LAKEPORT, Calif. – Influenced by BB King, Henry Mancini, Ramsey Lewis, Vince Guaraldi, and the Beatles, Mike Strickland’s musical style embraces popular, blues, boogie woogie, and jazz, but he is best known for his original works.
The famed pianist and composer appears on stage at the Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport for one performance, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28.
Appearing with him are two special guests, Shelly Mascari and Machiko Shimada, local Lake County artists who are well known as talented performers in the community.
Tickets are on sale now. Loge is $15; table seating $18.
All seats are first-come, first-served, within the seating area choice.
Strickland has racked up some impressive achievements as a musician.
In addition to his original music airing for seven seasons on CBS Sports PGA Golf, his music compositions have also been heard on the NBC, FOX, and ABC television networks as well as in several major motion pictures.
In 2009, Strickland's positive message song/animation “Spread Joy” also was featured on ABC Good Morning America.
Reviewers describe Strickland as “a sensational musician; a gifted composer and his engaging narratives from the stage make you feel like a personal friend enjoying an evening of music and stories in the comfort of your living room.”
“Mike is so engaging it’s like he’s speaking and playing just to you,” said one reviewer. Another added, “Mike Strickland wowed our audience with his dazzling performance.”
Living mostly in Oregon but with frequent visits to Mississippi, Strickland performs, teaches, arranges, produces and records, with more than 20 CDs to his credit.
For more information on Strickland, visit www.mikestrickland.com .
Tickets are available online at www.SoperReeseTheatre.com , at the Theatre Box Office, 275 S. Main St., Lakeport on Fridays 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, or by phone at 707-263-0577.
Tickets also are available at The Travel Center, 1265 S. Main, Lakeport, Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sponsor for the concert, the Tallman Hotel and Blue Wing in Upper Lake, has graciously provided accommodations for the artist.