Music crosses society, as bridges, so that we can get to know one another. Some bridges you may not care to cross, like me when it comes to country and opera. Yet, the bridge is still there should I want to cross.
For some, music is very important to them, in their bones. Those people form bands, decide to be a singer, a teacher, song writer, journalist, conductor, maker of instruments, a broadcaster. Then there are those who want to support, promote, to keep in the forefront, reaching out to new artists and becoming friends with both old and new.
One person of character forwarding our music interests is Tom Lounges, host of Midwest Beat NPR Lakeshore Public Radio 89.1 FM, owner of Tom Lounges Entertainment, LLC, and of his recent project Tom Lounges' Record Bin in Hobart, and a new store opening in Michigan City, Indiana.
This weekend is the Grand Opening of the latest Tom Lounges' Record Bin, in Michigan City. It has vinyl, a stage, vinyl, a floor you can dance on, vinyl, hippie clothing, vinyl, t-shirts and gifts, and believe it or not I think it has vinyl.
Tom's motivation from my point of view is to keep music alive, not just for himself, for all of us. He is full in. When you are full in, you also need diversions. His diversion is supporting animal shelters by producing and hosting fund raisers. He has met many music celebrities over the years, and has their autographs on posters, album covers, you name it. He will donate his collection once and a while to help raise money at these fundraisers. Giving back to what is important to him, what celebrities gave him.
Here are some photographs I took at the grand opening location in Michigan City, and some surrounding photographs outside. While I was there I was able to watch Lauren Dukes on stage, backed with a band with a couple people I know. Bought a Chase album as well.
Please note, the Record Bin requires that you wear a mask, and Gloves while touching an products and face coverings. They will provide latex free, powder free gloves to those who want to brows the products.