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To serious Elvis fans, like me for example, Elvis has never really left the building. He lives on eternally through his music and through the many tribute artists who literally sing his praises. One of the best tribute artists lives right here at the Jersey Shore – Michael Marchitto of Monmouth Beach. He’s got the look; he’s got the moves; but most importantly, he’s got the voice. Several years ago, Michael entered an Elvis look-alike contest sponsored by 99.7 FM "The Breeze" radio and Jenkinson's boardwalk in Point Pleasant – and he won! And the next thing you know, this crowd pleasing favorite found himself on the way to Graceland in Memphis. Since then, Marchitto has taken his act on the road and has performed on television, radio, Atlantic City, various cruise ships, and in Las Vegas. He’s also made appearances on behalf of many charities. After 9/11, he says proudly, he was able to raise $11,000 for the families of those who died in the attacks. While some Elvis impersonators will go to any extreme to look like their idol, Marchitto says the secret to his success is his ability to interact with the Elvis fans who, for a few moments, actually do believe that they are in the presence of the real thing. Michael says, “I interact with the people. What I do is make people a part of my show. If I can give them what Elvis gave to them back then, now that works for me. People see that and enjoy the experience.” A life-long fan himself, Mike got serious about honing his Elvis skills in 1999 and has been rolling with it ever since. Please join us for what will certainly be a fun 30 minutes. After the interview, please check out After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for additional information.
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