Photos: Alice Wallace at People’s Brewing

by Carl Abernathy on July 18, 2017

I missed Alice Wallace, a country and Americana singer from California, the last time she rolled through Lafayette because I was giving seminars to young journalists. Glad I caught her this time at People’s Brewing. She’s terrific.

Wallace should be a star. I hope she is one day. At any rate, she sounds like one.

Her voice is one of the strongest and purest I’ve heard in a long time. It would sound good in any genre. In fact it did … she covered songwriters ranging from Fleetwood Mac and Townes Van Zandt (her rendition of “Poncho and Lefty” was amazing) to Hank Williams and Patsy Montana. (Wallace sounded as if she teleported straight from the ’30s when she started yodeling during the Patsy Montana song.)

But it was Wallace’s own tunes that highlighted her skills the best. She spun tales from the road and stories about love lost. All were lovely. And, yeah, she yodeled all night. Thank god.

Brian Greene, an area artist, opened the show with an excellent set.

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Photos: Traveling Broke and Out of Gas

by Carl Abernathy on July 15, 2017

Great show by Traveling Broke and Out of Gas at Purdue Friday. Some photos:


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Photos: Tijuana Hercules at People’s Brewing

by Carl Abernathy on June 27, 2017

Great set of nasty blues by Chicago band Tijuana Hercules tonight at People’s Brewing. I was hooked as soon as I heard the first notes of Slim Harpo’s “Shake My Hips,” which I had been playing in my car on the way to the show. Their set was raucous and rockin’. I might be heading to Chicago to see them again this summer.

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Festival, 2017 (photos)

May 11, 2017

We had a great time at jazz fest in New Orleans, as always. I got to see some long-time favorites such as Wanda Rouzan, Henry Gray, Henry Butler and Dr. Michael White. And I finally got to see William Bell after waiting for 40 years. The Cuban music was divine, notably Changüí Guantánamo and Pedrito […]

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Strangled Darlings and Wonky Tonk at People’s Brewing

April 19, 2017

Strangled Darlings play unpredictable, pulsing folk that dares listeners not to dance. And their lyrics – political polemics, amusing anecdotes – are every bit as eclectic and delightful as their instrumentals. Wonky Tonk, a young country singer from Covington, Kentucky, lures you into her songs with her waifish charm and wins your heart with her […]

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Outdoor Velour at Digby’s

April 17, 2017

Finally caught Greg Simpson and Cara Kinnally, Outdoor Velour. Rain forced them inside and the sound system was a bit shaky, but it was a fun evening.

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Jeff Shepherd and Marco Sassman

March 21, 2017

Great show by Jeff Shepherd, as always, with Marco Sassman at People’s in Lafayette. A few photos:

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Photos: Bruce Barker, The Piano Man, at the Neon Cactus

March 3, 2017

Went to the Neon Cactus in Lafayette tonight for the first time ever. Hadn’t been in the building for 40 years; the last time I was there it was a roller rink. Nice place. Great show. Barker, who’s probably the area’s most popular musician, worked the crowd into a frenzy. I went to take photos […]

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Cody Ray at People’s Brewing

February 21, 2017

My mama in Georgia would love Cody Ray. He’s a polite young Southern guy with a winning smile. Most importantly, he’s apparently a Braves fan – he was wearing a Braves cap, at least – and mama adores the Atlanta Braves. And though mom isn’t much of a music fan, she admires folks who sing […]

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Trevor Lewington and Craig Downie at Nine Irish Brothers

February 17, 2017

I went to see Trevor Lewington and Craig Downie because Nine Irish Brothers has been advertising in my publication’s new entertainment calendar, and I always patronize our advertisers. Man, am I glad I did. The members of Enter the Haggis played intoxicating Celtic music with some beautiful folk songs sneaked into the mix. Great show. […]

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Woodstove Flapjacks at People’s Brewing

February 14, 2017

I’ve traveled around the country to hear bluegrass and old-timey music bands. The Woodstove Flapjacks from Lafayette are about as good as any of them. Great Valentine’s Day show tonight at People’s Brewing in Lafayette. Rare show for the band these days. Glad I caught them. A few photos:

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