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CHARLIE MARS - AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL - 10/8/10

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Charlie Mars will be performing at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Friday, October 8th @ 12:20 PM.  Charlie has been on tour in support of his current CD, "Like A Bird, Like A Plane."

While in town for the festival, he’ll be doing a short live set for KGSR on Thursday, October 7th at Threadgills.  The station will be doing a live broadcast from the venue at 8:30am.  Then he'll perform at the Austin Ventures Stage at ACL on Friday, October 8th at 12:20pm, followed by a Waterloo Records signing.  Charlie will then be doing a solo show from 3:15pm to 3:30pm on the Austin Kiddie Limits Stage. And on Saturday, October 9th, he'll  top it off with a show at Threadgills at 10pm.

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.

Mars recorded the album in Austin with drummer J.J. Johnson (John Mayer), keyboardist John Ginty (Citizen Cope) and 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 was directed by Danny Clinch.

"Like A Bird, Like A Plane," was praised by The Washington Post for its "lush musical vignettes" while Jambase called it "a fine addition to the canon of one of the South's most under appreciated songwriters." "Charlie's sultry alternative-southern-soul mastery sounds like what the lead singers for Coldplay or The Verve might sound like if they grew up in the south listening to REM and Nick Drake," said Jackson Free Press and the Pittsburgh Tribune called the album "mesmerizing."  "Mars combines the lyrical, melodic, and rhythmic gifts of Paul Simon with the dark, rootsy quality of Bruce Springsteen," said Berkshire Living.

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, John Butler Trio 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.

THE MARS VOLTA – ELECTRIC AT THE FACTORY!

Photo by Ross Halfin- for the Grateful Web

This is the kind of show that happens only a few times in one's lifetime. I see a lot of shows, and I assure you that this one was one of my favorites of all time.

Not On Mars

Not On Mars is the culmination of years of evolutionary change, tectonic plate shifts deep within the crust of the Great Divide that has kept Jazz and Rock at relatively safe distances from one another. Not On Mars dares to be among those intrepid explorers that made venture into that Great Wilderness.

At least that's what we are trying to do ...

Not On Mars is a five piece Madison based band that blends rock, blues, jazz, and funk in an improvisational setting. Thus far, Not On Mars is an instrumental band. Balancing structure and free improvisation, Not On Mars weaves a sonic tapestry of rhythmic groove and melodic coolness.

The band is:

Greg Dalbey: Guitar. Greg has been in Unkle Pecos and the Country Funkins, and has played many-a-show with Sloppy Joe.

Dylan Heckman: Keys. Since relocating to Madison in 2001, Dylan has been involved in a wide variety of projects, including a three year stint in The Spirit Plane through their transition from surf and instrumental rock to a lyrically driven cinematic rock multimedia project, and recording work with Tyvek and Sons (led by Andrew Yonda of Arena Venus and Buffali fame) and State Street's infamous troubador UFO Jim (aka Reverend Jim). He also really loves extra-sharp cheddar cheese.

Jed Heckman: Bass. Jed is Dylan's younger brother. Jed has played in several bands around Madison, including the band, Hue, and The Spirit Plane, as well as on a few tracks of UFO Jim's 2003 release, 'Dancing With Aliens'.

Chris Marr: Drums. Chris has been in many bands in Colorado. He says he can get us some great gigs out that way. Boy, I can't wait! I think that would be a lot of fun. We'll let you all know as things develop.

Aaron Hanusa: Guitar. Aaron played guitar in the Madison, WI, band, The Sugar, and currently plays Logarhythm.