Guitarist Mark Kroos will be back in the Warren area for a series of concerts and speaking engagements this weekend. Kroos has an unusual and soothing musical gift, uniquely playing a two-necked guitar in a manner that is both entertaining and inspiring. He has been well received at several local venues during past visits here.
Kroos will be appearing at "The Crossing," Warren's coffee house ministry at the corner of Pennsylvania and Hickory, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Kroos will also share his music at Grace United Methodist Church, 501 Pennsylvania Avenue E. at their 11 a.m. woship on Sunday morning, and will perform, lead worship, and share his faith story at the contemporary "Breakthrough" service at First United Methodist Church, 200 Market St., on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. in Founders Hall (second floor of the church). All of these appearances are free and open to the public. (A free-will offering may be taken to help defray some of Mark's expenses.)
Kroos plays two guitar necks at the same time. Originally from Lansing, MI but currently based in Williamsburg, VA he is one of the only people in the world touring his trade. His primarily instrumental style is characterized by open harmonies, polyphonic textures, incredible tapping technique, and is as entertaining to watch as it is to listen to. Live performances burst with energy and magnetism not typical of solo guitar music. Drawing influence from folk, Celtic, indie, and even punk rock artists as well as other great guitarists such as Michael Hedges, Phil Keaggy, Tommy Emmanuel and Leo Kottke, Mark Kroos has developed his own edge to the acoustic guitar.