Photos: Urban Pioneers at People’s Brewing in Lafayette

by Carl Abernathy on February 10, 2016

Jimmy Martin would have loved the Urban Pioneers.

For one thing, the Urban Pioneers mixed several of the King of Bluegrass’s tunes in with their own at People Brewing in Lafayette. Respect for their legendary elders accompanied every note. But the Urban Pioneers aren’t a straight-up cover band. They play bluegrass with the kind of frenetic verve usually associated with punk bands.

Jared McGovern on banjo and guitar and Liz Sloan on fiddle might be the best young keepers of the bluegrass flame in America. They’re certainly worth a listen if they come to a town near you.

Here are a few photos of their show tonight:

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Photos: The Flat Five in Lafayette

by Carl Abernathy on January 17, 2016

Whoa. The Flat Five, a supergroup of sorts of Americana musicians from Chicago, gave a tremendous show tonight at Duncan Hall in Lafayette.

I’m sure they would have been major jazz stars in the ’50s and ’60s. Think Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, but with two female singers instead of two main male singers and a female. But I don’t think Lambert, Hendricks & Ross ever covered Captain Beefheart, The Byrds, The Turtles and Paul Williams.

See them if you’re in Chicago. They play at The Hideout a lot.

Thanks to Friends of Bob, a wonderful local music cooperative, for booking the show.

Kelly Hogan (Click photo to enlarge)
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Nora O'Connor (click photo to enlarge)
Nora O’Connor (click photo to enlarge)

Scott Ligon (click photo to enlarge)
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Nora O'Connor, Casey McDonough, Kelly Hogan
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Casey McDonough (click photo to enlarge)
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Alex Hall (click photo to enlarge)
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Scott Ligon (click photo to enlarge)
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Nora O'Connor (click photo to enlarge)
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Scott Ligon, Nora O'Connor & Kelly Hogan (click photo to enlarge)
Scott Ligon, Nora O’Connor & Kelly Hogan
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Jazz Fest preview in photos

by Carl Abernathy on January 6, 2016

I’m eagerly awaiting the release of this year’s jazz fest schedule. In the meantime, here’s a link to a photographic preview I made for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.


New Orleans Jazz Fest by Carl Abernathy on Exposure

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I’m playing around with the Exposure site’s format for displaying photos and stories. I plan to start publishing profiles with lots of photos of musicians soon. As an experiment, I published a story featuring photos from last May’s Muddy Roots Spring Weekender. Muddy Roots Spring Weekender by Carl Abernathy on Exposure

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Photos: Pine Leaf Boys in Lafayette, Indiana

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Photos: Redd Volkaert at the Continental Club in Austin

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I’ve wanted to see Redd Volkaert for a long time. Came to Austin for a college reunion with some of my Purdue friends and snuck away to catch Volkaert at a matinee show at the Continental Club. He’s an amazing guitarist. Great show.

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Photos: Quiet Hollers at People’s Brewing in Lafayette

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Quiet Hollers, a band from Louisville, has added a harder edge to their music since I saw them at People’s Brewing Co. last fall. The new tunes rock more (sometimes they border on being raucous). But there’s still an everyman vibe in Shadwick Wilde’s lyrics. Tuesday night the band mixed the old alt-country tunes with […]

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