Tim’s Picks: A Summer’s End Edition
Last Mosey of the summer, DJs galore, Glee Club’s 'First Nighter' and more. Five choice ideas of what do on your long holiday weekend.
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Here you go, five choice ideas for your long holiday weekend …
By Tim Brouk / For Based in Lafayette
Spot Patio Friday with Kyle Robert Paquin, Blue Easter Kult, Brad’s Dad and 5laphouse, 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, The Spot Tavern, 409 S. Fourth St., Lafayette — Although we were slapped with some brutal heat a week ago, there are many — like me — that are always a bit wistful when Labor Day weekend comes around. The unofficial end of summer is upon us and like that almost 100-degree weather last week, Lafayette will not let it go without some more sweaty fun. One such example is the last edition of The Spot’s Patio Friday series of dance nights. All summer, DJs from near and far brought the beats while the sexy party people moved their feet to an assortment of danceable tunes. The series was bookended by dates that coincided with the last week of classes at Purdue University, and this weekend’s event will mark the second week of the 2023-24 school year. The May 5 edition was one of the wildest parties I’ve seen around here in years. Let’s hope this weekend’s is the same. $5.
Purdue Varsity Glee Club “First Nighter,” 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, Loeb Playhouse-Stewart Center, Purdue University — The boys are back in town, and they want to sing for you. Purdue’s first performing arts ensemble, the Varsity Glee Club, will get the campus concerts rolling with its traditional “First Nighter” event, which will boast tight harmonies and takes on tunes old and new. The show choir, which first took a stage in 1893, is the under the direction of William Griffel and Scott Hines.
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Bollywood Night, 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, Where Else?, 135 S. Chauncey Ave./Chauncey Hill Mall, West Lafayette — The dancing. The colorful outfits. The upbeat, infectious music. The spectacle. It’s no wonder why the Bollywood sound and visuals make millions jump out of their seats and hit the dancefloor worldwide. On Chauncey Hill, Where Else will attempt to contain such pageantry for a welcome back to Purdue party featuring the best of Bollywood, Bhangra and Punjabi music courtesy of Chicago DJ Raheel. Mickey Singh, another Chicago performer, will impress with his skills on the dhol, a traditional two-headed traditional Indian drum. $25. Tickets.
Mosey Down Main Street, 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, Sixth to 11th streets, downtown Lafayette — This weekend will be your last chance to stumble around on Main Street with beer in hand legally in 2023, because the last Mosey Down Main Street is this weekend. It’s been a great summer with dozens of bands rocking for you for free, and tons of local vendors, nonprofits and food trucks sharing what they do best. And is there a better place for people watching? I think not. Mosey on, Lafayette, Mosey on. For a map of booths and the stage lineup: https://mosey.expofp.com/
Left Lane Cruiser with Medicinal Moonshine and Tight Like a Tiger, 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, North End Pub, 2100 Elmwood Ave., Lafayette — Longtime Hoosier blues rockers Left Lane Cruiser return to Lafayette for a night of grimy, rootsy, whiskey-fueled testifying. Formed in Fort Wayne, the duo of Joe Evans IV and Brenn Beck were a house a-fire in the late ’00s and early ’10s when the band’s slide guitar-driven music got it signed to an independent label, which allowed for national and European touring. Left Lane Cruiser’s tune, “Waynedale,” even appeared on an episode of “Breaking Bad.” Opening will be Indianapolis heavy-riffing punk band Tight Like a Tiger and Lafayette “barn punk” trio Medicinal Moonshine. $10.
Tim Brouk is a longtime arts and entertainment reporter. He writes here (almost) weekly, tracking things to do for Based in Lafayette.
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