Disraeli Gears is the name of one of the most iconic Cream albums of all time, and it also is the name of a local NWI band that faithfully recreates the classic rock psychedelic sounds of Cream, Blind Faith, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and more.
The band was formed back in 2014 when Kofi Baker, son of legendary rock drummer moved to the NWI area. Baker has been performing throughout the world in various projects, but got together with a couple of great local musicians Brett Galvan (Bass/Vocals) and Zeke Rongers (Guitar/Vocals) to form the band which takes you back to this special era of music. Baker (Drums) drives the sound of this band as Galvan and Rongers are a formidable front to bring the vocals and guitars alive.
The band is tightly woven and provide a high energy experience that will take you back to psychedelic era of music. The band will be making a special appearance at the 7th annual LIVIN’ IT UP Music Festival British Invasion II on July 9th at Zao Island in Valparaiso, IN to benefit Porter County Special Olympics. Music starts at 2 pm and the band will go on around 7 pm.
Galvan stated “We will put on a great show and rock hard for Special Olympics”. For more information on the band and future performances go to www.facebook.com/ddisraeligears.
TOWNSHIP TRAIN WRECK
Township Train Wreck is a NWI band that formed back in 2012 and is definitely not a wreck. They came together when Chesterton’s Tommy Thompson(Guitars/Vocals) started sitting in with a local three piece known as Radioville Diamond which included Lance Hodge(Vocals/Guitar), Jim Little (Drums) and Clint Slatcoff (Bass).
The band focuses primarily on original music. Their debut album “Under Steam” was recently released and is a refreshingly different sound that pulls you in from the first song to the last. When they do perform covers they are usually somewhat obscure and interpreted in the Train Wreck’s own style. All four members are passionate about a wide-ranging eclectic catalogue of music. As a result, their sound encompasses everything from bluegrass, to outlaw country, to psychedelic, to rock.
The band has a collaborative approach to writing music with Jim Little doing the lyrical heavy lifting. “Under Steam” was recorded with engineer, John Hehman, at Bang Studios in Chesterton. The band will be appearing on the Livin’ It Up Radio show on 103.1 WVLP in Valparaiso, Indiana at 7pm on July 27.
Jerod Bolt is a country music singer/songwriter from the Midwest and currently calls NWI home. In 2015 after a stint in the United States Marine Corps he decided to give music everything he had to chase the dream of being a professional musician.
He started out as a percussionist then one day decided to pick up the guitar and has not looked back since. Bolt stated, "It was like one day I woke up and sat on the edge of my bed and took a look at my life and thought about how I never really pushed myself hard enough to see where it could all end up ya know?"
Growing up on farm gave him a great work ethic and the country roots needed to feed his songwriting abilities and start him on the path towards recording original songs. Bolt is preparing to move forward with a 6 song EP which will be coming out soon. His high energy performances and catchy songs deliver what country music fans are wanting to hear. For more information go http://www.reverbnation.com/jerodbolt or www.facebook.com/jerodbolt.
He will be the in studio musical guest on August 17 on the Livin’ It Up Radio show on 103.1 FM WVLP in Valparaiso, Indiana at 7 pm.
The Picks are a band from NWI that plays a huge variety of music from classic rock to all the hits of today. The band formed in 2014 and have been playing throughout the region since. Their mix includes classic rock, 80’s pop, 90’s alternative, country and metal.
You never know what they will play next, but they aim to please their audience. The band members are Jack Cunningham (vocals/guitar), Lewis Rea (lead guitar), Josh Hancher (bass) and Jason Martin (drums). The band can be heard every 2nd & 4th Saturday at the Track Lounge in Crown Point, Indiana.
They have a busy schedule in July. On July 4th, they will be playing on the Track Lounge float in the Crown Point Parade. July 7th & 8th at Pheasant Valley Steakhouse in Crown Point, Indiana. July 14th has them at St. George Greek Fest in Schererville, Indiana. July 22nd at the Track Lounge in Crown Point, Indiana, and July 28th at 95ate5 (Solo Acoustic) in St. John, Indiana.
Cunningham stated “They say you can’t please everyone but The Picks usually do”. For more information on the bands future whereabouts go to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thepicksband.
Nomad Planets are a local rock band that are veterans of the NWI music scene. Nomad Planets have recorded and released four originals albums - “The Indestructible Drop”, “Edge Of Time”, “You're Never Lost Until You Panic” and “Corrugated Smile” - on the band's own imprint, The Fairbanks Label. Their music has garnered much attention throughout the country on numerous radio stations.
The band was formed when Mark Mybeck (Guitars/Vocals) and Phil Rapchak (Bass) who have been playing together for over twenty years got together with John Carpenter (Guitars/Vocals), with whom the two had formed a creative connection and friendship from their time recording in his Thunderclap Recording studio in Hammond, Indiana. Terry Boylan (Drums) and Chris Ussury (Keyboards) were brought in to round out the current band lineup.
Nomad Planets have shared the stage with Styx, The Steepwater Band, .38 Special, Bettie Serveert, Richard Buckner, and Jon Langford. The band’s live sound is an eclectic mix of Americana, Classic Rock, Folk and pop. The band will be playing July 15 at the Rockopelli Festival in Highland, Indiana and for the 18th straight year they will be playing at the Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana on July 28. For more information on upcoming events go to www.nomadplanets.com or at www.facebook.com/nomadplanets. Photo credit to Wesley Bushby.
Gato is an up and coming NWI band making a name for themselves on the local music circuit. The band provides an eclectic mix of blues, rock and county tunes in their set list. They can be described somewhat of a jam band as they include quite a few songs by the Grateful Dead in their unique repertoire. Gato will take you deep into covers that are not normally heard providing the listener a break from the standards that are so often overplayed.
The band is made up of local musicians Darren Grigsby (guitar/vocals), Rocco Labriola (pedal steel), Danny Moore (bass/vocals) and Kevan Watson (drums). They are currently working on originals songs to be released sometime in the near future. Gato brings a fresh take to songs with their unique blend of music which is well worth the trip to see them perform.
You can check them out at Leroy’s Hotstuff in Porter, Indiana on July 15 at 9 pm. The band will also be visiting the WVLP studio on September 28. For more information on upcoming events go www.facebook.com/gato.
DESIGNING THE FLAW
Designing The Flaw is a metal band from the NWI region that formed back in the beginning of 2013. They have accomplished quite a bit in this time and have built a loyal fan base throughout the Midwest. The group has played over 80 shows including opening for acts such as Sepultra, Unearth, Michael Angel Batio and Eddie Trunk form VH 1’s “That Metal” show.
In 2015 the band released their first 6-song EP which was self-produced. The band has had some line-up changes in the past couple of years with the founding member “Metal Bear” Bradshaw (guitars) adding Mike Phernetton (guitar), Andres Morales (bass) and Rob Sulicz (drums). Arson Willis was brought on as vocalist and the current line-up was solidified.
Unfortunately, after all their hard work the rigors of life have caught up with the band and they have announced their final show together on July 28 at Big Shots music venue in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at www.bigshotsmusicvenue.net. The band would like to thank everyone that has been a part of their journey and hopes to see them all at the final show. For more info on Designing the Flaw go to their Facebook page.
Chad Clifford is a very busy man. When he isn’t fronting the Crawpuppies or the Megabeatles, he is touring the local watering holes in NWI as a solo acoustic act. Playing a variety of covers and originals Clifford has a knack for engaging the audience during his performances.
When he isn’t performing somewhere in the region he is the owner of the iconic Front Porch Music store in Valparaiso, Indiana. Front porch is not only a music store with many of the great local musicians offering lessons, but it is also a quaint venue for many local and national acts to hone their skills and perform.
You can catch Him solo at Fair Oaks Farmhouse in Fair Oaks, Indiana on July 6 at 6pm, at Duffy’s in Valparaiso, Indiana on July 12 at 7 pm, Lake of The Four Seasons summer concert series on July 16 at 4 pm, Chad Clifford with Mike Curtis on July 20 in Dyer, Indiana at The White Rhino Bar & Grill, Valparaiso Farmer’s Market at 11 am on July 25, and at Tommy B’s Clubhouse in Valparaiso, Indiana on July 28 at 9 pm. You can also see him with the Crawpuppies opening for BUSH on July 20 in Hammond, Indiana at the Festival of the Lakes.
On July 30 beginning at 3 pm the 5th Annual Front Porch Music Festival takes place at Central Park in Downtown Valparaiso, Indiana. Many of the local artists who teach at the music store will be performing.
Tickets are $15. For more information go to www.frontporchmusic.com. It will be a party worth attending if you love music.