Strait Country


Strait Country – An Evening with the music of George Strait featuring Mark Tarantini
Country Music & Originals
Friday, 7:00pm

Mark Tarantini is well known for his musical talent in Sault Ste. Marie and East Algoma. Starting out performing in the clubs in the 1990`s, first with the band ”Small Town” and then with the “Texas Street Band”.   After a move to Blind River 22 years ago, to teach at W. C. Eaket high school, Mark began to design and perform “An Evening with the Music Of” concert events. These sold out shows have supported many communities from Sault Ste. Marie straight through to Sudbury raising funds for a variety of worthwhile projects and organizations. The shows have included the music of John Denver and Garth Brooks. A Love Songs event and Forever Country-a collection of legendary country songs have also been performed. While Tarantini is the frontman on vocals, he is backed up by three Blind River musicians. Michel Levac plays drums and many other instruments. Donald Jacques is on lead guitar. He and Tarantini have played together on stage numerous times in the last 27 years. Ken Zoschke rocks the bass guitar and is also the band`s sound engineer.  Jamie Stopes plays the acoustic guitar and is from Bruce Mines.

Tarantini has done what many singers dream of. He has written and released his own songs. Mark has written a variety of songs and hopes to release an original EP soon. Two songs, “The Old Days” and “One Hand” are available on all music platforms, including YouTube, Spotify, iTunes and Amazon Music. Mark`s son, Matthew Tarantini, will accompany him on lead guitar on his original music.

Mark Tarantini - Vocals 

Matthew Tarantini - Lead Guitar

Michel Levac - Drums

Donald Jacques - Lead Guitar

Ken Zoschke - Bass

Jamie Stopes - Guitar