Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out with The LSG

Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

LAFAYETTE, IN (January 23, 2016) – I’m sure the idea of supergroups have been around longer than I have ever known. I remember my first discovery of one in my early teens. The Traveling Wilburys came together, and awed music fans everywhere with their phenomenal collision of some of the greatest names of the century. Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty all had plenty more love to give, and they dished it out with immediate hits like “Handle with Care” and “End of the Line“.

The next experience I had with that magic touch of supergroup superiority was the explosive collaboration of John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl, and Josh Homme known as Them Crooked Vultures. Although the band now seems to be on an indefinite hiatus, they can be easily forgiven based on their phenomenal past gifts of creation like “New Fang” and “Elephants“. Not only were they hands down one for the books, but they created an explosive style and blend of talents that could melt the faces off of anyone that played their cd, let alone the lucky ones that had a chance to see them live. Just for the record… I was one of those lucky ones, and, no, I’m still not sure if my frontal epidermis ever completely grew back.

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A younger me after buying two concert shirts because I couldn’t choose one. Photo courtesy of Chad Beber

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Them Crooked Vultures at the Murat Egyptian Room on May 17, 2010 Photo courtesy of Chad Beber

It wasn’t until this year on the last weekend in January that I finally saw a new supergroup that could give both the Traveling Wilburys and Them Crooked Vultures a run for their money. The Lafayette Super Group, affectionately known as The LSG, came bursting onto the local scene not to long ago, and I had a chance to catch their spectacular performance. They are a group of like-minded, talented musicians in the greater Lafayette area playing a wide variety of covers with a wide variety of musicians. The show that evening was in the band’s hometown of Lafayette, Indiana at Digby’s Pub and Patio. The cast of musicians ready at the helm was comprised of Ebony Barrett-Kennedy on vocals, LD Miller on vocals and harmonica, Cole Miller on guitar, Ryan Fletcher on flute, Scott Pazera  on bass, Jeffrey Lageveen on percussions, William John Pinnick on guitar, Ryan “Icky” Fletcher on percussion, Mark B Cooper on keyboard and vocals, Alex Mason on trombone and trumpet, and Chad Downey on trumpet. They each had their own individual talents that when brought together became a spontaneously combustible mixture that lit the room on fire. The band was packed together in tight quarters at one side of the vast bar, and looking outward from them was a sea of people as far as the eye could see. It was standing room only, and by standing I mean upright and dancing your ass off sometimes even on top of chairs. It was evident from the explosive excitement packed in that room that Digby’s owners were lucky to still have a roof left for as high as it got raised that night.

It seems the world today consistently suffers from rampant egos and excess. I remember thinking it was mighty bold to just throw the term “supergroup” in their band name the way that The LSG did. I might even have wondered a little about their credibility because of that usage before walking into Digby’s that night. I’ll tell you, though, after seeing just one emanation of such a phantasmagorical musical creation I’ll never doubt it again. The Lafayette Super Group is a very welcomed presence on not just the local music scene in Lafayette, but in the world as a whole. They may only play borrowed hits and covers, but their musical collaboration is far from ordinary. The LSG are extraordinary personified, and I hope their bright shining auras illuminate our lives for light years to come.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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