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Tim Mahoney will be at Pavilion on Saturday

Tim Mahoney had fun recording his latest album live. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Minnetonka native Tim Mahoney has become a familiar presence on the local music scene since making his Detroit Lakes debut at the Historic Holmes Theatre in 2008.

“I’ve played at Zorbaz a few times, and the theater a couple of times,” he says. “I grew up around the lakes, on Lake Minnetonka. I like playing in the ‘lake towns’ during the summer. It’s a lot of fun.”

Mahoney will be back in town again this Saturday, as the featured performer at the “Back to the Beach” Community Dance, which gets underway at 8:30 p.m. inside the DL Pavilion.

His show will include several tunes from his latest album, “Shine Through,” which was released in January.

It’s Mahoney’s first studio record since he became a nationally known artist after a spring 2011 stint on NBC’s hit televised singing competition, “The Voice,” where he was eliminated in the show’s “battle round.”

In a tongue-in-cheek homage to his former “Voice” team coach, one of the tracks on Mahoney’s record is called “Hey, Adam Levine” — and the song jokingly calls out the Maroon 5 lead singer for mistaking Mahoney’s voice as belonging to “a chick” when he first heard him sing.

(The track was originally released on iTunes in 2011, shortly after Mahoney’s stint on “The Voice” was aired.)

Mahoney wrote, or co-wrote, all of the tracks on “Shine Through,” and he said he draws on a wide variety of influences as his inspiration.

On the song “Shadows,” for instance, he alludes to a past romantic breakup, while on another, “It’s Over,” he was inspired by a much darker occurrence: the school shootings in Colorado.

“I also tried to write some light hearted stuff, like ‘Heart Attack,’ which is about having fun being in the (night) club,” Mahoney said, but added, “It’s tough to write a happy song and not have it sound too cheesy.”

The album includes several solo tracks as well as songs that were recorded in a “live” session with his touring band -- meaning that all of them got together in a studio and recorded the songs in a single session, rather than recording each instrument and vocal as a separate track and mixing them together afterwards, which has become the norm.

“I’ve done records where we produced one song for three months,” Mahoney says. “Here (on ‘Shine Through’) we did the whole record in four days.”

Mahoney said the live studio recording was inspired by some of his favorite classic rock albums, like Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors.”

“We recorded it live, together, which creates a very different vibe,” Mahoney said. “I thought it was a lot of fun.”

Recording a “live” studio session also creates some challenges, however, in that there might be minor vocal or instrumental imperfections in the track that can’t be easily edited out, as they can when each element is recorded separately.

But as Mahoney noted, one of the things that made some of those 70s rock albums so great is that “it wasn’t about playing things perfectly, it was about the emotion they had, the energy.”

No recording can quite capture the energy of a live performance, however — and on Saturday, Mahoney is planning to rock the Pavilion all the way up to the rafters.

“I’ve done this type of show before, and you just don’t know the type of audience you’re going to get,” he said. “There’ll probably be a few fans, a few people who are curious, some who have never heard me before — a total mixture. I think that’s great.”

Tickets for Saturday’s Community Dance are $10 each, and may be purchased at the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office (806 Summit Ave), by calling 218-844-7469, online at or at the door the night of the concert.

The concert and dance is sponsored by the City of Detroit Lakes, Historic Holmes Theatre and Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, with a cash bar provided courtesy of the Detroit Lakes Jaycees.

Follow Detroit Lakes Newspapers reporter Vicki Gerdes on Twitter at @VickiLGerdes.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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