“THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARK DE JULIO”
I left Ak. in Spring of 1973, moving to Seattle, Wa. where I resided for seven years. While in Wa. I attended and graduated from “Broadcasting School”. “Seattle” was the official launch pad for my formal musical career. I performed in solo, duo and trio venues. In June of 1980, I moved to the great state of “Nv.”. YES! I was “Reno” bound. Arrival in Reno, found me immediately auditioning @ “The Plantation Casino”, where I was hired on the spot for the next full year. It was in this casino, where I met my future wife, “Delordes”, (fondly referred to as “Dee”). We’ve been married for a fabulous 36 years. I performed in one hotel casino after another for the next several years. The music industry became a bit soft in Reno toward the late 80’s. At this moment in time, I temporarily relocated to sunny southern Ca. “Oceanside-San Diego” and vacinity became my new stomping ground for the next 5 years. The summer of 1988 found me performing at “The Orange County Fair” in Costa Mesa, Ca. This little ritual lasted for 3 years. What a delightful experience performing outdoors in the amphitheater during daylight and nighttime. An interesting note: I was hired solely from my promo photograph. The entertainment coordinator had not heard my audition tape.
In between musical engagements, I doubled as a collection agent for “The Blade Citizen Newspaper” in lovely Oceanside, Ca. Pursuing delinquent accounts is quite interesting. One becomes acquainted with every excuse, and scam under the rainbow. I also enjoyed a brief stint in real estate, coordinating internet and in-house sales presentations for the property developers. Throughout all these interesting life experiences, I was commuting between C. and Nv. where I still officially resided in Reno. I moved back permanently to Reno in 1993, where a year’s” performance contract awaited me at “The Clarion Hotel Casino”. Life is sweet! I continued to perform and do promotional engagements for different casinos in northern Nv. My last promotional gig was at “The Silver Legacy Hotel Casino”, in 1998.
Onward and upward! Dee and I moved south to sunny Las Vegas, Nv. In the summertime it feels more like “Hells Kitchen”. 110-113 degree blistering heat is a real trip. Upon moving to Las Vegas in Jan. 1999, I embarked upon another interesting station in life. I assisted in opening “Mandalay Bay Hotel Casino” as a “Casino Host”. It was truly a rewarding experience helping people from all over the world, to have a great time. Through their slot machine-table play, I was able to comp their hotel room, show tickets, and culinary desires. Life is great! As usual, any new hotel casino has delusions of grandeur, popping off fireworks, patrons screaming as though they’ve never frequented a casino or gala event.
I’ve had multiple musical partners throughout my entertainment career. I wasn’t until our infamous Las Vegas trek in ’99, the best partner to date, my best friend and wife “Delordes” sealed the deal in formulating the dynamic duo “De Julio”. It just fell together effortlessly. We’re still doing our thing to date. Casino venues have fallen off from what they were, but we continually find ourselves doing country clubs, and assisted living facilities, which remind me when I first honed my craft 50 years ago. In 2000-2003, we held down 2 clubs back-back. The legendary “Bourbon St. Hotel Casino” originally owned by “The Midnight Idol”, “Wayne Newton” and “The Greek Isle” formerly “The Paddle Wheel” owned by “Debbie Reynolds”. We’ve performed in nightclubs, outdoor venues, etc. Always something to do in “Vegas”.
In 2002, we recorded a CD in which we promoted from the stage and internet through “CD Baby .Com”. It contained 1 original and 12 cover tunes. We’re currently involved with our second CD project. This album will contain 10 all original compositions.
In conjunction with our musical projects and engagements, we pride ourselves in working with some of the largest trade-shows worldwide, right here in exciting, sunny Las Vegas, Nv. Life is truly fabulous fro Dee and myself.
In closing, Dee and I wish only the very best to each and everyone of you and your familes. Please don’t be strangers? All we have is each other on this piece of granite. Until then, Ciao! Casa Di De Julio