Blues Traveler Blows Minds at The Bluebird Nightclub

Originally published in Through the Lens Magazine on May 6, 2017

Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

BLOOMINGTON, IN (May 2, 2017) – The line for the legendary band Blues Traveler stretched down the entrance ramp of The Bluebird Nightclub. It seeped out onto the sidewalk hours before the show would begin. The opening act, the amazing Gene Evaro Jr., had an extraordinary reputation for a good time. So, people were out early in droves. The house was completely packed before the headliners even thought about hitting the stage. The friendly staff at The Bluebird ushered everyone in with care. They patiently helped the few in need as well as tending to their everyday tasks with style. The atmosphere of the nightclub was every bit as pleasing as the staff, and the incoming crowd all happened to dress alike wearing matching smiles.

Warming Up

Gene Evaro Jr. heated the crowd to a nice, toasty warm, and made way for the headliner. The wait between sets was an intense moment full of excitement. The energy among the fans was electric. Some had driven from hundreds of thousands of miles away to see their favorite band. In anticipation they defended their dance spaces with a ferocity rarely seen outside of a mosh pit. Blues Traveler soon emerged from the dark shadows beyond the stage to a hail of cheers from the crowd. The band was all smiles as they greeted the audience. John Popper tipped a glass in toast to the house’s warm reception.


The Main Event

Blues Traveler played a plethora of phenomenal original songs including their award winning hits. They performed an amazing rendition of “Run Around” that had the audience in awe. Their presentation proved yet again how they won the Grammy they so much deserved. The live rendering of the chart topping hit truly showcased why they are a rare jam band that somehow transcends the lines of genre. The crowd sang along in unison at the encouragement of Popper. He then gifted them with a gracious helping of his unparalleled harmonica harmonies.

Shortly following, Blues Traveler pulled off an interpretation of “Could You Be Loved” by Bob Marley that could only be likened to the brilliance of the iconic Marley himself. Most noteworthy, they also threw in an amazing collage of cover riffs from a motley variety of genres. They even included the likes of Indiana’s own Axl Rose with a few sweet bars from Guns ‘N Roses‘ “Sweet Child O’ Mine“. Consequently, the crowd went wild, and there couldn’t have lived a happier house.


A Happy Ending

In conclusion, Blues Traveler’s incredible performance will definitely go down in history as one of The Bluebird’s most renowned events. Furthermore, it’s hard to say if there exists very many bands with the extraordinary talents of these musicians. From their award winning originals to their mind bending covers, they keep the fans loyal and coming back for more.

The Blues Traveler devotees danced out into the night at the end of the show avoiding the common end of concert depression that can occur among true fans. In fact, they were confident in knowing that their favorite band will be back soon for their next adventure. It has already been announced that the Hoosier state will be blessed once again soon with these amazing gentlemen. They will be welcomed back to celebrate with their fans in another musical extravaganza in November. The jubilation will once again be abundant in Indiana as Blues Traveler brings their 30th anniversary tour to The Vogue. Although, the show may be months away it will be well worth the wait for the extra special chance to once again see these magnificent men blow the minds of the Hoosier fans in this amazing Midwest state.

Love Blues Traveler?!?! Be sure to also check out “BLUES TRAVELER, CHATTING WITH BRENDAN, AND THE BLUEBIRD MAY 2!” originally published in Through the Lens Magazine on April 30, 2017

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey 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. Melodie says, “I couldn’t tell you the name brand of my first camera offhand, but I can tell you it was a Tweety Bird camera. It’s a brilliant bright blue with Tweety Bird from Bugs Bunny perched on it. I still have it. I’m just not sure if it was the photos themselves that got me hooked or that brilliant lil yellow bird.”

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 listening to amazing musicians like Shannon Hoon, Beastie Boys, Maynard James Keenan, Zack de la Rocha, Tori Amos, and classics like Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Elvis, Johnny Cash and the like 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 those amazing shows that she dreamt of as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin. Later in life as Melodie learned more about the arts inspiration came from a number of other legendary artists, visual and literary, like Annie Leibovitz, William Moortensen, John Sexton, Erik Johansson, Helmut Newton, Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman, and HR Giger.

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 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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