Born in 1986, Mario Carboni (AKA The Honky-Tonk Rebel) is a one of a kind pianist and vocalist from the great state of Oregon.
“I started playing piano at the age of 9 months,” is what he’ll tell you if asked, and since then he has played 3000+ shows to date as a professional pianist and entertainer.
He has studied with numerous teachers, including studying trumpet and piano at the renowned Oregon jazz school at Mount Hood College.
A few significant performances include:
- Performing for the Governor at the state capitol in Salem, Oregon
- Touring Taiwan in 2005 and performing for the Kaohsiung Lantern Festival on the banks of the Love River for thousands of people
- Performing in Alaska
- Performing in Arizona
Local performances include venues such Portland's Waterfront Blues Festival (the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi), Portland International Airport, and many more.
A few notable things said by others about Mario:
"...thanks for being a keeper of the flame.”
Norman Leyden, a legendary musician and one of the last living artists today who worked with Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett.
"...to my friend Mario, keep on ticklin’ them ivories.”
The late great “Original Snakeboy” (friends with Stevie Ray Vaughan) weighed in his opinion before passing.
The Honky-Tonk Rebel has also shared the stage with Wayne "The Train" Hancock and played with Mic Gillette of Tower of Power.
Manny Renov, a well known drummer from New Orleans who played till he was 90, performed a number of shows with Mario.