Next Friday night will be a big one for local Indiana bluegrass bands. Playing at the Vogue on Black Friday will be Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, along with the Indianapolis-based group Bigfoot Yancey.
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is actually a pretty damn small band of Bean Blossom, Indiana. The monikers of each member of the trio are Reverend Peyton (guitar/vocals), Washboard Breezy Peyton (washboard/vocals), and Maxwell Senteney (drums). Reverend Peyton strikes an imposing figure with his large muscled arms, and denim overalls, and bushy beard. But his ecstatic smile makes him look more like a bodybuilding teddy bear.
The group’s first album, “The Front Porch Sessions”, debuted at the #1 spot on the iTunes Blues chart. The album, which was released earlier this year, is the band’s only full record so far. On the Big Damn Band’s website, Reverend Peyton goes into more detail on his feelings about “The Front Porch Sessions”. ““This record’s very personal for me, because so much of it is just me,” he says. “The Big Damn Band is on there, but it’s mostly me.”
During their live performances, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band strives to bring an intensity to connect with their audiences. They’re committed to putting on a true performance, with ups and downs to keep the audience guessing.
Bigfoot Yancey is an Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass band from Indianapolis, Indiana. In the current modern age of technology, Bigfoot Yancey is a group that strives to keep their music raw, and unfiltered. Much like Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Bigfoot Yancey focuses on their live performances to attract new loyal fans.
Bigfoot Yancey is made up of Mike Angel (vocals/guitar), Jerin Kelly (guitar/harmonica), Loran Bohall (banjo/mandolin/SAW), and Kevin Grove (bass). the band’s Facebook page lists some of the festivals they’ve attended including, Virginia Avenue Folk Fest, Indiana Wine Fair, and IndyPride Fest.
While both of these bands have similar styles and approaches, they’ll both bring unique, but complementary performances. The show this Friday starts at 8:00 pm and tickets are fifteen dollars each. Grab your favorite flannel before you go to get in the right mood. I’ll see you there.