VOLK heats up Lafayette

by Carl Abernathy on January 17, 2018

Temperatures hovered near zero in Lafayette Tuesday night. It didn’t take long for Chris Lowe and Eleot Reich of VOLK to start heating things up.

They started their set at People’s Brewing Co. with a sexy simmer, shimmying through old-school country, Western swing and spaghetti western tunes.

Then, midway through a song, Lowe started burning on his guitar. And when he started fiddling with his pedal case, he must have flipped a switch that turned Reich from a country princess into a metal goddess. When Reich starts flailing on her drums, she’s as maniacal as any drummer I know. That’s a good thing.

Nope, make it a great thing. See VOLK if you can. They’ll heat up your night.

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Jeff Shepherd in Lafayette

by Carl Abernathy on January 10, 2018

Jeff Shepherd embodies the spirit of country legends of days gone by. His songs are sweet, reflective, heartbreaking. And they never fail to move me.

Tuesday his show at People’s Brewing seemed even more poignant. His voice quivered just a bit more with every painful lyric. His voice tiptoed softly through landmines of romantic battlefields.

Turns out that Jeff was hit by a car Monday as he was walking back to his car, which had slipped off the road in the snow in northern Indiana. A hit-and-run driver. He shouldn’t have played.

After his last set, Jeff almost collapsed. But while he played, you forgot where you were. He took you along every dark rode he’s ever traveled. The roads were dark, winding, sometimes scary. And there aren’t many musicians I’d rather travel with.

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Fergus Daly Band

by Carl Abernathy on December 20, 2017

The Fergus Daly Band is big-time in Lafayette. They should be everywhere.

Some photos from tonight’s show at People’s Brewing.


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Joe Buck Yourself at People’s Brewing

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Urban Pioneers, Adrian+Meredith at People’s Brewing

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