The Old Town Bowie Concert Series is pleased to present Charlie Mars. Come join us for this special event.
Doors open at 7pm Concert at 8pm
Advanced Tickets: $20.00 Door: $25.00
Mars was born in Laurel, Mississippi and grew up in Oxford and Jackson, Mississippi. Mars' parents are David and Sylvia. Mars has two brothers, Sam and Chad. Mars was transformed to a musician at age 15 or 16, when he heard "Thriller" and "Slippery When Wet". The first Violent Femmes record also figured significantly into his development as a musician. He bought everything that had a similar sound. Mars' family moved to Jackson, Mississippi when he was a senior in high school. He graduated from Jackson Preparatory School in 1992. He was lead singer and guitarist in a band called Adley Madidafus in high school. Mars attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Mars started playing for Jack Ingram in 1992 ("The Charlie Mars Band").
Mars has a floating, mellow croon combined with sensual soul-rock arrangements. Mars has been compared to Jason Mraz and Josh Rouse,and described as a tougher edged version of Jeff Buckley.Mars says that songs come to him spontaneously, and that he relies on the quality and memorability of the material to remember what he creates. Mars says "...the stuff that's any good I remember, and the crap I just forget. I'm a firm believer in the hypothesis that the good shit sticks."
In 2010 Mars said he would like to live in Austin, Texas if not for his girlfriend, West Wing, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Weeds actress, Mary-Louise Parker. As of 2012, he was living in Brooklyn, New York.
Charlie's latest release and the final installment of his so-called Texas Trilogy, The Money finds Mars taking a small step backward while at the same time continuing along his path of artistic self-discovery. After five albums as a standard singer-songwriter, Mars’ label went out of business and he was forced to go it alone. After some soul-searching and a good night of blackjack at a Mississippi casino, Mars bankrolled his own album, answering to no one but his own creativity. The result, 2009′s Like a Bird, Like a Plane, was Mars’ best album to date. The time spent away from touring and listening to the advice of record labels allowed Mars to explore his influences and add to his own stylistic repertoire. That album and 2012′s Blackberry Light rely as much on strong grooves as on folksy storytelling. The same is true for The Money, though not quite as effectively.