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The Martin Family Circus

Tuesday evening, July 25 at 8 p.m.

Just as one might imagine a circus to be — upbeat, unexpected, accomplished, and exciting — the Martin Family Circus aims to bring that same joy and a room full of fun with their heartwarming and lively “music that makes you smile!” This self-contained vocal-driven melodic band of 2 parents and 4 kids ranging in age from 9-18 packs a punch with their rich stack of family harmonies in a soaring blend, which Rolling Stone magazine calls “exuberant.” Representing four generations of musical heritage, Martin Family Circus delivers soulful family harmony, steeped in traditional roots.

“Our house has always been like a live jukebox, with an all-you-can-play selection of musical instruments,” says Jamie. “Music completely covers our lives, so our kids have never known a day without it.”

Fueled by a mutual passion for many genres and longing for a fun, family-friendly musical experience for their kids, Paul and Jamie began singing together in 2010 with their four children: March (now 18), Kell (15), Texas (11), and Tallant (9). Quickly realizing that the kids all showed an uncanny knack for hearing harmonies and pitch, as well as for playing instruments, they began performing shows together.

They were soon dubbed the Martin Family Circus by Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill, playfully teasing with them about their growing number of kids and the craziness that goes hand-inhand with a large family.

“Ours is a real family, and we knew there was an unpredictable nature to working with our kids. But they were just crazy with passion, truly breathing through the music we were creating,” says Paul. “There was no other answer than for us to do this with them.”

So where did it all begin? Grammy-winning artist Paul Martin, lead singer/guitarist of country-pop group Exile, met and married Jamie Allen, daughter of Duane Allen of Country Music Hall of Fame members The Oak Ridge Boys. Their four children were exposed early to 4-generations of rich musical heritage, and they watched as each child showed God-given musical talents early on. Practice soon led to performances around the Nashville area, then appearances on national television shows like The Oak Ridge Boys’ American Legion Christmas special, “The Marty Stuart Show” and “Larry’s Country Diner,” as well as singing the National Anthem for the NBA Indiana Pacers & Chicago Bulls. After a rousing performance of “Elvira” to a packed house for the Oak Ridge Boys’ induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Billboard Magazine heralded them as “singing to the rafters,” getting a crowd of seasoned performers and music industry folks to their feet.

The Martin Family Circus’ newest CD project, Past, Present, Future, includes classic hits that inspired them to sing, current favorites that are inspiring now, and some brand-new self-penned material that they hope will inspire a new generation.

Jamie says, “We have always felt that music is food for the soul, and that love is the answer to just about every situation. So for us, it’s all about pouring out our family’s joy and filling people up with a little musical love!”

 

Diane Gubbels, Quilting "Stories"

Wednesday, July 26 10 a.m. Open Crafts Building

Join us as Diane Gubbels shares with us her "Stories of Inspiration." As her beautiful quilts unfold, so do the stories that lead to their creation. As a talented designer and appliqué artist, Diane allows her creative spirit to speak through her quilts, using fabric and design.

This wife, mother, and grandmother has been sewing as long as she can remember. It is one of her greatest joys to share the work of her hands as she unfolds the satires from her heart. Diane and her husband Dan live on a farm near Coleridge, NE. They have seven children and two grandchildren.

She has enjoyed a love of fabric and design since she was a young girl. Inspired by her mother, Diane learned the art of sewing and is passionate about quilting. Diane's quilts are inspired by many life experiences which become "music in my soul," she says. Sharing the "music" is her goal.