Taltree Arboretum & Gardens offers Music in Nature Concert Series

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Taltree Arboretum and Gardens will once again offer Music in Nature, their wildly popular outdoor concert series. The summer concert series continues until late September on select Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. All concerts are open to the public for $15 to non-members and $10 to members (with membership card). Purchase tickets online with PayPal at www.taltree.org, or purchase at the gate.

Music in Nature 2010 is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Crowe Chizek Foundation, G. E. Marshall, Hitchcock Design Group, James & Jill Hitz, Mr. Leonard J. Hitz, Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Kitchell Group at Smith Barney, Lakeshore Public Television, NIPSCO, Cynthia & Douglas Pierce, Porter County Convention, Recreation & Visitor Commission, S. B. Associates, and South Shore Arts.

Me and the Boys 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10

From dark, smoky nightclubs to brightly-lit USO dance halls, Me and the Boys has all the polish and heat of the great bands of the swing era. Featuring the area’s finest and most experienced swing jazz musicians, Me and the Boys come together off stages from Chicago to Atlanta to salute the uniquely American optimism of the songwriters of the 30s, 40s and 50s.  Me and the Boys features accomplished song stylist Mary Kay Steele singing favorites like “Stormy Weather,” “Orange Colored Sky” and “Black Coffee.”  From Gershwin to Arlen, Miller to Ellington, Me and the Boys celebrates the music that captured the spirit of a changing America. Taltree members $10/Non-members $15.

Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12

You may remember him as the leader of the All-Star Frogs (1970-1983) and the Power Trio (1983-present), doing humorous and raunchy blues originals such as “Tie You Up!” and “More Love, More Money.” Or you may remember the Tumatoe tours of local clubs and endless spins of his songs on college radio in the ’70s and ’80s. Dr. Duke was a member of REO Speedwagon. He left in 1969, evidently taking all rocking bluesy rootsy-ness with him. He grew up on the South Side of Chicago, a blues-loving youth who hung with the legends. Now he’s still at it, playing over 200 shows a year, covering over 60,000 miles. Tumatoe promises “A good time, a little mischief, a lot of great music.” Free to members/$15 non-members.

The Crawpuppies 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24

The Crawpuppies are a diverse band that plays all the best music from the 50’s to present day. With two critically-acclaimed original CDs, the three-member band also covers the Beatles, Bob Marley, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin and others. Their newest CD is “World’s Much Bigger,” joining their two previous releases, “Crawpuppies Live at the Double Door” DVD, and their first CD, “Peaceful Amnesty.” The band consists of Chad Clifford (Singer & Acoustic Guitar), Aaron Hedges (Bass), Chris Karp (Drums), and Mike Curtis (Guitar). Check out the band at www.crawpuppies.com. $10 Taltree members/$15 non-members.

Coming next …

The AcoustiCats 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26

Taltree is located at 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso, IN. Admission to the grounds is $5 for guests; free for Taltree members and children under 5. For more information, visit www.taltree.org, call (219) 462-0025 or e-mail info@taltree.org.

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, located south of U.S. 30 between Merrillville and Valparaiso, Indiana, is a 360-acre reserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands, and prairies. From hiking the 3+ miles of trails to attending an outdoor concert or special event, visitors have enjoyed Taltree’s quiet beauty interspersed with friendly festivity since 1999. Themed displays include the Hitz Family Rose Garden, Native Plant Garden, Oak Islands, and coming in 2011, the Taltree Railway Garden. For more information visit www.taltree.org or call (219) 462-0025.

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