, who has been a part of the Las Vegas music scene for the past 10 years, heads back to his
New Jersey roots, where he
will have steady employment at a classy New York restaurant/club called EVR.
Although we didn't hear this directly from Mark
, we were told that his
main reason for "Leaving Las Vegas" is so that his
young children can grow up around their extended family.
Last night, a Big Bash to bid a happy and sad farewell to Mark who has crossed generations bringing joy and inspiration to so many Las Vegans.
has not let the fact he
has cerebral palsy slow him down or divert him from his
desire to be an entertainer.
During part of his time in Las Vegas, he contributed his talent and served as a spokesperson for Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit organization that serves people in the Southern Nevada community with intellectual disabilities.
Thursday night, Giovi's friends and fans gathered at the Italian American Club
for an evening of great food, heartfelt toasts and lots of love and good wishes just days before he
loads the family into the van and steers his
career to Manhattan and the exclusive EVR club.
Management of the Italian American Club
invited the entertainment community to participate in this tribute, requesting vocalists to bring their tracks of recorded music.
is the story of the "small town boy makes good," but in his
case, that small town is the Entertainment Capital of the World where he
accumulated a performing resume that most would envy.
During his decade here, Mark was a member of the Las Vegas Tenors, performed for seven years as the lead in Bite at the Stratosphere, opened for comic Brad Garrett, and headlined at Sam's Town Live, the Las Vegas Hilton, Casa di Amore, Mandalay Bay's Foundation Room, performed on the Grammy Awards and much, much more.
Harness, longing to twirl the drumsticks again, assembled a quartet of performers that included himself, guitar guru Keith Neal, musical director Ned Mills on keyboard and Giovi as host and vocalist.
Eventually the band grew, adding Steve Poncar on saxophone and flute, and developed into a fraternity that some christened The Vegas Underground with Giovi
as its founding Social Director.
Unofficial membership, as all memberships in the Vegas Underground are, extended to legendary Las Vegas headliner Frankie Scinta, Neil Diamond tribute artist Rob Garrett, Sinatra tribute artist Gary Anthony and others.
As host at the Tap House, Giovi
excited audiences with his
rock and roll, show and pop tunes; awed audiences with his
booming Italian renditions of Beach Boy's and Moody Blues songs; brought audiences to tears with his
operatic selections from Phantom and other dramatic shows.
For those on the East Coast, Mark Giovi
should be performing in your part of the country within the next month.
Check with EVR, in the heart of Manhattan's Empire District, to learn Mark's
show times and then check him out.
The club is located at 54 West 39th Street.
The phone number is (212) 997-3900.
Good luck Mark
, wherever you go and whatever you do.