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Miscellany and Mirth of the Midwest

October 9, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Musician and storyteller, Dave Martin, takes us on a good-natured romp through the midwest which explores the culture and storied history of the region, performing both traditional and original songs while infusing quixotic anecdotes about his family’s place in America’s heartland.

Beginning at seed-time on the Fertile Crescent, (where history began, after all) with the cleverly written “A History of the World in Six Glasses,” a song that conveys important historical developments through a unique frame, (namely the advent of six particular beverages) Martin sets up the humorous and historical basis for his show. From that launch point he takes us on a clockwise trip around the Great Lakes via a travelogue that details endearingly peculiar facts; listeners will get a lesson in agricultural industrialization and a tender ode to his grandfather, an Iowa farmer.

We hear tales of true crime and focus our imaginations so that we can conceive of ourselves as 21st century pioneers. Martin’s writing sensibility is driven by both his background in journalism and his profession as a high school history teacher. His musical and performing influences include Chicagoan Steve Goodman, folk-singer Greg Brown, and Irish balladeers.

Armed with an acoustic guitar and wry wit, Dave Martin writes open-hearted songs whose thematic reaches have included traveling, the ocean, pirates, baseball players and his Midwestern background. The folk-tinged tunes on Martin’s newly released album, Imagination in Focus, exude a charm and zeal similar to that of his fellow suburban Chicago native and musical influence, Steve Goodman, and his lyrics frequently exhibit a Buffettian-like irreverence. This makes sense when considering the genesis of Martin’s musical sensibility; citing singer/songwriters of the 1970s as catalytic to his interest in performing, he took up guitar as a child after meeting James Taylor. Dave Martin honors the storytelling singer/songwriter legacy he embraces, while he contributes to its essence.

This concert is free and open to all. No registration is required.

For more information, please contact Samantha at or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.


October 9, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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