Joe Buck Yourself at People’s Brewing

by Carl Abernathy on December 13, 2017

Joe Buck Yourself is a one-man musical bomb.

His notes all blend into a collection of sonic blasts. His lyrics also explode in your ears. When he’s not assaulting the audience with his music, though, he’s one of the sweetest performers I’ve seen. I’ve never heard a performer thank the crowd so many times.

Great rock ‘n’ roll show at People’s Brewing tonight.

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Kyle Bledsoe at People’s Brewing

by Carl Abernathy on December 6, 2017

Kyle Bledsoe’s fingers dance when he plays guitar.

The Indianapolis-based bluesman can work a crowd into a frenzy all by himself. Armed only with an acoustic guitar and an array of pedals, he shimmied through a series of frenetic blues covers and originals Tuesday at People’s Brewing Co. in Lafayette. He can sway, too; his guitar work was exquisite when he slowed the pace.

And though his voice isn’t as powerful as his guitar licks, it’s pleasant and, at times, even hypnotic, especially when he covers Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly.”

I’ve known about Bledsoe for years, but I’d never seen him, even though he’s a Lafayette native. Hope to catch one of his shows again soon.

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Chandler Travis Philharmonic Orchestra in Lafayette

by Carl Abernathy on November 18, 2017

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic Orchestra feeds off of pageantry and the absurd. But every member of the band is serious about rock ‘n’ roll.

Great, great show at Carnahan Hall in Lafayette Friday night. Thanks to Friends of Bob, a wonderful music cooperative, for bringing them back to town after 13 years.

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Photos: The Revelers in Lafayette, Indiana

November 10, 2017

Thursday night, the temps started racing toward the teens and the thermostat in my house went out. Thank God The Revelers blew in from Lafayette, Louisiana, to Lafayette, Indiana, on a warm breeze of Cajun music, zydeco, swamp pop and blues. It’s always a pleasure to see them. Thanks to Friends of Bob, a wonderful […]

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Photos: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic in Lafayette

October 27, 2017

George Clinton sits for parts of his shows these days. But he still goes for three hours. And no one brings the funk harder than Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic. Great show at the Lafayette Theater Thursday. Some photos:

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50th Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette

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. Some photos:

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Chicago Afrobeat Project at The Black Sparrow’s 10th anniversary street party

October 15, 2017

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 […]

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Urban Pioneers, Adrian+Meredith at People’s Brewing

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 […]

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Photos: VOLK at People’s Brewing

September 20, 2017

Eleot Reich seems like the kind of person who would take flowers to your sick grandmother she’s never met. She’d babysit your cranky dog if you had to go out of town unexpectedly. She’d give her sandwich to a homeless person, even if she hadn’t eaten all day. There’s just one thing: Don’t get in […]

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Adam Lee and Mitch Barker at 6th Street Dive

September 15, 2017

When Adam Lee starts rumbling with his deep bass voice, you wonder whether the bar will start shaking. Usually, though, his voice just makes listeners sigh, cry or laugh. Lee, you see, taps into every emotion you’ve ever felt, often within the same song. The Chicago-based singer channels both his inner Hank Williams and his […]

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Matthew McNeal and Andre Black at People’s Brewing

September 12, 2017

Matthew McNeal’s voice is soothing … even when he and his drummer, Andre Black, rock hard. The Texas-based singer-songwriter’s lyrics can be sweet, too. Mostly, though, his words paint a picture of the backroads of America drawn by an observant musical drifter. Listening to his songs is like watching mini-movies. Great show at People’s Brewing […]

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