Railroad Earth & moe. at Tippecanoe County Amphitheater

Railroad Earth & moe. at Tippecanoe County Amphitheater

Railroad Earth and moe. hit the road this summer between Red Rocks and Lockn’ Festival with a stop at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater in West Lafayette, IN.

Railroad Earth

The members of Railroad Earth aren’t losing sleep about what “kind” of music they play – they just play it. When they started out in 2001, they were a bunch of guys interested in playing acoustic instruments together. As Railroad Earth violin/vocalist Tim Carbone recalls, “All of us had been playing in various projects for years, and many of us had played together in different projects. But this time, we found ourselves all available at the same time.”

Ultimately, Railroad Earth’s music is driven by the remarkable songs of front-man, Todd Sheaffer, and is delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of all six band members. As mandolin/bouzouki player John Skehan points out, “Our M.O. has always been that we can improvise all day long, but we only do it in service to the song. There are a lot of songs that, when we play them live, we adhere to the arrangement from the record. And other songs, in the nature and the spirit of the song, everyone knows we can kind of take flight on them.” Sheaffer continues: “The songs are our focus, our focal point; it all starts right there. Anything else just comments on the songs and gives them color. Some songs are more open than others. They ‘want’ to be approached that way – where we can explore and trade musical ideas and open them up to different territories. But sometimes it is what the song is about.”

So: they can jam with the best of them and they have some bluegrass influences, but they use drums and amplifiers (somewhat taboo in the bluegrass world). What kind of music is it then? Mandolin/vocalist John Skehan offers this semi-descriptive term: “I always describe it as a string band, but an amplified string band with drums.” Tim Carbone takes a swing: “We’re a Country & Eastern band! ” Todd Sheaffer offers “A souped-up string band? I don’t know. I’m not good at this.” Or, as a great drummer/singer/mandolin player with an appreciation for Americana once said: “Rock & roll!”

On the web: railroad.earth

moe.

moe. is the preeminent progressive rock band on the music scene today—a quintet of world class musicians, whose creative output equals that of their longevity. In a remarkable career that has touched three decades and produced a discography of 24 albums, the Sugar Hill Records recording artist of Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey on guitars and vocals, Rob Derhak on bass and vocals, Jim Loughlin on percussion and vibes, and Vinnie Amico on drums, continue to push the standard for performance art higher and further.

On the web: moe.org

EVENT DETAILS: 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 / 6:00 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY AMPHITHEATER

ALL AGES / CASH BAR & FOOD AVAILABLE

TICKETS: $30 / available online: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4294327/railroad-earth-and-moe-west-lafayette-tippecanoe-county-amphitheater

Dayme Arocena Live at Carnahan Hall

Dayme Arocena Live at Carnahan Hall

Carnahan Hall (map)

Dayme Arocena

Cuban vocalist Dayme Arocena is leading a charge of musicians who reimagine rumba, bolero, and bachata by incorporating contemporary jazz, soul, salsa, hip-hop, and funk. She blends the rhythmic nuances of Celia Cruz, the emotional heft of Aretha Franklin, and the social conscience of Nina Simone.

SUPPORT FROM: Dr. Nancy DiMartino and Stephen Borghi and Purdue Federal Credit Union

EVENT DETAILS:
November 11th / Pre-Show 6:30pm, Concert 8pm

Pre-Show: Join the artist, Daymé Arocena, for a
moderated discussion on the evening’s performance
Cash Bar Available
GA Ticket Prices: $15-$20
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The Steel Wheels Live at Carnahan Hall

The Steel Wheels Live at Carnahan Hall

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The Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels have spun a singular brand of string-folk Americana for more than a decade. The band's music interweaves bluegrass, folk, and old-time music with singer-songwriter poetry. Their latest album, Wild As We Came Here, adds new sonic textures and experimental flourishes to steadfast folk traditions.

SUPPORT FROM: Davis Family Endowment and Purdue Federal Credit Union

"Imagine a blend of the passion of the The Avett Brothers, the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show, and…the backwoods feel of the Legendary Shack Shakers.” -Americana Roots

EVENT DETAILS:
December 7th / 7:30pm-9:30pm

GA Ticket Prices: $15-$20
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Cash Bar Available

Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra: No Place to Go

Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra: No Place to Go

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Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra

In No Place to Go, the OBIE award-winning playwright, actor, and singer Ethan Lipton, with his fine three-piece group, has created a comedic new cabaret theatre gem that mines the anxieties of the middle-class workplace, bagel carry-ins and all.

SUPPORT FROM: THE LIPTONITES- A Convos theatre project “giving circle.” You can still join and help! Call (765) 494-9712 for more information.

SPECIAL RETURN ENGAGEMENT
This special multi-day engagement with Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra includes a reprise of the runaway hit—No Place to Go— of Convos’ Three Stories High Theatre Festival from 2015 and Lipton’s newest work—The Outer Space. Come to one—or see them both! 

EVENT DETAILS:
March 23 / 8pm-10pm

GA Ticket Prices: $20-$25
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Club Style Seating & Cash Bar Available

Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra: The Outer Space

Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra: The Outer Space

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Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra

In The Outer Space, the OBIE award-winning playwright, actor, and singer Ethan Lipton, with his fine three-piece band, have created an all-new adventure in bittersweet, hilariously off-kilter storytelling in an out-of-this-world look at earthbound concerns.

SUPPORT FROM: THE LIPTONITES- A Convos theatre project “giving circle.” You can still join and help! Call (765) 494-9712 for more information.

SPECIAL RETURN ENGAGEMENT
This special multi-day engagement with Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra includes a reprise of the runaway hit—No Place to Go— of Convos’ Three Stories High Theatre Festival from 2015 and Lipton’s newest work—The Outer Space. Come to one—or see them both! 

EVENT DETAILS:
March 24 / 4pm & 8pm

GA Ticket Prices: $20-$25
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Club Style Seating & Cash Bar Available