Tom Lounges

Chicago-born singer, songwriter, producer and bestselling author Richard Marx released his latest single, “One Day Longer,” co-written by Keith Urban, last week. It’s the first of five country songs from Marx’s upcoming album and Shelter Records’ debut album, “Songwriter,” which will be released on September 30.

Although best known for his power pop ballads, Marx is no stranger to country music. He also co-wrote Keith Urban’s hit songs “Long Hot Summer,” “Everybody” and “Better Life,” as well as Kenny Rogers’ “Crazy” and “What About Me.”

“One Day Longer” is one of 20 songs on “Songwriter”, ranging from country and pop to rock and ballads. While some songs on the album were composed by Marx alone, collaborations make up the majority of the music, including co-writings that pair Marx with names like Burt Bacharach, Darius Rucker, David Hodges (ex-Evanescence) and Chris Daughtry, to name a few. The first single from the album was the pop song “Same Heartbreak Different Day”, co-written with her son Lucas Marx.

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Marx will embark on a tour of Europe next week in support of the new album, followed by a US tour that will bring him home for a trio of live performances nearby: October 20 at the Arcada Theater in St Charles, the October 21 show at the Des Plaines Theater in Des Plaines and on the Hoosier side of the state line on October 22 at the Blue Gate Performing Arts Center in Shipshewana. Full tour schedule and more:

Last summer, Marx released his memoir “Stories To Tell” (Simon & Schuster) chronicling the singer-songwriter’s life and career, which now spans more than four decades. “The Vault – Vol. 1” was also released last year, the first in a series of multi-part colorful vinyl EPs featuring never-before-seen demos and early tracks.

• Fresh off his recent string of live musical performances in England, where he played the famous Cavern Club among other notable musical venues, Chad Clifford of bands The Crawpuppies and Mega-Beatles will be tonight’s featured solo artist 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. :30 am for this week’s “Acoustic Thursday” series at the Montego Bay Grille (233 Main St.) in Hobart.

Known for his penchant for Beatles covers, expect to hear some Fabs on the set this evening, as well as stories from his visit to the UK, and covers from other artists and his own compositions. Clifford. More:

• The Hobart Art Theater (230 Main St.) in downtown Hobart remains dark on Saturday, but on Friday things will change with an 8 p.m. show by Van Halen tribute band JUMP, which focuses on the era David Lee Roth and material from the band’s first six albums. Tickets: $15.

Next weekend, former Poison (1991-1993) and Mr. Big (1999-2002) guitarist Richie Kotzen, currently frontman and guitarist for The Winery Dogs, will perform on August 26 with special guest John Corabi (ex-Motley Crue) . Then, on August 27, actor/musician/author Corey Feldman will bring his band to the old movie theater for a 7 p.m. show in support of his latest album, “Love Left 2: Arm Me With Love.” . Also on that bill are local bands Steel City Hearts and Synthetic Smile. Tickets start at $25. More:

• Acoustic music by Greg Guidotti is presented tonight in Northwoods Falls (8101 Wicker Ave.) from 7 to 10 p.m. On Friday, the groovy tunes of Kenny Kinsey’s Funky Mojo Daddy will rock the place. Saturday is the brassy sound of The Chicago Experience: A Tribute To Rock with Horns (, with special guest The Rak Brothers.

Sunday’s “Acoustic Matinee” performance features the trio of Chris Grove, Kenny Kinsey and Ryan Fraham. More: or 219-351-5148.

• “ROCK THE VETS” – a combination motorcycle race and post-ride concert is taking place at 912 Ave (202 W. Ridge Road) in Griffith this Saturday to raise awareness and funds for the Veterans Home of Indiana. The family event kicks off with race registration at 11 a.m. (crutches up at 1 p.m.) and costs $30 single / $35 double. The afterparty inside the venue starts at 4pm and features in order of performances – The Trista Mount Band, Misfit Toyz, Believer and The Honeydew Squeeze. More:

• The weekly Free Country Friday Concerts series at the Hard Rock Cafe Stage at the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana (5400 W. 29th Ave.) in Gary, continues Hillbilly Rockstarz blending various genres of popular music into a country music base.

Saturday is the sound of Detroit, as “Motor City: The Motown Revue” takes the stage to deliver an evening of hits from eight of the famed R&B label’s biggest artists – The Supremes, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, to name a few. Both are 9 p.m. shows and both are free.

Just Added: Northern Indiana’s Hard Rock Casino has announced a free 9 p.m. concert by national artist Sister Hazel on the Hard Rock Cafe stage. The September 23 performance will be part of the casino’s Free Country Friday Concerts series. More info on all shows at:

• Leroy’s Hot Stuff (333 Wt US 20) finds Marty Carr & The Drive releasing some bluesy rock covers on Friday. Guitarist and vocalist Carr – co-founder of iconic regional band Deep River Band, later renamed Shuddup & Drive – was on hiatus until recently. Janky Limo performs classic and modern rock covers in the cantina on Saturday. More: or 219-926-6211.

• Northwest Indiana country artist Nate Venturelli ( has shared the stages around Chicagoland with many notable country stars over the past year or so, and next will be opening for by international hit-maker Travis Tritt on Sunday at the Rialto Square Theater (102 N. Chicago St.) in Joliet. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at: $59. More:

• This Saturday at 7 pm, catch Kofi Baker’s Psychedelic Trip performing the music of Cream, Hendrix and other legends of the trippy side of classic rock at The Aftermath Cidery & Winery (15 N. Washington) in Valparaiso. More:

• The Lemmon Brothers are the star entertainment Friday for the Lowell Summer Celebration at First United Methodist Church (520 E. Commercial) in Lowell.

• Return to the glory days of the Matteson All-Stars this Saturday at Smokey Jo’s (475 W. Burrville Road) in Crete, as that band’s swing saxophonist Barry Sperti brings his current embodiment of the now jazzy-rock combo to the stage called simply, The All-Stars. More: 708-672-3383.

• The weekend begins tonight at Elements Wine Bar (23 Washington St.) in Valparaiso with a solo acoustic concert at 6 p.m. from blues-rock singer/songwriter Mike Gallemore. Friday’s musical offering is a 7 p.m. show by cover band Breezy Radio, followed Saturday by Nigel Mack & The Blues Attack at 7 p.m. More:

• Singer Amy McCormick and guitarist/singer Aaron Harris team up to do an acoustic show Friday at Highland’s R-Bar (9521 Indinapolis Blvd.) from 8-11 p.m. More: Find these two on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Valparaiso market (63 rue Lafayette) in Valparaiso.

• NWI singer-songwriters Kasim Whiting and Cody Peek team up for a Friday performance from 7-10:30 p.m. at one of Michigan City’s oldest pubs, The Ritz Klub Tavern (124 W. 4th St. ). More: 219-879-9956.

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