Water Street Music Series opens on Luther's campus

Local group Done Doin' Laundry featured performer at Sept. 2 event

Luther College will host the first event of the Water Street Music Series presenting local music group Done Doin' Laundry on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Bentdahl Commons on the Luther College campus.

The concert, featuring special guests Simple Rogues, is open to the public with no charge for admission. Attendees are asked to bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on.

Done Doin' Laundry boasts four local musicians, Jill Clark, guitar, Jeni Grouws, guitar, Nori Hadley, fiddle, and Sarah Magner, bass guitar, whose repertoire includes bluegrass, rock-n-roll and everything in-between.

For this group, the time for making music is at the end of the day when they trade parenting duties for musical instruments. The band blends violin, guitar and mandolin or banjo, resulting in sweet and sassy melodies appreciated by folks of all ages.

Simple Rogues shows passion and talent for tunes ranging from traditional Irish and Scottish tunes and sea shanties to American folk.

Founded by lead singer and bodhran player Buck Towne, and soon joined by mandolin player Casey Barth, Simple Rogues has been growing and gaining a following in the area for the past three years. When the band was joined by Barry Byrne, accordian and guitar, Sherri Byrne, upright bass, Ralph Knudson, fiddle, and James Leider, banjo, their sound took on a foot-stomping fullness and warmth.

The Water Street Music Series, founded and directed by Luther students Dan Fernelius and Lindsay Sheridan, is in its inaugural year. The series was conceived to highlight the wealth of talent present in Decorah. Their goal is to create concert collaborations between celebrated musicians while fostering a diverse, interwoven audience from Luther and the greater community.

"We wanted this to be a seriously fun opportunity for some already popular musicians of many genres to perform on a cohesive series," said Sheridan. "Decorah oozes collaboration. This community is so interwoven, supportive and committed to growth."

Luther College is a major sponsor of the series through their Communications and Marketing department and Lecture and Fine Arts Fund. Other area sponsorship and media support comes from Hotel Winneshiek, Dave and Brenda Carlson, Kephart's Music Center, Decorah Bank and Trust, Oneota Community Food Co-op, Inspire(d) Media, and KDEC Radio.

Upcoming events include Coming Home Again, Sept. 21 at the Hotel Winneshiek, and ArtSong at ArtHaus on Oct. 18. For complete information on the series and upcoming concerts go to www.wsmsdecorah.org.