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M State brings country rock band to Memorial Auditorium

The M State Wadena student government association is bringing a up-and-coming country rock trio to the Memorial Auditorium next Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Named one of Billboard Magazine's "Top 10 Country Artists to Watch in 2013," Scarletta may be best known for their breakout single, "Right Here, Right Now." The Nashville-based group includes lead singer Emilee Allan, fiddle player Nathan Stoops and Benji Harris on guitar.

The Wadena performance is one leg of their February swing through the Dakotas and Minnesota. It's not just for college students; the whole town is invited.

"We thought it would be a great opportunity for the community to see a group they might not otherwise see," said Suzie Rethemeier, adviser for the student government association.

While M State has hosted concerts in the past, student leaders said this show is special.

"This is the first time we've brought a big concert to Wadena," said Natalie Tupy, president of the student government association.

Last fall, the association hosted Nelly's Echo, a former contestant on NBC's "The Voice, and singer-songwriter Jason Levasseur. It also organized "Duck Dynasty Days," a week of festivities inspired by the hit television show.

"We had a lot of fun and a lot of participation," said student government association vice president Joey Price, a construction electricity student.

In March, the group will bring poet Lauren Zuniga to campus for a performance "the students might not ordinarily encounter," Rethemeier said.

For the final event of the semester in April, "professional spinmasters" will come to M State Wadena and teach students the art of painting with a wheel.

To purchase tickets for Scarletta in advance, go to the M State Wadena bookstore or the Cyber Cafe. They'll also be available at the door. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for children and are free for M State students.