The Straits
The Straits

When Mark Knopfler decided to leave the band which brought him to prominence, he left his former bandmates in Dire Straits.

Now, nearly two decades after Knopfler left in 1995, two of those ex-bandmates have formed The Straits. Alan Clark and Chris White grabbed a few other ace musicians and are hitting the road playing the music of Dire Straits, including a stop on Thursday, March 13, at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury.

Glancing at a recent set list, expect to hear Dire Straits' biggest hits, including "Walk of Life," "Sultans of Swing" and "Money for Nothing." If you're wondering how they replaced Knopfler, they hired Terence Reis, who previously fronted a Dire Straits tribute band named The Dire Straits Tribute Band.

There were talks about using a band made up entirely of ex-Dire Straits members. "Believe me, there were plenty of offers, but we decided to go our own way, to hand-pick the absolute best," Clark said.

While Steve Ferrone of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is also part of The Straits, he isn't part of the U.S. tour, which is too bad, because he's a world-class drummer. That said, the idea of hearing Dire Straits music played by some of its former members is intriguing. It's just too bad they can't get Knopfler back in the band, but that's the walk of life.

The Straits play at Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury on Thursday, March 13, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49 for VIP seating, $39 for reserved seating and can be purchased at