50th Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette

by Carl Abernathy on October 15, 2017

Mosey Down Main Street has featured local musicians in Lafayette for 10 years now. Saturday’s event was the 50th and State Rep. Sheila Klinker presented the founders, Ken McCammon and Steve Bultinck, with proclamations from the state honoring the achievement.

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State Rep. Sheila Klinker with Steve Bultinck
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Chris Xioufarides (Dr. Fine & d’Gleet)
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Larry Smeyak (Dr. Fine & d’Gleet)
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Bob Talbott (Dr. Fine & d’Gleet)
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Rick Mummey (Dr. Fine & d’Gleet)
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Aidan Sturgeon
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The Remotes
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No Apparent Reason
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Cody Hall
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Rachael Yanni
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The Chicago Afrobeat Project’s music shimmies through a different musical genre with almost every note. Funk, Afrobeat, jazz, hip-hop, rock…

Underneath everything, though, there’s The Groove. Funky, sexy, hypnotic.

I’d heard about the group for years, but I’d never seen them until Black Sparrow owner Paul Baldwin brought them to Lafayette for the bar’s 10th anniversary street party. Now, I’m making plans to catch them in Chicago the next time I visit the Windy City.

Great show.

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Urban Pioneers, Adrian+Meredith at People’s Brewing

by Carl Abernathy on October 11, 2017

I left my parents’ house in Georgia at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. At 5 p.m., I found myself parked on a barstool at People’s Brewing waiting to hear the Urban Pioneers, one of my favorite bands. It was worth it.

The Urban Pioneers played some new tunes that will be on a forthcoming album, and they were great. I see a lot of fiddle players, but Liz Sloan just might be the best. Jared McGovern, who plays banjo and guitar, and Martin Sargent, who plays bass, are pros, too. Thank God the Texas-based group rolls through town frequently; I’ve seen them at least 10 times in Lafayette and at Muddy Roots events.

Adrian+Meredith opened and they were a lot fun, too.

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Photos: VOLK at People’s Brewing

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Matthew McNeal and Andre Black at People’s Brewing

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Photos: Jason and Gibson Wells

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Photos: Huckleberry Funk

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Photos: The Prannies

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Photos: Cody Ray and Joshua Powell

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Cody Ray is the brightest new light on the Lafayette music scene. His live sets shine when he covers John Prine and Guy Clark. And Ray, an aspiring novelist, pens his own textured musical epics that include the same literary bones as the songs by those masters. I’ve seen Ray several times since he moved […]

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Photos: Michael Kelsey and friends at Purdue

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I always love seeing Michael Kelsey. He’s a phenomenal guitarist. Great last show of the Purdue summer concert series. Some photos of Michael with Matt Call on drums, LD Miller on harmonica and Nicky Kerr on keyboards and vocals.

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