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Mark Mackay to bring country, rock and blues to Lake Tahoe

Mark Mackay plays a free show Friday at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe.
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If you go

What: Mark Mackay

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 8

Where: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

Tickets: Free

Info: www.hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com

Blues, rock and country will start the weekend at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe when Mark Mackay takes the stage.

The Los Angeles guitarist plays a free show in the casino’s Vinyl venue Friday night.

“Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he grew up a classically trained piano player and a blues guitarist,” according to an online biography. “At 12 years old, he was performing at local events and venues with his own band. After spending years traveling the world, Mark moved to Hollywood. He has been described as an energetic performer — one that is lively with the crowd and fun to watch. His songwriting is a reflection of his time on the road, and his love and appreciation for the simple things in life. The honest vocals mixed with his electrifying guitar playing makes him a must see and a must listen.”

Mackay counts Mark Knopfler, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Keith Urban, John Mayer and Luke Bryan among his influences. In 2014 Music Connection Magazine placed Mackay among its Top 100 National Live Acts.

“Early family trips to Yosemite were fueled with his father’s time tested collection of Willie, George, and Johnny classics,” according to another online biography. “Digging even further into Pop’s stash yielded a deep gem bounty of Waylon, Buck, Kris Kristofferson and Charley Rich. In particular, there was a ‘Country’s 50 Greatest Hits’ cassette that spun continuously ‘til literally wearing out. This was commemorated by a ceremonial roadside burial somewhere between the 5 Freeway and the park’s Bass Lake Road.”

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe is located at 50 U.S. Highway 50 in Stateline. More information is available at http://www.hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com.

— Lake Tahoe Action