Festa Italiana Entertainment Schedule

2016 FESTA ITALIANA ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

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GAMBINO REALTY STAGE

Friday, August 5th 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

  • 5:45 – 6:45 PM      Joe Scalissi sings Dean Martin
  • 6:55 – 7:05 PM      Opening Statements
  • 7:30 – 9 PM           Diamanti
  • 9:30 – 11 PM         The Stevee Nix

Saturday, August 6th 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM

  • 1:45 – 3 PM           Serendipity
  • 4:15 – 5:45 PM      The Nick Pontarelli Band
  • 7 – 8:30 PM           Denny Diamond & the Jewels
  • 9:30 – 11 PM         Back Country Roads

Sunday, August 7th 12:00 PM 9:00 PM

  • 1:15 – 2:15 PM      Mike Williamson Trio
  • 3 – 4:15 PM           Tripping Tarzan
  • 5:10 – 6:25 PM      Tony Spavone
  • 7:25 – 7:40 PM      Closing Ceremonies
  • 7:40 – 9 PM           Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts

GAMBINO BUILDING & REMODELING STAGE

Friday, August 5th 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

  • 5 – 5:45 PM           Eddie B Jazz
  • 7:05 – 7:30 PM      Amici Italiani Adult Troupe

Saturday, August 6th 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM

  • 12:15 – 1:40 PM    Little Miss Italian American Pageant
  • 3 – 3:50 PM           Amici Italiani Youth Troupe
  • 5:45 – 6:45 PM      Amici Italiani Adult Troupe
  • 8:30 – 9:30 PM      Dakota Horvath

Sunday, August 7th 12:00 PM 9:00 PM

  • 12:15 – 1 PM         PA Italian Music
  • 2:15 – 3 PM           Amici Italiani Youth Troupe
  • 4:15 – 5:10 PM      Amici Italiani Adult Troupe
  • 6:25 – 7:25 PM      Angel Spiccia

2016 FESTA ITALIANA ENTERTAINMENT INFORMATION

EDDIE B. JAZZ
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH  5 – 5:45 PM
GAMBINO BUILDING & REMODELING STAGE

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Eddie B. Jazz is Rockford’s best kept secret, performing an innovative and inspiring mix of classic & contemporary jazz infused with r&b, soul, pop and funk. The group features a rotating lineup of the area’s finest talent every Tuesday and Thursday in the Lounge at Lino’s. This performance will showcase Alan Feeney on Keys, Tony Vecchio on Sax, David Timmcke on Bass and Eddie B. on Drums.  Don’t miss this truly enjoyable musical experience on the Gambino Building & Remodeling Stage Friday August 5th, 5 – 5:45 PM

Official Website:  http://www.eddiebjazz.com/

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JOE SCALISSI SINGS DEAN MARTIN
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH  5:45 – 6:45 PM
GAMBINO REALTY STAGE

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Madison, Wisconsin’s very own Joe Scalissi comes back to Rockford as Dean Martin…Joe last played Festa Italiana in 2011 after being rained out in 2014. Joe is said to be the most authentic Dean Martin Tribute Artist worldwide! Mr. Scalissi has garnered praise from countless audiences, talent scouts and agents across the country as perhaps the most authentic portrayal of Dean Martin know today. “Joe Scalissi as Dean Martin was simply put, the best we have seen so far.  As soon as he stepped on stage, he became Dean Martin.  The voice is rich and smooth.  The look is Dean to a T.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal, August 2006) Joe performs with his 7 piece band, The Happy Hour Orchestra on the Gambino Realty Stage Friday, August 5th, 5:45 – 6:45 PM

Official Website:  www.joescalissi.com

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DIAMANTI
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH  7:30 – 9 PM
GAMBINO REALTY STAGE

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Fun, exciting, entertaining, versatile, these are the adjectives that best describe Diamanti. We last had them perform in 2014, and we’re glad they are back this year! Always a crowd favorite at premiere “Festa Italiana” around the country, these five talented entertainers from Chicago, comprise one of the most popular contemporary Italian-American musical acts in the United States.  Diamanti’s musical style and repertoire features an incredible selection of classic and contemporary Italian and American pop and dance music.  We proudly welcome back Diamanti. They perform on the Gambino Realty Stage on Friday, August 5th, 7:30 – 9:00 PM

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THE STEVEE NIX
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH  9:30 – 11 PM
GAMBINO REALTY STAGE

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Formed in late 2004, The STEVEE NIX forms a potent blend of genres that is refreshing in this day and age of ordinary cover bands. Each member’s personal creativity and influences are wired into the songs they cover and they take no shame in conveying the emotions that accompany those songs on stage with infecting energy that injects crowds with an instant party atmosphere. The STEVEE NIX musical journey consists of the best tracks in modern/alternative rock by the likes of O.A.R., Kings of Leon, Neon Trees, and Black Keys to name a few. They also have constructed their own style of retro tunes from the likes of The Cure, Vanilla Ice, Flock of Seagulls, and more! See them perform on the Gambino Realty Stage on Friday, August 5th, 9:30 – 11:00 PM

Official Website:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/77766734903/

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SERENDIPITY
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH  1:45 – 3 PM
GAMBINO REALTY STAGE

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They impressed so much last year, and by the response we got from the audience, we proudly welcome back, by popular demand, Serendipity! This all girl band from the Chicago suburbs has been together for four years. The band consists of Josie Treffy, Lizzy Petitt, Anneliese Schulz, Haley Blomquist, and Daniela Ballarino. The name of the band, Serendipity, is a nod to their unexpected good luck at meeting at El Rey Music Center in Arlington Heights. This band uses a cool combo of euphonic vocal tones with a power pop musical kick to take audiences on amazingly cool rides through current and time-tested tunes. They’ve thrilled large crowds and worked with established icons of the industry and are a sensation that is in the process of breaking out right now. See them perform on the Gambino Realty Stage on Saturday, August 6th, from 1:45 – 3:00 PM

Official Website:  http://www.serendipityband.com

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THE NICK PONTARELLI BAND
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH  4:15 – 5:45 PM
GAMBINO REALTY STAGE

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The Nick Pontarelli Band has made their mark on the Chicago music scene, with a fresh unique take on all of the greats, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Frankie Valli, Bobby Darin, Elvis, Neil Diamond and many more! The passion that The Nick Pontarelli Band has for their art is made clear through every song. Their appreciation for music and the standards offers a first-class experience that leaves a lasting impression. See The Nick Pontarelli Band perform on the Gambino Realty Stage on Saturday, August 6th from 4:15 – 5:45 P.M

Official Website:  www.nickpontarelli.com

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DENNY DIAMOND AND THE JEWELS
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH  7:00 – 8:30 PM
GAMBINO REALTY STAGE

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Denny teased us with a small set last year, so we asked him to come back this year and play a longer set! “Beautiful Noise starring Denny Diamond & The Jewels” can put a sparkle in your line-up! With a magnificent voice that rivals that of any vocalist, Denny’s performance is all about the words and music of a superstar that’s held a place of honor in the entertainment world for decades. Forget the flash, effects, and costumes that seek to convince the audience it’s just like the real thing; the “Denny Diamond & The Jewels” show is focused on the remarkable vocals, masterful musicianship, and family interaction that’s charmed audiences everywhere! The show also features Denny’s talented sons, Lucas and Spenser. The boys enjoy the songs of their Dad’s hero, but they employ their method they’ve coined as ‘six degrees of Neil Diamond’ to introduce other music into the mix, including that of superstars like Glen Campbell, Ricky Nelson, Buddy Holly, and Johnny Cash. After capturing the attention of the Dick Clark produced, talent seeking television show, Your Big Break, Denny’s career focus was confirmed; he became a sought after performer who excelled at leaving audiences enchanted! No tribute show brings you the brilliance of Neil Diamond like “Beautiful Noise starring Denny Diamond & The Jewels!” They perform on Saturday, August 6th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM on the Gambino Realty Stage

Official Website:  http://dennydiamond.com/

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DAKOTA HORVATH
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH  8:30 – 9:30 PM
GAMBINO BUILDING & REMODELING STAGE

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Dakota Horvath, this 27 year old singer-songwriter is often compared to Michael Buble, Bobby Darin, and Frank Sinatra. At age 5, Dakota started his career giving tribute to Frank Sinatra at Mickey Rourke’s club in Miami. His voice reached the ears of Frnak Sinatra and at age 8, Frank had Dakota backstage, gave him his blessing and said “you’ve got it kid.” Dakota has carried out his blessing ever since! He has performed for many celebrity weddings, Emmy awards parties, and more! He has shared the stage with the late great Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Jimmy Buffett, Seal, Rick Springfield, Don Rickles, Paul Anka, Lou Rawls, Tony Orlando and many more! Dakota’s most recent one year run as Sinatra was from August 2013 – August 2014, The Broadway Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra, The Four Queens Casino, Las Vegas, NV, 5 nights a week, 2 shows a night!  We are very excited to have Dakota perform as Frank Sinatra (Happy 100th Birthday) on the Gambino Building & Remodeling Stage on Saturday, August 6th, 8:30 – 9:30 PM

Official Website:  http://www.barbbaileyentertainment.com/

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BACK COUNTRY ROADS
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH  9:30 – 11 PM
GAMBINO REALTY STAGE

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Back Country Roads is a 6 piece band based out of the northern Illinois area. BCR started as a 3 piece acoustic band in April of 2009 and quickly expanded to the 6 piece they are today. They have played at events such as Country Thunder (the last 5 years) and have been direct support for National acts such as Phil Vassar, Darryl Worley, David Lee Murphy, Neal McCoy, Love & Theft, Steel Magnolia, Keith Anderson, Easton Corbin, Parmalee and Granger Smith.  They play mostly current Top 40 Country hits, with a few older selections and some originals thrown in the mix as well. They also occasionally leave the Country genre a little bit which gives the audience some variety. Our Facebook fan-base is over 9,800 fans and continues to grow. BCR tours regularly throughout the American Midwest and performs at festivals, fairs, clubs and private parties. This is their first visit to Festa Italiana! They perform on Saturday, August 6th , on the Gambino Realty stage from 9:30 – 11:00 PM

Official Website:  http://backcountryroadsband.com/

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MIKE WILLIAMSON TRIO
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH  1:15 – 2:15 PM
GAMBINO REALTY STAGE

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We proudly welcome The Mike Williamson Trio, which includes keyboardist Bob Rub and drummer/percussionist Bob DeVita. Mike started his singing career with The Proud Americans. His friends “The Lettermen” inspired him to start a career in music and he has sung with them on stage many times.  Mike has performed with many great artists including Brent Valentine and Louis Buffalo in The New Environment, The Ron Pedersen Trio, and Julian DeLuna. Mike’s “Magic Monday” benefit for The American Cancer Society ran for 16 consecutive years at both The Coronado Theater and The Metro Centre and featured many area professionals appearing with a big band. “Magic Monday” raised thousands of dollars in donations and was recognized by Presidents Reagan, Ford and Bush. His radio program, “Mike Williamson & Friends”, airs daily on WTPB, 99.3 FM in Rockford and features music from many of his musical friends. Mike’s musical productions are performed for many corporate and tour groups and feature the talents of singers Patte Armato Lund and Larry Higgs. The Mike Williamson Trio appears regularly at The Butterfly Club and at Stockholm Inn. Bob Rub is director of music at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and he also plays with The Groove Hotel. Bob DeVita is owner of Ace Percussion and has performed with Bob Hope, Gladys Knight, Jose Feliciano to name a few. See them perform on The Gambino Realty Stage on Sunday, August 7th from 1:15 – 2:15 PM

Official Website:  www.MikeWilliamsonMusic.com/

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TRIPPING TARZAN
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH  3 – 4:15 PM
GAMBINO REALTY STAGE

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Playing their first Festa Italiana is Tripping Tarzan! Have a great time and sing along to your favorites! With a mix of classic rock and oldies, these guys aim to please with the songs we all grew up with, yet still hear today. With decades of talent and amazing harmonies, you are sure to have a foot tapping, get out and dance, grab a tambourine, and sing along kind of time. Make sure you catch these guys on the Gambino Realty Stage on Sunday, August 7th from 3:00 – 4:15 PM

Official Website:  https://www.facebook.com/Tripping-Tarzan-162138227185546/info/?tab=page_info

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TONY SPAVONE
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH  5:10 – 6:25 PM
GAMBINO REALTY STAGE

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Festa Italiana is bringing back Tony Spavone. He’s a crowd favorite and always puts everyone in a great mood!  From Chicago, this soulful entertainer breathes real life and emotion into every song that he sings. When he’s not crooning to his customers at his restaurant in Bloomingdale, Tony is performing around the globe! He has performed at the Rosemont Theater, he’s performed abroad in Italy, and has also performed with such artists as Frankie Valli, Curtis Mayfield, and Sergio Franchi to name a few…Tony performs on the Gambino Realty Stage on Sunday, August 7th from 5:10 – 6:25 P.M.

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ANGEL SPICCIA
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH  6:25 – 7:25 PM
GAMBINO BUILDING & REMODELING STAGE

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Making her first visit to Festa Italiana is Chicagoan Angel Spiccia.

“Angel is, in a word, gorgeous, with a captivating fresh-face allure and personality that can immediately draw the attention of an audience. But it is her vocal skills, including voice, timing, and phrasing far exceeding what could be expected from one so young – that allow her to keep that attention for the duration of her performance. Angel can perform often-heard jazz standards and put her own mark on them without re-inventing the wheel.”
Randy Freedman – Chicago Jazz Magazine.

“Without question, one of the finest and most versatile voices in our town…”
Wayne Messmer – WDCB 90.9fm Radio.

Angel keeps a very busy schedule performing in Chicago and around the area. Her first album “One Day, All Too Soon” demonstrates that Angel Spiccia has a lovely voice with a delicious timbre and insightful, interpretive skills. Equally comfortable with both jazz and popular music, Spiccia shows a wide creative range. “One Day, All Too Soon” continues to receive national radio air play and her own stations on Pandora.com. It is currently available on iTunes, CDBaby.com and www.angelspiccia.com. See her perform on the Gambino Building & Remodeling Stage on Sunday, August 7th from 6:25 – 7:25 PM

Official Website:  http://www.angelspiccia.com/

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MILES NIELSEN & THE RUSTED HEARTS
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH  7:40 – 9 PM
GAMBINO REALTY STAGE

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Closing out Festa Italiana and making their first visit is Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts! Rockford, IL-based Miles Nielsen has spent nearly a decade enthralling audiences with music that draws force from the prime years of Western-influenced rock music and classic ‘60s soul. Claiming influences as diverse as Otis Redding’s classic soul and Jellyfish’s cult power pop recordings, Nielsen has thus far released two albums – his debut in 2009 as a solo artist, and then his sophomore album in 2012 as Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts – to critical acclaim and an ever-growing fan base. The Rusted Hearts’ hot streak continues this year with the release of their third LP, Heavy Metal. Heavy Metal blends the country-esque drawl and growling guitars of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with the subtly sensual undercurrent of Ray Charles. Vocal harmonies present throughout the album recall Fleetwood Mac as strongly as they bring to mind the very first doo-wop groups. But despite The Rusted Hearts’ readily apparent influences, the result of these combined roots is a singular sound that readily distinguishes the band from its peers. Yes, this is the same Nielsen blood that runs throughout Cheap Trick lead guitarist and main songwriter Rick Nielsen’s veins – but it’s more strongly a result of his extensive background in classical voice and recording engineering, two vital musical areas he has degrees in. Heavy Metal’s aching, heartfelt vocals and pristine, lucid production attest to Nielsen’s extensive skills in these areas, but more importantly, they remind listeners that they’re listening to a truly talented musician and songwriter. They perform on Sunday, August 7th on the Gambino Realty Stage from 7:40 – 9:00 PM

Official Website:  http://www.milesnielsen.com/

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AMICI ITALIANI YOUTH TROUPE
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH  3 – 3:50 PM
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH  2:15 – 3 PM
GAMBINO BUILDING & REMODELING STAGE

Performs Saturday on the Gambino Building & Remodeling Stage from 3:00 – 3:50 PM, and Sunday 2:15 – 3:00 PM

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AMICI ITALIANI ADULT TROUPE
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH  7:05 – 7:30 PM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH  5:45 – 6:45 PM
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH  4:15 – 5:10 PM
GAMBINO BUILDING & REMODELING STAGE

Performs Friday Night on the Gambino Building & Remodeling Stage from 7:05 – 7:30 PM, Saturday from 5:45 – 6:45 PM, and Sunday 4:15 – 5:10 PM

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