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, lead photographer and owner of Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the age of 5, and was immediately hooked. By the age of 15 she began to turn every trip, even just to the local park, into a fantasy scene of her own imagination, and started mentoring with many local professionals. Melodie received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to many amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when listening to music. Her goal was to help people SEE the music.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography. She published her first print work, a collection of images & poetry, in 2011, and has since published many more print works. Melodie currently acts as owner & lead photographer at Photographic Melodie, House Photographer for Purdue Theatre, and Tour Photographer for multiple Billboard Charts topping bands as well as freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and musicians.

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