Durand Jones returns to Hammond


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Durand Jones performed at the Columbia Theatre with his band, Durand Jones and the Indications, shortly after returning from an international tour.

Durand Jones and the Indications performed at the Columbia Theatre on Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. after returning from an international tour. 

The band performed a combination of their own original music as well as covers of other songs that suit the band’s soulful music style.

While on tour, the band had the opportunity to perform in multiple countries. 

Jones, an alumnus of the university, recalled some of his favorite experiences from the tour.

“They go absolutely wild over soul music,” explained Jones. “It’s the only time in my career so far where I really feel like a celebrity. Where I’m walking down the street and somebody’s like ‘Oh my gosh, it’s Durand Jones,’ and I’m like, taken aback.”

Ilana Obuchowski attended the concert, which also served as her first experience at the Columbia Theatre. 

She explained how she had heard about the show and why she came to see the group perform.

“We drove up from New Orleans, so it’s exciting to see everything,” said Obuchowski. “I grew up with Aaron, the drummer. It’s the first time they’ve come down this way, so it’s cool to be able to see them.”

Another attendee, Claire Dailey, described what she enjoyed about watching Jones perform for the Hammond community.

“I just think it’s cool to see someone perform in their hometown,” stated Dailey. “I mean, you can tell that it’s special for them, and he said that he was nervous, which I think is sweet.”

Jones explained why he believes it is important for alumni to return to their alma mater and give back to their communities.

“I feel like it’s important because we wouldn’t be here,” said Jones. “I really wanted to give back and show everybody what I’ve been up to and what I’ve been doing lately.”