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 Gene Ferrari Appearance IACI first met Gene Ferrari back in the ‘80s when he was starring at the Aladdin Hotel. At that time he was really making a name for himself. He had just finished a tour with Don Rickles (with whom he would be his opening act for the next seven years) and was on his own for a few months before Rickles went back on the road. He had the energy of a youngster and was comfortable on his stage, as he approached the microphone. I remember the contagious grin he had as he greeted his eager audience. I liked him right away.

That’s the man I remembered when I first met him backstage at the Dunes Hotel when I was with Robert Goulet, and Gene was Robert’s guest one night. Now flash forward to last month when I saw him at the South Point Hotel, where he was a guest on the Dennis Bono show. He had hardly changed. Gene has the same mature good looks, Continental charm and supple voice of a proud Italian-American. It is no wonder he has been a favorite, both as a headliner and an opening act, in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and a multitude of venues large and small from coast to coast. Gene will be opening at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, on Saturday, Oct 3.

Gene’s classically elegant style, both in performance and in attire, begs comparison to such great romantic singers as Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck. But, even though Humperdinck was a mentor and early influence, Gene’s way of delighting audiences with the music they love, and some they are enjoying for the first time, is distinctively his own.

His repertoire is vast – when he is the headliner, he does two hours easily – and highly eclectic. He has a two and a half octave range and, thanks to his world travels, is fluent in several languages. On any given night, he might range from Bon Jovi to Nat ‘King’ Cole. Or he might segue from an Italian standard like “Il Mondo” to a less familiar song from a Broadway show. Musical mastery coupled with European charisma and old-fashioned dignity has earned Gene a loyal following and a reputation for excellence that endures into this fourth decade as an American. Recently he has been on a national tour, making guest appearance at fundraisers for various “American Veterans charities.

The Gene Ferrari Show will be at the Italian American Club on October 3rd, for one night only with show time set for 8:00 p.m. With the 12-piece Mariano Longo Orchestra on stage, Ferrari will perform songs from ballads to classics that everyone wants to hear. Tickets are $20.00, and can be purchased in advance by calling 702-457-3866.