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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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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