Concerts, musical night life light up Culver’s summer


Culver's town park is always a busy place during the summer months, but this year a lively roster of live entertainment is on the docket, according to park activities director Donna McKee.

"I am so excited about the wide range and genres of entertainment," she says, referring particularly to the outdoor concert series whose schedule was recently released. "We've got people coming from Ohio, Chicago, Iowa, Indianapolis, Goshen as well as local talent from Culver and North Judson."

Following is the current schdule of summer performances; the Culver Citizen will run regular updates as shows are pending.

Fri., May 31, 8 p.m.: Acoustically Speaking (80s, 90s, now)
Sat., June 8, 7 p.m.: Steve Foresman (rock, folk, classic, country, R&B)
Wed., June 12, 10 a.m.: Silly Safaris (children's wild animal show)
Sat., June 22 (time to be determined): Movie in the park: "The Lorax"
Sat., June 29, 7 p.m.: Jerry Armstrong (Elvis, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra impersonator)
Sun., July 7, 3 p.m.: J.C. Company and Band (bluegrass, country)
Sat., July 13, 7 p.m.: SL4 Band (60's, Chicago, Eagles, Jimmy Buffet, Doobie Brothers)
Sun., July 14, 3 p.m.: Beth Pare' (harp)
Sat., Aug 3, 7 p.m.: Ice Cream Social featuring Brett Wiscons (adult contemporary)
Fri., Aug 9, 8 p.m.: Goldmine Pickers (Americana, bluegrass, folk, Irish)
Sat., Aug 17, 7 p.m.: Playne Jayne (country, pop)
Sun., Aug 18, 3 p.m.: Brett Wiscons (adult contemporary)
Sat., Aug 24, 7 p.m.: Sock Hop featuring American Pie (50's and 60's, country)
Sun., Sept 8, 3 p.m.: J.C. Company and Band (bluegrass, country)


Mark Damore Jr. wants to say "thank you" to the Culver community, and part of that appreciation he hopes to express by way of enhancing Culver's night life .

"I was initially told that live music wasn't worth it," says the owner of the Lakehouse Grille at 620 E. Lake Shore Drive, "but I dabbled in it and my perception is, it's absolutely worth it. We might not have seen an uptake in sales, but we see many of the same and then some new faces.

"Everything comes and goes in waves, but I really believe Culver needs, respects, and deserves consistency."

Towards that end, Damore has set aside a "big" budget for weekly live entertainment at the former Edgewater Grille he revamped and relaunched one year ago.

He adds that Culver's citizens and visitors "need a place to meet and have a good time," though he emphasizes he plans to keep it classy and controlled.

"We're not trying to dirty this place up. We have not had any problems; we police me it's neat that you can maintain a classy atmosphere but still have a great time. Anybody can play loud music and make a mess and sell dollar beers. I want to attract the right crowd."

However, he emphasized everyone's welcome regardless of looks, income, or background.

"Every person is welcome. However, there is a certain expectation of behavior at the Lakehouse."

He also points out he's realigning the location and logistics of live bands to "control noise concerns" at the restaurant and bar.

The Lakehouse Grille, which encompasses the old Lakeview Tavern, will celebrate its one year anniversary with a special event Saturday, May 11, when CCHS grad Kevin McDaniel will play live in the bar (his specialty is oldies) from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, after which DJ Tim will play in the dining room. Food and drink specials will accompany Lakehouse "swag" giveaways.

Additionally, the Lakehouse will begin to offer lunch six days per week, starting this week and through Labor Day.

"That's another form of saying 'thank you' to the Culver community and our patrons," he notes.

There will be major additions to the menu, Damore explains, including the ORBD Burger, which allows him to partner with his father's popular local eatery, the Original Root Beer Stand (hence the ORBS). The burger is a Lakehouse double cheeseburger with the root beer stand's popular dog sauce.

"I am really trying to unify the three different aspects of Culver," Damore says. "The Academy, the lakers, and the locals. All three come here. Entertainment is one way to do that."

Information about that event and more can be found online at

In addition to karaoke every other Friday (May 3, 11, 24, and 31; June 7 and 21; July 5 and 19; and Aug.. 2, 16, and 30), live performances this spring and summer at the Lakehouse typically start at 10 p.m. and are free of charge. They include:

April 27: Matt Miller (acoustic, 60s through 90s)
May 4: Joey Garcia (newer material, acoustic with bass)
May 11: One-year anniversary party with Kevin McDaniel, oldies and dancing
May 18: Moneyshot Band (classic rock)
May 25: Dirt Cheap (classic rock variety, but with an 80s emphasis)
June 1: Joey Garcia
June 8: Seldom Told (classic rock and 80s and 90s alternative with a strong female lead)
June 15: Stillshot ("One of Indiana's best cover bands." This event, the evening of Taste of Culver, will include a small cover charge)
June 22: Matt Miller
June 29: Sum of 3 (acoustic band with a "gifted" lead singer)
July 6: Seldom Told
July 13: Kevin McDaniel
July 20: Sum of 3
July 27 : Half Track (AC/DC style, up-tempo - there will be a cover charge that night)
Aug. 3: Dirt Cheap
Aug. 10: Money Shot
Aug. 24: Matt Miller
Aug. 31: Joey Garcia
Sept. 7: Kevin McDaniel