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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Matt Woods and Adam Lee in Lafayette

November 19, 2016

Matt Woods and Adam Lee are two of my favorite roots musicians. I see both of them whenever I can. It’s always special when I get a chance to see them together. Friday night’s show at GLM Live in Lafayette, Indiana, was one of my most enjoyable evenings in a long time. Thanks, guys. Some […]

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Photos: Goddamn Gallows, Gallows Bound, Mound Builders

October 29, 2016

The first thing my pal Jim Voelz, the lead singer for The Mound Builders, said to me when I walked into The Spot Tavern Friday night was that he hoped I brought my earplugs. I always do. Thank God. The Mound Builders, a sludge rock band from Lafayette, are loud. Really loud. And Jim has […]

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Shinyribs at Lafayette Brewing Company

October 21, 2016

Richard Fudge, the president of Friends of Bob, a wonderful local music cooperative, thinks Shinyribs might be the best live band on Earth. After Shinyribs’ concert at Lafayette Brewing Co. Thursday, I don’t feel much like arguing with Richard. The show was astounding. They certainly rank with Trombone Shorty and Gogol Bordello, my other favorite […]

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Photos: Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles

October 2, 2016

I’ve been a Sarah Borges fan for almost 10 years. I reviewed “Diamonds in the Dark” when it came out in 2007, and I love the album now as much as I did then. Thanks to Friends of Bob, a wonderful local music cooperative, I finally got a chance to see the band. Great, great […]

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Photos: Dow Jones and the Industrials reunion show at the Spot Tavern in Lafayette

September 16, 2016

I rushed out of my evening seminars to catch Dow Jones and the Industrials’ reunion show at The Spot Tavern in Lafayette. I needn’t have worried. They started the show an hour and a half late. It was worth the wait, though. The Lafayette punk icons were sharp. Chris Clark, the bassist, and I go […]

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