Zao Island, until now Northwest Indiana's #1 destination location for family fun, is now the area's newest live music venue. Beginning Friday, July 18 and through the end of August, Zao Island will be presenting some of the area's best original rock, blues, reggae, jazz, and jam bands on Friday and Saturday nights (full bands lineup below). Music from 7-10 p.m. No cover. Zao Island is located at 1050 Horse Prairie Ave., in Valparaiso. Info: (219) 462-1194 or log onto www.zaoisland.net.
"I am so excited to have such great live music on the island!," says Zao Island owner, Don Wright. "All the bands are top-notch and the atmosphere is fun. Make sure to give it a shot." Rocco Calipari Sr., Entertainment Booker for Zao Island, digs the venue's beach-like ambiance: "It's like being in Key West," exclaims Calipari, who, as a longtime member of both Howard and the White Boys (and) Head Honchos', has been touring for over two decades. "(The bandstand) is outside with palm trees, tiki bars and a wooden deck. Plus, there's exotic beers and a great menu."
Friday, July 18 - Freek Johnson (Fusion/Jazz)
Saturday, July 19 - Planetary Blues Band (Blues/Rock/Jam)
Friday, July 25 - Gerry Hunt Trio (Blues)
Saturday, August 2 - Soul Shine (Classic Rock/Big Band)
Friday, August 8 - Steve Ball (Acoustic)
Saturday, August 9 - Reggae Express (Reggae)
Friday, August 15 - Chris & Lou (Acoustic)
Saturday, August 16 - Planetary Blues Band (Blues/Rock/Jam)
Friday, August 22 - Gerry Hunt Trio (Blues)
Saturday, August 23 - Weston Rettinger Band (Blues/Classic Rock)
Friday, August 29 - Head Honchos (Blues/Rock)
Saturday, August 30 - Chris & Lou (Acoustic)