Tim’s Picks: The Aug. 17-23 edition
Scotty McCreery at Loeb Stadium. OUTfest marks 20 years in downtown Lafayette. Collaboration rules for Joe Peters, friends at Delphi Opera House. Skaters unite, again, for Sunday callout. And more.
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By Tim Brouk / For Based in Lafayette
Scotty McCreery with Dylan Marlowe, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, Loeb Stadium — Season 10 of “American Idol” seems like a lifetime ago. Somehow, the reality show’s winner, Scotty McCreery, is still only 29 years old and has a lot to sing about. The North Carolina native has five albums to his credit and numerous charting singles since he charmed “American Idol” judges and viewers as a 16-year-old country crooner. McCreery’s latest, “Same Truck,” features the single “Damn Strait, a tribute to country music legend George Strait, a No. 1 hit in 2021 that earned platinum status with more than 1 million sales. Young Nashville pop country singer-songwriter Dylan Marlowe opens. This show follows the recent Air Supply appearance at Loeb Stadium, which drew a reported crowd of 2,800. Our scene has been begging for a venue that can accommodate more than 1,000 yet intimate enough for acts that would struggle to fill Purdue University’s Elliott Hall of Music’s 6,000 seats. Could Loeb be the answer to decades of prayers for bigger acts coming to our town? $35-$75. Tickets.
Michael Kelsey, Joe Peters and friends, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, Delphi Opera House, 109 S. Washington St., Delphi — Collaborators for more than 25 years, local guitar legend Michael Kelsey and supreme singer-songwriter Joe Peters will team up again for a concert with a little — make that a lot of — help from their friends. More than 20 area musicians will share the stage with the duo on various instruments and vocal duties. Guest stars include Chris June, Chase Cotten, Kitty Campbell, Amanda Parker and many, many more. Kelsey and Peters have made teamwork work since the 1990s, either on their handful of albums or the occasional live show, and they will show the many younger artists they will be performing with how it’s done. Collaborations are key, especially when they are in key and tune. $15-$25. Tickets.
OUTfest, 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, downtown Lafayette — A Prideful downtown event will celebrate 20 years of unity, equality and diversity this weekend. OUTfest will fabulize Lafayette for the 20th time with live music, dozens of local artists, vendors and nonprofits; food purveyors and a lively drag show featuring numerous local and regional queens. The event returns to Main Street, between Sixth and Ninth streets to be exact, with two stages of entertainment that includes a drag story hour, appearances from local dignitaries and politicians, and live sets from local acts Ebony and the Ruckus, Sheeza, Frank Muffin and more. OUTfest grew up quickly and continues to be a welcoming and wild time. Huge congratulations to Pride Lafayette and all the organizers, participants and supporters for 20 years and the many more to come.
Yotuma, Catharia, Feed the Grave and Salivus, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, North End Pub, 2100 Elmwood Ave., Lafayette — Heavy metal rules the night when a quartet of bands near and far lay waste to the North End Pub stage. There’s death metal from the Dairy State courtesy of Yotuma from Madison, Wisconsin, and thrash from Monticello’s own Salivus, boasting riffs that would make any metalhead’s mouth water. Indianapolis’ Catharia will burn it down with black metal, while Feed the Grave (Illinois) will raise the dead with sonic brutality. Many heads will bang, and some may even explode. $10.
Lafayette Skater Callout and SKATE Competition 2, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, Crosser Sports Complex parking lot, 2200 Breckenridge St., Lafayette — After drawing hundreds of skaters in July, another pop-up skating event will get your Sunday rolling, shredding and ollie-ing at the new Crosser Sports Complex on Lafayette’s south side. Presented by Simpsons Skates, these events are aimed at raising awareness in the effort to bring a skate park to Lafayette or West Lafayette. Nearby towns like Frankfort, Kokomo and Delphi have one each. Why has Lafayette gone without for years? The initial event had toddlers to dudes with their share of gray hair dropping in while enjoying local food trucks and community. Like its basketball cousin HORSE, a SKATE competition will pit skaters of varying levels of skill against each other for cash and prizes donated from local businesses. Ramps and rails built by members of the community will be on hand as will the love and passion for skating.
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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Thanks, also today goes to Lafayette Rotary for its sponsorship help. How sweet it is! The Ice Cream Crawl is #OneSweetAfternoon Saturday, Aug. 19. What is an Ice Cream Crawl? It’s like a Pub Crawl, but family friendly and sweet and ice cream shops in one afternoon. Locations in Lafayette are Budges Drive In, Igloo Frozen Custard, Freddy’s, Sweet Revolution Bake Shop and The Original Frozen Custard. The locations in West Lafayette are Freddy’s, Silver Dipper and Westside Scoops. Purchase your Passport ticket online using the QR Code below. Take your receipt to your choice of the stops and you will be given a Passport. This is a Lafayette Rotary fundraiser and the proceeds this year go to Wabash River Greenway Trail.
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