Pat Benatar is known for aggressive female rock ("Heartbreaker"). She could also slow down a bit ("Love is a Battlefield"). With a string of hit singles in the 1980s, Benatar will revive memories of that decade at Festival of the Lakes in Hammond on July 23. | Sun-Times Media file photo
Updated: January 23, 2012 3:02AM
Never let it be said that Festival of the Lakes doesn’t mix up the music.
You’ve got Latin Night at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at Wolf Lake Memorial Park in Hammond. Then there’s the Polka Party on the same day at the Hammond Marina along Lake Michigan.
Rhythm and blues is represented with the Whispers on Wednesday, July 20, at the park, while ’80s rock is on tap at the same location on Saturday, July 23, courtesy of Pat Benatar (“Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “We Belong”).
Both the Whispers and Benatar have warm-up acts who begin playing at 5 p.m. each day.
For those in the mood for retro hip-hop, Salt-N-Pepa dishes rap, with an opening act, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at Wolf Lake Memorial Park, Calumet Avenue and Sheffield Avenue.
Latin Night features Mexican accordion music by Michael Salgado, while singer-songwriter Pancho Barraza rolls out his brand of traditional Mexican music as the headliner.
Changing the pace again, the Southern-rock group 38 Special will show that it can also do catchy pop-rock when it performs Friday, July 22. Nomad Planets and Bunkertown will be support acts, starting at 5 p.m.
The performances at Wolf Lake Memorial Park take place at its stellar pavilion. Admission is free, although there is a parking charge.
The big-name music during the Hammond festival runs each night from Wednesday, July 20, to Sunday, July 24.
The free Polka Party at the Hammond Marina takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. July 24 and showcases the sounds of Chicagoland’s Ampol Aires.
For more information, visit www.festivalofthelakes.com or call 853-6378.
Britney Spears plays Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Monday, Aug. 22. Tickets for the Indy stop of her Femme Fatale tour range from $29.50 to $149.50. For tickets, visit www.LiveNation.com or call (800) 745-3000.
Buddy and Monty
The new slew of fall and winter shows announced by the Star Plaza Theatre has several cool highlights.
A really good blues show features Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. A press release also promises a “very special guest.” Tickets are $48.
Monty Python’s piece of theatrical craziness known as “Spamalot” hits the Merrillville venue at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 ($45).
A great contemporary Christian-music show pairs Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 ($47).
For tickets, call Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000.
Bob Kostanczuk talks entertainment with Steve “The Preacher” Glover from 4:15 to 5 p.m. each Friday on WJOB-AM (1230) and online at WJOB1230.com.