Hard Rock Casino updates free weekend event schedule through December

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Information provided by Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana

GARY, Ind. (November 17, 2021) – Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana is continuing to host free performances through the end of 2021. A full list of the acts is included below:

Friday, 11/19/2021

DJ Sandra Suave – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Sandra is an Open Format DJ who has rocked crowds at Cuban Fest, Backlot Bash, Chicago Pride Parade, Pride North Festival, My House Music Fest, Villapalooza, Logan Square Arts Festival, Northalsted Market Days, and The Writer’s Bench: Battle for The Eagle. She is a resident DJ on Vocalo Radio Chicago and the resident DJ at The Gwen Hotel’s Tipsy Tea Party.

Super Diamond – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

Saturday, 11/20/2021

DJ Sandra Suave – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Sandra is an Open Format DJ who has rocked crowds at Cuban Fest, Backlot Bash, Chicago Pride Parade, Pride North Festival, My House Music Fest, Villapalooza, Logan Square Arts Festival, Northalsted Market Days, and The Writer’s Bench: Battle for The Eagle. She is a resident DJ on Vocalo Radio Chicago and the resident DJ at The Gwen Hotel’s Tipsy Tea Party.

Mike Wheeler Band – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Mike Wheeler has a vast knowledge of music and a voice that’s reminiscent of the late Sam Cooke. From Jazz to Rock, from popular music to Top 40, he is a staple in the Chicago blues community. Mike plays and writes songs for a variety of Chicago artists including Nellie Tiger Travis, Peaches Staten, Sam Cockrell, Demetria Taylor, Big Ray & Cadillac Dave. Mike was inducted in the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2014.

Wednesday, 11/24/2021

DJ Maurice Joshua – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Maurice Joshua is a Grammy Award winning producer, songwriter, and DJ. Known as the Remix King, Maurice has worked with Beyoncé, Donald Lawrence, Mary Mary, Zhane, Yolanda Adams, Patti Labelle, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Mary J Blige, John Legend, and an endless list of superb talent.

The Spazmatics – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • The Spazmatics are renowned as “The Ultimate 80s New Wave Tribute”. The Spazmatics recapture all the best of the worst. Outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and style makes for an evening of energy and entertainment.

Friday, 11/26/2021

DJ Lil’ John – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • DJ Lil’ John is globally recognized for his remixes and production work during the 1990’s, but these days he has been making a name for himself in the world of commercial radio. On a daily basis, he supplies pre-recorded mini-mixes for Chicago’s Soul 106.3FM.

The Kinsey Report – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • The Kinseys arrived on the blues scene in 1985 with a winning formula, joining forces with their father to create a signature sound that mixed the traditional with the contemporary. Big Daddy’s rich baritone vocals, slide guitar, and harmonica playing reflected his Mississippi Delta roots, while the younger Kinseys added reggae, rock, gospel and soul to the mix.

Saturday, 11/27/2021

DJ Xavier – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Xavier is known as one of the pioneers of the Chicago House Music movement. He was honored to be named to the Architects of House as one of the 100 most influential DJs in the Chicago House Music scene between 1975 and 1995.

Run Forrest Run – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Run Forrest Run would like the 90s to bring their audiences joy. The band strives to put that joy to work, giving listeners the best 90s tribute in the Chicago area.

Friday, 12/3/2021

DJ Lori – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • A pioneer of the world’s first female DJs, DJ LORi has been spinning since 1985, carving a list of industry experiences in the field of radio, red carpet events, after-parties, private/corporate events and more. Earning multi-awards over the decades and DJing for celebrities, pro athletes, and rock stars are the highlights of her DJ career: NBA great Michael Jordan, LaRoyce Hawkins (Chicago PD), Hollywood actors Israel Idonije, Tasha Smith and Richard T. Jones, celebrity fashion TV host Clinton Kelly, Chicago Bears’ Dan Hampton, Maroon 5, cast of “Gossip Girls” and more.

Maggie Speaks – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Maggie Speaks is an internationally renowned cover band out of Chicago. Covering music from the 60’s through today, Maggie Speaks delivers a show that includes rock, top, Top 40 and more.

Saturday, 12/4/2021

Sydney Jay – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Sydney Jay was first recognized by Chicago’s top Hip-Hop and R&B station, 107.5 WGCI, at just 16 years of age. Sydney then progressed to the national stage to perform at the BET Awards Show and the NFL Draft. Recording credits include collaborations with Mayo, Jack Red, Eyrn Allen Kane, and superstar Chance The Rapper.

Ally Venable – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • With Heart Of Fire, Texas’s favourite new gunslinger Ally Venable is coming off the ropes of the pandemic swinging. Defying dark times and rolling up the amps, this fourth release from the acclaimed singer-songwriter is a record to rattle speakers and signpost better times ahead. “My vision was to really spread a positive message of love,” says Venable. “The world needs that right now.”

Friday, 12/10/2021

Brooklyn Britches and The Whispers – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Brooklyn Britches and The Whispers’ performances include old standards and modern songs with a slow, swanky twist. Upright bass (Martin Stonikas) and classic acoustic guitar (Charles Williams) underscore Brooklyn Britches’ smokey jazz vocals, completely engaging audiences in the present while simultaneously transporting them back to the golden age of jazz.

The Party Faithful – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • The Party Faithful features versatile and dynamic vocalists and is propelled by sizzling horns, and an unstoppable rhythm section. Together, this all-star ensemble rides a tidal wave of rock and rhythm, creating a fun stage show moving the audience song after song.

Saturday, 12/11/2021

DJ Maurice Joshua – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Maurice Joshua is a Grammy Award winning producer, songwriter, and DJ. Known as the Remix King, Maurice has worked with Beyoncé, Donald Lawrence, Mary Mary, Zhane, Yolanda Adams, Patti Labelle, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Mary J Blige, John Legend, and an endless list of superb talent.

Fletcher Rockwell – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • With classic Americana-tinged rock & roll steeped in the blue-collar charm of their hometown, Chicago’s Fletcher Rockwell has been building a loyal fanbase throughout the Midwest since 2009. While widely known for their original songs, the group is also revered for clever versions of the most popular cover music, spanning everything from vintage Tom Petty, Paul Simon, and Talking Heads to contemporary roots revivalists Chris Stapleton, Dawes, and Mumford & Sons.

Friday, 12/17/2021

Mike Wheeler Band – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

The Smiley Tillmon Band featuring Kate Moss – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Smiley knows how to have a good time and makes sure his audience does too. After 55 years on the local blues scene, Tillmon serves up the blues and soul standards that people never seem to stop craving, his rich vocals and fluid guitar backed by a band that keeps his grooves tight and right. He joined forces with bassist Tom Rezetko, and they’ve been inseparable onstage ever since. Kate Moss shares guitar duties with Tillmon. Drummer George Baumann completes one of the Windy City’s toughest blues combos.

Saturday, 12/18/2021

DJ Sandra Suave – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Sandra is an Open Format DJ who has rocked crowds at Cuban Fest, Backlot Bash, Chicago Pride Parade, Pride North Festival, My House Music Fest, Villapalooza, Logan Square Arts Festival, Northalsted Market Days, and The Writer’s Bench: Battle for The Eagle. She is a resident DJ on Vocalo Radio Chicago and the resident DJ at The Gwen Hotel’s Tipsy Tea Party.

Mike Wheeler Band – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

Friday, 12/24/2021

Gabe Schonman – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Gabe Schonman is an award-winning arranger and vocalist who was born and raised in Chicago and has dedicated every aspect of his life to music. With an impressive mix of hits from yesterday and today, his infectious energy, charm, and smooth vocals are sure to captivate an audience.

Mike Wheeler Band – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

Saturday, 12/25/2021

DJ Maurice Joshua – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Maurice Joshua is a Grammy Award winning producer, songwriter, and DJ. Known as the Remix King, Maurice has worked with Beyoncé, Donald Lawrence, Mary Mary, Zhane, Yolanda Adams, Patti Labelle, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Mary J Blige, John Legend, and an endless list of superb talent.

Sweet Diezel Jenkins – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Sweet Diezel Jenkins is like a great jukebox: Everything from old-school hip-hop and the MTV 90’s R&B classics — all mixed and mashed. With some classic rock and roll all the up to current Pop hits with Justin Timberlake and beyond.

Friday, 12/31/2021

DJ Jesse De La Pena – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Spinning records since 1985, DJ Jesse De La Pena’s roots can be traced to Chicago’s early B-Boy / Hip Hop scene (The Break-Dancing and Graffiti Art movement). Jesse helped lay the foundation for Chicago’s vibrant Hip-Hop scene through his weekly Hip Hop Club night “The Blue Groove Lounge” 1994-2003.

Run Forrest Run – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Run Forrest Run would like the 90s to bring their audiences joy. The band strives to put that joy to work, giving listeners the best 90s tribute in the Chicago area.

Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana is located at 5400 West 29th Avenue, Gary, IN.

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