Songwriters in the Round hosted by Jackson Emmer Tomorrow Night – Wednesday Night with The OK Factor and Let Them Roar Opening

Live Music Fans,

We have six excellent music shows this week starting tomorrow night.  Just a little reminder for the first two night.  Can’t miss this week and all kinds of live music options just waiting for your ears.  It really won’t hurt.  Come out when you can.

See you at the shows!


“The classic format of a round has three songwriters on stage. One performs a song, followed by the next writer, and the next, and so on. Each songwriter can join in with the others, add harmonies, contribute a guitar riff, or just listen. Writers talk about how and why they wrote the songs, and there are always lively stories and interaction between the writers. It’s a great way for writers to build community, and share what they’re working on. Sign up in advance if you’d like to play. If there’s enough room on the list, additional signups will be added the night-of. Please bring your own guitar, and be prepared to perform complete, original songs, the entire way through without stopping.

The evening will culminate with a performance by Austin, TX based songwriter, Scott Martin. Texas folk hero, Jaimee Harris says: Scott Martin plays guitar like Richard Thompson, sings like James Taylor, and writes songs like Jackson Browne. High praise. Don’t miss this night of music!”

Email Jackson Emmer to sign up, or if you have any questions.


THE OK FACTOR – “Olivia Diercks and Karla Colahan, cellist and violinist of the new-classical crossover duo, The OK Factor, have one word to describe their musical connection: lucky. Organic and genuine, their original compositions feel both comfortingly familiar and uniquely fresh, and have been described as “genre-bending” (Julie Amacher, MPR) and “pure magic” (Wausau Pilot & Review). The ease with which they write and perform has caught the attention of the Minnesota music community in which they live and work, bringing them success on stages such as The Cedar Cultural Center and as frequent featured artists with Minnesota Public Radio. Their distinct compositional and performance style awarded them the honor of being finalists for the prestigious McKnight Fellowships for Musicians in 2018.

Within their six years of writing, performing, and regional touring, The OK Factor has been in residence with Minnesota Public Radio’s Class Notes Artists program (’16), at The Grand Theater in Wausau (’17), College of Saint Benedict (’17) and Luther College (’18), sharing their intimate performances, outreach activities, and educational workshops with these communities. Their passion for education has taken them across the United States to conduct workshops with students, and has led to their new education initiative, ATLAS (launching August of 2018). Combining their love of folk music and their investment in young students, ATLAS houses teacher lesson plans, student study guides and leadership opportunities, inviting students to use their instruments as vehicles for creative and innovative musical thinking. Taking this learning one step further, ATLAS is also home to The OK Factor’s transcriptions, including duo and quartet arrangements of their original music for both intermediate and advanced students.

Olivia and Karla are also sought-after collaborators, having partnered with numerous Minnesota composers and musicians including singer-songwriters Ellis Delaney and Lynn O’Brien, percussionists Jenny Klukken and Krissy Bergmark, and composer Mischa Santora, among others. They have appeared as opening acts for Charlie Parr, The High Kings, and Swedish quintet Jaerv, as well as composers-in-residence for digital music library Black Label Music. The OK Factor has produced three studio albums of their original music and arrangements: Water Street (’14), That’s Enough of That (’16), and Have Yourself an OK Christmas (’17).”

 LET THEM ROAR – This popular local band “weaves mountain folk into a soulful tapestry of roots, rock, and raw improvisations. A group bent on bringing their hearts to the stage and sharing the meaning and purpose of their lives, each member honors their historical roots while pushing their creative boundaries.”

“Their music reflects their home, which is nestled deep in the heart of the Elk Mountains where a confluence of Culture farmers, immigrants, naturalists, recreationalists, artisans and musicians; and Wildlands free flowing rivers, big mountains, wildlife and migrating birds come together in a richly laden land known as Carbondale, Colorado.

LET THEM ROAR has a live album and two studio EPs. They are contemplating new recording projects, community-based performances and tours. They have performed in venues and festivals through out the state and have opened for bands such as Elephant Revival, The Samples, Tab Beniot, Hit and Run Bluegrass, Hellbound Glory, Paper Bird, Band of Heathens, and more.

Olivia Pevec: Vocals, Guitar / Sophia Clark: Vocals, Guitar / Mateo Sandate:  Vocals, Guitars

Musically Yours,

Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon