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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Woody Pines at the Knickerbocker Saloon

January 21, 2017

Woody Pines brought his old-timey magic to the Knickerbocker Saloon Saturday night. Great, great show. Some pix:

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Photos: Tom Russell in Lafayette, Indiana

December 5, 2016

Tom Russell wrote “Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall” long before Donald Trump started promising folks he’d build a barrier between Mexico and the United States. The song’s probably more relevant now than when he wrote it. Russell’s songs are like that. They’re timeless capsules of everyday folks’ struggles and glories. Russell played “Who’s Gonna Build […]

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Matt Woods and Adam Lee in Lafayette

November 19, 2016

Matt Woods and Adam Lee are two of my favorite roots musicians. I see both of them whenever I can. It’s always special when I get a chance to see them together. Friday night’s show at GLM Live in Lafayette, Indiana, was one of my most enjoyable evenings in a long time. Thanks, guys. Some […]

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Photos: Goddamn Gallows, Gallows Bound, Mound Builders

October 29, 2016

The first thing my pal Jim Voelz, the lead singer for The Mound Builders, said to me when I walked into The Spot Tavern Friday night was that he hoped I brought my earplugs. I always do. Thank God. The Mound Builders, a sludge rock band from Lafayette, are loud. Really loud. And Jim has […]

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