Photos: Muddy Roots Spring Weekender

by Carl Abernathy on May 24, 2015

I went to the Muddy Roots Spring Weekender in Nashville, Indiana, because I’ve wanted to see LC Ulmer for a long time. He didn’t disappoint. At 87, he’s still an incredible guitarist and blues singer. His music is raw and unpredictable. Close your eyes and you’d swear you’re in a ’30s era juke joint, but it still resonates. Just ask the audience members who were young enough to be his great grandchildren. They hung on every note.

The rest of the lineup on Saturday was great, too. (Unfortunately, I had to work on Friday.) And everyone seemed to have a great time – I especially enjoyed the Wiffle ball game. And though I went to see Mr. Ulmer, I’m already making plans to go back next year.

Here are some photo from the event:

Bluesman LC Ulmer (Click photo to enlarge)
Bluesman LC Ulmer
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LC Ulmer and his collard greens can microphone (Click photo to enlarge)
LC Ulmer and his collard greens can microphone
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LC Ulmer plays his guitar behind his back (Click photo to enlarge)
LC Ulmer plays his guitar behind his back
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J.D. Wilkes (Click photo to enlarge)
J.D. Wilkes (Click photo to enlarge)

J.D. Wilkes (Click photo to enlarge)
J.D. Wilkes (Click photo to enlarge)

J.D. Wilkes (Click photo to enlarge)
J.D. Wilkes (Click photo to enlarge)

J.D. Wilkes (Click photo to enlarge)
J.D. Wilkes (Click photo to enlarge)

Henry Berger of S.S. Web (Click photo to enlarge)
Henry Berger of S.S. Web
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Henry Berger of S.S. Web (Click photo to enlarge)
Henry Berger of S.S. Web
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Cris Bissell of S.S. Web (Click photo to enlarge)
Cris Bissell of S.S. Web
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Dana Sipos (Click photo to enlarge)
Dana Sipos (Click photo to enlarge)

Black Jake and the Carnies (Click photo to enlarge)
Black Jake and the Carnies
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Black Jake and the Carnies (Click photo to enlarge)
Black Jake and the Carnies
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JC MIller of Black Jake & The Carnies (Click photo to enlarge)
JC Miller of Black Jake & The Carnies
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James Hunnicutt (Click photo to enlarge)
James Hunnicutt (Click photo to enlarge)

Joe Vega of Rickett Pass (Click photo to enlarge)
Joe Vega of Rickett Pass
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Mason Tinsley of Rickett Pass (Click photo to enlarge)
Mason Tinsley of Rickett Pass
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Rickett Pass (Click photo to enlarge)
Rickett Pass
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Brook Blanche of The Calamity Cubes (Click photo to enlarge)
Brook Blanche of The Calamity Cubes
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Kody Oh of the Calamity Cubes (Click photo to enlarge)
Kody Oh of the Calamity Cubes
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The Tillers (Click photo to enlarge)
The Tillers (Click photo to enlarge)

Joe Macheret of The Tillers (Click photo to enlarge)
Joe Macheret of The Tillers
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Billy Cook (Click photo to enlarge)
Billy Cook (Click photo to enlarge)

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Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender (Click photo to enlarge)
Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
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Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender (Click photo to enlarge)
Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
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Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender (Click photo to enlarge)
Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
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Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender (Click photo to enlarge)
Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
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Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender (Click photo to enlarge)
Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
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Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender (Click photo to enlarge)
Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
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Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender (Click photo to enlarge)
Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
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Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender (Click photo to enlarge)
Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
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Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender (Click photo to enlarge)
Wiffle ball at Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
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Muddy Roots necessities (Click photo to enlarge)
Muddy Roots necessities
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Brad VanderJagt (Click photo to enlarge)
Brad VanderJagt (Click photo to enlarge)

Dancers (Click photo to enlarge)
Dancers (Click photo to enlarge)

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New Orleans Jazz Fest 2015 in photos

by Carl Abernathy on May 5, 2015

Sky messages at jazz fest
Sky messages at jazz fest (Click photo to enlarge)

This year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival might have been the best I’ve attended. The sky messages above the fairgrounds helped; they seemed to put everyone in a good mood. But this year’s festival, at least for me, was all about the Nevilles. I didn’t get to see Charmaine Neville perform this year (I don’t deal well with the sun for long periods and she was on an outside stage), but I did see Cyril and Charles perform at least three or four times apiece. Cyril’s group, Royal Southern Brotherhood, was one of the best bands I’ve heard in a long time. And I got to hear Aaron perform “Yellow Moon” twice – once in the blues tent and once at the “Nevilles Forever” tribute to the Neville Brothers.

The “Nevilles Forever” show was spectacular with a number of great local musicians such as Alan Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Galactic, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Dumpstaphunk and Trombone Shorty performing.But the highlight was the short set by the Neville Brothers, their last show ever as a group. Did I mention that I got to hear Aaron Neville sing “Yellow Moon” twice in one day?

Here are a few photos from jazz fest 2015.

Cecile Mclorin Salvant (Click photo to enlarge)
Cecile Mclorin Salvant (Click photo to enlarge)

Kerry Brown plays with flaming drumsticks during Ironing Board Sam's set (Click photo to enlarhe
Kerry Brown plays with flaming drumsticks during
Ironing Board Sam’s set (Click photo to enlarge)

Buddy Guy (Click photo to enlarge)
Buddy Guy (Click photo to enlarge)

Robert "Bilbo" Walker (Click photo to enlarge)
Robert “Bilbo” Walker (Click photo to enlarge)

Cedric Watson (Click photo to enlarge)
Cedric Watson (Click photo to enlarge)

Ironing Board Sam (Click photo to enlarge)
Ironing Board Sam (Click photo to enlarge)

Cyril Neville (Click photo to enlarge)
Cyril Neville (Click photo to enlarge)

Charles Neville (Click to enlarge)
Charles Neville (Click to enlarge)

Chris Thomas King (Click photo to enlarge)
Chris Thomas King (Click photo to enlarge)

Aaaon Neville (Click to enlarge)
Aaron Neville (Click to enlarge)

Cecile Mclorin Salvant (Click photo to enlarge)
Cecile Mclorin Salvant (Click photo to enlarge)

Gurrumul (Click photo to enlarge)
Gurrumul (Click photo to enlarge)

Eric Lindell and his son (Click photo to enlarge)
Eric Lindell and his son (Click photo to enlarge)

Eric Lindell's son throws CDs to audience members. (Click photo to enlarge)
Eric Lindell’s son throws CDs to audience
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Roland Guerin (Click photo to enlarge)
Roland Guerin (Click photo to enlarge)

Tab Benoit (Click photo to enlarge)
Tab Benoit (Click photo to enlarge)

Jean Knight (Click photo to enlarge)
Jean Knight (Click photo to enlarge)

Kevin Naquin (Click photo to enlarge)
Kevin Naquin
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Meschiya Lake (Click photo to enlarge)
Meschiya Lake (Click photo to enlarge)

People's Economy Tent (Click photo to enlarge)
People’s Economy Tent (Click photo to enlarge)

Rev. John Wilkins (Click photo to enlarge)
Rev. John Wilkins (Click photo to enlarge)

J. Monque'D (Click photo to enlarge)
J. Monque’D (Click photo to enlarge)

Wanda Rouzan (Click photo to enlarge)
Wanda Rouzan (Click photo to enlarge)

Henry Gray (Click photo to enlarge)
Henry Gray (Click photo to enlarge)

Jarekus Singleton (Click photo to enlarge)
Jarekus Singleton (Click photo to enlarge)

Guitar Slim Jr. (Click photo to open)
Guitar Slim Jr. (Click photo to open)

Glen David Andrews ventures into the crowd at jazz fest (Click photo to enlarge)
Glen David Andrews ventures into the crowd
at jazz fest (Click photo to enlarge)

Buckwheat Zydeco (Click to enlarge)
Buckwheat Zydeco (Click to enlarge)

 Lil Buck Sinegal (Click photo to enlarge)
Lil Buck Sinegal (Click photo to enlarge)

Anson Funderburgh (Click photo to enlarge)
Anson Funderburgh (Click photo to enlarge)

Chris Clifton (Click photo to enlarge)
Chris Clifton (Click photo to enlarge)

The Dixie Cups (Click photo to enlarge)
The Dixie Cups (Click photo to enlarge)

Buddy Guy at jazz fest (Click to enlarge)
Buddy Guy at jazz fest (Click to enlarge)

Glen David Andrews and Gaynielle Neville (Click to enlarge)
Glen David Andrews and Gaynielle Neville
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Tyrone Vaughan of Royal Southern Brotherhood (Click photo to enlarge)
Tyrone Vaughan of Royal Southern Brotherhood
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Marty Sammon performs with Buddy Guy (Click photo to enlarge)
Marty Sammon performs with Buddy Guy
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Photos: Nellie McKay in Lafayette

by Carl Abernathy on April 23, 2015

Nellie McKay (click to enlarge)
Nellie McKay (click to enlarge)

Nellie McKay (click to enlarge)
Nellie McKay (click to enlarge)

Nellie McKay (click to enlarge)
Nellie McKay (click to enlarge)

Nellie McKay just might be the funniest woman in America. She gets my vote, at least.

Armed only with a ukulele, a grand piano and a portable Hammond organ on Wednesday night at Duncan Hall in Lafayette, Indiana, McKay humorously eviscerated entitled young rich folks, feminists and conservatives. She defended Mother Earth and praised Eddie Albert. And she charmed the audience with cover songs of the ’60s from artists ranging from The Kinks to Herman’s Hermits. (Those songs may be found on her new album, “My Weekly Reader.”)

Thanks to Friends of Bob, a local music cooperative, for bringing McKay and for another fabulous season.

Photos of James Hunter Six at City Winery

April 5, 2015

I have a friend, a well-respected jazz guitarist, who idolizes James Hunter. It’s easy to see why. Saturday night at the City Winery in Chicago, Hunter and his band, The James Hunter Six, shimmied and sliced their way through their repertoire of songs that explore the intersections of soul, blues and rock. Their sound pays […]

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QuinTango and Emmanuel Trifilio at The Jazz Kitchen

March 29, 2015

It’s been awhile since I’ve heard a great tango band. QuinTango, a tango quintet performing at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis with Argentine bandeon master Emmanuel Trifilio, moved me to tears several times, especially when they played the songs of Astor Piazzolla. It was a beautiful show. Here are a few photos from the evening.

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Phil and Dave Alvin at Lafayette Brewing Co.

March 2, 2015

At the Lafayette Brewing Company tonight Phil and Dave Alvin performed Big Bill Broonzy songs from their new album, old Blasters tunes and a few Dave Alvin numbers. All were spectacular. Thanks to Friends of Bob, a local music cooperative, for booking the show.

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Photos of Robbie Fulks at Duncan Hall

January 25, 2015

On Saturday night Robbie Fulks, Shad Cobb (fiddle), Don Stiernberg (mandolin) and Chris Scruggs (bass) delighted the folks at Duncan Hall in Lafayette with a mix of country, bluegrass and folk. Thanks to Friends of Bob, one of the country’s best community music cooperatives, for booking the show.

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Photos from the Purdue Jazz Festival, 2015

January 19, 2015

I always try to catch some high school bands at the Purdue Jazz Festival. They sounded great. And the Purdue Jazz Band is one of the best collegiate jazz bands in America, even though Purdue doesn’t have a music school. Here are a few photos from Saturday’s competition and workshops with pros.

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Tab Benoit and Kris Lager at City Winery

December 22, 2014

Tab Benoit broke a lot of guitar strings Saturday night at City Winery in Chicago. It was bound to happen. Benoit attacked his bluesy songs with a ferociousness that probably sent any would-be rock ‘n’ roll guitar gods in the audience scurrying back to their day jobs. Benoit never slowed down after breaking a string […]

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Pokey LaFarge Band in Lafayette, Indiana: photos and concert review

November 23, 2014

> Pokey LaFarge and his band rolled into a rollicking rendition of “Knocking the Dust Off,” a jaunty mix of Western swing and Dixieland jazz to start their show Friday night at Thomas Duncan Hall in Lafayette. Then Pokey dedicated the second song, “Back Home Again in Indiana,” to the Hoosiers in the audience. Needless […]

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Photos & review: Jarekus Singleton at Carnahan Hall in Lafayette

October 26, 2014

Jarekus Singleton gave me a bear hug after his show Saturday night at Carnahan Hall in Lafayette and I felt it all the way down to my bones. I was ready for it, though, because for two hours Jarekus had been roughing me and the rest of the audience up with frenetic blues and squeezing […]

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