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Mark Mackay and Left of Centre headline country rock weekend at Heavenly Village

The free summer concert series held in Heavenly Village continues this weekend with country rock performances from San Francisco native Mark Mackay and Reno-based Left of Centre on Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, respectively.

"A blazing guitarist, an evocative vocalist and a songwriter steeped in authenticity: At the crossroads of country music and rock and roll is where Mark Mackay makes his stand. Fronting a powerhouse band, he rocks the room with rowdy charm and persuasive conviction," states the artist's online biography.

Mackay has held stints across the country ranging from Nashville to Los Angeles, where he studied at Musicians Institute. While enrolled he studied guitar and voice, expanding on his musicality that began with learning piano at a young age.

"When you come up playing classical piano and you have to worry about dynamics and feel, and have the teacher slapping your wrists when they drop down, that stays with you for life," Mackay said.

His recent release, "Trials & Tribulations," debuted on May 1 earlier this year and follows EPs "Keep Your Headlights On" and "11 Miles Out of Nashville."

Following Mackay's Friday night performance is tribute band Left of Centre. The Nevada group is comprised of vocalist Frank Garrett, guitarist Jerry Tomlinson, bassist Greg Sadler and drummer Jesse Easter.

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Both Heavenly Village gigs begin at 5 p.m. and are free to attend.

Learn more about the series online at http://www.theshopsatheavenly.com.

— Lake Tahoe Action

If you go …

What: Mark Mackay and Left of Centre

When: Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, 5 p.m.

Where: Heavenly Village

Tickets: Free

Info: http://www.theshopsatheavenly.com