Bands "born" at Luther featured performance Nov. 8
Luther College's Student Activities Council Spotlight Committee welcomes two Luther alumni bands, The OK Factor and General B and The Wiz, home for a 7:30 p.m. concert Saturday, Nov. 8, in Marty's Café located in the lower level of Dahl Centennial Union.
Classically trained musicians from the Midwest, cellist Olivia Hahn and violinist Karla Dietmeyer began collaborating in 2012 while pursuing their bachelor's degrees at Luther. This collaboration, born out of a desire to create musical experiences that would challenge their formal training, grew into the performing duo The OK Factor.
Self-described as an alternative folk duo, Hahn and Dietmeyer experiment in a number of genres, including bluegrass, jazz and popular music. They possess a unique and original sound, occasionally expanded by their collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Ehler Orngard. The OK Factor writes original music, using their instruments as vehicles for creative and innovative musical thinking.
The OK Factor's passion for music has captivated audiences on a variety of stages and venues across the Midwest and Southeast. In addition to writing/composing and performing, they are equally passionate about music education. They conduct workshops at all grade levels, where they teach and encourage young string players to view their instruments and formal training in new and exciting ways.
General B and The Wiz formed in the fall of 2009 when Luther College roommates Quincy Voris and Seth Duin decided to enter a campus-wide open mic night and won with their acoustic comedy covers. The band, collectively out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Eagle River, Alaska, is an adventurous band with is constantly evolving sound that provides a new twist on indie-blues and psych-rock.
With influences ranging from the 1700s to the 1960s to 2014, the band has crafted a genre all their own, described as "dancey" and "bluesy" to delicately musical or sometimes gritty. Their unique sound grants the band to share the stage with just about any genre of band or musician.
General B and The Wiz has had four albums produced, including "General B and The Wiz" in 2011, "Right in the Head" in 2012, and in 2013 "Love You Year Round" and their EP "Lie Until You Prove It."
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.