Scenes from Loeb Stadium: Scotty McCreery
Country singer and former ‘American Idol’ champ Scotty McCreery was at Loeb Stadium Thursday, the latest in Lafayette’s shows at the ball field. Plus, Piano Man Bruce sets his last call at Neon Cactus
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SCENES FROM LOEB STADIUM: SCOTTY MCCREERY
Country singer and former ‘American Idol’ Scotty McCreery brought his Damn Strait Tour to Loeb Stadium, the latest in a string of summer concerts at the ballfield in Lafayette’s Columbian Park.
Photographer Vincent Walter took in the scene Thursday night. Here’s some of what he came home with from the show.
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LAST CALL COMING FOR PIANO MAN BRUCE BARKER: I had to check in with Bruce Barker Thursday after he dropped an extended announcement that he was in the final stretch of holding court Thursday nights at the Neon Cactus. That wasn’t one of those AI hoaxes, was it?
“It’s true, brother,” Barker said.
After 28 years of playing the Cactus, including a stint of COVID shutdown-era online shows from his basement, Barker is counting down his final 18 shows before retirement from the Boiler fan-friendly gigs. His last Neon Cactus show will be Dec. 7, giving Purdue students and alums a few months to partake in closeout, piano bar singalongs – and reason to join in a few final calls of “Social!”
Here’s Barker spelling it out in an interview with former WLFI anchor Trevor Peters, posted Thursday morning.
SITE OF FATAL ARSON CAN COME DOWN IN FLORA: Fox 59 reporter Tyrone Frazier III was among the statewide media with news that a federal judge this week ordered that the Flora home where four young sisters died in a 2016 arson fire can be razed. No one has been arrested or charged in connection with the fire that killed Keyana Davis, 11, Keyara Phillips, 9, Kerriele McDonald, 7, and Kionnie Welch, 5. Here’s Frazier’s report, with an update in the investigation, too: “Court order: Flora home of deadly 2016 fire, killing 4 young girls to be demolished.”
ADD CHAMBERS TO THE GOP MIX: Indiana Capital Chronicle reporter Whitney Downard had the details about Brad Chambers getting into an already crowded Republican field for Indiana governor in 2024. Chambers, who recently stepped down at Indiana’s secretary of commerce, joins U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Fort Wayne businessman Eric Doden and former Indiana attorney general Curtis Hill as Republicans looking for the party’s nomination in the May 2024 primary. Here’s Downard’s report: “Chambers announces gubernatorial bid, puts rumors to rest. He is a mystery to voters as his campaign begins against well-known opponents.”
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