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"Mark Reitenga"

www.theoaklandpress.com
SUNDAY JUNE 8 2003

ENTERTAINMENT

By JENA PASSUT
Of The Oakland Press

Name: Mark Reitenga and
the Marksmen.

Formed: Reitenga has been
playing music since 1988 and
has been with his current
band for three
years.

Sound: ?gI?fm kind
of in the style of
Van Morrison,
James Taylor or the Beatles,?h
says Reitenga, adding that his
music is acoustic folk rock
with a spiritual
element.

Members:
Reitenga
plays guitar,
sings and
writes
music; Steve
Adams
plays drums
and Bill
Engleman
plays bass.

Influences:
?gThere are
so many,?h
says the
high-energy
Reitenga
with a
laugh, listing
James
Taylor, the
Beatles and
Cold Play. ?gI
like the 1970s AM radio stars.?h

Day jobs: Reitenga does
advertising and sales for
Car.com weekly.

What?fs in a name?: The
band?fs name is a play on
Reitenga?fs first name.

So you wanna be a star:
Reitenga has opened for a few
big-name Christian acts,
including Jon Gibson and
David Meece.
Who knew?: The suit-wearing
folkster is a deacon at
Ward Presbyterian in
Northville and recently went
on a mission trip to El
Salvador.

Favorite gig: So far, he?fs
enjoyed playing at Lily?fs
Seafood in Royal Oak the
most. ?gIt?fs very intimate,?h he
explains. ?gIt?fs like playing in
your living room.?h

What?fs next: Reitenga
hopes to warm up for bigger
acts and play bigger venues.
?gObviously I?fd like to get a
record contract, but for now
I?fm setting small goals I can
attain,?h he says.

Hear ?fem: His music can be
downloaded from MP3.com or
his debut CD ?gUnsung?h
ordered from Reitenga by calling
(248) 670-4384 or
e-mailing
mreitenga@
aol.com.

See ?fem:
Reitenga
plays every
Monday
night at
Four Green
Fields, 30919
Woodward
Ave, Royal
Oak; call
(248) 208-
2088. He?fll
also perform
Thursday
June 21
and 28 at
Robusto?fs
Martini
Lounge,
19271 Mack
Ave., Grosse
Pointe
Woods, (313) 881-0100;
June 19
and 26 at Lily?fs Seafood, 410 S
Washington Ave., (248) 591-
5459; and July 26 at Hamlin
Pub North, 741 S. Lapeer Road,
Lake Orion, (248) 814-8109.

Surf ?fem: www.mark
reitenga.com.

(The Oakland Press will regularly
feature a different band or
musician in The UpBeat. To be
included, send background
information, a black-and-white
nonreturnable photo, daytime
phone number and current CD
to Gary Graff, The Oakland
Press, P.O. Box 436009,
Pontiac 48343.)
Mark Reitenga
and the Marksmen
?ยก THE
UPBEAT
Reitenga - Oakland Press Profile


Discography

Mark Reitenga, "Unsung", 2003
Has received some College Radio play on a compilation Cd.
Was om MP3.com when it existed.

Photos

Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

Mark Reitenga's band is an eclectic-acoustic centered classic-pop band. Mark's original music is influenced by every major classic songwriter from Paul MacCartney, Paul Simon, James Taylor of Yesterday, to John Mayer and Chris Martin (Coldplay) Today.
Mark's Music features a lot of Harmony vocals and a focus on Lyrics as much as melody/rhythm.