Pre-Record Store Day at Lafayette Theater

by Carl Abernathy on April 16, 2016

I went to the Pre-Record Store Day concert Friday night at the Lafayette Theater because I love the Quiet Hollers, an alt-country/rock band from Louisville; I’m pals with the organizer, Jim Voelz, the vocalist in The Mound Builders; and I’m a live music junkie.

Admittedly, I’m not a connoisseur of metal and sludge, or, for that matter, most electronic music, but I grew up on punk and I’m pretty open-minded for an old guy.

I liked all seven acts, and I loved the variety of music. Predictably, The Quiet Hollers won the hearts and ears of even the hardest metal fans. Not surprising. The Quiet Hollers charm almost everyone who hears them, and Shadwick Wilde, the lead singer and guitarist, is an old punk rocker.

Tim Gick, who plays psychedelic-twinged electronic music, impressed me, too. Great groove.

The Mound Builders, who closed the evening, surprised me the most, though. I’d never heard the hardcore metal band before – always seemed to be out of town or working when they had a gig. They shook my bones and my soul. Good thing I took my earplugs.

I’d promised Jim I’d take some photos of the event for him. Unfortunately, my two pro cameras are in the shop, so I had to use my rickety older cameras that weren’t particularly well-suited for one of the darkest shows I’ve ever shot. Sometimes you have to improvise.

So, here you go, Jim. Thanks for the rock, bud.

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Tim Gick (Click photo to enlarge)
Tim Gick (Click photo to enlarge)

The Pummels (Click photo to enlarge)
The Pummels (Click photo to enlarge)

Shadwick Wilde of Quiet Hollers (Click photo to enlarge)
Shadwick Wilde of Quiet Hollers
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Jim Voelz of The Mound Builders (Click photo to enlarge)
Jim Voelz of The Mound Builders
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Vinyl sale and merchandise sale (Click photo to enlarge)
Vinyl sale and merchandise sale
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The Pummels (Click photo to enlarge)
The Pummels (Click photo to enlarge)

Quiet Hollers (Click photo to enlarge)
Quiet Hollers (Click photo to enlarge)

Shadwick Wilde of Quiet Hollers (Click photo to enlarge)
Shadwick Wilde of Quiet Hollers
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The Clutter (Click photo to enlarge)
The Clutter (Click photo to enlarge)

Quiet Hollers (Click photo to enlarge)
Quiet Hollers (Click photo to enlarge)

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Mound Builders (Click photo to enlarge)
Mound Builders (Click photo to enlarge)

Quiet Hollers (Click photo to enlarge)
Quiet Hollers (Click photo to enlarge)

Jim Voelz (Click photo to enlarge)
Jim Voelz (Click photo to enlarge)

Pummels (Click photo to enlarge)
Pummels (Click photo to enlarge)

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Jim Voelz (Click photo to enlarge)
Jim Voelz (Click photo to enlarge)

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I’ve seen Adam Lee perform several times now. Each show impresses me more than the last one.

Lee, who sounds like a throwback to the golden era of country music, will break your heart one moment and make you laugh the next. And I don’t know of anyone who has a deeper, clearer voice. Tuesday night at People’s Brewing Co. in Lafayette he opened for Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters, a band from the Louisville area. I’d never seen them before, but I hope they roll through the area again soon. Great show.

People’s offers free live music at 6 p.m. every Tuesday. Next week, People’s will be bringing The Vallures – a rockin’ girl group from Bloomington that’ll make you feel as if you stepped out of of the parking lot into 1966 – for the third anniversary of live music at the brew pub. It’s going to be packed, so show up early.

A few photos from tonight’s show.

Adam Lee (Click photo to enlarge)
Adam Lee (Click photo to enlarge)

Adam Lee (Click photo to enlarge)
Adam Lee (Click photo to enlarge)

Adam Lee (Click photo to enlarge)
Adam Lee (Click photo to enlarge)

Adam Lee (Click photo to enlarge)
Adam Lee (Click photo to enlarge)

Nick Dittmeie (Click photo to enlarge)
Nick Dittmeie (Click photo to enlarge)

Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters  (Click photo to enlarge)
Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters
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Nick Dittmeier (Click photo to enlarge)
Nick Dittmeier (Click photo to enlarge)

Nick Dittmeier (Click photo to enlarge)
Nick Dittmeier (Click photo to enlarge)

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I’ve now seen Marshall Crenshaw with The Bottle Rockets four times. Friday night’s show at the Lafayette Theater might have been the best. Marshall Crenshaw’s gorgeous pop-oriented rock and The Bottle Rockets’ grungy twang are a perfect mix.

The Bottle Rockets opened the evening and played the tunes on their latest album, “South Broadway Athletic Club.” Great songs. They also played my favorite Bottle Rockets tune, which means it’s one of my favorite songs – “Smoking 100’s Alone.”

Thanks to Friends of Bob, a wonderful local music co-operative, for bringing Marshall Crenshaw and The Bottle Rockets to Lafayette. They’ll be bringing The Sadies to the Lafayette Brewing Co. on May 6. Tickets are available now.

A few photos:

Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)
Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)

Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)
Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)

Marshall Crenshaw and Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)
Marshall Crenshaw and Brian Henneman
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Marshall Crenshaw (Click photo to enlarge)
Marshall Crenshaw (Click photo to enlarge)

Brian Henneman & Keith Voegele (Click photo to enlarge)
Brian Henneman & Keith Voegele
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John Horton (Click photo to enlarge)
John Horton (Click photo to enlarge)

Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)
Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)

Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)
Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)

Marshall Crenshaw & The Bottle Rockets (Click photo to enlarge)
Marshall Crenshaw & The Bottle Rockets
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Keith Voegele (Click photo to enlarge)
Keith Voegele (Click photo to enlarge)

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