• Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest kicks off its Acorn Concert Series

    May 17, 2019
    VALPARAISO, Ind. — Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest kicks off its Acorn Concert Series at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2.
    The headliner, “Echoes of Pompeii,” is a ten piece band that delivers the true experience of a Pink Floyd concert. From laser lights, psychedelic visuals, synthesizers and horn arrangements, they leave no stone unturned. Their sets touch on all eras of Pink Floyd from “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” to “The Division Bell.” They have entertained crowds and sold out halls all over the Midwest since 2001.
    “The arboretum is very excited for the upcoming season, and we are thankful to our corporate sponsors; Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Thorgren Industries and Indiana Beverage,” said Stephanie Blackstock, executive director at Gabis Arboretum. “They make it possible for us to attract top talent and keep our ticket prices low for guests.”
    “Bank of America is proud to continue supporting this concert series,” said Dillon Dalton, managing director and market executive for Bank of America. “We recognize and appreciate the mission of Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest to preserve the natural landscape and educate the people in our community. We feel that the arboretum and the programs that they offer are a tremendous asset to the future of northwest Indiana.”
    Derek Braggs, former board member for the arboretum and financial advisor with Merrill Lynch said, “Each year the first event sets the tone for the rest of the season, and again, the bar has been set high. A fantastic lineup of national and local musicians will take the stage this summer.”
    “When you think about the best live music venues in the country, you think about places like Red Rocks in Colorado or The Gorge in Washington. The reason these places are such popular destinations is due to the natural landscape that surrounds them. Gabis Arboretum offers that. When you enter the arboretum, you see 300 acres of what northwest Indiana was like before it was developed. Guests really enjoy spending an evening there and the musicians love to play at this venue,” he said.
    Ticket prices are $15 in advance and $20 the week of the concert, kids 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at pnw.edu/gabis-concerts or at the gate. Food, beer, and wine will be available for purchase on site. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
    Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest is located at 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso, Indiana, which is just south of Highway 30 behind the Shorewood subdivision.
    Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest
    Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest is a 300-acre, oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands, prairies and hiking trails located near Valparaiso, Indiana. Open year round, the Arboretum offers a wide variety of events and classes for all ages. Officially becoming part of Purdue University Northwest in 2018, Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest provides an enriching, natural habitat for public, educational, conservation and recreational use.
    Purdue University Northwest
    Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a student-centered university that values academic excellence, supports growth and celebrates diversity. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago, PNW fosters a vibrant academic community through high quality and engaging undergraduate and graduate education. For more information about PNW, visit www.pnw.edu.
    Stephanie Blackstock, Executive Director
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