Photos: Dow Jones and the Industrials reunion show at the Spot Tavern in Lafayette

by Carl Abernathy on September 16, 2016

I rushed out of my evening seminars to catch Dow Jones and the Industrials’ reunion show at The Spot Tavern in Lafayette.

I needn’t have worried. They started the show an hour and a half late. It was worth the wait, though. The Lafayette punk icons were sharp.

Chris Clark, the bassist, and I go way back. I was managing editor of the student paper at Purdue when he was the mischievous student body president. We even went to the 1980 Democratic National Convention together.

Chris and his partner in punk, guitarist Greg Horn, are a lot older now, but they still make me laugh when they sing their dopey songs and they still play as hard and as loud as any band I know. I’ve lost some hearing since the late ’70s and early ’80s (probably because of their shows), but the earplugs I wear at concerts now didn’t keep my mind from drifting back to my youth.

Vess Ruhtenberg of The Zero Boys and The Lemonheads filled in on keyboards and, occasionally, on guitar for Brad Garton (Mr. Science), who couldn’t attend. Ruhtenberg donned a lab coat, just as Garton used to do, and married weirdness and rhythm with each note.

Mike Doskocil filled in for drummer Tim North, who died several years ago. His rockin’ beat incited the youngsters around me to start slam dancing. Thirty-five years ago when I caught every Dow Jones show I could, I might have joined them. But with a bag full of expensive camera equipment and an aging back, I took it as my cue to leave.

I did bop all the way to the parking lot, though. Thanks for the memories, guys.

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