Posts Tagged: live music

Wheekend! October 31-November 2, 2014


Happy Halloween! We hope you have a ghoul…er, good, weekend here in the Driftless! Lots of fun to be had, so get it, friends!

Friday, October 31:

Trick or Treating options in Decorah:
Porter House, Decorah, 5-7 pm

Aase Haugen Homes, 4 Ohio St., Decorah 4-5pm

Trunk or Treat sponsored by Stone Ridge Church, Fareway lot, Decorah 5-7pm

Luther College, Trick-or-Treat in the first-year residence halls: Brandt, Olson and Ylvisaker, 5:30-7:30 pm (Participating rooms will be identified by a pumpkin on the door.)

Other Friday fun:
Absolute Hoot, T-Bock’s Upstairs, Decorah, 8 pm

Miles Adams Band, Decorah Elk’s Lodge, 8 pm

General B and The Wiz / Ali and the Scoundrels, Ed’s No Name Bar, Winona, 9 pm

Von Stomper Halloween Show (with Dogfish Head Punkin Beer tapping), The Root Note, La Crosse, 8 pm

Saturday, November 1:
Jake Manders and Greta Huntsiger Live in the Lobby, Hotel Winneshiek, 6-9 pm

WMC Gala Event, Hotel Winneshiek, Decorah, 6 pm (advance tickets required)

2014 Tour for the Cure presents “The Motown Experience”, The Inwood, Spillville

Three Mississippi, Widespot Arts Center, Stockholm, WI 7 pm

Sunday, November 2:
B.Fit Studio + Reefuel Open House, Decorah, 1-3 pm

Children’s Museum of La Crosse $1 Off Sundays! 12-5 pm

Luther College Nordic Choir, CFL Luther College, Decorah, 4 pm

Post Halloween Book Bash: Julie Kramer at the Hotel Winneshiek, Decorah, 4 pm

All Wheekend (Fri/Sat):

Spillville Haunted House (free will donation), 101 Pleasant View Drive, Spillville, 6-10pm

Have fun, tricksters!

Wheekend! October 23-26, 2014


Whoa! End of October does NOT mean end of fun! Check out all the great stuff happening in the Driftless this weekend!

Thursday, October 23:
University of Iowa OSA archaeologist Elizabeth Reetz’s lecture on the history and importance of Iowa’s water trails. Decorah Public Library, 6:30 pm

Creole Choir of Cuba, Saint Mary’s University, Winona, MN, 7:30 pm

Friday, October 24:
WMC Blood Drive, Winneshiek Medical Center Conf. Room B, 10am-2:30 pm

In the Heat of the Night, Center Stage Series, CFL, Luther College, Decorah, 7:30 pm

Luther College Haunted Lab! 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 and 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the basement of Valders Hall of Science.

Bomba De Luz and Frankie Lee! Ed’s No Name Bar, Winona, MN, 9 pm

Saturday, October 25:
Joni Finnegan live painting demo, Lanesboro Arts Center, 1-4 pm

Marjane Satrapi, distinguished lecture, CFL Luther College, 7 pm

Gaga Club Cardio Halloween Party, Discover Happy, Decorah, 7-9 pm. Register online!

Highlandville Dance with the Foot-Notes – Last Dance of the Year! Highlandville School House, 8 pm

ArtHaus presents Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman, Elk’s Lodge, Decorah, 8 pm

Sunday, October 26:
Canvas and Corks Painting Class, Winneshiek Wildberry Winery, Decorah 1-3:30pm. Register online.

“Danish Modern: Design for Living” Design Lecture by Tova Brandt, Vesterheim’s Amdal-Odland Heritage Center, Decorah, 2 pm

Around the World in 5 Plates, 3rd Annual:  Northeast Iowa Montessori School (NEIM) celebrates United Nations Day!

KDEC & T-Bock’s Open Stage Night with featured artist Carlisle Evans Peck, T-Bocks, Decorah, 7 pm

All Wheekend:
29th Annual Northeast Iowa Holiday Craft Sale, Decorah High School

Flyway Film Festival, Stockholm, WI

Have fun!

Making a Scene Pt. 3 – Tom Fassbender / Boats & Bluegrass!

The following is part III in a series entitled “Making A Scene” from the Fall 2014 issue of Inspire(d) Magazine.
Part I – featuring Tanya Gertz & the Luther College Center Stage Series can be found here.
Part II – featuring James Ronan / Dance and Stay Young can be found here.

Interview by Benji Nichols
Images courtesy of Boats & Bluegrass.

*Please note, the 2014, 10th Anniversary presentation of Boats & Bluegrass is sold out. We offer up a giant high five to Tom Fassbender and his crew for presenting such a fantastic event in our region. Buy your tickets early next year!




BoatsBluegrass10yrsTen years ago Tom Fassbender threw together an idea to help promote a fledgling outfitter company – take some great regional bands, have them play on the backwater of the Mississippi near Winona, schedule some paddle time…see what happens. What was created is a source of local magic that has magnified into one of the best small festivals in the Midwest: Boats & Bluegrass. The 2014 edition features more than 40 bands, plus paddling trips, family outings, and all the regular festival fun. Located on Prairie Island, with camping just a skip and a jump from the festival site, this event has grown to be a regional favorite. Boats and Bluegrass runs September 25-28, 2014.

How’d you get into presenting events?

I guess helping with events all started back in High School with “field parties” on summer nights.  So that puts me at about 25 years. I’ve always had a desire to make people happy. Music has always played a huge roll in that and in my life. I enjoy making places where people feel comfortable and can relax – so being able to present music really ties it all together.

Do you have a most “exciting” live moment? 

I have been blessed to see and be a part of many shows (good and bad).  I learned more from the bad ones than the goodTom_F_Stick ones, but I would have to say the one that has stuck with me the most was one of my first experiences at a show. I was maybe 12 and fighting my way to the front at an Iron Maiden show. I bumped into a big guy with long hair who stood over six feet tall – he turned and looked down at me and gave me what I thought was a big thumbs up. I returned the thumbs up, but before I knew it he had picked me up and swiftly plucked me on his shoulders – turns out I had accepted his invitation.  His desire to help a kid enjoy the show has stuck with me, and been a bit of a mantra for me.

If you could present one show with anyone in the world – past or present – who would it be, and why?

My first thought is Jerry Garcia, just on a selfish note. On a more practical note, I guess I would say Bill Graham (1960s promoting legend, owner of the Fillmore / Winterland /Fillmore East, etc). Over the course of his life he was able give the world the gift of music – not always in a way I necessarily agree with but I think he cared about the “show”. Today I think that can get lost, and it would be great to experience how he did things.

What are you excited about in the near future?

This year’s 10th anniversary lineup is exciting. We are also planning to release a live compilation album from this year’s Boats & Bluegrass festival to celebrate 10 years. I’m looking forward to working through this process and hope to release the album around the first of the year.

— The 2014 10th Anniversary presentation of Boats & Bluegrass is SOLD OUT. Congrats to Tom and his crew, and buy your tickets early next year. Cheers to supporting live music!

Benji Nichols is the co-owner of Inspire(d) Media with his wife Aryn, and daughter Roxie. He’s been making things noisy since the early 1990s and is even known to make a living at it occasionally. Currently he is a partner in the Courtyard & Cellar in Decorah, makes magazines, and rides bikes while not being a Dad.