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Sunday, March 20 • 12:00am - 1:00am
Charlie Mars

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CHARLIE MARS Like A Bird, Like A Plane With his latest album, Like A Bird, Like A Plane, Charlie Mars has sewn together tightly crafted songs with moods and melodies that pulse with sex, wonderment and personal destruction – all themes that may clash on paper but in music, suggest mysteries that are organic to us all. He recorded the album in Austin, TX with drummer J.J. Johnson (John Mayer), keyboardist John Ginty (Citizen Cope), bass players George Reiff (Jakob Dylan) and Dave Monzie (Fiona Apple). The video for lead single “Listen to the Darkside” (a nod to Pink Floyd) featured “Weeds” star Mary Louise Parker and premiered as a Music Mix exclusive on Entertainment Weekly’s website, www.ew.com. “With gentle yet genuine hints of Paul Simon in both his singing and his guitar work, Charlie Mars takes listeners on a journey through some of the peaks and valleys of his life,” said The Washington Post. “Even those who haven't experienced the personal turmoil of addiction, loss and heartbreak may feel a kinship to the singer-songwriter, who tells his story through lush musical vignettes.” Mars is known for his compelling live performances. “When he’s onstage, songs with deep grooves get some breathing room, and his lush choruses inevitably lead to raucous audience sing-alongs,” said Esquire. Born in Arkansas and raised in Mississippi, Mars released three independent albums before signing with V2. His self-titled, 2004 major label debut was hailed by Rolling Stone as “Big emotional rock from Mississippi...with a knack for hooks, and the hooks here have real barbs: They tug at you and just might draw some blood.” High profile tours with artists such as R.E.M., KT Tunstall, Citizen Cope and Bob Schneider followed. When V2 folded, Mars returned to his independent roots, financing Like A Bird, Like A Plane himself, and releasing it on Rockingham Records in conjunction with the Nashville-based Thirty Tigers.
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“I know people think, ‘Oh great, another guy with an acoustic guitar,’” says Charlie Mars. “What I really want is to say to them, ‘Not so quick. Just one minute. That’s not what this is.’” Charlie Mars has been a journeyman artist with all the ups and downs that... Read More →



Sunday March 20, 2011 12:00am - 1:00am
18th Floor at Hilton Garden Inn 500 N IH 35

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