Mark Knopfler concert at the State Theater in downtown Minneapolis by a friend who had an extra ticket. I was not going to turn this down, as I have heard that Mark puts on a great show. This tour, lasting until July 31, is in support of his "Get Lucky" CD.
I was not disappointed. I have never really listened much to his solo music, as I am most familiar with his work with Dire Straits. I was a teen when disco was big in the late 70s, and Dire Straits was a huge breath of fresh air for all of us who liked guitar-oriented music. He has an instantly recognizable guitar tone, using his fingers instead of a pick. I was amazed that it did not matter what guitar he played - Stratocasters, Les Pauls or a Telecaster - he still sounded like Mark Knopfler! Tone is indeed mostly in the hands.
He took to the stage for almost three hours playing this set list:
His band was fantastic as well. Featuring Guy Fletcher, Richard Bennett (who seems to have worked with every artist on the planet in his 30 year plus career), Tim O' Brien and others whose names I cannot find were, to me, flawless, and added much to the experience of the concert.
Pieta Brown along with Bo Ramsey on guitar. They played folk, or roots, music, and were very enjoyable.
If you can see this tour, do so. It heads to the eastern US, then all over Europe.