It has been a long time since I posted on this blog site. It is difficult to corral the music scene in area code 219. Everyone has their view how it should be done. Each with a promising start. Some die off (like this site), some go stagnate (like this site), while others seem to have the horsepower to endure.
Still, the music scene (and art scene) grows, thanks to all of you who support the dripping talent of NW Indiana. We have bands that have been strong and are staying strong, like the Corey Dennison Band with ties to NW Indiana, and Funky MojoDaddy of NW Indiana. We have the powerhouse, The Steepwater Band who have some roots in NW Indana as well. We have the up and coming Marrakesh Express ⁓ a CSNY Experience. Of course there are many more.
My recommendation is to pick a band, or several bands that you like, "like" their Facebook page, and follow them. Support them. Let them know how important they are to you. In my photography experience when I connect with a band during the photography, they also connect with me. We feed off each other, powering each other with a vibe that heightens our experience. Something that we want to have every time we perform. Dance, cry, clap, sing along, and most of all show your enjoyment, for the band will see that and reciprocate.
The up and coming band I see at the moment is Marrakesh Express. They just played at Three Oaks and blew the roof off. I believe they are just getting started. Each of these individuals have their own art form that is just now coming out. Yes they are a band. Just as much as a yes, they are individuals working toward perfection, and they still want to raise the bar of joy and entertainment. So go check them out when you get a chance.
Support for local music mostly comes from Tom Lounges. He is hosting two weekly interview programs on his show "Midwest Beat with Tom Lounges" at the Lakeshore Public Radio station on 89.1 FM. Tuesdays from 7-8 PM, and Friday afternoon from 12-2 PM. There is also Tom Lounges' Record Bin located in Hobart. Here you not only can buy vinyl, you can catch some live music every Sunday from 4-6 PM. (218 Main St., Hobart, IN, 219.943.9511 . . . looking for a turntable too, this is the place)
Right next to the Tom Lounges' Record Bin is the Hobart Art Theater. This is not just a movie theater, it is also a music venue, and an up and coming one at that. I really enjoy the sound there (though some musicians believe the stage sound needs improvement). I believe it is well worth supporting this venue.
New NW Indiana scene music support is coming from NWI Jam. Check it out. This can be another source for upcoming music events in our area. You may see some cross posts from the two of us in the future.
Let us not forget about our NW Indiana Rock 'n Rollers. Join the membership and find out what is happening as well.
So yes, I have been slack on this blog site, concentrating on My NW Indiana and More site. I will spend some more time here, first updating, then maintaining. Any recommendations you have on 219 bands and venues to list please let me know. I will also try to visit them as well.
The 219 Music t-shirts did not go over well. Took a loss on that one. I ended up giving many of the shirts that did not sell to the Paul Henry's Thursday Night Jam to give away to those who came. You can find more on venue at my StreetPhoto.ME site, near the bottom of the page.
I believe It's Just Serendipity has a couple shirts left for you to buy if you are interested.
Keep On Truck'n!