East Entices Indy and Returns in June

Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – My whole life I’ve been fantastically blessed because somehow I’ve always had a multitude of good friends with spectacular musical taste. These beautiful people stumble into my life, and probably have no idea how much I admire them. One gentleman in particular has influenced me, and opened me up to new things more than he could possibly ever know just simply by walking into one of my highschool classes wearing a Porno for Pyros shirt. From that day on I knew that I should probably pay attention, and I was right. One day I’m scrolling through Facebook, and I click on a video he shares. The next day I’m front row at what is one of the most epic concerts of this decade. This near orgasmic experience was brought to me at The Hi-Fi in Fountain Square by Anderson East.

Andrew Combs started the evening with a beautiful revelry that tugged at my heart-strings while still somehow staying unabashedly upbeat. His guitar player was not only talented, but an eye pleasing treat. He had a slight Freddie Mercury demeanor complete with mustache that had me in love before he even played a note, and his skills definitely lived up to all of my expectations. Towards the end of Comb’s set Scotty Murray, the electric guitar player for Anderson East, joined them on stage, and it was easy to tell by his mannerisms and dress that Murray had to be one hell of an artist. His outward appearance likened him to a beautiful cross between Les Claypool and Gary Oldman as Brahm Stoker’s Dracula. He waltzed onto the stage with an air of mystery and an essence of charm. He began to play with a subtle passion that awakened his dormant guitar, and gave it an energy ready to feast on the excitement of the audience.

The crowd was warmed up and raring to go as they waited for Anderson East and his crew to appear on stage. Considering East’s grandfather was a Baptist preacher and he spent a lot of his upbringing in church I wondered how much of a holy experience this would be. I picture his childhood kinda like one of those dark scenes out of Footloose. In fact, maybe they should have cast Anderson East in that remake and it would have been a little better, but alas, filling the shoes of Kevin Bacon is a near impossibility. After all, he is the one that originally taught us best on the big screen that there is a time for everything under the sun, and fortunately for everyone at The Hi-Fi it was finally time for Anderson East.

The headlining gentleman sauntered on stage to a chorus of cheers from the audience, and a muted excitement from me ’cause I’m totally not suppose to fan girl out while I’m working. East began, and his singing abilities live are just as phenomenal as in the original video that got me hooked. His sultry vocals mirror that of Otis Redding with a sexy side of Tom Waits. On top of this already volatile melodic combination East is unsurpassed in wit and southern charm which makes me feel right at home. In the moments in between songs when he blesses the crowd with speech it’s just as incredible as the melodies that come forth from his lips. His jargon has an essence of nostalgia that comes from the good old days of my grandpa spinnin’ yarns mixed with that powerful lady-killer charm of the one and only Matthew McConaughey… a venomous combination for any ensnared listener.

In the end it was one of those shows where I worry that the photos are going to be blurry because I just can’t stop dancing. I walked in The Hi-Fi as an Anderson East fan. I walked out in love with every single gentleman that set foot on that stage. My Grandma always did say I should have a different man for every day of the week like changes of clothes or flavors of ice cream. Maybe it’s finally my chance… I wonder if any of them do dishes? I guess with skills like the musicians in question, though, who cares?

Not too long ago it was announced that East would be back in Indy at Garfield Park in June, and although not much time has passed I’m very eager to get in on what will surely be another sold out show. Anderson East is a performer I could watch again and again. Indianapolis can consider itself lucky to be on such friendly terms with such an epic musician.

Get tickets to see Anderson East with Houndmouth at Garfield Park as part of the WTTS & MOKB Presents Concert Series Online Here

Check out Melodie’s original article in Through the Lens Magazine, “ANDERSON EAST BRINGS SOUTHERN SOUL TO THE MIDWEST

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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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