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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 Martinez.

Here’s a link to some of photos and a few words on my Exposure page.

Photos: New Orleans jazz fest 2017

Strangled Darlings and Wonky Tonk at People’s Brewing

by Carl Abernathy on 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 wit and earnest lyrics. Her voice, both vulnerable and worldy, is engaging, too.

Great show at People’s Brewing on Tuesday.

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Outdoor Velour at Digby’s

by Carl Abernathy on 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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Fergus Daly and Jesse Danner at People’s Brewing

February 7, 2017

Fergus Daly’s shows are always worth catching. I usually see him with his band, which is probably Lafayette’s finest. Tonight at People’s Brewing, Daly performed an acoustic set with Jesse Danner accompanying him on guitar. Joe Kollman, a regular member of Daly’s band, also joined them for a few songs, playing banjo and mandolin and […]

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Jason Wells Band at People’s Brewing

February 1, 2017

I’ve always thought of Frankfort’s Jason Wells as primarily a bluesman. And Tuesday night at People’s Brewing in Lafayette, Indiana, a bluesy tone permeated everything Wells and his band played. Mostly, though, they rocked … playing a mix of originals and classics, including a funky hard-rockin’ rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” Great show. People’s Brewing […]

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Photos: Purdue Jazz Fest 2017

January 21, 2017

I always enjoy listening to the high school bands at the Purdue Jazz Festival. This year, I also heard Arturo and Adam O’Farrill, the Purdue Jazz Band, Tim Coffman, Ingrid Jensen and David Bixler. Great morning.

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