The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Bewitches Broad Ripple

Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 24, 2017) – It was a beautiful weekend in Broad Ripple as always, but this particular weekend shined just a little bit brighter. The Vogue Theatre would be having an extra special show, and fans lined the street with their tickets hoping to be front row for the action. It was going to be a night filled with down home goodness delivered by some of the most talented musicians the great Midwest had ever seen. It wouldn’t be just some random band stopping by for a flashy night on the town, though. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band are corn-fed Hoosiers through and through, so it was gonna be one hell of a night.

Bigfoot Yancey took the stage first with a brand of upbeat bluegrass that set everyone’s souls alight. Every one of these gentlemen has extraordinarily honed talents as musicians, but still have that boy next door charm that kept the audience wooed throughout their set. All of their original songs were that beautiful kind of familiar that conjures the best kind of nostalgia. Every member of the audience was grinning from ear to ear while dancing and toe tapping by Bigfoot Yancey’s last song.


It was time for The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band to take the stage and the whole house knew they were in for a treat. The band’s originality and stage presence are legendary, and there was no question that they would enchant. Their reputation precedes them, and their shows are a corn-fed Hoosier delight not normally seen on a stage in this day in age.

The Big Damn Band took the stage in the traditional grand style that the fans have come to know and love. Each of the artists grinned from ear to ear at the packed house awaiting their greatness, and they were ready to deliver. The music began, and would not stop until every ear in the house was happier than a pig in shit.


The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band delivered multitudes of their amazing originals with a side of brilliant covers. They played a gorgeous rendition of “Devils Look Like Angels” and an immaculate version of “We Deserve A Happy Ending” that ensured the crowd would be having a happy ending themselves that night. The band went on to perform an interpretation of “Sixteen Tons” with a soulful grittiness that was enough to make any blues lover weak in the knees with a twitterpated joy.

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band played their hearts out throughout their entire set. They gave everything they had to make sure that each and every fan in their home state had the best time of their lives. They are true musicians of the highest degree with rich talents spanning decades, and a genius that shines through in each and every note. This illuminating magic is what endears The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band to each and every crowd they perform in front of as wells as the world at large. It’s no doubt that The Vogue and all its inhabitants for the evening will miss these phenomenal musicians like a hog misses slop until the day they return to bless Broad Ripple with their miraculous melodies once again.

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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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