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Downtown Hillsboro pub has got the blues with open mic night

Downtown Hillsboro pub creates a home for artists of all kinds

NEWS-TIMES/HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTOS: TRAVIS LOOSE - Justus Reece, 19, is one of the many local blues musicians to join the Tuesday night open-mic blues party at Clarks Bistro & Pub. Live, loud local — that's what Zach Clark and Mat Laskowsky want.

And for nearly a year, they've been building that dream as they establish a comfortable venue for all Hillsboro's creatives to gather and share their talents downtown at Clark's Bistro & Pub.

With weekly programming for live music, "If you're looking for entertainment, Clark's has entertainment," said Clark, the restaurant's namesake and co-owner. "We have a lot of local talent, but I didn't realize that coming in."

The Albuquerque native opened Clark's at 264 E. Main St. a little over a year ago. Yet more recently, Clark and Laskowsky have steered the pub to success by tapping into that local talent and making music an extension of the Clark's atmosphere.

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