Four Decades of Performing High Energy Hits and Entertainment
A Tuscora Park Favorite, LaFlavour began humbly in Massillon, Ohio in 1967.
Twin brothers Pete and Steve Nervo (guitar and drums) joined with schoolmates Craig DeBock (guitar and sax) and Gino Milchak (bass guitar) to form the core of what would actually become several bands. Instead of following the path set by the British Invasion, the boys began playing soul tunes and early Motown, eventually getting gigs at local dances and sockhops. This early version of the band first called themselves “The Noblemen”, then “The Blues Soul”. At the dawn of the New Millennium, LaFlavour suddenly found themselves in demand to deliver concert performances, particularly during the summer months.
Thanks to energetic local concert promoters, “the boys” began filling up their summer months with appearances at community concert series events such as Summer Showcase and the First Town Days Festival in New Philadelphia, headlining to thousands of fans of all ages who weren’t necessarily “regulars” at their club dates. These, along with many other similar events and venues across N.E. Ohio gave longtime LaFlavour fans the opportunity to see all four “original” members onstage performing together. While Craig, Pete, and Gino have remained with the band for more than 30 years, original drummer/vocalist Steve Nervo retired in 1996 for health reasons. However, when he’s able, Steve makes guest appearances with the band during the Summer Concert Series, most notably performing his remarkable lead vocals on the hit song “Mandolay.”
Along with LaFlavour veterans John Casey (guitar/vocals/keyboards) and Vince Scarpitti (drums/vocals), Craig, Pete, Gino, and Steve are still bringing to audiences the highest quality live entertainment available anywhere, filled with the same incredible music, fun, and antics they’ve become famous for during a remarkable career spanning nearly 40 years! Please welcome tonight the return of LaFlavour.