Indianapolis indie-rock band There Are Ghosts

Liz Pinnick loves her Indiana forests.

“I’ve always been an environmentalist and believe in justice,” Pinnick says. “I worry about how politics can affect our lives, sometimes adversely, especially when it comes to our environment.”

Having volunteered with the Indiana Forest Alliance for just over two years now, Pinnick has decided to organize a big benefit show in support of the nonprofit, which dedicates itself to protecting and restoring Indiana’s native hardwood forests.

Slated for Saturday, Oct. 20, Toast to the Trees will take place at the Indy Hostel in Broad Ripple from 5 to 10 p.m. Billed as “a concert for the forest,” the benefit show will feature a diverse lineup of local acts, including Blackberry Jam, Midwest Rhythm Exchange, Papa Warfleigh’s Funk Revival, Pork & Beans Brass Band, and There Are Ghosts.

Through the event, Pinnick ultimately hopes that more people will learn about the Indiana Forest Alliance and the important work they are doing statewide.

“Every state is looking for something to attract people, and I think trees could be ours, especially our state forests,” Pinnick says. “I just want people to know how important state forests are, and that we all need to participate to make sure that they are important today as well as 100 years from now.”

Costumes are also welcome at this pre-Halloween Game of Thrones-themed shindig. Tickets to the all-ages event are $10 and can be purchased in advance or day-of-show. Visit for more information.

"Winter is coming" ... This Game of Thrones-themed concert benefits the Indiana Forest Alliance. Costumes encouraged. 5 bands for just $10!


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