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Welcome to Water Street


Season 3

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Welcome to Water Street


Season 3

 
 
 

Water Street Music Series is a collaborative, innovative series focused on presenting musicians, artists, poets, dancers, and more from Luther College and the larger Decorah community. This third season will span artistic genres from jazz to classical to dance to bluegrass. Scroll down (or click below) to discover, and join us!

 
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Homegrown in Decorah


The Bread and Butter String Band
with special guests John Goodin, Erik Sessions, and Ellen Rockne

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Homegrown in Decorah


The Bread and Butter String Band
with special guests John Goodin, Erik Sessions, and Ellen Rockne

The Bread and Butter String Band: So good you'll forget your fear of dancing.

The Bread and Butter String Band: So good you'll forget your fear of dancing.

Water Street Park Decorah, IA

Water Street Park Decorah, IA

But seriously: they're soo good. Tasty good.

But seriously: they're soo good. Tasty good.

 

Saturday, September 27 at 7 PM      

The Bread and Butter String Band are quickly becoming Decorah stars: from their appearances at Nordic Fest to Lawn Chair Night who knows where we'll find them next - well, you're in luck: we do! 

 

Join us to Launch Season Three - not to mention, it's completely free!

 

Join us for a free evening under the stars outside of the Co-op. Bring your lawn chair, a blanket, and heck, a loaf of your favorite bread to share with your neighbor as you listen and dance to the bluegrassy jams of this band that is iconically, Homegrown in Decorah. 

Admission is Free! Rain or Shine. In case of severe inclement weather, stay tuned to Water Street on Facebook. P.S. That sweet photo above is by Randi Berg!

 
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Chet Baker


In A Blue Room
Kristen Underwood | John Ailabouni | Blake Nellis

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Chet Baker


In A Blue Room
Kristen Underwood | John Ailabouni | Blake Nellis

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Friday, November 7 at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM 

A vivid evening of words, movement, and music, inspired by jazz trumpet master, Chet Baker. West Coast Jazz of the 1950s was defined by this newcomer with the looks of a matinee idol, whose cool, understated trumpet hinted at something deeper, a solitary sound in a blue room.

This original collaboration between trumpet player Jon Ailabouni, dance/choreographer Blake Nellis, and actor/director Kristen Underwood, was created exclusively for ArtHaus and Water Street Music Series. 

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Fellas in the Cellar


Andrew Last | Decorah Artists

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Fellas in the Cellar


Andrew Last | Decorah Artists

Saturday, February 21 at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM 

The Courtyard and Cellar - an amazing oasis in the summer, a cozy cavern through the long Iowan winter. We thought we'd warm late February up a bit, with the help of Dr. Andrew Last and his crew of fellas as they take to the Cellar with new musical theater.

It's cabaret meets cozy cellar. It's new musical theater meets old world feel. It's an evening that will leave you humming great tunes and not wanting to head back into the cold winter wind. 

Join Dr. Andrew Last, a rag tag group of instrumentalists, and a whole posse of fellas who are ready to create a night full of rousing songs to warm you up (and we're pretty sure the brews of The Cellar will help keep the cold out, too). 

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Founded in Collaboration


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Founded in Collaboration


Coming Home Again, September 21, 2012

Coming Home Again, September 21, 2012

 

When you’re a part of the audience at a Water Street Music Series concert, you feel like you’ve arrived home. It’s intimate. It’s friendly. It’s inviting. We are experience creators -- and the events we create feel wonderfully, perfectly Decorah. We strive to create and sustain a collaborative, innovative artistic presence that connects Luther College and the larger Decorah community.

We love big, crazy ideas. That’s how Water Street Music Series began, and that sort of entrepreneurial energy continues to drive everything we do. As we enter this third season, we are proud to be strengthening our commitment to providing uncommon opportunities for current Luther students, lifting them up as entrepreneurs, creators, and leaders. Collaborations with Oneota Film Festival and ArtHaus will continue to strengthen our role as a cultural trailblazer.

The stage is set for this season: bluegrass outdoors, a commissioned jazz/dance/word piece, cabaret in a cellar, and a crazy project that will fill Water Street with arts of all flavors. Join us. We can’t wait for you to see what we’ve cooked up!

 
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No Matter Your Talent


there's a way for you to play your part on Water Street.

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No Matter Your Talent


there's a way for you to play your part on Water Street.

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Done Doin' Laundry, September 2, 2012

 

Water Street Music Series is all about collaboration! Don’t know how to play an instrument? Save your singing voice for the shower? There’s still a way for you to play your part on Water St. by joining us as one of our valued donors.

You can make a gift of any amount, at any time, by clicking the button below (crowdfund style). To discuss a more significant investment (with donor levels ranging from $250 to $1,000), please reach out to Dan Fernelius at dan@wsmsdecorah.org.

Every dollar you donate goes right back into the community - and artists - you love.

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Water Street Music Series is made possible through the fiscal sponsorship of Dartco. All contributions in support of WSMS made to D.ArtCo. may be tax deductible. Dartco. is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.

 

Thank You to Our Supporters

Collaborators


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Collaborators


Taylor Baloga Based in Decorah, Iowa

Taylor Baloga
Based in Decorah, Iowa

Taylor Baloga - taylor@wsmsdecorah.org
Artist Relations

Taylor Baloga is a Luther College senior majoring in music with a psychology minor. Her hometown is Lawrence, Kansas, home of the Jayhawks. She plays piano, and she also participates in ensembles at Luther playing violin. She is excited to join the WSMS team for the 2014-15 season.

Erin Bradley - erin@wsmsdecorah.org
Venue Liaison

Erin Bradley is a Junior at Luther studying music management. From Grand Forks, North Dakota, Erin prides herself on attending any and every concert that she can, whether she's here in Decorah or studying abroad. Erin is stoked to join WSMS as a Co-Director and is rolling up her sleeves to conquer all things tech.

Erin Bradley Based in Decorah, Iowa

Erin Bradley
Based in Decorah, Iowa

Rachel Woolsey Based in Washington D.C.

Rachel Woolsey
Based in Washington D.C.

Rachel Woolsey - rachel@wsmsdecorah.org
Media/Marketing Inquiries

Rachel graduated from Luther College in 2014 with a passion for music and a love for writing. She is currently serving as Institutional Development Apprentice at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD. Originally from Wenatchee, WA, Rachel loves to travel, play cello and piano, and do crossword puzzles.

Dan Fernelius - dan@wsmsdecorah.org
Co-Founder - Donor Inquiries

Dan Fernelius graduated from Luther in 2013 and co-founded WSMS with Lindsay. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dan spends his time dreaming of crazy ideas, thinking about how great and beautiful and odd the world is, and coping with his hopeless love affair with Nutella and Woody Allen films. 

Dan Fernelius Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dan Fernelius
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lindsay Sheridan Based in Washington D.C.

Lindsay Sheridan
Based in Washington D.C.

Lindsay Sheridan - lindsay@wsmsdecorah.org
Co-Founder - Programming Inquiries

Lindsay graduated from Luther in 2013, and, as Dan already mentioned, co-founded WSMS during their junior year. When not marketing choir stuff from her office at the Washington National Cathedral, Lindsay enjoys thinking about Decorah in coffee shops, playing viola, exploring Washington D.C., and pretending to know things about craft beer, comparative theology, and dance.