Mario la Vera / About
Born in Colombia, where during his early years he performed as a singer, played guitar and bass and recorded for several record labels, among them RCA and Sonolux, Mario achieved popularity as a member of the group “Los Falcons” prior to realizing his dream of coming to the United States. After a short stay in New York City, Mario settled in New Jersey where he found his "niche" for both his music and development of his main profession in computers. Working in this field for several years while "moonlighting" in music (his first love) and before making it his “main” profession. Eventually, he became an American citizen to honor his adopted United States as his residence. As a vocalist and guitarist, Mario originally performed with several bands and eventually ventured out on his own as a solo guitar vocalist, performing at many of the NY area spots, such as The Copacabana, The Regency Hotel, The Waldorf Astoria, The Hilton to name a few. In New Jersey, The Olde Union House, Red Bank(9 years run), The Molly Pitcher Hotel and Europa South Point Pleasant (4 years run) to name a few. After new liquor laws were implemented, which affected profits in the night club scene, Mario decided to fade out the restaurant/night club scene and perform mostly at catering and private venues, something which proved to be the answer to a more reliable, profitable and stable business. This transition expanded Marios' performances to places ranging from Florida, to Cape Cod.