Hard Rock Casino releases performance schedule through February

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Skillet is coming to Hard Rock Northern Indiana in February 2023. (Photo provided)
Information provided by Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana

GARY, Ind. (December 6, 2022) – December, January, and February at Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana will see a wide variety of acts come to the venue’s three performance stages.

Friday, 12/9/2022

Dave Specter – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Dave Specter has earned an international reputation as one of the premier talents on the Chicago music scene. Since 1985 Specter has performed regularly at top Chicago venues in addition to clubs, festivals, and concert halls throughout the USA, as well as countless venues globally. Dave was inducted into The Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2018.

War Hippies featuring Scooter Brown – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • After more than four years, two tours overseas with one tour of combat in Iraq as a United States Marine, Scooter Brown traded his guns in for guitars and hit the road. ​War Hippies featuring Scooter Brown was formed and began playing mainly in and around Houston, Texas. They have toured North America and opened for some of their biggest influences including Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakam, Lee Roy Parnell and the Marshall Tucker Band. Two members having served in the military, they dedicate significant time doing work for Veteran Support Organizations like Base Camp 40 — Warriors in the Wild, Lone Survivor Foundation, and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.

Saturday, 12/10/2022

Serenade featuring Eric Benét and Donell Jones – Hard Rock Live – 7 p.m.

  • From barefoot dreadlocked troubadour to suave standard-bearer for contemporary R&B, Eric Benét may have changed his look, but one thing has remained consistent: his dedication to crafting authentic music that engages the soul. American Music Award Winner, Donell Jones is a renowned R&B vocalist, songwriter, and producer. Tickets are $67.50 and up and Ticketmaster.com.

Old Grand Dad – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Old Grand Dad is an ethylene-soaked trio from Chicago, Illinois. Bred for rockabilly, these freaks have started sneakin’ out by the light of the moon to taste the rest of the “Devil’s music.” California bass man Cody “Goose” Siragusa and Hoosier drummer deluxe Danny Lee Beasley shared a love of the old man’s music and a serving job in Wrigleyville; enough said. Their duet turned trio with guitarist and North Avenue homeboy Colin Brennan, a bastard of city and country but Irish enough to break a string each night. Road tested and dancer approved, OGD is an all-singing, all-writing, washer pitchin’ electric hayride on fire. BYO Fireworks. Goose handles the matches.

Ivy Ford – Hard Rock Cafe Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Ivy Ford, is a singer, musician, and entertainer. Waukegan born and raised, at 26 she is quite the up-and-coming artist of the Chicago blues and live music scene. Ivy Ford started performing live with Kenosha-based band The Real Deal at 13, and since then continues to nurture her musical calling. She plays piano, alto saxophone, drums, bass guitar, and guitar which are primarily self-taught. In late 2012, Ford joined a local blues band which in time evolved into Ivy Ford and The Cadillacs. In January of 2015, Ivy Ford opened for the legend Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago and continues to share the stage with Chicago blues hall of famers J.B. Ritchie, Joe Moss, Toronzo Cannon, and Tom Holland.

Friday, 12/16/2022

Nora Jean Wallace – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • If Nora Jean Wallace were described in one word, that word would be “love.” “I love to share the love God put in me … I love to express my story in [the] songs of my life,” she said. And when asked why she recorded Good Blues, her new CD, there was that word again: “I put in my songs what is inside of me: love.”

Simply the Best: A Tribute to Tina Turner – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Fronted by Chicago artist Elisa Latrice, this high energy show brings back the nostalgia of the Ike & Tina Revue, as well as Turner’s sizzling powerhouse presence as a solo act. Showcasing some of Chicago’s finest musicians and vocalists, this show will keep audiences moving as they are taken back to the early days of “Nutbush City Limits” to Turner’s legendary 80’s comeback hits.

Saturday, 12/17/2022

Laura Rain & The Caesars – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Detroit’s Laura Rain and the Caesars transform funky soul and R&B into their own unique vision. Inspired by the spirit of classic recordings of a bygone era, Laura Rain creates her own environment of expression with a powerful and soulful voice.

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

  • Mike Wheeler is a staple in the Chicago blues community and was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2014. From jazz to rock, from popular music to Top 40, Mike slides in and out of musical genres with sophistication, ease and indulgence.

Saturday, 12/18/2022

A Boy Band Christmas – Hard Rock Live – 7 p.m.

  • Join A Boy Band Christmas for a special evening of classic holiday songs & unforgettable hits. Featuring Jeff Timmons, Drew Lachey, & Justin Jeffre (98 DEGREES), Jamie Jones (ALL-4-ONE), Erik-Michael Estrada (O-TOWN), and Ryan Cabrera. Tickets online at Ticketmaster.com.

Friday, 12/23/2022

Ivy Ford – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Ivy Ford, is a singer, musician, and entertainer. Waukegan born and raised, at 26 she is quite the up-and-coming artist of the Chicago blues and live music scene. Ivy Ford started performing live with Kenosha-based band The Real Deal at 13, and since then continues to nurture her musical calling. She plays piano, alto saxophone, drums, bass guitar, and guitar which are primarily self-taught. In late 2012, Ford joined a local blues band which in time evolved into Ivy Ford and The Cadillacs. In January of 2015, Ivy Ford opened for the legend Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago and continues to share the stage with Chicago blues hall of famers J.B. Ritchie, Joe Moss, Toronzo Cannon, and Tom Holland.

Serendipity – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Serendipity is a pop/rock band from the Chicago suburbs most notable for playing a combination of popular 60s, 70s and 80s covers as well as current pop hits at events all over the Chicagoland area. Serendipity has been seen and heard on live television, radio stations and commercials. They are well known for their high energy and great musicianship.

Saturday, 12/24/2022

Vino Louden – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Vino Louden is a Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Inductee born in the small town of Hayti, Missouri. Since fronting his own band, Vino Louden Band has played venues locally and abroad, including Buddy Guys Legends, Hollywood Bowl, Windy City Live, House of Blues, Chicago Theater, and in Brazil, France, and Japan. He has recorded with Jimmy Johnson, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Otis Clay, Martin Scorsese Film and his own CD Vino Louden Live. Vino also acts as the bandleader of the “the Queen of the Blues” Koko Taylor. Also, he has worked with acts such as John Lee Hooker, B,B, King, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Led Zeppelin, Jim Belushi and the Blues Brothers. Vino is currently preparing an acoustic/electric project.

Keith Jackson and The Triple Dose Band – Hard Rock Cafe Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Northwest Indiana is a known stomping ground for many highly acclaimed artists and “The Triple Dose Band” keeps that list going. Making their debut in 2001, these highly talented musicians met during a jam session in Hammond, Indiana. As a very versatile group, their performances lean towards the genre of variety music allowing them to satisfy the desires of all their listeners. The founder of “The Triple Dose Band”, Keith Jackson, first cousin to Michael Jackson, was greatly inspired by legendary artists such as: Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and many others. Such inspiration led to the song choice for the demo that was recorded live in a studio. Each member of the band has his own claim to fame.

Friday, 12/30/2022

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

  • Mike Wheeler is a staple in the Chicago blues community and was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2014. From jazz to rock, from popular music to Top 40, Mike slides in and out of musical genres with sophistication, ease and indulgence.

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

  • Bringing full production lights, video, choreography, harmonies, and energy, Boy Band Review has captured the hearts of fans with their #boyband shows that transport audience members back in time to the days of frosted tips and hunky frontmen professing their undying love. Bringing some sweet hip thrusts and air grabs performed “N SYNC”, Boy Band Review’s shows are a throwback experience where fans relive years past.

Saturday, 12/31/2022

Wayne Baker Brooks – Council Oak Bar Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Wayne Baker Brooks is considered one of today’s top guitarists whose signature style combines powerful vocals with liquid fire guitar playing that honors his rich blues heritage yet expands the boundaries of the genre. The youngest son of blues master Lonnie Brooks, Wayne Brooks was literally born into the blues. Wayne Baker Brooks and his band continue to play the world over with a signature top shelf brand of guitar playing and a premier live show.

Ronnie Baker Brooks – Council Oak Bar Stage – 11 p.m.

  • Ronnie Baker Brooks is a Chicago Blues and Soul staple. Brooks has been declared “blues royalty,” as his style honors the true torch bearers of this unique sound which includes Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Luther Allison as well as his father Lonnie Brooks.

Nerdvana – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Nerdvana delivers a memorable performance that will keep an audience on their feet for hours while they experience the best hits of the 90s.

Everclear – Hard Rock Café Stage – 11:15 p.m.

  • Everclear has written and recorded some truly iconic ’90s alt-rock hits, and continues to tour extensively, and while it’s a virtual surety that no Everclear gig is complete without a rendition of “Santa Monica” and “Father of Mine,” lately the band has found that exploring the full range of past material — especially the “deep cuts” — not only gives fans a rare treat, it also injecting new life into the band’s live dynamic. Formed in 1991 in Portland, Oregon, Everclear has enjoyed a lengthy career spanning 11 studio releases, numerous videos, thousands of shows, and accolades that include a 1998 Grammy nomination.

Friday, 1/6/2023

Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular – Birthday Edition – Hard Rock Live – Doors open at 7 p.m.

  • The Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular Birthday Edition celebrates the music, memory, and magic of Elvis era-by-era. The show begins with the early rockabilly years, the military years, and the movie years. His memorable and iconic performance in the ’68 Comeback Special follows, where TV viewers joined Elvis dressed in black leather and performing on a bare set. The show closes with the Las Vegas and concert years where memories were made, night after night, by visiting fans from around the world. Tickets $35 and up at Ticketmaster.com.

Demetria Taylor – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • With only two albums, Demetria Taylor shares the torch of Chicago blues with the likes of Shemekia Copeland & Deitra Farr. With a unique vocal strength, Demetria dominates each song with force and deep devotion. She sings the blues with a personal recipe from the most rebellious side.

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

  • Formed in 1995, the band has performed over 2500 shows together. Having shared the stage with acts like Sublime, Styx, CCR, Blues Traveler, Mathew Sweet, Hansen, John Waite, Cracker, Live and Counting Crowes, the band has gained a huge following in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. The band will be playing selections from their very popular original albums which are often heard of X-Rock Radio as well as lots of classic rock and 80s pop music covers.

Saturday, 1/7/2023

Mississippi Heat – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

Led by harmonica master and songwriter Pierre Lacocque, Mississippi Heat is a world-class Chicago Blues Band. Their motto is “Traditional Blues with a Unique Sound” as they present fresh yet vintage-based musical ideas.

LP Vinyl – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Fronted by Chicago legend Pete Greco (of Arra and the Lounge Puppets), LP Vinyl boasts over 20 years of industry experience. Pete is joined by Lenny Vertucci, Gino Buonamici, JET!, and Mike Gerbitz who collectively have performed all over the Midwest in 7th Heaven, Hi Infidelity, Anthem, HairBangers Ball, and other well-known groups. LP Vinyl is a high-energy performance, paying extreme attention to detail to the world’s greatest classic rock songs.

Friday, 1/13/2023

Smiley Tillmon Band featuring Kate Moss – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 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.

Erin Coburn – Hard Rock Cafe Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Cincinnati native and perpetual misfit, Erin Coburn is known for her prolific songwriting and modern approach to American Rock and Roll. Her relatable lyrics and soul-gripping vocals are a striking compliment to scorching guitar solos and infectious riffs. She is unafraid to be authentically herself, always delivering an unforgettable experience. Her latest single releases, ‘Flip’ and ‘The MiSFIT’ highlight her natural progression to a more mature sound with edgier lyrics with a dash of humor.

Ally Venable – Hard Rock Café Stage – 10 p.m.

  • The pandemic might have silenced the music scene, but with Heart of Fire, Texas’s favorite new gunslinger Ally Venable is coming off the ropes 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,” said Venable. “The world needs that right now.”

Saturday, 1/14/2023

Vino Louden – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Vino Louden is a Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Inductee born in the small town of Hayti, Missouri. Since fronting his own band, Vino Louden Band has played venues locally and abroad, including Buddy Guys Legends, Hollywood Bowl, Windy City Live, House of Blues, Chicago Theater, and in Brazil, France, and Japan. He has recorded with Jimmy Johnson, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Otis Clay, Martin Scorsese Film and his own CD Vino Louden Live. Vino also acts as the bandleader of the “the Queen of the Blues” Koko Taylor. Also, he has worked with acts such as John Lee Hooker, B,B, King, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Led Zeppelin, Jim Belushi and the Blues Brothers.

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

  • Renowned as “The Ultimate 80s New Wave Tribute,” the Spazmatics come with all the sounds, styles, and way-cool dance steps from the decade we’d love to forget. Complete with skinny ties, Brill Creamed hair, and horn-rimmed glasses, The Spazmatics recapture all the best of the worst. Outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and style makes for an evening of pure energy and entertainment.

Friday, 1/20/2023

Laura Rain & The Caesars – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Detroit’s Laura Rain and the Caesars transform funky soul and R&B into their own unique vision. Inspired by the spirit of classic recordings of a bygone era, Laura Rain creates her own environment of expression with a powerful and soulful voice.

Rocks Off – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Rocks Off is Chicago’s premier and authentic Rolling Stones tribute, delivering the music, the look, and the attitude of the great rock and roll band. Whether it be deep album cuts or your favorite live version, Rocks Off captures the Jagger moves, Keef riffs, Charlie Watts’ groove, and the blazing Mick Taylor solos from their golden era of 1968-1973, a la Ladies and Gentlemen and the Brussels Affair. Audiences that want to see the next best thing to being there 40 years ago should come and see Rocks Off.

Saturday, 1/21/2023

Ivy Ford – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Ivy Ford, is a singer, musician, and entertainer. Waukegan born and raised, at 26 she is quite the up-and-coming artist of the Chicago blues and live music scene. Ivy Ford started performing live with Kenosha-based band The Real Deal at 13, and since then continues to nurture her musical calling. She plays piano, alto saxophone, drums, bass guitar, and guitar which are primarily self-taught. In late 2012, Ford joined a local blues band which in time evolved into Ivy Ford and The Cadillacs. In January of 2015, Ivy Ford opened for the legend Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago and continues to share the stage with Chicago blues hall of famers J.B. Ritchie, Joe Moss, Toronzo Cannon, and Tom Holland.

Infinity – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Formed in 1985, Infinity grew from being not only a Journey Tribute band, but one of the top drawing cover bands in the Midwest. Two-plus decades rocking hundreds of local music festivals and lighting up the Chicago suburbs each summer have put Infinity in front of hundreds of thousands of fans.

Friday, 1/27/2023

Breezy Rodio – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • After 11 years with Chicago Blues Legend Linsey “The Hoochie Man” Alexander, Breezy Rodio started his own band. He signed with legendary Chicago record label “Delmark Records” and released two albums which received rave reviews all over the world. In 2018, Breezy was nominated for the Blues Blast Music Awards in the category of “Rising Star of The Year” His blend of both old and new school blues, soul music, R&B, swing and jazz creates a unique sound and vibes that will get audiences moving all night long.

Stealin’ the Farm – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Stealin’ the Farm is a jam band with a side of pop whose loyal following has had them jamming since 2009. The lineup includes the singer Marcus Safirt on keys and lead vocals who writes many of the songs with former band-mate Jon Smith. Pat Conway adds the funky bottom on bass and more vocals to the mix. Longtime guitar duo Mike Kneeland and Tim Vanderlin (of Chester Brown) help bring an array of guitars to the mix, seemingly playing together as one guitar. Justin Belcher holds it all down on the drums and percussion as the band explores songwriting and covers alike. Everything from vocal country ballads to bluesy experimental jams — there is plenty to dance and listen to when seeing a Stealin’ the Farm show.

Saturday, 1/28/2023

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.

Modern Day Romeos – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • The spring of 2022 marked the 20th anniversary of the Modern Day Romeos. With over a thousand shows for all these years, every weekend, MDR has remained a top drawing party band with impressive numbers in any venue or festival and entertaining many at weddings and corporate events. All six of its members have come together from different musical backgrounds to create one of the most fun, unique, and high-energy shows audiences can experience locally.

Friday, 2/3/2023

Chris Young – Hard Rock Live! – 7 p.m.

  • Multi-platinum RCA Records Nashville global entertainer Chris Young has accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments, including membership in the iconic Grand Ole Opry, over 5 Billion on-demand streams, 13 Million singles sold, 13 career No. 1 singles, 24 R.I.A.A. Gold/Platinum/Multi-Platinum certified projects and numerous ACM, AMA, CMA and Grammy nominations, as well as wins for Performance of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year at the CMT Music Awards. These accomplishments and more landed him in the Top 20 of Billboard’s top country artists of the decade. With a hit-packed set that highlights his thirteen chart-toppers — including back-to-back No. 1s “Losing Sleep,” “Sober Saturday Night,” “Think Of You,” and “I’m Comin’ Over” — the Grammy and ACM nominated vocalist’s most recent headlining tour played to over 400,000 fans in 3 countries. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 9 at Ticketmaster.com.

Sharon Lewis – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Since May 1993, Sharon Lewis has delivered her powerful brand of Blues to audiences around the world. Beginning with the band Under The Gun, she has opened for and performed with some of the top acts in the genre, including Buddy Guy, Son Seals, Robben Ford, Billy Branch, Sugar Blue, Mumford & Sons, and the incredible Mavis Staple. She has since gone on to travel and record with her own band, Texas Fire. For many years, she has been the featured DIVA for Dave Specter & The Bluebirds (USA), Jan Korinek and Groove (Czech Republic), and the Luca Giordano Band (Italy) as well as many other bands in the countries of Georgia, Armenia, and Russia.

Van Halen Nation – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Van Halen Nation is the premier 80s Van Halen tribute to the David Lee Roth era of VH. Based in South Jersey, VHN has been rocking audiences and growing a loyal fan base for the past ten years. Comprised of four of the tristate area’s top musicians, VHN is both visually and sonically the closest tribute to the classic Van Halen.

Saturday, 2/4/2023

Mississippi Heat – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Led by harmonica master and songwriter Pierre Lacocque, Mississippi Heat is a world-class Chicago Blues Band. Their motto is “Traditional Blues with a Unique Sound” as they present fresh yet vintage-based musical ideas.

Nate Venturelli – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.       

  • Country Singer Songwriter Nate Venturelli is from Northwest Indiana. Nate’s new single “Union Man” is a song written about the story of his grandfather’s life growing up to becoming a Union Steelworker, and has gotten recognition from Unions around the country. Nate can be heard on Country Radio 105.5 FM from Chicago to South Bend, WIVR Country 101.3 FM, iHeart 98.3 FM, Y Country 97.5 FM, Q Country 102.9 FM, 89.1 FM, AMI Jukebox worldwide, and all streaming platforms. Nate has been featured in The Entertainer, The Times, The Tribune, NWI Life, and on NBC news.

Friday, 2/10/2023

Ivy Ford – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Ivy Ford, is a singer, musician, and entertainer. Waukegan born and raised, at 26 she is quite the up-and-coming artist of the Chicago blues and live music scene. Ivy Ford started performing live with Kenosha-based band The Real Deal at 13, and since then continues to nurture her musical calling. She plays piano, alto saxophone, drums, bass guitar, and guitar which are primarily self-taught. In late 2012, Ford joined a local blues band which in time evolved into Ivy Ford and The Cadillacs. In January of 2015, Ivy Ford opened for the legend Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago and continues to share the stage with Chicago blues hall of famers J.B. Ritchie, Joe Moss, Toronzo Cannon, and Tom Holland.

Mike Wheeler Band – Hard Rock Cafe 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.

Saturday, 2/11/2023

Head Honchos Band – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • American music from its heart and soul, the Head Honchos Band brings music based on intense body-moving rhythms and emotionally-charged guitar expressions. Grounded on the foundations of American blues, rock, soul, and funk, the Head Honchos Band launches every tune with an invitation to kick back, let go, and enthusiastically enjoy. Rocco Calipari’s Detroit-schooled vocals will leave no doubt of an unapologetic American identity.

Joanna Connor – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Renowned blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Joanna Connor has played with Buddy, Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Sammy Lawhorn, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Magic Slim, Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Koko Taylor, just to name a few. Two 15-plus year residencies at the House of Blues and The Kingston Mines honed Joanna’s considerable guitar and vocal chops. While working continuously in Chicago, a handful of videos of her incendiary slide guitar solos went viral creating quite a sensation and garnering attention from media and established musicians alike.

Ronnie Baker Brooks – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9:30 p.m.

  • Ronnie Baker Brooks is a Chicago Blues and Soul staple. Brooks has been declared “blues royalty”, as his style honors the torch-bearers of this unique sound which includes Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Luther Allison as well as his father — Lonnie Brooks.

Friday, 2/17/2023

Skillet/Theory of a Deadman – Hard Rock Live – Doors open at 6 p.m.

  • Skillet is one of the best-selling rock bands of the 21st century. The two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated, Pandora Billionaires Club members, and multi-platinum rockers have an undying spirit that has humbly asserted and affirmed them as one of this generation’s most successful rock acts. With sky-high hooks, riffs as thick as a 2×4, rumbling grooves, and a razor-sharp sense of humor, Theory of a Deadman has quietly persisted as an unapologetic, unbreakable, and undeniable hard rock force with major multi-platinum hits and countless sold out shows in each of the past two decades. Tickets are $39.50 and up at Ticketmaster.com.

The Smiley Tillmon Band featuring Kate Moss – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 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.

NAWTY – Hard Rock Café Stage – 9 p.m.

  • With a continually changing setlist of over 150 songs ranging from Motown on up to current chart toppers and everything in between, NAWTY can easily accommodate a night out with a fun, energetic vibe.

Saturday, 2/18/2023

Vino Louden – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Vino Louden is a Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Inductee born in the small town of Hayti, Missouri. Since fronting his own band, Vino Louden Band has played venues locally and abroad, including Buddy Guys Legends, Hollywood Bowl, Windy City Live, House of Blues, Chicago Theater, and in Brazil, France, and Japan. He has recorded with Jimmy Johnson, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Otis Clay, Martin Scorsese Film and his own CD Vino Louden Live. Vino also acts as the bandleader of the “the Queen of the Blues” Koko Taylor. Also, he has worked with acts such as John Lee Hooker, B,B, King, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Led Zeppelin, Jim Belushi and the Blues Brothers. Vino is currently preparing an acoustic/electric project.

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

  • Mr. Funnyman is a variety band in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland performing a wide range of different cover music including — but not limited to — Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Aretha Franklin, Chicago, ABBA, Bruno Mars, The Beatles, Elton John, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Leonard Skynyrd, Steely Dan, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, The Who, and dozens of other artists. With a full horn section, male and female vocalists, drums, bass, guitar, and two keyboardists, no detail is missed when it comes to recreating the perfect sound.

Friday, 2/24/2023

Laura Rain & The Caesars – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Detroit’s Laura Rain and the Caesars transform funky soul and R&B into their own unique vision. Inspired by the spirit of classic recordings of a bygone era, Laura Rain creates her own environment of expression with a powerful and soulful voice.

Keith Jackson and The Triple Dose Band – Hard Rock Cafe Stage – 9 p.m.

  • Northwest Indiana is a known stomping ground for many highly acclaimed artists and “The Triple Dose Band” keeps that list going. Making their debut in 2001, these highly talented musicians met during a jam session in Hammond, Indiana. As a very versatile group, their performances lean towards the genre of variety music allowing them to satisfy the desires of all their listeners. The founder of “The Triple Dose Band”, Keith Jackson, first cousin to Michael Jackson, was greatly inspired by legendary artists such as: Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and many others. Such inspiration led to the song choice for the demo that was recorded live in a studio. Each member of the band has his own claim to fame.

Saturday, 2/25/2023

Corey Dennison – Council Oak Bar Stage – 8 p.m.

  • Formed in 2013, The Corey Dennison Band is an attraction at Chicago blues venues, including five years of twice-weekly appearances at Kingston Mines. The current rhythm section includes veteran groovemeister Rick King and the funky Aaron Whittier on bass. The strength of the band’s repertoire is matched only by the charisma of the stage show; it’s not uncommon to see Corey belting out the blues, unamplified, in the heart of the audience while the band steps in time to the groove.

Mike Wheeler Band – Hard Rock Cafe 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.

Eric Gales – Hard Rock Café Stage – 10:30 p.m.

  • Eric Gales is a blues firebrand. With over 30 years and 18 albums, his passion for the music and his boundless desire to keep it vital has never waned, even when his own light dimmed due to substance struggles. Through it all, he continued to reinvigorate the art form with personal revelation in his lyrics and bold stylistic twists in his guitar-playing and songwriting.

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

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