Justin Flagel, Author at Leader Publications

Berrien County

South Bend music venue continues to spread jazz culture

SOUTH BEND — Stephen and Mary Merriman have been on a mission to spread the culture of jazz since 2006. The origins of Merrimans’ Playhouse ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Wednesday, February 1, 2023 3:04 pm

Community News

Edwardsburg Village Council discusses future of ambulance service

EDWARDSBURG — The Edwardsburg Village Council discussed the future of the Edwardsburg Ambulance Service during its most recent meeting.  The service has been slowly losing ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Wednesday, January 18, 2023 1:30 pm

Cass County

Cassopolis Village Council awarded $150,000 grant for lead lines investigation

CASSOPOLIS — The first meeting of the new year was quiet for the Cassopolis Village Council. Beyond the approval of the agenda and corrected minutes, ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Tuesday, January 10, 2023 2:24 pm

Community News

The return of the Well: Area coffee shop, music venue set to return from COVID-induced hiatus

SOUTH BEND — The Well, a South Bend non-profit serving as a coffee shop, community space, and music venue, recently arrived at their ten year ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Tuesday, December 27, 2022 1:30 pm

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg approves next steps for path project

The Edwardsburg Village Council approved the next steps for the Elkhart Road Path project, all voting in the affirmative, with the exception of Trustee Nancy ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Friday, December 23, 2022 8:12 pm

Berrien County

South Bend band releases new album

MICHIANA — South Bend’s the Rutabega has returned with their first album in six years, Leading Up To, a beautiful entry to a catalog of ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Friday, November 4, 2022 12:09 pm

Columns

FLAGEL: Drive-By Truckers’ newest album keeps rock and roll alive

Rock and roll is alive and well with the latest album from Drive-By Truckers “The Unraveling.” While they’ve never been shy about their thoughts on ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Friday, February 28, 2020 8:44 am

Columns

FLAGEL: The magic of the mixtape

The first mixtape I encountered was a black cassette tape with yellowing labels and a barely decipherable song list scratched in pen. The music included ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Monday, January 6, 2020 8:27 am

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Robert Irving III to play at Lighthouse Jazz Festival

With an incredible history, including numerous collaborations with Miles Davis, musician and producer Robert Irving III is continuing to live a life creating and promoting ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Thursday, July 7, 2016 12:44 pm

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Avett Brothers release latest album

Long time listeners of the Avett Brothers are familiar with the continually evolving sound of the folk rock band, both in recording and on stage. ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Monday, June 27, 2016 10:00 am

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Songs of summer

Though the temperature continues a cycle of climbing and falling, the safe pronouncement is that Summer has finally arrived, bringing with it the annual parade ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Thursday, June 16, 2016 4:27 pm

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A simple decision

A few years out of high school, working the same job as I had as a teenager and with friends moved on to distant locations and ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Friday, June 3, 2016 1:52 pm

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Balancing art and life

For those who delve into the creative world, there exists a balance that has been on my mind of late. It can be a struggle ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 5:15 pm

Columns

Part 2: Midway draws musicians

MISHAWAKA, Ind. — I ntrigued by the inquiry of a band wanting to practice at the Midway, Albertina and her sister entertained the idea of ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 5:20 pm

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Riverlights Music Festival debuts in downtown South Bend

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — “We’re on the edge of a scene in South Bend music.” That energy, more than anything, explains Matt Teter’s excitement for ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Wednesday, April 27, 2016 5:19 pm

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Record enthusiast enthused by comeback

NILES, Mich. — “I don’t play anything in my house but vinyl.” Local musician Tom Moore is not adverse to the listening options of the ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Friday, April 15, 2016 3:25 pm

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Musician has had lifelong love for art

“The way it was described to me is that I was singing before I was talking.” The love of music is deep rooted in musician ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Thursday, February 4, 2016 9:24 am

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South Bend band member discusses making music, producing albums

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Ember Jar is among South Bend’s finest music creators. The group has been evolving since its formation in 2011 and, ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Sunday, January 31, 2016 5:06 pm

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‘Star Wars,’ Weezer share similar fates

Until recently, the only relation between Weezer and “Star Wars” I would have drawn was that I have spent most of my life as a ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Thursday, January 21, 2016 5:01 pm

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South Bend Music Exchange owner turns passion into paycheck

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Marking two years of business this past October, South Bend Music Exchange has become a valued part of the local music ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Thursday, December 17, 2015 8:34 am

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Singer Songwriter winner focused on future

THREE OAKS, Mich. — “Writing is the foundation. I’m just trying to juggle it.” James Neary is a singer and guitarist who, at the age ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Thursday, December 10, 2015 8:47 am

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Tapistry leaders discuss making beer in Michigan before it was trendy

BRIDGMAN, Mich. — “We make beer and we love it.” With those words, Keith Adams summed up our conversation about Tapistry Brewing, the craft beer ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Friday, November 20, 2015 8:53 am

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Popular local musician focused on growing her art

For both Dena Wood’s own music career and the South Bend music scene as a whole, she describes now as a time of rest and ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Monday, November 16, 2015 8:41 am

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Pub owner finds unique ways to grow South Bend community

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Craft beer pub South Bend Brew Werks opened in September of 2014 as a part of owner Andrew Elegante’s ongoing personal ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Friday, November 6, 2015 12:08 pm

Columns

The Well Basement a hidden treasure in area music scene

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — As I sat with Patrick Quigley at Chicory Cafe in South Bend, one of the region’s strong supporters of local art ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Thursday, October 29, 2015 9:41 am

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