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Young guitarist plays like man with two brains

NISSWA - Grassroots Concerts welcomes young guitar phenomenon Mark Kroos at 7:30 p.m. on May 1 for the last concert of the spring season in the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar at the Journey Church, next to the school in Nisswa.

Guitar phenomenon Mark Kroos will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 1 for the last concert of the Grassroots Concerts spring season in the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar at the Journey Church, next to the school in Nisswa.
Guitar phenomenon Mark Kroos will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 1 for the last concert of the Grassroots Concerts spring season in the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar at the Journey Church, next to the school in Nisswa.

NISSWA - Grassroots Concerts welcomes young guitar phenomenon Mark Kroos at 7:30 p.m. on May 1 for the last concert of the spring season in the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar at the Journey Church, next to the school in Nisswa.

Kroos plays two guitar necks at the same time in a style characterized by open harmonies, polyphonic textures and tapping technique.

"I closed my eyes and heard more than one guitarist. ... It's obvious that Mark is never musically alone," said Dove Award-winning producer Phil Keaggy.

Originally from Lansing, Mich., and currently based in Charlotte, N.C., Kroos draws upon influences such as Michael Hedges, Tommy Emmanuel and Leo Kottke for a variety of sound reflecting touches of Celtic, folk, indie and punk rock.

Until 2009, when he began teaching and playing acoustic guitar, Kroos was a member of a punk band.

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Invited to Nashville in 2011, Kroos captured first place in Guitar Player Magazine's International Superstar competition.

Not even 30 years old and recently married, he has also produced two instrumental guitar albums, "And Grace Will Lead Me Home" in 2010 and "Down Along the Lines of Joy" in 2012.

In 2013, Kroos released a 16-song DVD, "Music Videos and Live Studio Performances," as well as his "Dueling Banjos" video that exploded on YouTube to spark demand for live performances.

Kroos rarely sings, but when he does the poet emerges. "Hope Floats" takes audiences into a discussion of mortality before redefining the promise of eternal hope. He sings, "How do you love a place so cold, all but four months of the year you spend inside? ... We make angels in the snow and we light candles in the dark ... there isn't much that doesn't float up here."

Grassroots Concerts are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Five Wings Arts Council with funds through the Minnesota State Legislature. At each concert, non-perishable food and cash donations are accapted, with donations delivered to local food shelves by our volunteers.

Concert general admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for seating preference.

Go to www.grassrootsconcerts.org or email information@grassrootsconcerts.org for information.

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