Welcome to the New Website of Festa Italiana di Vandergrift!
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 on July 8th or August 12th or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reserved Family Table and Program/Booklet Ad form is now available.
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2013 Schedule of Acts
To some performers, having a legendary father might be daunting. Not so for Lena Prima, Louis Prima's youngest daughter. Born into show business and raised on the road with her famous dad, the singer/songwriter/artist/jewelry designer has earned her own stellar reputation around the country for her energetic and charismatic performances. The Chicago Tribune says, "A standing ovation...Lena has the panache of her father." Festa Italiana is excited to have Lena perform at our 10th Anniversary festival!
Paul Salos Presents Sinatra
America's Got Talent Finalist and International Artist, Paul Salos is the ultimate sounding Sinatra in the USA. He has Frank's Chrisma, Style, popularity and most of all The Voice! Paul's "Sinatra The Man & His Music" show is an elegant production comprised of Sinatra's most popular songs. Paul has a natural Sinatra style and a vocal talent reminiscent of Sinatra's peak years. We are excited to see Paul perform his show for us this year!
The legacy of great songs are oftentimes brought back by a new generation. This generation has a new voice in award-winning singer, songwriter, composer and musician ALFIO. Considered one of the greatest voices in contemporary music today, ALFIO brings a Modern Classical approach and a fresh and contemporary style to the much-loved classics as he introduces these songs to a new generation. A native Australian of Italian descent, tenor-trained ALFIO brings passion and emotion to ever song he sings and his powerful vocals constantly draws comparisons to singers of yesteryear like legends Mario Lanza and Tom Jones as well as modern-day superstars such as Andrea Bocelli and Michael Buble. Known as "The Voice from Oz," this gifted performer has performed on stages around the world following a Top 10 album on Warner Music in Australia. ALFIO takes us on a sentimental journey with songs that resonate around the world, making us nostalgic for the music of yesterday and reminding us why this beautiful music stays in our hearts. Many people have requested we bring back ALFIO from his great performance at Festa a couple of years ago and are excited to bring him back for our 10th Anniversary!
Lights Out Presents
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Tribute
Lights Out is a four part group that presents an unforgettable Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. While entertaining audiences for many years, they focus on the art of harmony and the pure sound of voices. They incorporate acapella, pop and of course the sounds of Frankie Valli into a show that has audiences dancing, singing and laughing throughout the entire show. With a lead singer who sounds almost identical to Frankie Valli himself, the group's infectious personality and fully choreographed show promises to keep audiences wanting more even after the curtain closes. We are excited to have Lights Out close out this years festival. They will have the crowd dancing and singing to end the night out.
The Russo Brothers
It's great to be Italian! How can you go wrong growing up in a family that listens to all the classic Italian-American artists like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Louis Prima? The Russo Brothers, Nick, 24 years old and Dominic, 20, born and raised just outside Milwaukee, WI, caught on to this musical style rather quickly. Imitating these artists along with Pavarotti and Elvis Presley when he was 3 years old, Dominic has all the vocal chops he'll ever need to sing the great Italian-American standards with passion and style! Ever since the boys stepped onto the Festa Italiana's Children Stage on Milwaukee's lakefront when they were 4 and 8 years old, they have been incorporating more classic songs into their repertoire and improving their show year after year. While Nick now writes the band arrangements of these classic songs with a more modern kick, and Dominic fills out the show with his remarkable voice and captivating style, the Russo Brothers have a show and sound you don't want to miss! Festa is excited to have the Russo Brothers perform at this years festival!
The 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.
$2,500 Raffle Ticket
We are selling a $2,500 Raffle Ticket with the top prize of $2,000 and two prizes of $250 based off of the PA Lottery Daily Number on August 18th, 2013. The winning number off that evenings first drawn number will receive $2,000 and the number above and below will each receive $250. Tickets cost $5 and will be sold at local businesses along with selling what is left at the festival. We will post a list of locations around the area that you can purchase them at as soon as they are distributed. Tickets were printed and Donated by Minuteman Press & Thatsa Sign. Thank You!
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The Festa Italiana Committee and the Putignano Family THANKS everyone that came out and supported this benefit dinner and provided Chinese Auction items! THANK YOU!
Festa Italiana's Italian Buffet Dinner
We will be holding our annual Festa Italiana's Italian Buffet Dinner on Sunday February 24th at the St. Gertrude's Church Hall. There will be two seatings this year, from 1-3 or 4-6. Tickets are $15 and that includes the Italian Buffet, Appetizers, Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks. We will also be having a 50/50 Raffle and a Chinese Auction. Proceeds from this years dinner will be given in Memory of our Vice President and Board Member Robert Putignano who passed away recently to a trust fund that has been established for his 7 year old son Vinny. If you need anymore information or tickets or would like to donate something to the Chinese Auction, please contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship Applications are Now Available
The Vince Putignano Memorial Scholarship application is now available by going to the scholarship page on this website. Application and information will also be located at the Guidance Office at the High Schools of Kiski Area, Apollo-Ridge, Leechburg and St. Joseph's starting the week of February 18th, 2013. Applications are due April 27th, 2013. Email Festa for any additional information
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