Carnahan Hall is Keeping it Live in Lafayette

Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne

LAFAYETTE, IN (September 27, 2020) – It was a beautiful day for Keep it Live Lafayette featuring X-Man and The Scratch Thing, Shorty & The Chef, and Graciously Departed at Carnahan Hall on Sunday, September 27, 2020. The extraordinary line up drew fans from all over to the outside event, and the weather absolutely held up its end of the deal. Impeccable temps mixed with 3 immaculate sets of melodies definitely made for a successful day at the beautiful Carnahan Hall at Market Square.

X-Man and The Scratch Thing opened the event with a wonderful performance that got the crowd on their feet. Their energetic delivery was a terrific start to the afternoon. The talented gentlemen paved the way incredibly for an amazing day of music to come.


Shorty & The Chef took the stage next with a ferocious set list that had the audience in awe almost instantly. The outstanding explosion of music created by the skilled musicians was a caustic mixture of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Chris Stapleton that definitely would have had Jimmie Walker as well as Jerry Jeff Walker hollerin’, “Dyn-O-Mite!!!”. Every song they played was a musical masterpiece that left every ear in the aural vicinity hungry for more.

Graciously Departed brought their good vibes to the crowd to cap off the day. The classic rock and roll aura that they carry always brings an alluring nostalgia everywhere they go. It’s always a pleasure to see such experienced musicians come together to create such magic, and this performance was no different.

Carnahan Hall once again created a fantastic musical adventure despite the overwhelming hurdles recently created by a not so kind world. Keep it Live Lafayette was a splendid victory for artists and small businesses everywhere. Hopefully, fate will continue to smile on this remarkable venue that is making such great strides in the effort to keep live music alive in the Hoosierland.

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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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