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Dynamite evening of comedy set at Eclectic

Michael Winslow, Jimmie JJ Walker visiting Angola venue

Jimmie JJ Walker will join Michael Winslow at the Eclectic Room in December.

Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published July 13, 2022

It might be a little early to think about what you are going to do after you spend the day shopping for Christmas presents and seeking some Yuletide joy, but you’re going to want to plan to stop by the Eclectic Room in Angola for an amazing night of comedy Dec. 10. 

That night, sound effects genius Michael Winslow and comedy legend Jimmie JJ Walker will take the stage. 

Winslow is best known for his roles on the Police Academy movies, while also appearing in Spaceballs and Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie. 

Walker, of course, rose to fame on Good Times during the late ’70s, but has recently been seen in high rotation as a spokesperson for Medicare. Hey, don’t blame a guy for trying to make a living.

Be sure to make your way to The Eclectic Room to check out these two legends, because it’s a night guaranteed to be “Dyn-O-Mite!”

Country stars set for festival

The Faster Horses Festival has posted the official lineup for its  upcoming three-day festival, July 22-24, at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., about an hour-and-a-half northeast of Fort Wayne. 

The Friday night main stage will be headlined by Morgan Wallen with support from Jake Owen, Jordan Davis, Lauren Alaina, and others. 

Saturday sees Eric Church topping off a day that also includes Brothers Osbourne, Chris Janson, and Michael Ray, while Sunday finishes things off with the legendary Tim McGraw preceded by Cole Swindell, Ashley McBride, and Jameson Rodgers.

Chainsmokers top lineup

The Breakaway Festival will be Aug. 19-20 in Grand Rapids, with the Chainsmokers headling Friday night in Belknap Park, while Saturday will see DJ Snake and Oliver Tree finishing off the night. 

Others performing Friday include Two Friends and Yung Gravy, and additional Saturday artists include Jai Wolf, Ekali and Gashi

Breakaway travels to Crew Stadium in Columbus the following weekend, August 26-27, where The Chainsmokers will once again headline Friday. Saturday features co-headliners Griz and Slander. Yung Gravy also hits the stage Saturday along with Jauz while Friday’s additional acts are highlighted by Lane 8 and Quinn XCII

Psychedelic fest back in Indy

It’s time to shake the dust off the tambourine and get down to Square Cat Vinyl in Indianapolis for the Back Alley Ballyhoo, Aug. 5-6.

Billed as the Midwest’s premier psychedelic music festival, the gathering returns for its fourth year after taking a hiatus in 2020 and 2021. 

In the heart of the Fountain Square neighborhood, the lineup features a mixture of national, regional, and local psychedelic acts of all sorts and includes Fort Wayne’s Heaven’s Gateway Drugs on Friday night along with Night Beats, Post Animal, Sugar Candy Mountain, and four others. 

Saturday is headlined by Dead Meadow, with L.A. Witch, Death Valley Girls, Acid Dad, and Spaceface also expected to perform. 

There will be vendors, as well as local food and drink options outside and inside at the festival. 

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