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Please join us for a house concert with Mike Beck on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 8 p.m. Doors at 7:30. $15-20 suggested donation. Please RSVP below or by email to Tom at tommont45@gmail.com or by phone to Tom at (510) 697-4097. We will provide our address when we confirm your RSVP. BYOB and/or snacks for yourself and to share.

Mike Beck’s unique approach to songwriting and performing comes from a life spent pursuing his two loves, music and horses. His experience of living the life of a real working cowboy is reflected on his five CDs of original music, Life of a Buckaroo, Cowboys and Angels, Where the Green Grass Grows, Mariposa Wind, Feel, Pine Street Girl, Tribute and his latest, Alta. His music tells stories of present day western themes: songs of the men and women who make their living with horses and cattle. Mike has the rare inside view that enables him to write songs both refreshingly authentic yet with a current musical feel.  He grew up in Monterey, Calif., inspired by The Byrds and Clarence White, who was his guitar hero. The radio, the ‘60s and John Steinbeck all played a role in Beck’s formative years both as a musician and a writer.

Mike has performed all over the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has toured with Ian Tyson, Michael Martin Murphy, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot. For the last decade he has been a featured performer at the National Cowboy Gathering in Elko, Nevada. He recently performed a concert at the Gathering with Tom Russell. Mike also conducts clinics to help people with their horses, and guitar workshops as well.

In Old California – cowritten w Ian Tyson

Livin’ In the Arts

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Please join us for a house concert with Mark Stuart on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 4 p.m. $15-20 sliding scale suggested donation. You can RSVP below, by email to linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org or by phone at 510-697-4097. Feel free to BYOB/snacks.

After growing up in Nashville, TN and playing professionally from age 15 on, Mark Stuart set his sights on being a recording/touring artist. Much of the time in the 1980s and 1990s he fronted his own roots music band in the US southeast. The rock, blues, country, and folk mixture that poured from his vocals/guitar/piano/songwriting defined him as being more versatile than most artists, musically speaking. At times, he took jobs as a guitarist for hire to get a respite from being a bandleader, front man, self-booking agent. This is how he became visible to some as a guitar wiz, instead of the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist that he is. Some periods he toured with Texas legend Freddy Fender, or folk-rocker Steve Forbert. Then, there were stints with country-rocker Steve Earle (who became his brother in-law). While being an opening act (with wife, Stacey Earle) for folk icon Joan Baez, Stuart so enamored the headliner that she would bring him onstage during her show to showcase his guitar work. This took place nightly on a two month tour!

In 1998, Stuart and his wife made her first album on their own label, Gearle Records. Mark’s co-producer and guitar/vocal “stamp” was very present on Stacey Earle’s “Simple Gearle” CD. And, this lead to his own record “Songs From A Corner Stage”, the next release on their label. After touring hundreds of dates in the USA, Canada, UK, and Europe the couple decided (in 2001) to join forces as an official duo (Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart). Some two thousand concerts later, Mark has re-embarked on a solo career, as the duo is dormant.

In 2014, Mark Stuart is touring heavily and his performances are littered with great guitar pieces, self-penned songs from his solo records and duo records. Also, he does “tribute” songs to those notable artists he used to work for, and, includes fascinating stories about the experiences along the way.

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