Country rock guitarist and McGill native Denny Mishler will return home to play a “diverse” set of music on the Fourth of July. (Courtesy photo)

Country rock guitarist and McGill native Denny Mishler will return home to play a “diverse” set of music on the Fourth of July. (Courtesy photo)

With hundreds of people expected to travel to Ely for their high school class reunion over the Fourth of July weekend, it’s fitting that a part of the planned entertainment also returns to his hometown.

Professional musician Denny Mishler will take the stage for two nights of live music over July 3-4 in Ely as part of a seven-piece band. Mishler, a McGill native, has been recognized by multiple publications including Guitar Player Magazine for his original country and rock songs.

According to event planner Richard Howe, getting Mishler to return to White Pine County should provide two nights of memorable music.

“I’m really excited that we have Denny Mishler coming to play this year. He has been recognized as one of the best guitar players on the west coast and I think the people celebrating their reunion will have a lot of fun listening to him play,” Howe said.

Mishler has made a name for himself in the music world, having put out a solo album in 2000 titled “Last Rain” which had it’s title track reach number three on the instrumental rock charts. He has also had his songs featured on the ABC Family channel, The CW network and as part of the soundtrack for the 2008 film “The Circuit.” Mishler’s work in the Garth Brooks cover band “The Garth Guy” was also shown on national television on the AXStv show “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.”

“It’s exciting to come back and play because it’s been a while since I’ve played there. And we are going to be playing a pretty diverse range of music, some new stuff, some old stuff. The point is that it will be a good time for everyone,” Mishler said.

The guitarist will be one of two onstage, the other being Kenny Rash, another White Pine County product. Rash will be celebrating his 40th anniversary from the WPHS class of 1975.One of those vocalists, Amanda Avila, might look familiar to fans of American Idol as she finished in the top 16 contestants of the popular singing competition’s fourth season.

According to Howe, the firstlive performance will take place on July 3 on a stage set up in Broadbent Park. A second performance will happen on July 4 at the Railroad Depot before the fireworks show, and continue once the fireworks have concluded. Both shows are $10 for anyone ages 17 and up, with those 16 and under getting in free. Both performances are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.