ROZEL — A performance by the Jacob Martin Band will highlight Saturday’s street dance during the Rozel Summer Celebration.
The street dance begins at 8 p.m. for a $5 cover charge. Listeners are requested to bring their own lawn chairs. Free-will donations will assist the Rozel volunteer fire department with purchasing new equipment.
Events will start Saturday. At noon, Main Street will be alive with craft and food vendors, a thrift store, washers ‘and horseshoes tournaments and kids activities. Anvil shoots have been planned for 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.
At 1:30 p.m. will be a pie judging, with a pie eating contest to follow at 2 p.m. A barbecue dinner is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Doughnuts will be offered at the North City Park at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
Scott Stinemetz of Caring Hearts Ministry will deliver his message on horseback at 9 a.m. Sunday during a community church service.
The Jacob Martin Band, an American country/rock band, is known for its catchy songwriting and their energy filled live performances, was created in 2007.
Sioux City Iowa native Jacob “Martin” Ronfeldt assembled his own band in 2007. Jacob Martin’s journey has been nothing short of astounding.
Struck by polio in his childhood and battling addictions for many years, he overcame the odds by believing in his God given musical ability and his knack for writing stories that relate to issues people connect with.
His songs accentuate the positive things in life and take the listener on a journey that touches on faith, love, forgiveness, friendships and family. Aside from being a charismatic performer, Jacob’s sense of humor shines through in songs like “Go on now Git” and “Along Came a Girl”.
He recounts his struggle with polio which nearly left him paralyzed in the emotional “Frozen”, and is not afraid to give praise to his Lord and savior in “God Gave Me You”.
The single “How ‘bout a Ride”, with its heart pounding blend of rock guitars and fiddle, quickly gained the attention of radio stations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa, and has helped spread the word about the band.
Jacob Martin's debut album “Country in the City,” features an incredible array of talent including Jimmy Olander (Diamond Rio); 1970s icon Cynthia Johnson (Lipps Inc); and Nashville veterans like Chad Jeffers (Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood) and Dan Hochalter (Gretchen Wilson) to name a few. Minneapolis born drummer Josh Carlson completed the quartet in 2009 while recording the album.
The band set out to write songs that people could relate to lyrically as well as musically.
Their own unique blend of country and rock quickly earned them a faithful following along the upper Midwest, and led them to appear alongside national acts such as James Otto, Justin Moore, and Jerrod Neimann, as well as high profile shows at Country Fest in Cadott, Wis., and at the Iowa State Fair.