Pandora Rocks is a 6-piece, rock/party/dance band that plays a variety of music from 80's through today, including some country music. This high energy band makes you want to get up and dance and sing along to tunes you know by heart. The band has been playing most of the top venues and festivals in the NWI region since 2011. The band is fronted by versatile lead vocalists DeAnn Sanders and Kevin Badten which gives the band a wide range of songs to cover. Veteran musicians Greg Gess on lead guitar, Perry Hudson on bass, Jerry Pressner on keyboards, and Larry Mysliwec on drums rounds out the band. Our band members have been influenced by many different artists and bands, ranging from The Beatles to Metallica, Envogue to Van Halen, Styx to Pink, Kelly Clarkson and Lady Gaga. You can catch the band at 219 in Schererville, Indiana on March 11 and at ROUTE 10 in North Judson, Indiana on March 17. For more information on Pandora Rocks go to or check them out on Facebook.


Bonfire is a one of the best Bon Scott era AC/DC tribute bands that performs in the NWI region and Chicagoland area. The band performs all the great Bon Scott tunes that have become legendary over time. In recent years they have also added many songs from the Brian Johnson era. The band formed on the 20th anniversary of Scott’s untimely death back in 2000. Bonfire creates all the awesome live performances you would expect at an actual AC/DC show right down to the detail of the wall of Marshall Stacks to add to the effect. The band is fronted by Diamond Jim Hillegonds on lead vocals as he takes you on the journey back to the days of hard rock. Zeke Rongers on lead guitar morphs into Angus Young, schoolboy outfit included, like no other and his rendition of the Bad Boy Boogie is a site to behold. Chad Kovac does his best “Malcom” on rhythm guitar. The rhythm section is rounded out by Gary Grimler on drums and Cory Girnus on bass. You can check out the band at 8pm at ON THE ROXX in Portage, Indiana on March 17. Also at THE ROOM in Highland, Indiana on March 25 at 8 pm. You can contact the band for bookings & other info: Email- or


Residence 18 is an alternative/hard rock/funk trio that came together back in 2012 in NWI. Some of the bands influences range from the Beatles, Primus, Soundgarden, Hendrix, The Who, Red Hot Chili Peppers too the Rolling Stones. The band plays some great original songs mixed in with some covers and they have been known to rock hard and loud during their live shows! The band members are Geoff Stuart Eustice on guitar/vocals, David Davey on bass and D Damaged Muniz kickin’ it on the drums/vocals. Eustice stated “We Kick Ass and take no names! Rock and Roll the way it was meant to be- unpolished, Hot and Raw! We like to rock!”. The band plays many festivals and shows around the area. For more information on Residence 18 go to or on their facebook page.


Marrakesh Express is back on the NWI music scene after a couple of year hiatus with their unique CSNY tribute. The band is the ultimate tribute experience to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Marrakesh Express upholds the integrity of that music with their vivid and realistic performance of CSNY’s most recognizable songs. Featuring harmonizing vocalists backed by a top-flight band, they deliver a unique and energetic concert performing the classic acoustic and electric CSNY hits, deep cuts, and fan favorites. If you love the music of a by-gone era this band definitely delivers.
Marrakesh Express has played to tens of thousands of appreciative fans at music festivals, theaters, fairs, performing arts centers, and casinos, including headlining the Woodstock 40th Anniversary Tribute Concert. The music of CSNY has stood the test of time and fans of the classic rockers, as well as young people who are curious about “the 60s,” are anxious to venture out to hear it represented live. The band is made up of some of the top local NWI musicians. Anchoring the lead vocals for the band are Daryl Grady and David Varella. Greg Ashby has also recently been added to the line-up. Kevin Bryant and Bob Belinsky are lead duel guitars. Rick Hemphill adds keyboards and rhythm section of Mike Flannery on bass and Glenn Miller on drums complete the line-up. Marrakesh has a show on March 11 at Region Tribute Fest at THE ROOM in Highland, Indiana. For more information on the show go to To learn about upcoming events for the band go to their facebook page.


Echoes of Pompeii takes you on a musical journey through the catalog of one of the most influential bands of our time, Pink Floyd. The band started back in 2001 and hails from the NWI region playing shows all throughout the country. Echoes is more than just a tribute band as their shows include the latest in visuals such as lasers, lights, video and many of the images that you would experience at a Pink Floyd concert. The band is comprised of 11 accomplished individuals with Bob Frankich-Saxophones , Josh Andrews-Keyboards , Greg Beultman-Keyboards , Jessica Lopez-BackUp Vocals , Jason Andrews-Lead Vocals, Guitars , Alison Stage-BackUp Vocals , Jeremy Andrews-Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals , Mike Perriera-Drums , Andy Hescher-Lead Guitars, Backing Vocal. Jeremy Andrews stated “We play all eras of Pink Floyd from the early Syd Barrett days, to the later exclusion of Roger Waters era, and everything in between”. Echoes of Pompeii has a show on March 11 at 7 pm at THE ROOM in Highland, Indiana as part of Region Tribute Fest and at The Art Theater in Hobart, Indiana on April 1. For more information on upcoming shows go to


It is a daunting task to perform to the level of one of the greatest rock bands ever. KASHMIR is the band that has accomplished the task and have channeled Led Zepplin like no other tribute band throughout the country. Hailing from the NWI region the band plays a full schedule throughout the year to rave reviews. The band was formed in late 2001, after guitarist Frank Livingston decided to form a show based on substance and feel rather than just "fitting the suit". Livingston stated "It is important to look the part, but way too often tribute bands seem to forget that without the sound, the look does nothing". Kashmir brings Zepplin to life as the band re-creates an authentic experience for the numerous fan base they have built over the years. The entire Led Zepplin catalog is incorporated into their performances, but most importantly, KASHMIR does not take liberties on improving the music. Led Zeppelin should be played as it was using only the equipment of the era, and should be reproduced dead on with great respect and admiration. "It's not about us, it's about the music of Led Zepplin”. The songs definitely remain the same as the were intended. It is an experience you do not want to miss. You can catch “Robert”, “Jimmy”, “John Paul” and “Bonzo” on March 11 at THE ROOM in Highland, Indiana as part of Region Tribute Fest at 7 pm. Check out for information on upcoming shows.


PET ROCK is the single largest annual fundraiser of the year for The Humane Society of Northwest Indiana! This year the event takes place March 11. For the last three years, it has been hosted by and held at County Line Orchard -- 200 South County Line Road -- in Hobart, Indiana. The beautiful orchard barn is once again the site for the 2017 PET ROCK fundraiser, which this year has been dubbed PET "SHAM" ROCK, since it kicks off the region's St. Patrick's Day festivities and includes a corned beef & cabbage dinner.
As in past years, the event will also feature top shelf live entertainment, hundreds of silent auction items, a few special live auction items, a cash bar and more. Doors open at 5:00pm. Dinner is served 5-7:30pm. Music begins: 6:00pm.
Entertainment this year will be THE BLUZ BROTHERS -- "Chicago's premier tribute to Jake & Elwood Blues" -- with special guests, THE SPANIELS FOREVER. With the two groups together on one bill -- expect nothing short of awesome! Besides being incredible entertainers, both of these groups share our passion when it comes to the care and rescue of animals.


IIf you are looking for something exciting to do on a spring Sunday afternoon local community radio station WVLP 103.1 FM is holding its fourth annual station fundraiser “STARS OVER VALPO” at 6 pm on April 9 at Duesenburg Recital Hall at Valparaiso University. The performance is a show case of some of the top local musical talent in the NWI region. It is a unique show as 22 local acts each play one song during the performance. The music is an eclectic mix of performers from multiple genres. Every year the show has become bigger and better and everyone in attendance has an outstanding time. This year’s show will be emceed by WVLP’s John King and include performances by Chad Clifford, Ripley Street, Robert Rolfe Feddersen, Mami Matsuda, Jim Chaddock, Patti Schafner, The Rodeas, Jay Wacasey, The Code Names, 3 Peace, Pawn Shop Casey, Mark Rongers & Corey Girnus, Jason Murphy, Darren Enloe Band, The Nevada Project with Steve Crabtree, Brant Vogel, Margeaux Berner, Divas Reign, Schaeffer-Murray Brothers, Melissa Welch, John MacNeil Trio, and Chris Bolint. All performers volunteer their time to help out WVLP. Tickets to the event are $20 per person. Contact the station at 219-476-900 to reserve your tickets or contact John King @ For More information, go to WVLP is a 501©3 not-for-profit organization.