Photos: Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends.

by Carl Abernathy on July 27, 2015

Tin Machine is my favorite David Bowie project, largely because of the way Reeves Gabrels attacked his guitar on the group’s albums.

Gabrels, who’s also the long-time guitarist for The Cure, and his band jacked up Sunday night at the Lafayette Brewing Co. and made it seem like the best Saturday night ever. They even dipped into the Tin Machine songbook.

I’d had a rough day – I lost my wallet this weekend and spent 10 hours looking for it today. Reeves Gabrels and His Imaginary Friends relieved some of my stress.

The Fergus Daly Band, the opening act, was great, too.

Here are a few photos from the concert:

Reeves Gabrels (Click photo to enlarge)
Reeves Gabrels (Click photo to enlarge)

Bassist Kevin Hornback and Reeves Gabrels (Click photo to enlarge)
Bassist Kevin Hornback and Reeves Gabrels
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Reeves Gabrels (Click photo to enlarge)
Reeves Gabrels (Click photo to enlarge)

Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends (Click photo to enlarge)
Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends
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Reeves Gabrels (Click photo to enlarge)
Reeves Gabrels (Click photo to enlarge)

Reeves Gabrels (Click photo to enlarge)
Reeves Gabrels (Click photo to enlarge)

Fergus Daly (Click photo to enlarge)
Fergus Daly (Click photo to enlarge)

Joe Kollman (Click photo to enlarge)
Joe Kollman (Click photo to enlarge)

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Photos: Shuggie Otis at City Winery in Chicago

by Carl Abernathy on July 18, 2015

Shuggie Otis is still an electrifying guitarist. Maybe even more now than when he was younger.

Saturday at the City Winery in Chicago, Otis played a mishmash of songs in a variety of styles. I enjoyed his blues tunes the most, but I’m sure that others preferred his funk or his rambling rock tunes that showcased his virtuosity on the guitar.

I wished he’d played more songs from “Inspiration Information,” but, mostly, I’m just happy to have seen Otis perform. I’d been waiting a long time.

Here are a couple of photos from the show.

Shuggie Otis (Click photo to enlarge)
Shuggie Otis (Click photo to enlarge)

Shuggie Otis (Click photo to enlarge)
Shuggie Otis (Click photo to enlarge)

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Photos: Champaign Blues, Brews and BBQ Fest

by Carl Abernathy on June 29, 2015


I didn’t make it to the merchandise tent after Janiva Magness’ set at the 2015 Champaign Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival. I imagine, though, that most of the guys at the festival got in line after Magness sang “I Need a Man.”

Magness seduced with her ballads and shimmied on her upbeat tunes. She was wonderful. So were the other acts – all of them led by women – at the two-day festival in Champaign, Illinois.

Here are some photos from the festival:

Janiva Magness  (Click photo to enlarge)
Janiva Magness
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Janiva Magness (Click photo to enlarge)
Janiva Magness
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Carolyn Wonderland (Click photo to enlarge)
Carolyn Wonderland
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Carolyn Wonderland (Click photo to enlarge)
Carolyn Wonderland
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Ana Popovic (Click photo to enlarge)
Ana Popovic
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Ana Popovic (Click photo to enlarge)
Ana Popovic
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Sena Ehrhardt  (Click photo to enlarge)
Sena Ehrhardt
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Sena Ehrhardt  (Click photo to enlarge)
Sena Ehrhardt
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Joanna Connor (Click photo to enlarge)
Joanna Connor
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Shaun Murphy (Click photo to enlarge)
Shaun Murphy
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Laura Rain & the Caesars (Click photo to enlarge)
Laura Rain & the Caesars
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Adrianna Marie & Her Groovecutters (Click photo to enlarge)
Adrianna Marie & Her Groovecutters
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Sara Hall of Upshot sings "Happy Birthday to a young festival audience member (Click photo to enlarge)
Sara Hall of Upshot sings “Happy Birthday to a
young festival audience member
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No Solid State (Click photo to enlarge)
No Solid State
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An audience member plays  his harmonica as a band performs. (Click photo to enlarge)
An audience member plays
his harmonica as a band performs.
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Ana Popovic (Click photo to enlarge)
Ana Popovic
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Cole Allen, Sena Ehrhardt's guitarist (Click photo to enlarge)
Cole Allen, Sena Ehrhardt’s guitarist
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Photos: Rachel Kate and Jeff Shepherd

June 17, 2015

Jim Voelz of Mom & Pop Productions brings a lot of fine shows to Lafayette. Rachel Kate and Jeff Shepherd, who played at People Brewing Co. Tuesday, were among the best acts he’s booked. Rachel Kate has a beautiful voice, which meshes well with the spunky spirit with which she attacks her songs. Shepherd’s voice […]

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Photos: Chicago Blues Festival, 2015

June 14, 2015

Work kept me from attending the Friday session at the 2015 Chicago Blues Festival. And rain almost kept me away entirely – Friday afternoon on my way to Chicago I drove through the worst rainstorm I’ve ever seen. I’m glad I made it. The weather Saturday afternoon was perfect (not too hot and the rain […]

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Photos: Muddy Roots Spring Weekender

May 24, 2015

I went to the 2015 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, […]

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New Orleans Jazz Fest 2015 in photos

May 5, 2015

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 […]

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Photos: Nellie McKay in Lafayette

April 23, 2015

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 […]

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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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