Mark Kano in Texas!
While recently planning one of our highlight events, my organization agreed that we would like to have a nice acoustic artist to be one of the highlights of the evening. Many names began to be thrown around, but one popped in my head that I hadn't seen in a long time - former frontman of the band Athenaeum, Mark Kano.
Athenaeum used to be (and still is) one of my favorite bands. They were one of the bands that Atlantic records had in their arsenal that they just didn't use in the way that they should/could have, and... well, I could go on about that all day long, but that's not what we're here for in this post. Maybe some other day. Anyways...
Since Athenaeum, Mark has released some solo material that reminds you of that Athenaeum sound very well, and is very good also. I had the opportunity to get to meet and work with Mark around a decade ago, and since then, we've passively thrown around the idea of putting another show together, and after all this time, the opportunity had come that it could happen! A weekday charity event that I could fly him half-way across the country - from North Carolina to Texas - play a nice evening, then send him on home. He liked the idea and we made the plans for it to happen - March 21st, 2017.
Being that this was a special event with many people that had possibly never heard of Athenaeum, Mark felt that this would be the kind of night that doing a cover dominate show would be appropriate. I can't lie... there was a part of me that wanted to say, 'nah, just let them hear all the old stuff - they'll learn to love it!' But, I knew he had done these types of events in the past, so I couldn't be selfish to my own wants for the evening - I trusted his judgement on it. So, unlike all the times I've seen him in the past, this special private event was heavily led by cover songs, ranging from many decades of great music, and to my surprise, it truly was an awesome treat to hear Mark play so many of those songs I would have never imagined hearing him play. (*Note: He was kind enough to play a few of the old originals for me towards the end of the evening, too.)
The video on here is from the last tune of the evening that he did, which was a cover song by Dawes, Time Spent in Los Angeles. Not really knowing many Dawes songs, when hearing it for the first time I honestly thought it was one of this own. Very well done.
Even though it was a quick trip, it was great to see Mark, catch up and hear a wonderful evening of music that I am still getting compliments on, weeks after. Hopefully we can do it again, much sooner than a decade next time, though! Thanks again to Mark for a great show!
And, what do you know... during the editing of the video, Mark made a new fan!