Butterfield changed the seating layout in the performance room of the center, which lies about a block and a half southwest of the namesake fountain in Fountain Square, one of Indianapolis' six designated cultural districts. The new layout -- putting the stage in the middle of one of the much longer two walls of the rectangular-shaped hall -- not only brought a lot more people closer to the performer, but it also introduced some wonderful angles for a photographer to exploit the neat stage lighting.
Smith is on tour promoting his new CD, "Marathon," and spent the first half of his performance playing songs from the new release. My favorites from the CD are "The Truth of the Rooster" (love the guitar chords, soft trumpet notes and piano trickles throughout, and the lyrical story of deception), the rhythmic "Bull by the Horns" and the stark, haunting "That Water." He used the post-intermission set to play requests from his repertoire, which dates back to 1984.
These images are from the Jan. 29 show; to see a full gallery of images from the performance, follow this link: Darden Smith at Wheeler Arts Center.