Meagan DeGraaf-Staff Writer
While students sat comfortably on their couches watching the Grammys a couple Sundays ago, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing, better known as the Okee Dokee Brothers were there, in person, watching everything from Adele professing her love and adoration for Beyoncé, to Twenty One Pilots accepting their first Grammy without any pants.
On Saturday, February 25, folk and children’s band from Minneapolis will be in the BJ Haan to play a concert with the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra (NISO). This year’s Winter Pops Concert features music from contemporary and classical composers as well as music by the Okee Dokee Brothers, who won a Grammy for Best Children’s Album.
“It’s a pretty big deal,” said Christopher Stanichar, the conductor of NISO. “They actually won a Grammy!”
Dordt College is not a large institution in the grand scheme of the country, and the symphony that meets there is not as big as major city symphonies either.
However, small size and remote location doesn’t stop musicians from traveling from near and far to play with them. In past years, NISO has hosted renowned singers, talented instrumentalists and even puppet troupes.
Saturday’s concert will add the Okee Dokee Brothers to their impressive list of guest musicians.
Tickets are on sale in the music office, and are only five dollars per person—students can take advantage of the buy one, get one free deal.