ValpoLife, Zao Island Team Up for Biggest Summer Ever, with Upgraded Facility, “Rain or Shine” Summer Concert Series, and Much More

By: Ideas in Motion Media Last Updated: May 5, 2017

Summer 2017 is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best ever in Northwest Indiana as ValpoLife and Zao Island are teaming up for Zao Island's Summer Concert Series, which includes live music every Friday and Saturday night on the ValpoLife Live Stage.

The Zao Island Summer Concert Series showcases Zao Island's expanded and upgraded indoor and outdoor venues and will feature a huge lineup of some of the best local bands around. Each weekend, music lovers can enjoy live music on the island, and if it rains, the show will go on with performances on Zao Island's new indoor stage.

"Zao Island has an awesome line up for this year's Summer Concert Series at the ValpoLife Live Stage," said Ryan Wright, Partner at Zao Island. "So many of the best local bands have been recruited for your listening pleasure. Chris & Lou, Reggae Express, and even Howard & The White Boys, who are former Chicago Blues Fest Winners. It's going to be a fun series and we look forward to seeing all of our wonderful customers!"

The recent indoor upgrades at Zao Island are expansive, with bumper cars, a laser maze, a huge game room expansion, and dozens of new games.

"We have a long-standing relationship and, more importantly, friendship with Don and Ryan at Zao Island based on good food, family, and fun, and we are looking forward to rocking this summer on the Island," said Ideas in Motion Media CEO and Founder, Chris Mahlmann. "With so many options to choose from to have a good time at Zao Island, this will certainly make this the best summer ever."

zao-vl-live-2a The music will kick off on Friday, June 2nd with Soul Shine, followed by the Planetary Blues Band on June 3rd. Every concert will take place on Friday and Saturday from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Other bands scheduled include Freak Johnson, Gerry Hunt Trio, Steve Ball, Reggae Express, Chris & Lou, Weston Rettinger Band, Head Honchos, Beth and Steve, Brown Howard Band, Upside Down and Backwards, The Rave, The Rocco's, Uncle Buck's Mojo Box, Derek & Phil, Sticky Scissors, Nick Zozoniss, Poly Rhythmic, Jack Wilson, Justin and Jeff, Marco Villareal, and Phil & The Blanks!

"Business Blend of ValpoLife and Zao Island - what a combo for Great Music, Great Moments, and Craft Beer every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer on the ValpoLife LIVE stage at Zao Island! I'm excited by the possibilities, said Don Wright, owner of Zao Island.

Zao Island is located at 1050 Horse Prairie Avenue in Valparaiso, Indiana and is open Monday - Thursday, 11:00am - 9:00pm, Friday from 11:00am - 11:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am - 11:00pm, and Sunday from 10:00am - 9:00pm.

For more information on Zao Island's activities and events, visit