Lafayette Lives the Pink Floyd Experience Live

Originally published in Through the Lens Magazine on March 23, 2016

Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

LAFAYETTE, IN – Pink Floyd is hands down one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Their legendary creations have influenced musicians the world over, so it was only a matter of time before someone was inspired enough to recreate the magic in full force. The Lafayette Theater was in for a larger than life Floydian spectacle, and people lined up as far as the eye could see to receive the upcoming experience of a lifetime… The Pink Floyd Experience.

 

PFX-THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE has managed to conquer the feat of an immaculate reproduction with a spectacular light show, full quadraphonic sound, and six outstanding musicians dedicated to bringing the most authentic Floyd experience possible. PFX is made up of Tom Quinn, band leader, lead guitarist, and relentless crusader for all things “Pink Floyd”; Gus Beaudoin, a bass guitar player since age 13; Randy McStine, multiple lead vocal duties, while providing a strong counterpoint as a guitarist; Jesse Molloy, a dynamic saxophone player based out of San Diego; Kevin Krohn, performing keyboards and vocals live since the age of 16; and Bob Sale, a professional drummer since the age of 15. Now on their 12th North American tour, PFX continues to pleasure fans all over the world with their spectacular light show designed by world class lighting designers and an incomparable sound system. The show is of such an extraordinary quality that at times it’s easy to forget that the real members of Pink Floyd are not right there in front of the audience on that stage. This true representation of the music garners an immense respect from the fans, and keeps many of them coming back show after show for more.

 

The music began, and the audience was almost immediately lulled into a happy groove infused stupor. Their hearts and minds all suddenly became one. Their souls joined together to surf with synchronization up in the air on the audio waves. The atmosphere might have been a little mellower than that of a bar or giant concert arena, but that in itself was a testament to the raptures produced by these phenomenal men. They played “Wish you Were Here“, and the genuine heart-felt vocals made the crowd wish for the original band a little less.  Not only were the band’s melodies spot on, but they even took the time to make sure all of the show elements were authentic right down to the tell-tale cash register ring signaling it was time for “Money“. The flawless performance of “Brain Damage” and “Eclipse” back to back was another true sign that these guys were succeeding at their very own man-made miracle.

Finally, “Comfortably Numb” flowed from the stage sending with it the tingly chill that raises up the goosebumps on the arms of the soul when the music is just that good. A brilliant blue and purple aura radiated from the stage joining the haunting melodies in the air to immerse the crowd one final time into the epic experience. Every single note of every song as well as the beautiful production created by PFX were just as enticingly mesmerizing as the originals. It was a true blessing to see such greatness live, and if any confirmation was needed it was written for the world to see all over the charmed faces of the fans as they danced out the doors of the theater to once again join the night.

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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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