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Blues guitarist Mark Mackay to play free show at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

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Mark Mackay plays a free show at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe Friday.
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What: Mark Mackay

When: 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16

Where: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

Tickets: Free

Info: http://www.hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com

Everyone from Waylon Jennings to Jimi Hendrix has inspired Los Angeles blues guitarist Mark Mackay, but it’s the unusual combination of Mark Knopfler’s Dire Straits and Garth Brooks country classics that is among the classically trained pianist’s biggest influences. Mackay plays a free show at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe Friday night, Oct. 16.

On Knopfler: “Countless hours were spent listening to and woodshedding the landmark late ‘82 Love Over Gold release,” according to Mackay’s online biography. “Songs like epic opener ‘Telegraph Road’ and ‘Private Investigations’ led to an awe inspired respect for Knopfler’s deft turn of phrase — vocally, lyrically, and playing wise. Additionally, the monster tone and approach to building a composition, as well as a solo, would shape this young gunslinger for years to come.”

On Brooks: “After discovering Garth Brooks first four albums his fate was sealed,” according to the bio. “Garth represented the best of all the classic country his dad had played accompanying those many, many car rides. Yet, also challenged the conventions of country with the Eagles meets KISS attitude that only a Sooner could deliver. Furthering his found love of Garth next led Mark to the magical trifecta of Keith Urban, John Mayer and Luke Bryan. If Garth taught Mark how to get the ladies on the dance floor; Keith, John and Luke would be the disciples showing him how to get the ladies out of the bar and into his car.”

Mackay performs at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in Hard Rock’s Vinyl venue.

More information on the show is available at http://www.hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com.


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