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 dedicated to Nate Pientok below
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