A music genre more associated with the city positively unites young people at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Ask a lake area retiree what 'dubstep' is, and you're likely to get a quizzical look. Start playing a snippet of dubstep — electronic music marked by thumping bass lines and continual, complicated drum patterns — and that retiree might try to vacate the room.
Dubstep isn't a type of music heard regularly around the lake — an area known for a transient tourist and retiree population. But one lake area resident is trying to change that, all while uniting lake young people in a positive way.
Steven Ziegler, 23, felt attracted to the atmosphere of dubstep events.
"I fell in love with the music. I fell in love with the people," Ziegler said.
But eventually, he grew tired of traveling to Columbia or St. Louis to attend shows.
So Ziegler, who owns an electronic music review and promotion website, decided to bring a culture normally associated with cities to the Lake of the Ozarks.
He wanted to see young people drive culture at the Lake of the Ozarks and took the lead in bringing dubstep lakeside.
"I'm not just going to move to the city," Ziegler said.
At first, he started small, hosting events out of private homes, but as interest grew, he moved to public venues. The first public show, held at the former Greg's Landing establishment in Lake Ozark, sold out in two hours. According to Ziegler, a diverse crowd traveled from across Missouri to enjoy the show.
Since that first show, Ziegler has organized several others around the lake area, primarily during the winter months to avoid competition with the plethora of summer events.
But the shows weren't just about the music, dancing and meeting new people, they were about uniting young adults at the lake.
According to Ziegler, the lake offers year-round opportunities for school-age students, adults and seniors, but recognized a lack of consistent offerings for young adults, particularly in the off-season.
"I just like to see young people do things," he said. "If we do something, regardless of our interests, we better our community."
Ziegler takes that mantra seriously. In an unlikely partnership, a dubstep event featuring artists Fubigemo and Dedwrong will team up with Lamb House in Camdenton for a non-profit charity event.
The event, which is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, is a food drive to collect canned goods and non-perishable items for Lamb House. A $2 minor surcharge will also be donated in addition with the canned goods.
The charity event begins at 9 p.m. at Hideout Bar and Grill in Osage Beach.
"We're going out and having fun, but it's all going to the same place," Ziegler said.
Ziegler hopes to hold more events sporadically throughout 2013, as he continues to bring together young adults in a positive, safe way.