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Arts and Entertainment

November 29, 2013

Mountain music to be heard at 6OTS

6 On The Square will welcome Bobtown to its stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The group draws on field hollers, gospel, folk, pop and bluegrass, with soaring four-part harmonies, according to a media release.

In the summer of 2007, Katherine Etzel wrote some field hollers, a song form she learned while working the fields of Iowa. The response from her musician friends was, “Really? You wrote those?” Taking that as a compliment, she formed Bobtown as an outlet to perform the songs, adding three more songwriters to the group (via Craigslist ads). After a year, they expanded to include instrumentation, the release said.

Etzel, from Iowa, sings, plays drums and accordion; Karen Dahlstrom, singer, guitarist and mandolinist, is from Idaho; Jen McDearman, singer and percussionist, is from Tennessee; Fred Stesney, singer and bassist, is from California; and from New York is Alan Lee Backer, a singer, guitarist and songwriter. Backer also plays banjo, mandolin, dobro, lap steel, bass and harmonica. 

Bobtown has two albums. The first, “Bobtown,” released in 2010, received positive reviews and airplay both domestically and internationally, as well as being featured on NPR’s “All Songs Considered.” Bobtown’s second full-length album, “Trouble I Wrought” came out in 2012. 

Tickets are available on-line at the discounted price of $15, plus a $2 service charge, until the day of the show, or $18 at the door. Ticket price for students is always $2, but reservations are requested for student tickets.

While at 6OTS, attendees may view the exhibit of wildlife and nature photography by New Berlin artist Deborah Smith. The exhibit will run through Dec. 22.

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