Tim’s Picks: Summer sounds, (mostly) outside
Your weekly dose of five choice ideas for the weekend and beyond in Lafayette/West Lafayette, for a week starting June 1.
Thanks to ongoing support from The Long Center for the Performing Arts, presenting guitar great Jimmie Vaughan and his band in downtown Lafayette, Thursday, June 15. For the best seats, here’s your link. And for more, click the poster below.
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By Tim Brouk / For Based in Lafayette
Spot Patio Friday with DJs Circle T, B.A.E., Sweater Disco, Genderotic and Kyle Robert Paquin, 5 p.m. Friday, June 2, The Spot Tavern, 409 S. Fourth St., Lafayette — The Spot will celebrate the beginning of Pride Month with a night of sweaty, scintillating dancing inside and out. After a powerful and packed May debut, this first Friday of the month area DJ showcase will continue with music maestros from here and Indianapolis. Circle T will satiate vinyl hounds and dancers alike with his cuts deep and groovy. Sweater Disco is a veteran Indy DJ and producer who has spun in just about every club with a dancefloor the Circle City has to offer. Another Indy talent by way of Boston and originally from Chicago’s southside, B.A.E. mixes hip-hop and Chicago house with a sprinkle of Caribbean beats. She recently earned a computer engineering degree so you know her mixes will be on point. Genderotic is an up-and-coming Indy talent. The young DJ taps into their trans journey in developing an eclectic house music style that taps “into the most hedonistic instincts of being human: pleasure, play and movement.” Sounds good to me. Lafayette’s make-things-happen DJ Kyle Robert Paquin, resident to The Spot, returns for another set of infectious, bass-driven dance music. Paquin has been pivotal in the post-pandemic dance scene here. Pride Lafayette will be on hand throughout. $5.
Graveripper with King’s Gambit, Yotuma and Cadaverous, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3, North End Pub, 2100 Elmwood Ave., Lafayette — Lafayette-Indianapolis thrash kings Graveripper returns to North End Pub with built-up brutality. The lads have been working on a new full-length release and the band will reveal some of those new tunes this weekend in live glory. In support will be death metal act Yotuma. The Madison, Wisconsin, band is fresh from the legendary Milwaukee Metal Fest and other Dairy State metal bashes. Indianapolis death metal trio Cadaverous and area hardcore quintet King’s Gambit will get the pit warmed up nicely as well. $10.
The Grace Scott Band, 6 p.m. Friday, June 2, Purdue Memorial Union, Purdue University — The annual Purdue Memorial Union Concert Series returns with eight Friday evening shows through July. The 2023 edition will be off to a strong start with The Grace Scott Band, a country-rock area outfit. Over the years, Grace Scott has opened for national talents and even auditioned for “American Idol,” making it through several rounds and getting substantial facetime with singer Jennifer Hudson. This and the rest of the Purdue Memorial Union Concert Series will feature food and drinks for purchase from Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux. Attendees can bring their own chairs and blankets, but there will be tables and chairs available, too. In case of bad weather, the shows will be moved inside the Purdue Union.
Rachel Baiman, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, People’s Brewing Company, 2006 N. Ninth St., Lafayette — Whether she’s sharing stages with Kacey Musgraves and Amy Ray, laying down tracks as a session player for Kelsey Waldon and Caroline Spence, or commanding a stage by herself, Rachel Baiman’s country picking and songwriting has allowed the young musician travels to Europe, Australia and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. This summer, she is touring in support of her new album, “Common Nation of Sorrow.” Released just a couple months ago, Baiman takes American capitalism and politicians to task. An activist since childhood, Baiman’s music will make you think and feel. Note: People’s Tuesday evening shows will now start at 7 p.m. for the rest of the summer. $12. Tickets.
Malachi Jaggers, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, Teays River Brewing and Public House, 3000 S. Ninth St., Lafayette — As talented as he is just a really good dude, local singer-songwriter Malachi Jaggers returns to the Teays River Brewing patio for a night of breezy country and classic rock acoustic tunes for fans of the Beatles, Tom Petty and John Mellencamp. His newest release, “Fearless,” was produced and engineered by Matt Coles (Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Willie Nelson), a Lafayette native who is one of the most sought-after studio engineers in Nashville, Tennessee. Jaggers’ latest single, “An American Hero,” is appropriate listening in the wake of Memorial Day. Inspired by his grandfather’s service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, the song has traveled well around the nation, popping up on various online sites and streams.
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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