NIEMILLER pursued his dream of being a comedian to Los Angeles upon graduating high school.Despite being born with a disability in both arms, Ryan Niemiller, the self-proclaimed “Cripple Threat of Comedy” was a finalist on the hit TV series "America's Got Talent" (Season #14) and since 2019, has found success through national touring at comedy clubs, college campuses, and concert halls with a routine built upon his unique views of the world from the perspective of the handicapped.Niemiller finds humor in his observations of living and succeeding in a world not designed for him, as he tackles the issues in a way that makes you think while laughing. Even his brand logo reflects his disability and was inspired by a bit he used to do about how he isn't good at making shadow puppets. I discuss the logo during the interview and Ryan tells the story, so please include the logo in any promotional postings.His very cool logo is a parody of the Jurassic Park logo. Ryan Niemiller performs at Hobart Art Theater on March 11th.