The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band An Extraordinary Black Friday Extravaganza

Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 23, 2018) –  The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band with Split Rail set the night on fire with two ferocious sets for the headliner’s annual Black Friday show at The Vogue Theatre. The event was an extraordinary musical extravaganza, and definitely the best place to be anywhere in the Hoosier Staten on the famed holiday. The line to the door stretched down the sidewalk flowing out of Broad Ripple Village as concert goers waited with excitement for the evenings enchantments.

Split Rail came on first with an enticing setlist that included multiple fiery melodies geared towards heating up the crowd. Each of the gentlemen carried out their craft with a fierce passion that was evident to every ear in-house. They ended their set with a vehement version of Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike” that entranced the audience from the first note to the very last.


It was finally time for The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band to take the stage, and the eager audience was alive with excitement. The crowd hooted and hollered voraciously as the headliners appeared one by one, and continued with the walloping worship throughout the set. The band performed multiple heavy hitters from their impressive discography including newer material like the highly celebrated “Poor Until Payday” from their latest album of the same name.


The night came to an end all too soon, but every customer that came and went was certainly beyond satisfied. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band with the help of Split Rail created a Black Friday celebration for the ages, and every attendee wore a smile a mile wide as a testament to the evenings glories. The only sadness that lurked about was that of having to wait a whole ‘nother year for another grand adventure such as this.

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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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