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Mark Knopfler Concert – Indianapolis, IN

Mark Knopfler Concert Mama and I made our first road trip of the summer. We were able to go to Indianapolis and see Mark Knopfler at the Murat Theater. Wow what a show! Knopfler (singer/songwriter/guitarist) was incredible. He was accompanied by a five person band; Richard Bennett – guitar, Jim Cox and Guy Fletcher – keys, Glenn Worf – bass, Chad Cromwell – drums.

Mark KnopflerKnopfler gave his guitar tech a pretty good workout; he must have used ten different guitars throughout his 2-hour show that included multiple standing ovations and two encores. I enjoyed the accordion accompaniment for various songs. I was expecting all new stuff from Shangri-La (2004 release and name of concert) and other newer releases. There was some new stuff and a lot of old Dire Straits, including songs that date back to 1977.

In all, it was a Mark Knopfler “best of, greatest hits” show, one I am hoping will be released on DVD. I would describe the music as Chet Atkins influenced blues-rock and bluegrass. Vocals were easily recognizable as the classic Knopfler gruff. Now to his guitar playing; he finger-picked from start-to-finish, there were long, perfect guitar solos in every song filled with vibratos, chickin’ pickin’ and quick blues licks. It was some the best guitar playing I’ve heard.

My recommendation; catch the show if you can and hope for a DVD release. This humble man is an incredibly talented musician and put on one of the best concerts I’ve ever been too.

Ciao’ for now, peace.
Cornbread | Cornbread@STLBlues.net

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