Photos: Quiet Hollers at People’s Brewing in Lafayette

August 18, 2015

Quiet Hollers, a band from Louisville, has added a harder edge to their music since I saw them at People’s Brewing Co. last fall. The new tunes rock more (sometimes they border on being raucous). But there’s still an everyman vibe in Shadwick Wilde’s lyrics. Tuesday night the band mixed the old alt-country tunes with […]

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Photos: Hopeless Jack

August 4, 2015

I hung out with Hopeless Jack and his drummer, Spencer, for an hour Monday night while they waited to hear whether they’d be allowed to play at a local bar. Word was that they were too loud for the venue. Finally, the bar manager arrived and approved the show if Hopeless Jack would turn down […]

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Photos: Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends.

July 27, 2015

Tin Machine is my favorite David Bowie project, largely because of the way Reeves Gabrels attacked his guitar on the group’s albums. Gabrels, who’s also the long-time guitarist for The Cure, and his band jacked up Sunday night at the Lafayette Brewing Co. and made it seem like the best Saturday night ever. They even […]

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Photos: Shuggie Otis at City Winery in Chicago

July 18, 2015

Shuggie Otis is still an electrifying guitarist. Maybe even more now than when he was younger. Saturday at the City Winery in Chicago, Otis played a mishmash of songs in a variety of styles. I enjoyed his blues tunes the most, but I’m sure that others preferred his funk or his rambling rock tunes that […]

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Photos: Champaign Blues, Brews and BBQ Fest

June 29, 2015

I didn’t make it to the merchandise tent after Janiva Magness’ set at the 2015 Champaign Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival. I imagine, though, that most of the guys at the festival got in line after Magness sang “I Need a Man.” Magness seduced with her ballads and shimmied on her upbeat tunes. She was […]

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Photos: Rachel Kate and Jeff Shepherd

June 17, 2015

Jim Voelz of Mom & Pop Productions brings a lot of fine shows to Lafayette. Rachel Kate and Jeff Shepherd, who played at People Brewing Co. Tuesday, were among the best acts he’s booked. Rachel Kate has a beautiful voice, which meshes well with the spunky spirit with which she attacks her songs. Shepherd’s voice […]

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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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