A Legendary Heart Beats Worldwide

Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne

LAFAYETTE, IN (February 26, 2020) – There have been many musical legends made in the great city of Lafayette, Indiana. Shannon Hoon, Axl Rose, and Izzy Stradlin are just a few of the famous names that roll off the tongue when thinking about the town. The greatness behind the scenes, however, can often go unnoticed. Every famous musician has a place they started and a giant crew of hometown friends and family that supported them to help elevate them to the stars they became. One of the strongest artist advocates to come out of the iconic heart of Hoosierland is the magnanimous Nate Pientok.

When young music entrepeuner, Nate Pientok, took the reigns at the Lafayette Theater he had no idea the uphill battle that was laid out in front of him, but he nonetheless braved the job. He wanted to make the world a better place through music, and he decided to start with his hometown. Nate paved the way for many talented artists and business owners to flourish by giving them a public platform to show their passion both literally and figuratively in the beautiful Lafayette Theater.

Pientok worked long hours with many sleepless nights renovating the hallowed halls of the grand venue. He then spent an extraordianry amount of his own time filling it with an impressive roster of national acts and world renowned artists such as Blind Melon, George Clinton, Reverend Horton Heat, Aaron Lewis, and many more. Nate threw himself into his work with little acknowledgement from the world at large and very meager compensation while on the road to accomplishing his dreams. He built up the Lafayette Theater making it a national competitor in the music industry giving local artists a chance to showcase their skills to a broader audience all while hosting as many charity events as he could on his own dime.

Ultimately, the road to Nate’s dreams may not have been a straight path, and he had to move on, but he left his mark deeply in the lives he touched along the way through all the twists and turns. One can only hope to make a tenth of the difference this young man has made on his life journey so far, and there’s no doubt that he has so much more to give. Pientok did his best to live right with the hope of leaving the world a little better off than it was before he was there, and in this he was a phenomenal success. The Lafayette Theater as well as some of Lafayette’s best musicians have names now known worldwide thanks to just one extraordinary musical entrepenuer with a dream. Unfortunately for Lafayette, Nate Pientok had to move on, but his passion for his craft and his gigantic heart remain legendary, and he will soon leave his loving mark on not just his hometown, but on the whole world.

Check out the Lafayette Theater 2015-2018 Highlights Music Video Documentary Frame Animation dedicated to Nate Pientok below

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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