january, 2022

23jan6:30 pm8:30 pmHarbor Stories: UnpluggedMartin Zellar and Dan Hubbard6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Event Details

Sponsored by: First National Bank of Ottawa

Join us for season three of Harbor Stories: Unplugged. This season is filled with six great shows including Andrew Hyra, Nick Leet, Kasey Anderson, Coyote Brother, Martin Zellar, Dan Hubbard, Michael McDermott, and Heather Horton.

Martin Zellar grew up in Austin, Minnesota. While still in high school, Zellar formed his first band, Fallout, with childhood friend and bassist Nick Ciola. Zellar and Ciola have played in bands together for more than 30 years.

Martin Zellar first appeared on the Twin Cities music scene in the late ’80s as the lead singer and songwriter for the alt-country pioneers, Gear Daddies. The Gear Daddies released two albums on Polygram Records appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and toured extensively for three years before amicably parting ways in 1992.

Zellar has gone on to record and perform as a solo artist and with his band, The Hardways, releasing eight more albums on the Rykodisc and Owen Lee Recordings labels.

More than 30 years down the road from his first release, Martin Zellar continues to make his living writing, recording and performing music. And he’s happy and grateful.

In a nearly 15-year career as a singer-songwriter, Dan Hubbard has released 7 studio albums, toured extensively throughout the United States, and shared the stage with countless national acts, including Martin Sexton, Andrew Combs, and Nikka Costa. Influenced by the likes of Tom Petty, Hubbard’s music has been acclaimed as “beautiful, powerful, and often seemingly effortless.” (Independent Clauses)

Hubbard—an Illinois Native and the youngest of three boys—credits his brother D.J. with inspiring him to write. “He played me these songs he had written while he was off at college, and I was blown away. Seeing his talent made me believe I might have it in me too,” he says. At age nine, Hubbard’s other brother, Erik, died from brain cancer when he was just 12. By 15, Dan discovered guitar as an outlet. “It became a way for me to properly mourn him, and heal.” After graduating from Illinois State University, Hubbard knew he wanted to pursue music, and he’s been honing his craft ever since.

Dan’s 2021 release, a 5-song EP titled Fall in Love Again (Quarantine Lullabies), is the product of a year spent mostly in quarantine with his family as they navigated the fear and uncertainty of the global pandemic. For Hubbard, the album also marked a return to his recording roots. “When I first started making records almost 20 years ago, I recorded them myself wherever I could – my parents’ basement or whatever house or apartment I was living in,” says Hubbard. Since 2008, however, he has opted for the bigger studio/producer experience, even venturing to Nashville in 2016 to record his self-titled release, Dan Hubbard, with acclaimed producer and 3-time Grammy Nominee Ken Coomer. In quarantine, Dan saw an opportunity to rediscover his passion for music by stripping everything down.

“I recorded every note using only my phone; no external mics. It was the most carefree, enjoyable recording experience I’ve had since I was 19,” says Hubbard. Apart from the advances in technology, recording at home 20 years later came with one other big difference…well, 4 big differences…a wife and three kids. “Rather than going off on my own and asking them to be quiet all the time, it made more sense to include them and make it a family project. It goes without saying that it made the process more meaningful and fun, but it also completely works with the subject matter,” Dan continued. “I will never forget the five of us gathered around the kitchen counter discussing the cover art and what this album would be.”

Doors open at 5pm
Dinner served 5pm to 6:30pm (Not included in ticket price)
Show begins at 6:30pm
Must be 21 or older
For more information contact us at 815-434-4406 ext 1
*Artists/details subject to change
Purchase your tickets here: https://harbor-inn.square.site/
Tickets are non-refundable. Non-Transferrable.


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