Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey
LAFAYETTE, IN – When hearing the name Shannon Hoon people all over the world remember his legendary talent as a singer and songwriter in the band Blind Melon, and mourn the loss of one so talented at such a young age. There is a special love for Shannon in one place in particular, though, and that is his hometown of Lafayette, Indiana. It was in that picturesque yet prosperous place nestled in the heart of Hoosier country where Shannon grew into the wonderful man he became, and still today on any given day one might turn a corner when passing through and run into people sharing stories about the slightly impish yet always heroic young man. Some days are just a little more special than others, however, and soon the community will be full of not just Blind Melon fans, but devoted Shannon Hoon fans to celebrate the life and music of this phenomenal man on his upcoming birthday weekend, September 23-25. The affair has been dubbed The Tones of Home Gathering, and is following in the footsteps of Vigilstock and the Shannon Hoon and Tim Forkeotes Vigil previously hosted by Nel Hoon herself.
As with any good celebration it takes an army to pull it off, and once again it is the dynamic duo of the Lafayette Theater and Digby’s Pub & Patio tackling the gargantuan task. The party begins at Digby’s on Friday, Septmeber 23 with the show starting at 7pm, and includes talents from the likes of Just Dave, Moe Dell, and Mr. Uppercut. There is no cover as always at Digby’s, and the party will be all ages until 11pm. Events at the Lafayette Theater begin on Saturday, September 24 at 12:00pm with an open mic, and then continue with Lefty and Miller at 8pm that evening. On Sunday, September 25 the show starts at 7:00pm, and will include performances by Annie Meyer, Canyon Collected, and another surely stellar set from Mr. Uppercut. The Lafayette Theater doors will be open to all ages, and there will be a free shuttle to and from Big Fish Campground, Dayton Cemetery (until dark), and the theater. Tickets are already on sale for Saturday and Sunday, and can be purchased online and in person at Digby’s Pub & Patio and Pete’s Diner in Lafayette, Indiana.
Join the Facebook Event to stay updated on any last minute info at www.facebook.com/events/1587655411563077/
Buy tickets for the Tones of Home Gathering Saturday and Sunday at the Lafayette Theater now ONLINE or in person 24/7 at PETE’S DINER and 11 AM – 3 AM AT DIGBY’S PUB & PATIO. Tickets on sale online now!
Friday @ Digby’s all ages until 11pm, no cover
7:00 PM | Show – Mr. Uppercut, Moe Dell and Just Dave
Saturday @ Lafayette Theater all ages
11:00 AM | Doors
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Open Mic
7:00 PM | Doors Re-Open
8:00 PM | Show – Lefty and Miller
Sunday @ Lafayette Theater all ages
6:00 PM | Doors
7:00 PM | Show – Annie Meyer, Canyon Collected and Mr. Uppercut
Tickets available ONLINE and at the following locations:
Pete’s Diner | 24/7 | 602 Main Street
Digby’s Pub & Patio | 11am-3am | 133 N 4th St
MORE INFO: lafayettetheater.com/event/the-tones-of-home-gathering/
Check out these and other past performances by the upcoming Tones of Home Gathering musicians at www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7sewp3CwZm0RY_evkB52yU2CIsJuz8Nt