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Photos: Jason and Gibson Wells

by Carl Abernathy on September 9, 2017

I’ve seen Jason Wells, an area rocker and bluesman, perform many times, but I’d never seen him play with his 15-year-old son, Gibson, before. Wow. They perfectly complement each other, creating bluesy sonic waves with their guitars.

Great set by the Frankfort, Indiana, musicians Friday night at the Knickerbocker Saloon in Lafayette. Indianapolis musician Jason Andrew Brown opened with a nice set. Purdue student Tara Marlow also performed a couple of songs.

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Jason Wells
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Jason Andrew Brown
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Tara Malone
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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 Club.” Great songs. They also played my favorite Bottle Rockets tune, which means it’s one of my favorite songs – “Smoking 100’s Alone.”

Thanks to Friends of Bob, a wonderful local music co-operative, for bringing Marshall Crenshaw and The Bottle Rockets to Lafayette. They’ll be bringing The Sadies to the Lafayette Brewing Co. on May 6. Tickets are available now.

A few photos:

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Marshall Crenshaw and Brian Henneman
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Brian Henneman & Keith Voegele
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Photos: Urban Pioneers at People’s Brewing in Lafayette

by Carl Abernathy on February 10, 2016

Jimmy Martin would have loved the Urban Pioneers.

For one thing, the Urban Pioneers mixed several of the King of Bluegrass’s tunes in with their own at People Brewing in Lafayette. Respect for their legendary elders accompanied every note. But the Urban Pioneers aren’t a straight-up cover band. They play bluegrass with the kind of frenetic verve usually associated with punk bands.

Jared McGovern on banjo and guitar and Liz Sloan on fiddle might be the best young keepers of the bluegrass flame in America. They’re certainly worth a listen if they come to a town near you.

Here are a few photos of their show tonight:

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Tab Benoit and Kris Lager at City Winery

December 22, 2014

Tab Benoit broke a lot of guitar strings Saturday night at City Winery in Chicago. It was bound to happen. Benoit attacked his bluesy songs with a ferociousness that probably sent any would-be rock ‘n’ roll guitar gods in the audience scurrying back to their day jobs. Benoit never slowed down after breaking a string […]

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Photos & review: Jarekus Singleton at Carnahan Hall in Lafayette

October 26, 2014

Jarekus Singleton gave me a bear hug after his show Saturday night at Carnahan Hall in Lafayette and I felt it all the way down to my bones. I was ready for it, though, because for two hours Jarekus had been roughing me and the rest of the audience up with frenetic blues and squeezing […]

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Tinariwen at City Winery

April 6, 2014

The couple seated at our table Saturday night at Chicago’s City Winery once drove from Kansas City to Minneapolis to see Tinariwen … in the winter. After seeing the band from the northern deserts of Mali, I understand. Everyone in the audience did. I’m guessing that not many folks knew what the words of the […]

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