STRIPPED DOWN with GEORGE MAURER and featuring MARK "HAZZY" HASBROUCK


Sunday, March 19, 7:30 PM
Main Stage
$19 Advance, $22 Door

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STRIPPED DOWN with GEORGE MAURER and featuring MARK "HAZZY" HASBROUCK

PIONEER PLACE PRESENTS
STRIPPED DOWN with GEORGE MAURER
Featuring: MARK “HAZZY” HASBROUCK
Sunday, March 197:30pm
Tickets:  $19 advance, $22 door

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It seems like Mark “Hazzy” Hasbrouck and his off-white Stratocaster are always rocking a stage somewhere in the St. Cloud area.

Laying down Afro-Caribbean and Latin riffs with The Stearns County Pachanga Society. Ripping through Jimmy Page solos with Led Zeppelin tribute band Blimp. Sounding more Neil Young than Neil Young as the front man of Powderfinger. Adding his unique effects to performances like Muggsy Lauer’s and Nathan Nesje’s recent Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson show. Playing a few shows with the late, great Janis Joplin’s band Big Brother and the Holding Company.

He also does plenty of solo gigs, but as his fans know, Hazzy tends to let his music do the talking when he’s on stage. That’s about to change because he’s next in line for “Stripped Down” with George Maurer.

Pioneer Place fans will get to spend an evening with Hazzy and his well-worn Strat – the only guitar he’s ever loved — as he joins George for an intimate interview and pared-down music in the March 19 “Stripped Down” show.

“I’ve had that same guitar since I was 15,” he says. “That guitar’s been beat up, badly.”

His aggressive technique, with its high, sort of whiny sound and psychedelic effects, means putting everything he physically can into that Stratocaster. So far, it’s the only guitar he’s met that can take it.

George will lead Hazzy through a conversation about the influences and inspirations that led to that distinctive guitar style, his days with seminal St. Cloud band the Surahoolies, who whipped crowds into a frenzy with their Eastern-tinged, percussion-heavy, bombastic sound from 1988 to 2000, and his more recent bands and solo work.

Hazzy promises to play some originals and a Surahoolies tune or two and to talk about the inspiration for songs like “Dogs Are Cool” from his 2001 solo release “Some Songs” — “that’s got a funny story behind it,” he says — and, from 2015’s “No Cat Studio,” “Barb That’s Kids Today.” That one definitely will make his mother blush.

This will be the first time Hazzy and George take the stage alone together and a rare chance to hear Hazzy play with piano accompaniment and talk in depth about his many musical adventures.