Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges

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

Longtime region radio and music scene icon Tom Lounges hosts this twice weekly program about music and the people who make it.   The talk/music format finds Lounges having interesting conversations with a wide variety of guest musicians, ranging from international legends to local talents on the rise.  Two new programs a week are produced -- a two hour afternoon edition on Fridays  (12:00-2:00pm Central) and an evening edition on Tuesdays at 7:00pm Central.  The Tuesday show repeats on Friday nights at 7:00pm

Among the national and internationally famous guests interviewed over the years by Tom Lounges on this Lakeshore Public Radio program are:  Paul Rodgers (Bad Company), Charlie Daniels, Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Ted Nugent, Rod Argent (The Zombies), The Moody Blues, The Ides of March, Jeff Daniels (actor/musician), Martina McBride, Ann Wilson (Heart), Wanda Jackson (Rockabilly Queen), Jimmy Fortune (The Statler Bros.), Elvin Bishop, David Sanborn, Mindi Abair, Richard Sterban & Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys, Dennis DeYoung (ex-Styx), Engelbert Humperdink, Boz Scaggs, Dave Alvin (The Blasters), George Thorogood, Coco Montoya, Joe Bonamassa, and hundreds of others.

Many regional and local guests are also invited to chat, perform and have their talents spotlighted on "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges".  Among those local talents recently featured are: Robert Rolfe Feddersen, Jerica Paliga, Jimmy Sarr, Jef Sarver, Nomad Planets, Echoes of Pompeii, Rocken Horse, Joseph Mojo Morganfield, Liz Mandeville, and Stop.Drop.Rewind.

All genres of music is covered — rock, blues, jazz and country — on this twice weekly celebrity interview program that really spotlights an artist and their music.   There are sometimes non-musician celebrities who pop up on the show as well, among those have been author James Patterson, voice actor Phil Proctor (of Firesign Theater), and various film and live theatre producers and actors.

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This MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES” originally aired on TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016

GUESTS:  OSCAR HAMOD of Oscar & The Majestics, SARAH DENTION of Radio Memories and KEVIN GARAGOSIAN of The Neverly Brothers

 

In-studio guests this installment of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” were OSCAR HAMOD of OSCAR & THE MAJESTICS and SARAH DENTON of RADIO MEMORIES.   Calling in by phone was  KEVIN GIRAGOSIAN of THE NEVERLY BROTHERS.

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on March 15, 2016

IN-STUDIO GUESTS:   Celtic-Americana Music Group SWITCHBACK

 

A special St. Patrick’s edition of  “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” was heard  this tonight as the internationally-popular Celtic-American group — SWITCHBACK — paid a visit as in-studio guests. 

 

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired March 22, 2016

IN-STUDIO GUEST:  Guitar Virtuoso MARCO VILLARREAL

 

Tonight’s edition of  “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” features in-studio guest MARCO VILLARREAL, an amazingly talented Northwest Indiana guitar virtuoso who began playing at age 15 and has never looked back.  

 

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on MARCH 8, 2016

 

GUEST:  Singer/Songwriter CARL GIAMMARESE of THE BUCKINGHAMS

 

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on MARCH 1, 2016 

GUESTS: CARLA COOKE, RHONDA ROSS & ROBYN CHARLES

TOPIC: “Living With A Legacy:  The Real Daughters of Rhythm & Blues “ 

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FEBRUARY 23, 2016 

Guest:  SHERYL YOUNGBLOOD & SAY YES! 

Topic: “The Evolution of Black Music: Motown to Funk “

  

For this fourth week of the “MIDWEST BEAT  Black History Month Series” the evolution of black music in America continues…

 

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FEBRUARY 16, 2016 

GUEST:  BILLY FOSTER -- Jazz Musician & Jazz Educator

Topic: “The Evolution of Jazz: Ragtime to Post-Bop & Cool Jazz “

 

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FEBRUARY 9, 2016 

GUEST: JOE LOUIS WALKER & BILLY SHELTON with THE SPANIELS FOREVER 

 

Topic: “The Evolution of Blues: Acoustic to Electric “

  

This “A LOOK AT THE ARTS/Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” aired on FEBRUARY  12, 2016

 

 

GUEST:  LLOYD PRICE – Music Icon & Author

 

 

February is Black History Month and many of Tom Lounges’ programs are embracing the black musical culture and the artists who have contributed to it over the years.

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on  FEBRUARY 2, 2016 

 

 BLACK HISTORY MONTH: A FIVE-PART SERIES: 

PART ONE:  SPIRITUALS, GOSPEL & DOO-WOP -- “THE EVOLUTION OF BLACK MUSIC IN AMERICA”

 

February is BLACK HISTORY MONTH.   Each February installment of “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges,” will be part of a month-long series with guest co-hosts and live performers as Tom Lounges spotlights the evolution of Black Music in America — progressing from early Spirituals to bass-slappin’ Funk.

 

by Rowland Scherman

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, January 26, 2016  

 

GUEST:  Singer/Songwriter STEVE FORBERT

 

This edition of “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” features musical guest STEVE FORBERT, who chats about his career, songwriting and his sixteenth and latest studio album, “COMPROMISED,” which is now available from Ridge Rock Records.   

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on JANUARY 19, 2016 

THE YEAR’S TOP REGIONAL ALBUMS SPOTLIGHTED!

Each  year Tom Lounges — host of Lakeshore Public Radio’s weekly “Midwest BEAT”interview/music program and long time music columnist/feature writer of The Northwest Indiana Times – reflects on the previous year’s crop of homegrown new album releases, and picks his personal Top 10 favorites.

 

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on January 12, 2016

TOM LOUNGES’ DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE

TONIGHT’S SHOW FEATURES BOWE’S MUSIC & CLIPS FROM HIS MIDWEST BEAT INTERVIEW with guest commentary from ’70 punk rock pioneer – JIM SKAFISH

 

This installment of “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” is a tribute to the late, great chameleon of rock ‘n ‘roll — DAVID BOWIE — who had died this week at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer.      

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on TUESDAY, JANUARY 5 @ 7pm CST

 

GUESTS:  The Cast of “THE SIGNAL: A Doo Wop Rhapsody”

featuring WILLIE ROGERS of The Soul StirrersBILLY SHELTON of The Spaniels & HENRY FARAG (of Stormy Weather), with SHERYL YOUNGBLOOD, LINDA WALLA, JOSIE ROGERS, GENE STEWART, WILTON CRUMP, PATRICK PITRE and WILTON CRUMP.

 

This “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on JANUARY 1, 2016 

“MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES”

Celebrating ELVIS' Legacy with  DJ FONTANA, DAN LENTINO & OMAR FARAG

 GUESTS:    DJ FONTANA, DAN LENTINO & OMAR FARAG

 

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES” originally aired on December 29, 2015 

“MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges”

Musical/Interview Guest:  CHARLIE DANIELS

 

Fresh from his 2015 U.S. tour that brought him to Hammond, Indiana’s “Festival of the Lakes” and Chicago’s Joe’s On Weed Street night club in 2015 — CHARLIE DANIELS — returns to guest on the weekly “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” radio program on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.

This edition of MIDWEST BEAT is a SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SHOW originally aired Christmas Day, DECEMBER 25, 2015

GREAT SEASONAL SONGS!   Blues, Country, Rock and Homegrown Artists playing tunes from the outer reaches of the Holiday Music Spectrum.    As those who regularly listen to “Midwest BEAT” and host Tom Lounges might expect, this is NOT your father’s Holiday Music program.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015 

“MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges”

Musical Guest: JOE BONSALL of the Oak Ridge Boys

 

This edition of MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015

“CHRISTMAS WITH THE NELSONS” RADIO SPECIAL

Special Guest: GUNNAR NELSON

TONIGHT  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2015 

A Celebration of EVA CASSIDY with guest Bill Straw”

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges,” shines a much deserved spotlight on a remarkable live performance from January 3, 1996 by one of the most gifted singers and song interpreters to ever step on a stage — the late EVA CASSIDY.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired Tuesday, December 1, 2015

“MIDWEST BEAT WITH TOM LOUNGES”

Musical Guest:  SUZY BOGGUSS

 

 

Suzy Bogguss is no stranger to National Public Radio, having made numerous appearances on the “A Prairie Home Companion” in recent years.   Here she guests on “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges,” to promote her newest album “Lucky” and her band’s “Swingin’ Little Christmas” tour.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges”  originally aired Tuesday, November 24, 2015

“MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges”

Musical Guests: Phil Miller, Bruce Chronister & others

 

The Thanksgiving “spirit” is based in celebrating and helping friends and neighbors.  Coming together, uniting to celebrate common bonds.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired Tuesday, November 17, 2015 

“MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges”

Live In-Studio Musical Guest: HARBOR LIGHTS

 

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015 

“MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges”

Musical Guest: WILLIE NILE

Musical guest for this edition of “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” was New York rocker WILLIE NILE – who honed his skills in the haunts of Greenwich Village,  rocked clubs like CBGB’s and signed his first international record deal in 1980.

 

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 2015

 

GUEST:  Guitarist Chris Bolint

 

Fans of rock guitar heroes are well advised to tune in this evening for a real treat!

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