Vince Chiarelli, Frank Calvagna, Italian Influence Band in concert Jan. 31

Vince Chiarelli (pictured), Frank Calvagna and the Italian Influence Band perform Jan. 31. (Photo provided)
Vince Chiarelli (pictured), Frank Calvagna and the Italian Influence Band perform Jan. 31. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

At 7 p.m., Jan. 31, Spring Creek UCC, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, welcomes Vince Chiarelli, Frank Calvagna and the Italian Influence Band to its auditorium for a concert of music from the balmy Mediterranean.

Doors open at 6 p.m., seating is limited to 225, and attendees are encouraged to arrive early to ensure their place.

Admission is free, although attendees are encouraged to make donations to the performers and to buy their CDs.

Refreshments, including pizza by Mama Mia’s, will be available. Free parking is accessible from Spring Brook Road, just north of the intersection of Spring Creek and Spring Brook roads.

For more details, call (815) 979-1949, visit or email

Vince Chiarelli ( has been singing since he was 18 months old, continuing the musical tradition established by his grandfather (also named Vince Chiarelli). The power, sensitivity and precision of Vince’s singing have caused many to compare him to Enrico Caruso, and his performances are known as much for their musical diversity as their virtuosity. His concerts span a variety of genres from rock to ethnic folk music to Italian pop, embracing standards as well as original compositions by Vince and by his grandfather.

Frank Calvagna ( is an award-winning guitarist who performs contemporary instrumental Spanish guitar music in a style best described as “jazz inspired, Nuevo Flamenco.” His compositions and virtuosity have been compared to artists such as Jesse Cooke and Ottmar Leibert. Frank’s lightning-fast flamenco licks complement Vince’s singing and inspired rhythm guitar playing, producing unforgettable, jaw-dropping music.

From the Jan. 7-13, 2015, issue

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