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Food, music and fun! The Greater Rockford Italian American Association (GRIAA) invites you to the 35th Annual Festa Italiana, celebrating the Italian heritage and culture in Rockford. The party takes place Aug. 2-4 on the grounds of Boylan Catholic High School, 4000 St. Francis Drive, Rockford. Don’t forget to look for the $15 wristband for unlimited rides on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday.
Sample some of your favorite Italian foods while taking in the entertainment on stage. The schedule for the festival is as follows:
Friday, Aug. 2 — 6:15-7:15 p.m., Jack Miuccio from Chicago will sing some of the best Italian songs, as well as Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis, Tom Jones, Bobby Darin and more. 7:30-9 p.m., SOCO 7, the Italian/pop band from Chicago, will play and sing Italian songs, as well as some pop favorites. 9:30-11 p.m., funk band Can’t Touch This will play all your favorite hits.
Saturday, Aug. 3 — 2-5:30 p.m., returning vocalist Vince Amere will perform in the rest tent. He has shared the stage with a variety of accomplished artists ranging from Frankie Avalon to Luciano Pavarotti. See him Saturday and Sunday between acts on the main stage. 2:30-3:30 p.m., The Tom Mac Group will add their own versatile style to the mix. 4-5 p.m., the Vince Chiarelli Combo continues the legacy of the group from the 1950s through 1970s. Chiarelli writes his own music, but also continues to play the great Italian songs written and taught by his grandfather. 5:30-6:45 p.m., hear the silky, smooth voice of Elio Scaccio, whose versatility makes him a sought-after artist for many venues. 7:15-9:15 p.m., BritBeat, America’s premier tribute to the Beatles, takes the stage. The Stevee Nix band finishes out the night from 10 to 11 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 4 — 2-5 p.m., Vince Amere is back this afternoon in the rest tent. 2:20-3:15 p.m., John Truncali returns to Festa Italiana. Show reviewers have named him “The Italian Tom Jones” and “The One Man Legends Show.” 3:30-4:30 p.m., Elio Scaccio returns. 5-6:30 p.m., see Denny Diamond & the Family Jewels, a Neil Diamond Tribute act. The evening ends with Kashmir, a Led Zeppelin Tribute band, performing from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Festa Italiana is a subcommittee of GRIAA and the largest contributor to GRIAA’s scholarship fund. For more about the festival, go to www.griaa.net or http://www.griaa.net/festa-italiana-2013-entertainmentschedule/.
Posted July 31, 2013