ALAMEDA ALL STARS
In the Summer of 1995 while attending a local event in his hometown of Alameda, Ca, Mark was invited on stage to sit in with local hotshots the Alameda All Stars. A respected band in the Bay Area music scene and for many years, they hosted a revolving door of quality players. Their reputation was strong as well as notorious. Soon there was occasional gigs in play and the foursome (McGee, Tommy Thompson, Tom Miller and Preston Thrall) began performing shows around the Bay Area on a regular basis. Doing mostly blues, funk and cover songs , it was a relaxed, loose and fun atmosphere. A welcomed outlet after nearly a decade of constant recording and touring with VR. A tight musical chemistry was realized and the longtime followers were extremely enthusiastic with the newfound energy in the band.
As it turned out, a few members had been working with Gregg Allman and when an available guitar slot opened up, they offered Mark an audition. By Fall of 1995 he was performing his debut show with Gregg in San Francisco, Ca. which led to a decade of shows as lead/slide guitarist for Gregg Allman & Friends.
As an original music artist, Mark expressed his desire to write material together for an original album but unfortunately the commitment just didn't exist. In the end sadly there was no official album released. To document the talent and chemistry that existed would have been a very special album but unfortunately, it never happened. The All Stars reputation is widely known and quite respected and they've always been involved in the community, donated their time to special events and causes throughout the years as well as being hired to back other big name artists.
During their time together a very special and strong bond was forged! However in summer of 2019, following a noticeably slow period for the band due to members departing and returning, his path with Luvplanet was demanding his full attention. Shockingly after 24 years together, he was asked to choose between his commitment with Luvplanet and the All Stars. Wishing them well, he moved forward to continue focusing his energies on his original music career. The brotherhood within the All Stars is a broad and diverse musical family that continues to deepen and widen as they move on with a new incarnation of the band.
TOMMY THOMPSON - Keyboards/Vocals
TOMMY MILLER - Bass/Vocals
MARK MCGEE - Guitars/Vocals
MARK BURGSTAHLER - Guitars/Vocals
PRESTON THRALL - Drums