2020 PERFORMERS

SHINY PENNY

Formed in 2009 and hailing from Kokomo, IN - Scott "Stix" Ayers on drums, Brad DiCarlo on guitar,and Dean Schimmelpfennig (from whom the band takes their name) on vocals are the band Shiny Penny.

In their own words...

Hi. We're a band of friends who write and play music together. We started in December of 2009, and we've released some music since then. We've also played some shows since then, and we still do to this day. Traveling to perform is one of our favorite things to do, because it gives us an opportunity to meet and build relationships with you. We're all about relationships, and community too.
The music we make is always changing as we grow. As we grow, the reflection of that growth shows in our writing. We can't control how you receive it when you listen, but when you do, just know that we hope it inspires faith and purpose within you.  http://www.shinypennyofficial.com/

BLACK VOICES OF INSPIRATION

Established at Purdue University in 1975, The Black Voices of Inspiration Choral Ensemble is made up of student and community individuals committed to the performance of music enhanced by the musical traditions and experiences of African/African Americans. The ensemble’s concert literature includes spirituals, jazz, blues, anthems, hymns, traditional and contemporary gospel, African American folk music, formally composed works, and other traditional and contemporary styles within the African Diaspora. The Choir is currently under the direction of James E. Dekle, Jr.

.  https://www.purdue.edu/bcc/Performing_Art_Ensembles/Black_Voices_of_Inspiration.php

JEFF ANDERSON

Small town, broken dream, gas station love troubadour, caught somehow moving downhill in the flattest state on earth it seems. While most musicians move left or right to the coasts searching for a mohair life in the lights, Jeff Anderson planted himself firmly in his home town of Lafayette, Indiana. He was raised there and the blood that runs through him is all home, all folk and honest. After 25 years of teaching, the town bears his reputation, and students of all ages and interests have come through Jeff. He teaches them because it's in him, a long history of loyalty to his roots.
If Americana is taken as a word then he's taking it back and the good news is he can. Sweet melodies, subtle strong lyrics bring listeners right back to wherever it was when everything started. His songs are the stories behind rapid eyelids.  Jeff wields a guitar like he knows what it was built to sound like- from the earth to the tree, from the tree to its form, from the form to his hands and from that to this. Whatever this is all about maybe we'll never know, but Jeff Anderson will tell you exactly how he sees it.

"Jeff is not only an accomplished singer-songwriter, but an excellent guitarist as well.  He combines sweet melodies with strong lyrics and confident guitar playing to communicate his simple yet revealing, personal yet universal songs."

-Bill Price, Unbroken Bones Society.      https://www.jma-music.com/

THE BIG SWING BAND

The Big Swing Band has been performing in Central & Northern Indiana for 20 years. Playing classic big band music that captivated the nation from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. You will hear standards from yesteryear legends such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Duke Ellington plus some modern artists as Michael Buble’, Brian Setzer, Natalie Cole and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.
With five saxophones, four trombones and four trumpets, the Big Swing Band puts the brass in the forefront. A steady rhythm section of drums, bass, piano and guitar give the band’s driving rhythm. This mixed with crooning vocals & righteous solos they are determined to keep the big band tradition alive. You won’t want to miss this exhilarating experience.    https://www.alignable.com/lafayette-in/the-big-swing-band

MALACHI JAGGERS

Malachi Jaggers is an Americana Rock singer, songwriter, and storyteller on the rise.  Not only does he write and compose his own music but covers many of his musical influences such as the Beatles, Tom Petty, and Neil Young.  He connects with audiences naturally and makes them feel welcome and at home.  Currently, he is working on a new Americana EP in Nashville, TN that will feature some of his new songs.   Malachijaggers.com