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Martin Zellar's tribute to Neil Diamond

Martin Zellar will perform a Neil Diamond tribute at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the State Theater in Zumbrota. Submitted photo

ZUMBROTA — Martin Zellar, one of Minnesota's own alternative country/rock musicians, brings his tribute to Neil Diamond to the State Theater on Saturday, March 23.

Diamond's music remains among the most popular in the world. Zellar will play hits including: "Sweet Caroline," "Kentucky Woman," "Solitary Man," "America" and "Cherry, Cherry." Joining Zellar are Nick Ciola, Luke Kramer, Scott Wenum, John Eller and female backup singer, Ali Gray.

Immediately after graduation from high school in Austin, Minn., Zellar moved to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and joined Nick Ciola, guitarist Randy Broughten, and drummer and fellow songwriter James "Billy" Dankert as the Gear Daddies. The band enjoyed much regional and some national success, and released three albums. They amicably parted ways in 1992. Zellar went on to record and perform as a solo artist with his band The Hardways. That's what he continues to do, and he still has fun.

"...writers from (Bob) Dylan to (Bruce) Springsteen, often tell us far more about the human condition by concentrating on life's everyday moments. That's the strength of Martin Zellar..." according to Robert Hillburn of the Los Angeles Times.

Zellar lives in Mexico with his wife and children. He returns each year to share fan favorites and new music with his Midwest audiences.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 in advance or $32 at the door. To reserve tickets, visit www.crossingsatcarnegie.com, call 507-732- 7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Ave., Zumbrota.

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