A few weeks ago, a friend from France, Paul, came to the U.S. to visit his friends and family. He had a week to spend in Southern Indiana (what we locals call “SoIN”) and wanted to use every minute he could spare sampling all that we have to offer in the area.

A voracious music lover, Paul wanted to see as many local bands and artists as possible – and SoIN has no shortage of quality musical acts. Coincidentally, another friend of mine was playing an acoustic set at Flat12 Bierwerks that evening. We spent hours sampling brews while listening to waves of earthy tones bouncing about the interior of the bar.

Flat12 Bierwerks interior

The following day, we made our way to Jeffersonville’s RiverStage. That night the Louisville Crashers were kicking off the Summer Concert Series.

Jeffersonville RiverStage Louisville Crashers concert

They played a rousing and, at times, raucous set consisting of every conceivable genre of music popular in the last 50 years! It was a hot night, cooled by the breeze coming off the Ohio River and the vibe created by the crowd of our 10,000 SoIN neighbors.

Jeffersonville RiverStage concert crowd with full moon

After the concert, Paul and I made our way up Spring Street to the Vinyl Lounge. This was one of the highlights of his stay, he said.

Vinyl Lounge bar

The Vinyl Lounge is a bar above O’Shea’s Pub in downtown Jeffersonville. It specializes in cocktails and in an expansive vinyl record collection.

Vinyl Lounge cocktail bar

Paul selected his all-time favorite album: Prince’s “Purple Rain.” We sat on a re-purposed church pew, watching the passersby, listening to Purple One wail well into the night.

Paul had not been to SoIN in seven years. He came back for his friends, but he wanted to stay for the brews, the music, and the people of Southern Indiana.

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