Photos: The Prannies

August 9, 2017

The Prannies’ musical influences range from Chuck Berry to The Mekons, and their shows reflect it. They romped through their two sets at People’s Tuesday night in Lafayette. As always, they found their groove both in their covers and their own material, whether they were playing classic R&B-based rock or more punk-oriented ditties. And they […]

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Photos: Cody Ray and Joshua Powell

August 2, 2017

Cody Ray is the brightest new light on the Lafayette music scene. His live sets shine when he covers John Prine and Guy Clark. And Ray, an aspiring novelist, pens his own textured musical epics that include the same literary bones as the songs by those masters. I’ve seen Ray several times since he moved […]

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Photos: Michael Kelsey and friends at Purdue

July 28, 2017

I always love seeing Michael Kelsey. He’s a phenomenal guitarist. Great last show of the Purdue summer concert series. Some photos of Michael with Matt Call on drums, LD Miller on harmonica and Nicky Kerr on keyboards and vocals.

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Photos: Nathan Kalish

July 25, 2017

I always enjoy seeing Nathan Kalish. His show at People’s Brewing tonight was great, as always. He performed a lot of his own songs, but he also laced his sets with a lot of covers by Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and John Prine. Some pix:

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Photos: Alice Wallace at People’s Brewing

July 18, 2017

I missed Alice Wallace, a country and Americana singer from California, the last time she rolled through Lafayette because I was giving seminars to young journalists. Glad I caught her this time at People’s Brewing. She’s terrific. Wallace should be a star. I hope she is one day. At any rate, she sounds like one. […]

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Photos: Traveling Broke and Out of Gas

July 15, 2017

Great show by Traveling Broke and Out of Gas at Purdue Friday. Some photos:

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Photos: Tijuana Hercules at People’s Brewing

June 27, 2017

Great set of nasty blues by Chicago band Tijuana Hercules tonight at People’s Brewing. I was hooked as soon as I heard the first notes of Slim Harpo’s “Shake My Hips,” which I had been playing in my car on the way to the show. Their set was raucous and rockin’. I might be heading […]

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Festival, 2017 (photos)

May 11, 2017

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 […]

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Strangled Darlings and Wonky Tonk at People’s Brewing

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 […]

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Outdoor Velour at Digby’s

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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