Creed Bratton Has Lafayette Spinnin’ and Reelin’ with Love


Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

LAFAYETTE, IN – The Lafayette Theater has made my millennium time and again with extraordinary acts ranging from the legendary George Clinton to amazing newer stars like the spectacular Jamey Johnson. Often when I’m in need of a concert fix I’ll hop on over to their events to check out what’s going on, and they never disappoint. Most recently I became more excited than a hipster at a skinny jeans sale when I saw the name Creed Bratton appear on the theater calendar. It is no secret that The Office is one of my favorite shows, so the night of the performance I had barely de-boarded a plane when I hurriedly headed to Lafayette. I had no idea what to expect out of one of my favorite yet slightly seedier characters, but the show had been billed as “An Evening of Music and Comedy with Creed Bratton”.

The Neil Snyder had the crowd in a nicely loosened up giggly state before the end of his performance. Creed took the stage to a room full of appreciative applause, and he wasted no time showcasing his famous character from The Office for the eager audience. He spun yarns and told tales from his life interjecting a merry melody here and there in between. Creed interacted with the crowd repeatedly, and you could tell that he really enjoyed his time with them. He teased them like family and then lifted them up to the stage with him as he begged for their inclusion and wove their harmonies into his musical tapestries. Then just when I thought it couldn’t get any better he egged everyone on even more as he urged them to sing louder. He played new songs as well as familiar older originals like “Spinnin n’ Reelin With Love” throughout his set. He blessed the audience with a stunning performance of “All the Faces“, the phenomenal song that helped end the iconic series that Creed was a part of for all those years.

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After all was said and done I definitely would have went one step further in those advertisements that initially reeled me in. The show that Creed brought to the theater was not just an ordinary evening of music and comedy that can be had at any club on a Saturday night. The entire performance was beyond reproach with Creed giving his all to every syllable he uttered and every motion he made. He told stories that made us laugh until he was laughing too, and played tune after tune that touched our souls. Creed Bratton brought a musical and comedic extravaganza of mass proportions to that beautiful venue, and with it he brought a smile to all the faces and hearts in the full house that night in lovely Lafayette, Indiana.


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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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