Lars Mars

30 Aug

Lars Mars with the Fitzgerald Sisters. Photograph by Jean Lemanski.

Who is this comic genius of music?  Classically trained in Europe, Mars has been a San Francisco fixture for many years.  While his humorous style and delivery, and the wacky riffs and puns of his fellow musicians, can keep a smile on your face throughout an evening of lounge ballads, Mars reaches a level of pathos with select numbers that is quite moving.  On Saturday evening, a small, rapt audience was treated to the fabulous Mars revue at The Green Arcade, which included longtime accompanist Durand Begault on the piano.  The first set sent me to heaven with a group of Burt Bacharach tunes.

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