Hard Rock Casino updates free weekend event schedule through January

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7th Heaven plays on the Hard Rock Cafe stage in Gary, IN. (Photo provided)
Information provided by Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana

GARY, Ind. (December 26, 2021) – Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana is continuing to host free performances through January 2022. A full list of the acts is included below:

Friday, 12/31/2021

DJ Jesse De La Pena – Council Oak Bar Stage – 9 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 – 8:30 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.

Sugar Ray – Hard Rock Café Stage – 10:45 p.m.

  • Sugar Ray is an American rock band formed in Newport Beach, California, in 1986. Originally playing heavier nu metal style music, the band achieved mainstream popularity in 1997 with their more pop-influenced single “Fly”.

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Saturday, 1/1/2022

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 other talented artists.

BBI – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Energizing audiences around the globe with their appeal, BBI is nonetheless a regional band. BBI possesses a spirit that cuts across ages, races and backgrounds. Great songs, an unforgettable stage show, and being well dressed are among the crowd-pleasing aspects of the band.

Friday, 1/7/2022

Mike Wheeler Band – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 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.

Keith Jackson & The Triple Dose Band – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Keith Jackson — first cousin to the renowned Jackson family — is also from Gary, IN. Keith Jackson and the Triple Dose Band began 14 years ago, and have performed throughout Chicago and Northwest Indiana playing Reggae, Motown, R&B, Funk.

Saturday, 1/8/2022

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 other talented artists.

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, 1/14/2022

Mike Wheeler Band – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 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.

Cowboy Jukebox – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Cowboy Jukebox is Chicago’s 5-piece country rock party band and plays country music for people who love country music and for people who hate it. The band plays top 40s country of the decades as well as a few surprises from the Pop Billboard charts all the way to hits of the 90s and 2000s.

Saturday, 1/15/2022

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 other talented artists.

The Breakfast Club – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • The Breakfast Club is the longest running, most recognized 80s tribute band in the United States. Formed in 1993, the group was the first of its kind. The mission was simple: create an entertainment group that embodied the enigmatic, creative, and buoyant spirit of music and live performances of the original MTV generation of the 1980s. That mission remains today.

Friday, 1/21/2022

Mike Wheeler Band – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 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.

Boy Band Review – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Boy Band Review is a premier boy band tribute show. Bringing full production lights, video, choreography, harmonies, and energy, Boy Band Review has captured the hearts of fans with their boy band shows that transport audience members back in time to the days of frosted tips and hunky frontmen professing their undying love. Boy Band Review shows are an incredible throwback experience where fans relive great years.

Saturday, 1/22/2022

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 other talented artists.

7th Heaven – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • 7th Heaven is a Pop Rock band from the Chicagoland area. 7th heaven started in 1985 and is one of the biggest and busiest indie bands in the world. The band has released over 800 original songs.

Friday, 1/28/2022

Mike Wheeler Band – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 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.

Mr. Blotto – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Mr. Blotto is Chicago’s Original Jam Band, with 30 years as a non-stop touring band and over a dozen albums and nearly 4,000 concerts under their belt. Generational audiences are engaged and surprised constantly as the band breaks down norms and expectations by playing surprise albums in their entirety, or voyaging on complex musical odysseys. Mr. Blotto made it through the rough-and-tumble music world as survivors that now share their professional experience and creativity in every show.

Saturday, 1/29/2022

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 other talented artists.

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.

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

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