She's been in Northern California ever since, continuing to pay her dues, singing soul and blues in North Beach and all around the Bay Area - interspersed with various day gigs and school.
All attempts to "get out of the music business" have failed, but Mari always succeeds in moving people and making new fans. As good as she sounds in recordings, you really don't get the full effect until you see her work her magic on stage.
Mari Mack is the musical alter ego of Mari Tamburo
"I just want to sing." Mari
Mari Mack on Reverbnation
MMLLK live show archives (LINK)
Mari Mack in Gregg's Eggs : 2001
"...an absolutely stellar singer..."
Sheila Groves, Notable Talent
"...a huge talent..."
"Mari Mack Tamburo is stellar !!"
Jeffrey Halford ( Jeffrey Halford and the Healers, referring to the cut "Can't Go Back" on the "Made in Mill Valley" CD)
"....the band's best asset...a sensual powerhouse..."Mick Skidmore, Relix magazine
"...considerable vocal chops..."
Paul Liberatore, Marin IJ
Narada Michael Walden
" I feel as if we've discovered a treasure..."
"You're the real deal..."
Tom Corwin (Mostly Dylan)
"An incredible singer..."
"...a great, great singer..."
(recording engineer, son of Gil Evans)
"One of the most beautiful voices..."
"Get up there, you belong on that stage..."
Joe Louis Walker
"And OMG, Mari Mack torched the paint off the walls. Soooooo good."
Deborah Grabien, (The Sound Field)
Dan Hicks (after the June 4. 2014 show with Big Brother and the Holding Company)
"I grabbed your CD, Can't Go Back, to listen on my drive to work last week. What a wonderful voice and superb music on that CD. Gotta get out and see you soon and get the new one. You rock, woman!" Maureen Parton
"Mari... thank you and "livin' like kings" for all the heart you brought to the men last night at the Father Alfred Center for Bread & Roses through your powerful and authentic songs."
Marian Hubler, Bread and Roses
"I dug it..."
Mighty Mike Schermer
"MARI MACK ... I don't like your 'CAN'T GO BACK' CD. I LOVE IT!
OMG. I don't know you. I don't know your work. I know nothing about you. We met on the street, on Throckmorton Ave in Mill Valley. You were looking for a quarter to plug the meter, I rolled down my car window and made a comment about the artwork on your outrageous jeans. We talked long enough to exchange a quarter and your CD. Now that I have heard you, I CAN'T GO BACK !!! Incredible voice and style and hot band behind you! Good luck with your new CD! I know I'm spreading the word!" Sonam from the Santa Cruz Mountains."