Best in business under a spotlight

TIME is running out to secure your seat at the Heritage Bank Business Awards.

The night will be held on Saturday, August 31.

It's set to be a ripper night with renowned impersonator Mark Andrew, who has mastered the looks and sounds of Dean Martin, Buddy Holly, Tom Jones, Austin Powers and Elvis Presley, will be the headline act at this year's Business Excellence Awards.

He will present the Las Vegas-style international class rated show, Legends Showcase.

Mark Andrew Tabone was born in Melbourne in 1966 and spent most of his childhood in Europe.

It was there his interest in performing arts developed from an early age, when he would act, sing and play character roles to large audiences.

On his return to Australia in 1983, he appeared on the Nine Network's talent show New Faces. In 1992, he formed a rock 'n' roll band, Blue Suede Dudes, playing many Melbourne venues and also supporting Chubby Checker on his Australian tour.

In 1995, he featured as Buddy Holly in a Legends Revival Concert at Dallas Brooks Hall.

He then created his own corporate Dead-Set Legends show, performing as Buddy Holly, John Lennon, Jim Morrison and Elvis. Elvis Leaves His Mark was launched in 1998 and is now one of the best tribute shows worldwide, with Mark finishing in the top five in the world in Memphis in 2002.

In recent times, Mark was invited to perform his Elvis tribute for Joe Esposito, Elvis' own road manager and best man at his wedding.

He has been invited four years in a row to headline The Parkes Elvis Festival.

Mark has an incredibly versatile talent to capture each character and later added Austin Powers, Dean Martin and Tom Jones to his Legends show and makes a true-to-life Danny Zuko in his Grease Tribute show.

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