Tones of Home to Celebrate the life and Music of Shannon Hoon — Through The Lens

Check out Melodie Yvonne’s newest on this spectacular gathering coming up in Lafayette, Indiana: Tones of Home to Celebrate the life and Music of Shannon Hoon — Through The Lens


Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

LAFAYETTE, IN – When hearing the name Shannon Hoon people all over the world remember his legendary talent as a singer and songwriter in the band Blind Melon, and mourn the loss of one so talented at such a young age. There is a special love for Shannon in one place in particular, though, and that is his hometown of Lafayette, Indiana. It was in that picturesque yet prosperous place nestled in the heart of Hoosier country where Shannon grew into the wonderful man he became, and still today on any given day one might turn a corner when passing through and run into people sharing stories about the slightly impish yet always heroic young man. Some days are just a little more special than others, however, and soon the community will be full of not just Blind Melon fans, but devoted Shannon Hoon fans to celebrate the life and music of this phenomenal man on his upcoming birthday weekend, September 23-25. The affair has been dubbed The Tones of Home Gathering, and is following in the footsteps of Vigilstock and the Shannon Hoon and Tim Forkeotes Vigil previously hosted by Nel Hoon herself.

Tia Martini of Canyon Collected performing at Vigilstock 2015
Moe Dell performing at Vigilstock 2015
Just Dave performing at Vigilstock 2015
Annie Meyer performing at Vigilstock 2015

As with any good celebration it takes an army to pull it off, and once again it is the dynamic duo of the Lafayette Theater and Digby’s Pub & Patio tackling the gargantuan task. The party begins at Digby’s on Friday, Septmeber 23 with the show starting at 7pm, and includes talents from the likes of Just DaveMoe Dell, and Mr. Uppercut. There is no cover as always at Digby’s, and the party will be all ages until 11pm. Events at the Lafayette Theater begin on Saturday, September 24 at 12:00pm with an open mic, and then continue with Lefty and Miller at 8pm that evening. On Sunday, September 25 the show starts at 7:00pm, and will include performances by Annie Meyer, Canyon Collected, and another surely stellar set from Mr. Uppercut. The Lafayette Theater doors will be open to all ages, and there will be a free shuttle to and from Big Fish Campground, Dayton Cemetery (until dark), and the theater. Tickets are already on sale for Saturday and Sunday, and can be purchased online and in person at Digby’s Pub & Patio and Pete’s Diner in Lafayette, Indiana.

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Buy tickets for the Tones of Home Gathering Saturday and Sunday at the Lafayette Theater now ONLINE or in person 24/7 at PETE’S DINER and 11 AM – 3 AM AT DIGBY’S PUB & PATIO. Tickets on sale online now!
Saturday only
Sunday only
Both Nights

Mr. Uppercut performing at MelonFest 2015
Krissy Motley of Mr. Uppercut performing with Blind Melon on New Years Eve 2016
Canyon Collected performing at MelonFest 2015
Canyon Collected performing at Vigilstock 2015

Friday @ Digby’s all ages until 11pm, no cover
7:00 PM | Show – Mr. Uppercut, Moe Dell and Just Dave

Saturday @ Lafayette Theater all ages
11:00 AM | Doors
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Open Mic
7:00 PM | Doors Re-Open
8:00 PM | Show – Lefty and Miller

Sunday @ Lafayette Theater all ages
6:00 PM | Doors
7:00 PM | Show – Annie Meyer, Canyon Collected and Mr. Uppercut

Tickets available ONLINE and at the following locations:
Pete’s Diner | 24/7 | 602 Main Street
Digby’s Pub & Patio | 11am-3am | 133 N 4th St

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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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