Renowned guitarists to perform at two local venuesDan Mahar and Michael Johnson, guitarists and singers, will perform at two locations in Alexandria this weekend.
Dan Mahar and Michael Johnson, guitarists and singers, will perform at two locations in Alexandria this weekend.
• Friday, January 7 at 8 p.m. – The duo will perform at Sixth Avenue wine and Ale, 115 6th Avenue East.
• Saturday, January 8, at 7:30 p.m. – Mahar and Johnson will perform at The Phoenix Event Center, 3904 County Road 42 Northeast. Tickets are $20 and are available at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale and at the door. Call (320) 759-2277 for information.
Mahar was born and raised in the Chicago area. He was influenced by Top 40 radio that focused on songwriting, good singing and arrangements and later by bands with improvisational skills.
Mahar wrote and played in bars, dance halls and ballrooms across the country. In 1991 he signed on to play lead electric and acoustic for Capitol recording artist Billy Dean and for the next four years toured and performed on the Grand Ole Opry, the Jay Leno Show, Austin City Limits and state and county fairs.
He is now a resident of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In 2006 he released his first record, “Long Stone’s Throw,” a collection of blues songs.
Johnson is a guitarist and singer who has performed many styles of music and concerts all over the world.
He started playing guitar at age 13. He studied classical guitar in Barcelona and plays guitar on all his records.
Some of his hits include “Bluer Than Blue,” Almost Like Being In Love,” “This Night Won’t Last Forever,” The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder,” Give Me Wings,” and That’s That,” to name a few.
He has made several television appearances, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Nashville Now, Music City Tonight, Entertainment Tonight, The American Music Shop, The Texas Connection, Austin City Limits, the CMA Awards and the ACM Awards.
He spent 1993 on the road with the Clint Black/Wynona Judd tour. In 1997 he toured with Alison Kraus and Union Station. He has also performed with many symphony orchestras.
He has signed with Atlantic Records, EMI Records, RCA Records, Atlantic Records, Vanguard Records and Intersound Records, and started his own record label, Sanskrit Records.