Photos: Chicago Blues Festival, 2015

June 14, 2015

Work kept me from attending the Friday session at the 2015 Chicago Blues Festival. And rain almost kept me away entirely – Friday afternoon on my way to Chicago I drove through the worst rainstorm I’ve ever seen. I’m glad I made it. The weather Saturday afternoon was perfect (not too hot and the rain […]

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Photos: Muddy Roots Spring Weekender

May 24, 2015

I went to the 2015 Muddy Roots Spring Weekender in Nashville, Indiana, because I’ve wanted to see LC Ulmer for a long time. He didn’t disappoint. At 87, he’s still an incredible guitarist and blues singer. His music is raw and unpredictable. Close your eyes and you’d swear you’re in a ’30s era juke joint, […]

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New Orleans Jazz Fest 2015 in photos

May 5, 2015

This year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival might have been the best I’ve attended. The sky messages above the fairgrounds helped; they seemed to put everyone in a good mood. But this year’s festival, at least for me, was all about the Nevilles. I didn’t get to see Charmaine Neville perform this year (I […]

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Photos: Nellie McKay in Lafayette

April 23, 2015

Nellie McKay just might be the funniest woman in America. She gets my vote, at least. Armed only with a ukulele, a grand piano and a portable Hammond organ on Wednesday night at Duncan Hall in Lafayette, Indiana, McKay humorously eviscerated entitled young rich folks, feminists and conservatives. She defended Mother Earth and praised Eddie […]

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Photos of James Hunter Six at City Winery

April 5, 2015

I have a friend, a well-respected jazz guitarist, who idolizes James Hunter. It’s easy to see why. Saturday night at the City Winery in Chicago, Hunter and his band, The James Hunter Six, shimmied and sliced their way through their repertoire of songs that explore the intersections of soul, blues and rock. Their sound pays […]

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QuinTango and Emmanuel Trifilio at The Jazz Kitchen

March 29, 2015

It’s been awhile since I’ve heard a great tango band. QuinTango, a tango quintet performing at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis with Argentine bandeon master Emmanuel Trifilio, moved me to tears several times, especially when they played the songs of Astor Piazzolla. It was a beautiful show. Here are a few photos from the evening.

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Phil and Dave Alvin at Lafayette Brewing Co.

March 2, 2015

At the Lafayette Brewing Company tonight Phil and Dave Alvin performed Big Bill Broonzy songs from their new album, old Blasters tunes and a few Dave Alvin numbers. All were spectacular. Thanks to Friends of Bob, a local music cooperative, for booking the show.

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Photos of Robbie Fulks at Duncan Hall

January 25, 2015

On Saturday night Robbie Fulks, Shad Cobb (fiddle), Don Stiernberg (mandolin) and Chris Scruggs (bass) delighted the folks at Duncan Hall in Lafayette with a mix of country, bluegrass and folk. Thanks to Friends of Bob, one of the country’s best community music cooperatives, for booking the show.

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Photos from the Purdue Jazz Festival, 2015

January 19, 2015

I always try to catch some high school bands at the Purdue Jazz Festival. They sounded great. And the Purdue Jazz Band is one of the best collegiate jazz bands in America, even though Purdue doesn’t have a music school. Here are a few photos from Saturday’s competition and workshops with pros.

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Tab Benoit and Kris Lager at City Winery

December 22, 2014

Tab Benoit broke a lot of guitar strings Saturday night at City Winery in Chicago. It was bound to happen. Benoit attacked his bluesy songs with a ferociousness that probably sent any would-be rock ‘n’ roll guitar gods in the audience scurrying back to their day jobs. Benoit never slowed down after breaking a string […]

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Pokey LaFarge Band in Lafayette, Indiana: photos and concert review

November 23, 2014

> Pokey LaFarge and his band rolled into a rollicking rendition of “Knocking the Dust Off,” a jaunty mix of Western swing and Dixieland jazz to start their show Friday night at Thomas Duncan Hall in Lafayette. Then Pokey dedicated the second song, “Back Home Again in Indiana,” to the Hoosiers in the audience. Needless […]

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