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Jake McBroom is featured as one of the artists at The Local Songwriter Showcase, 8 p.m. Friday Aug. 23 in Zumbrota.

Two Minnesota songwriters are featured in performances 8 p.m. Friday Aug. 23 at Crossings.

The Local Songwriter Showcase highlights Jake McBroom from Wanamingo and Tat Thompson, who grew up on a dairy farm.

McBroom writes and plays from the soul with songs of hurt, joy and life. His passion for music and storytelling translates into his original work. He describes the style of music he plays as "acoustic alternative folk." McBroom has played with a variety of local bands and is now setting out on his.

As multi-instrumentalismt he can play acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, piano, trumpet and accordion. His music influences include Mumford and Sons, the Avett Brothers, Flogging Molly, the Tossers, the Swell Season, Trampled by Turtles, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Dean Martin.

Thompson's songs feature vocals encompassing a large variety of musical genres and lyrical themes.

He grew up singing classic country and blues along with the radio as he milked cows.

Delving deeper into roots music in high school after discovering Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, Thompson eventually discovered Bob Dylan. Aided by a vocal scholarship, he enrolled at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Thompson also is a member of a band called the Trees — a folk-influenced alternative band based out of Decorah, Iowa. Members include Thompson, Erik Nielsen, Andrew Meland and Adam Lap.

Tickets for the showcase are $10 adults, $8 for students in advance; and $12 day of show. To reserve tickets, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Avenue in Zumbrota. For more information, visit