Adam Lee, Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters at People’s Brewing

April 12, 2016

I’ve seen Adam Lee perform several times now. Each show impresses me more than the last one. Lee, who sounds like a throwback to the golden era of country music, will break your heart one moment and make you laugh the next. And I don’t know of anyone who has a deeper, clearer voice. Tuesday […]

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Marshall Crenshaw & The Bottle Rockets at Lafayette Theater

April 9, 2016

I’ve now seen Marshall Crenshaw with The Bottle Rockets four times. Friday night’s show at the Lafayette Theater might have been the best. Marshall Crenshaw’s gorgeous pop-oriented rock and The Bottle Rockets’ grungy twang are a perfect mix. The Bottle Rockets opened the evening and played the tunes on their latest album, “South Broadway Athletic […]

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Photos: The Dead Batteries at People’s Brewing Co.

April 6, 2016

The Dead Batteries are dangerous. Bill Brose and Rocco Calipari attack every note on their guitars. Their vocals are wicked, too. Tuesday night at People’s Brewing, they rollicked through covers by artists ranging from The Allman Brothers and ZZ Top to Elmore James and Johnny Cash. Even when they covered Bill Withers, they added some […]

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Photos: Nathan Kalish & the Lastcallers concert at People’s Brewing Co.

March 29, 2016

Americana artist Nathan Kalish loves classic country. He peppered his set at People’s Brewing Co. with songs by country legends such as Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. His own songs mirror the intensity and poignancy of the songs by his heroes. Kalish and his guitarist, Mike Hopper, rocked out at times, but Kalish […]

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Photos: Hooten Hallers at People’s Brewing

March 23, 2016

The Hooten Hallers play like they’re being chased by the Tasmanian Devil. Or maybe, because the band plays with such fury, they’re doing the chasing. I’ve heard many guitarists play a raucous brand of blues and rock. But no one I know plays his guitar as hard and as wild as John Randall. And I’m […]

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Creole Carnival: Emeline Michel, Brushy One String, Casuarina at City Winery in Chicago

March 22, 2016

Haitian singer Emeline Michel’s voice seeped into the souls of every member of the audience at City Winery in Chicago. Her spirited performance made everyone want to dance. The same could be said for Brushy One String, a Jamaican musician with the soulful voice who makes his one-string guitar do the work of a whole […]

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Photos: James Moon & Kim Strother at People’s Brewing Co.

March 15, 2016

Nice sets by James Moon and Kim Strother, along with George Buechley on steel guitar and Paul Foster on bass, at People’s Brewing Co. in Lafayette. Great local musicians. People’s offers live music, often featuring touring national acts, for free at 6 p.m. every Tuesday.

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Photos: Alan Kelly Gang in Lafayette

March 9, 2016

It’s hard not to dance when the Alan Kelly Gang starts playing reels. It might be even harder to avoid shedding a tear when Steph Geremia sings a ballad. Great show at Duncan Hall in Lafayette Tuesday night. Thanks to Friends of Bob, a wonderful local music cooperative, for bringing the band to Lafayette. A […]

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Photos: Christian Scott at the Jazz Kitchen

March 7, 2016

Christian Scott blew hard into Indianapolis Sunday. Scott and his band were roaring through their sound check when we got to the Jazz Kitchen at 5 p.m., two hours before their set. They sounded like a cross between a jet engine and a metal band. Then, almost mid-note, Scott started playing softly, beautifully … like […]

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Photos: The Prannies at People’s Brewing Co. in Lafayette

March 2, 2016

The Prannies, long one of the Lafayette area’s best bands, rocked People’s Brewing Tuesday night. They’re always fun. People’s features great acts, both national and local, every Tuesday night. Stop by if you’re near Lafayette. A few photos:

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Photos: Jeff Shepherd at People’s Brewing

February 24, 2016

I always imagine I’m at the Ryman Auditorium in the mid-’60s when I listen to Jeff Shepherd sing. Even when he’s raucous, his music sounds timeless. He’s a gifted songwriter, too. At People’s Brewing tonight, backed by Marco Sassman on banjo, Shepherd gave one of the better shows I’ve heard at the bar, which features […]

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