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Welcome to the Website of Festa Italiana di Vandergrift!

 


Have you previously attended one of the past 10 Festa Italiana's?  Do you have ideas on how to improve the Festival?  Did you wonder how you can be apart of this Festival?  If you are interested in helping us out this year in any way, please stop by to one of our meetings at the Bari Club in Vandergrift starting at 7PM on August 11th or email us at festaitaliana@comcast.net.  


Steel Dog with Miss Carol Vincini Returning to this Year's Festa

Make sure your kids stop by the Gazebo from 1-5 to listen to the Story Telling of Miss Carol accompanied by Pittsburgh's Official mascot Steel Dog.  Miss Carol will read her installments of The Adventures of Steel Dog through out the day.  Miss Carol is a Vandergrift native and is excited to be a part of the Eleventh Annual Festa Italiana di Vandergrift and we are excited for her to be apart of Festa Italiana di Vandergrift again this year!


Anthony Massari Memorial Amateur Wine Competition

The entry form and rules to the Anthony Massari Memorial Amateur Wine Competition are now posted on the Wine Competition page.  The deadline for entries is Friday August 1st so select your favorite vintages and get them entered today!


 

2014 Entertainment Lineup!

 

Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses

 

 

Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses (louisprimajr.com) are bringing Prima music into the 21st century. Not content to sit on the legacy they so passionately protect, LPJ and the band are taking a page from his father’s playbook, by wailing Prima Swing like it’s 2014. 

Less concerned about reliving the past than about creating a future for it, Louis Prima Jr and the Witnesses bring new energy and a current attitude to the masses with The Wildest Show this side of the 1960’s. Since their breakout performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (aka Jazz Fest), #TeamPrima has performed everywhere from Seattle to Palermo, from small clubs to performing arts centers, from casino showrooms to music festivals, and from Access Hollywood Live to PBS. 


LPJ and the Band are currently touring in support of their second Warrior Records/Universal Music Distribution (warriorrecords.com) release, BLOW – a collection of original music (save for a couple of surprises) as eclectic and unique as each member of this powerhouse band. Building off of the success of their critically acclaimed debut CD Return of the Wildest!, the band has brought together many years of diverse musical tastes into their second offering. From the first thunderous stomps of the title track, it is evident that this isn’t your daddy’s swing music, but a raucous roller coaster ride of tail-shakin’, foot-stampin’, horn-driven smiles. 

If you’ve seen them in concert, you’ll know a bit about what to expect from the musical minds of the Witnesses. As energetic and over-the-top as their live shows, BLOW continues the ever-changing musical journey that Prima Sr. began in the 30s.  "With the band’s collective talents and diverse musical tastes, we wind up with a sound unique to this band, while staying true to the boisterous Prima style,” says Louis. “We didn’t set out to simply write music we thought the fans wanted to hear.  We wanted to challenge ourselves musically and also challenge the listener. You can’t fool the fans by trying to force the word ‘daddy-o’ into every song. If music does not come honestly from your soul, it will ultimately be short lived.” 

Recorded at Capitol Records in Studio B, where Prima Sr. recorded his hits of the 50s and 60s, the seriousness of this music is masked only by the obvious fun that was had making it. It’s been 50 years since legendary Prima music shook the walls of Capitol. A new legend is being born, and it will BLOW you away! 

 

 

 

Moreno Fruzzetti

 

Moreno Fruzzetti, who has been awarded with the prestigious honor of "Ambassador of Italian Music to America", is a truly gifted performer.  He received rave reviews at concerts throughout the world.  As his loyal supporters can attest to, he brings a sense of flare and personality to his performances.  Not only does Moreno have a golden singing voice, but he has an onstage presence that cannot be learned.

 

 

 

Simona DeRosa

 

 

Born in Naples, Italy, at a young age, Simona discovered the world of jazz via her brother, a drummer, who kept a formidable collection of Glen Miller Orchestra and Ella Fitzgerald records in the house. She received formal voice training under the guide of Cristina Florio’s Voice Academy, which she attended until age 22. Simona De Rosa has built her career by embracing not only the jazz of the american songbook but also the traditional music of her own meditereenian roots. By her early twenties, she had amassed her own collection of Ella Fitzgerald’s records and looked to the legendary vocalist as her primary inspiration. After high school, she focused on jazz and gigged around Italy. Over the last 5 years, Simona recorded 2 albums and collaborated with many awarded musicians in Italy and USA.  Throught the years of studies and performances in different environment, from duo to the Big Band, Simona has developed skills that allows her to be a versatile singer. Her repertoire embrace different genres (jazz, pop, Italian songs, neapolitan music), all unified in a unique and mature approach.

 

 

 

Sal Ventura and Dr. Zoot

 

 

Dr Zoot is a versatile 7 piece dance and show band that performs in theaters, clubs, dance halls and festivals everywhere. Since the band formed in early 1998 their popularity has been growing rapidly on the East Coast and nationally. Their distinctive sound maintains a contemporary feel while reaching back across the years to link with the greats who have come before them. In one set alone the audience will be treated to Swing, Jump Blues, Foxtrot, Mambo, Cha Cha, Salsa and more! The band repertoire boasts of over 30 original compositions and many innovative arrangements of classic tunes designed to keep you groovin’ all night!  They will be closing out the night at this years Festa.

 

 

Murphy's Music Center Tribute Band

 

 

Festa Italiana di Vandergrift is proud to have the Murphy's Music Center Tribute Band perform again this year at the 10th Anniversary of the Festa.  What started out as a one time only performance of this well-known local orchestra has turned into a yearly performance for this group.  Members of this tribute band also perform backup to many of our Headliners and other acts.  We are excited for them to return this year and would like to thank Murphy's Music Center for helping the Festa for the past 10 years and hope to have them be a part of the Festa for years to come.

 

Click here for a link to their story from a Valley News Dispatch article from 2012.

 

 


The Reserved Family Table and Program/Booklet Ad 

form is now available.  

Click here to download the form or go to each individual page on the left or below for more information.

Program/Booket Ad Page

Reserved Family Tables Page

Mini-Billboard Ad Page


Vince Putignano Memorial Scholarship Now Available

The Vince Putignano Memorial Scholarship Application is now closed.  We will be announcing the winners at the respective students Award Assembly in the very near future.  The winners will also be announced at the Festa.

The 2014 Festa Italiana di Vandergrift Vince Putignano Memorial Scholarship is now available.  Please go to the Scholarship page to download the scholarship application.  The deadline for the scholarship is April 30th, 2014.  We will be awarding at least 2, $2,000 scholarships.  The applicant or their parents must have lived in the 15690 zip code for at least a year.  For more information, please visit the Scholarship page or email us at festaitaliana@comcast.net.


Very Special Thanks to the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau and the Westmoreland County Tourism Bureau

Festa Italiana di Vandergrift was recently notified of receiving a Marketing grant from the Westmoreland County Tourism Grant Program.  This grant will be used to further advertise our festival to bring people into not only the Alle-Kiski Valley but also Westmoreland County.  These grants are funded by taxes that are collected from anyone staying at a hotel or motel located in Westmoreland County.  Again we THANK these organizations for awarding a grant to Festa Italiana di Vandergrift!

 

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