Posts Tagged ‘Live Music’


This weekend, August 21-23 is the 1st Annual DigIN Festival in Decorah, IA. The Decorah Iowa Green Initiative (DigIN) is a chance for you to visit our awesome little corner of Northeast Iowa and see what’s happening with progressive green and sustainable technologies. Check out the full schedule at www.digindecorah.com – and come to Decorah this weekend. Registration & maps will be available throughout Saturday for the sustainable farm & home tours, and the KDEC Green Expo on Sunday, August 23 will provide a chance for everyone to check out the latest and greatest in green technology.

Check out these great events throughout the weekend:fresh_poster_small

Friday August 21 – 8pm – Street Dance with the Foot-Notes. Washington St. near Water Street (across from the Hotel Winneshiek). Rain location at the Elks Lodge in Decorah – corner of River & Main near Viking State Bank.

Saturday August 22 – all day! Sustainable Farm & Home Tours. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION. Special tours of homes and farms featuring sustainable technologies – also great efvents annd tours at the Seed Savers Exchange in rural Decorah both Saturday and Sunday!

Saturday Night August 22 – Screening of ‘FRESH’ the movie – 8pm, Decorah High School auditorium – free for registered DigIN members, $5 for non-registrants. ALSO Saturday evening – A Garden Party with Maritza at the home & gardens of David Cavagnaro- 7pm. Click Here for more details!

Sunday August 23 - The KDEC Green Expo at the Winneshiek Co. Fair Grounds 11am-4pm. Green businesses will show off their products and services and two informational seminar tents will have programs throughout the day! FREE for all – don’t miss this great chance to speak to professionals from across the spectrum and learn more about cutting edge green technology and sustainability.

SEE YOU at the first annual DigIN Festival this weekend in Decorah!

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The August / September issue of Inspire(d) is quickly coming together here at the Oak Street HQ. As you can see at left, our cover features a beautiful painting by Doug Eckheart of the Borlaug family farm – and you’ll find a feature story by Aryn all about Dr. Norman Borlaug, the upcoming Harvest festivities in Cresco, and more.

Speaking of Festivities – there is also a ton of great information in this issue about digIN, the new green festival in Decorah August 21-23. Check out profiles of Off-the-Grid Homes and sustainable farms that you can tour, musical events, great local food, details on the KDEC Green Expo, and a bounty of other things!

Of course we have all the regular reviews, a piece on old tractors, Froelich, and Mabel/Hesper Steam Engine days by Benji, State Fair tidbits – and the list goes on….

As you may have seen or heard us say, we are dangerously close to honing in our new website for it’s launch. We’re not ready to spill the beans yet, but we have to say we’re pretty darn excited about it and we think you will be too!

Better get back to finishing up the magazine – Until it meets you on stands…….

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Summer in NE Iowa just wouldn’t be summer without a beautiful evening in Highlandville with the Foot-Notes. Don’t miss your chance to waltz your heart out on the worn floorboards of the  school house this Saturday night – July 18,  8pm-11pm. Check the website for more info & directions to the Highlandville School House.

The Foot-Notes will also be performing at Nordic Fest both Friday & Saturday, July 24 & 25, for evening Street Dances. Visit Decorah for a GREAT weekend!

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Jeni Grouws and Friends Live
at the Winneshiek County Fair,
Tuesday, July 7th at 7 p.m.

(missing from picture: Benji Nichols, Nori Hadley & Jessica Breed
Photo courtesy of Silver Moon Photography online at www.silvermoonimages.com)

The Winneshiek County Fair will open Tuesday night with grandstand entertainment from “Jeni Grouws and Friends.” The eclectic show will include over 25 local performers, many being selected from Winneshiek County Schools to perform on the grandstand stage this Tuesday night, July 7th, at 7pm.

“I can tell you, from the auditions of those selected to perform, this is going to be one fantastic night of live, local music!” said show organizer Jeni Grouws.

Those chosen to perform at the Grandstand during Jeni Grouws and Friends include: Joseph Sir, Cresco, Annalise Johnson, Decorah Schools, Buck Towne, Hesper, Lynnae Bigler, Decorah, Miriah Hageman, South Winneshiek Schools, the group of Paul Sullivan, Anders Wahlberg and Lucas Bleckenberg, all of Decorah Schools, the Eric Anderson Family Band, Lime Springs, Siri Hedestrom, Decorah, Kalissa Georgia, Turkey Valley Schools, Ethan Adams, South Winneshiek Schools, Juan Pagaza, Decorah and Aggie Schoening, Chester.

These area performers will be backed on songs that range from pop to country, blues to bluegrass by an All Star Band made up of Benji Nichols, Lloyd Bolz, Mark Stumme, Erik Berg, Jessica Breed, Nori Hadley, David Lester, and Jeni Grouws. Jeni Grouws and Friends Live at the Winneshiek County Fair will also feature selected songs from Grouws’ EP “Scenic Route”, crowd favorite cover songs and even a fun tribute to the great ladies of country music.

The show  is this  Tuesday night, July 7th from  7-9pm. It’s going to be an incredible showcase of this area’s talent and you won’t want to miss a moment of Jeni Grouws and Friends Live at the Winneshiek County Fair! Entry to the show requires a Winneshiek County Fair Button, which can be purchased at various locations in the area and at the fair. For more information on the Winneshiek County Fair visit www.winneshiekcountyfair.com.

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The DeWayn Brothers

Live @ Cafe Magpie – Tuesday, June 9, 2009  – 7pm to 10pm

FREE SHOW – donations requested for the band

BYOB or enjoy great summer coffee, tea drinks, sandwhiches, and treats during the show at Cafe Magpie.

DeWaynSkitoFrom the front porch of the Flinthills in East Central Kansas comes The DeWayn Brothers. “After more than two years of touring across the U.S. in a conspicuous 42-foot bus, we’ve sure had our run-ins with a good deal more than just the law! We’ve evaded cops in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas, blazed through nine inches of snow in Illinois, and made it through 110° New Mexican heat. We’ve survived sunburns on the beaches of New Jersey, a shooting in Tulsa, lost brakes on a mountain road in Idaho, and all the hazards of big city driving. We’re not complainin’, though, because The DeWayn Brothers’ style bluegrass is spreadin’ like a ragin’ fire.”

The DeWayn Brothers are a fast-paced insurgent bluegrass band that draw influences from old-timey bluegrassers, modern punk, heavy metal, blues, and good ol’ rock and roll. Simply put, they’re not your grandpa’s bluegrass, but you can bet even he will be tappin’ his feet and singin’ along. DeWayn_Bros_Jaime

From bar-room brawls and drugs, to murder and mayhem, the DeWayn Brothers draw inspiration from their time on the road and from the people they meet. The DeWayn Brothers are all songwriters, and they’ve all got stories to tell. Rippin Mandolin, Smokin Banjo, Fierce Guitar, Poundin Bass, and the most powerful voice in the midwest.  DEWAYN!!


The Dewayn Brothers have 5 albums under their belts and hundreds of shows including appearences at Wakarusa and opening for artists like Ralph Stanley, Leftover Salmon, Hot Buttered Rum, and Tea Leaf Green.

“With possibly the best female vocalist in the midwest, Jamie Lee belts out songs of lost loves and bad guys, to The Boy singing about death and drinking or just picking a good ol’ banjo song about gettin rabies from your own dog DeWayn is pushing their Kansgrass sound all over the country. With Josh Finley possibly one of the fastest mando players in the country and an incredible artist added to the mix you would think he was an 80’s shredder not a bluegrass mandolin player.” (from – http://www.lawrence.com)

Don’t miss your chance to see this great grasss roots midwestern band at one of Decorah’s most unique establishments!

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Inspire(d) would like to thank everyone that came out to help shake down the Steyer Opera House with the Diplomats of Solid Sound! A huge thanks to KDEC-FM 100.5, The Hotel Winneshiek, The Diplomats of Solid Sound, and of course everyone who came out to the show. Here are a few pictures from the show:







Again, a huge thanks to all that came out for this show! Cheers!

photos: Benji & Aryn Nichols, Inspire(d) Media LLC

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wwo_adThis Weekend, April 17-18 is Women’s Weekend Out in Decorah! Come experience Decorah at it’s best – with great events, shopping, music, dining, style & jewelry shows, and more. Visit the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce for information on this great weekend, accomodations, listings of specials, and details on how to register and receive a special bag with tons of coupons, specials, and more! See you in Decoraaaaah!


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