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Simona De Rosa, the award-winning singer and composer, appears Sunday, September 24, 2017 on the Investors Bank Stage. Born in Napoli, Italy and now living in New York City, Ms De Rosa has established herself in the NY jazz scene with two albums to her credit. Her repertoire includes jazz, pop, and Neapolitan music.
 
 

 
Friday, September 22, 2017
Time Performer Location
05:00 - 06:00 PM Paul Plumeri Blues Band Investors Bank Stage
06:00 - 06:45 PM Penny &The Puppettes Puppet Theater
06:30 - 07:30 PM Joe D's Rockin Oldies Band Cabaret Stage
07:00 - 08:00 PM Ray Massa's EuroRhythms Investors Bank Stage
08:00 - 09:00 PM John Pizzi, Ventriloquist Cabaret Stage
08:00 - 08:45 PM Penny & the Puppettes Puppet Theater
09:00 - 10:30 AM Brooklyn Bridge 60's Band Investors Bank Stage
09:30 - 10:30 PM Jimmy Alleva/Songs From Old Neighborhood Cabaret Stage
 
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time Performer Location
12:30 - 01:30 PM Fralinger String Band Investors Bank Stage
01:00 - 02:00 PM Kim Jenkins Cabaret Stage
01:15 - 02:15 PM Pizza Toss Contest Cabaret Stage
02:00 - 03:00 PM Vivaci Italian Dance Group Investors Bank Stage
02:00 - 05:00 PM Kris Clayton -Stilt Walker Strolling
02:00 - 02:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
02:30 - 03:30 PM Uncle Floyd Vivino Comedienne Cabaret Stage
04:00 - 05:00 PM Ray Massa's EuroRhythms Investors Bank Stage
04:00 - 05:00 PM Eric - Singer of Legends Cabaret Stage
04:00 - 04:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
05:30 - 06:30 PM Holly Faris Impersonator Cabaret Stage
06:00 - 07:00 PM Micheal Castaldo - International Singer/Songwriter Investors Bank Stage
06:00 - 06:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
07:00 - 08:30 PM Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Comedy Show Cabaret Stage
08:00 - 09:30 PM Staying Alive - Tribute to the Bee Gees Investors Bank Stage
08:00 - 08:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
09:45 - 10:00 PM Fireworks Festival Grounds
10:00 - 11:00 PM Recorded Music Investors Bank Stage
 
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Time Performer Location
11:00 - 12:00 PM Catholic Mass Investors Bank Stage
01:15 - 02:00 PM Abbott & Costello Cabaret Stage
01:30 - 03:00 PM Simona DeRosa - Jazz Music Investors Bank Stage
02:00 - 05:00 PM Kris Clayton - Stilt Walker Strolling
02:00 - 02:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
02:30 - 03:30 PM Syncopation Dance Group Cabaret Stage
03:30 - 04:30 PM Boheme Opera NJ Investors Bank Stage
04:00 - 04:45 PM Abbott and Costello Cabaret Stage
04:00 - 04:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
05:00 - 06:00 PM BRAG Band, Boss Radio AM Gold Investors Bank Stage
05:30 - 06:30 PM No Way Out Cabaret Stage
06:00 - 06:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
06:30 - 08:00 PM Masterpiece Orchestra and Singer Investors Bank Stage
07:00 - 08:00 PM Pete Tonti Band Cabaret Stage

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Abbott and Costello
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In a tribute to Paterson, New Jersey native and accomplished Italian American, Lou Costello, the Mercer County Italian American Festival is proud to have 'The Abbott and Costello Show' with Gil 'Bud' Palmer and Lou Sciara. The pair joined forces in 1992 when they each won first place in an Abbott & Costello look-a-like contest sponsored by Shanachie Entertainment, producers of the 'Abbott & Costello Show' videotape series. Bud and Lou with host Michael Townsend Wright, from the "Uncle Floyd Show," will be performing all of the memorable ABBOTT and COSTELLO routines including the hilarious "Who's On First?"
   
Boheme Opera New Jersey
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Joseph Pucciatti is the co-founder, artistic director and conductor of Boheme Opera (Boheme). Now entering its 24th season, Boheme Opera NJ's history began in the simple church parking lot in 1982. The company provides and enriches the region with accessible, affordable and artistically professional opera performances. The company is committed to preserving and promoting the operatic art form and introducing it to new and diverse audiences through productions, educational and outreach programs, community involvement, business partnerships and collaborations with other arts organizations.
   
BRAG Band, Boss Radio AM Gold
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Remember when listening to the radio was fun? Remember when the boss jocks were the king of the radio dial? Remember how excited you got when one of your favorite chart topping smash hits came on your transistor radio?  Well get ready to bring back those memories with the Boss Radio AM Gold  The BRAG Band recreates the boss radio experience. From our boss jock “hitting the post” on song introductions to facts about the records and the artists the BRAG Band will have you grooving to your favorite AM Radio Gold Hits !! The BRAG Band is comprised of 10 members who excel in harmony, vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass, percussion, drums and of course, the Boss DJ.  Rachel Rossco, Lead Harmony, vocals, Stephanie Green Kenibrew, Lead Harmony, vocals, Darry (LB)Gibson, Lead/Harmony vocals, Robert “Bud” Belvsio Guitar/Keyboards, Mario Dibartolo, Guitar, Steve Guarino, Guitar, Bass,Percussion, Danny “Rock On” Coleman, Percussion.Boss DJ, Vince Civil,  Keyboards/Bass/Guitar, Chuck Calcese, Drums Lead Harmony, Frank Clayton, Bass/Guitar, Lead Harmony
   
Brooklyn Bridge
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The Brooklyn Bridge Band was formed in March of 1968 in NY and had their first of many hit records. "The Worst That Could Happen", in 1969.  They have performed at every major concert venue over the years including Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, The Beacon Theater and Radio City Music Hall, and shared the stage with a diverse group of legendary artists such as Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Dion, The Righteous Brothers, The Beach Boys and Steppenwolf.  the Bridge has also made many classic television appearances performing on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Mike Douglas Show and The Della Reese show among others.  The band consists of vocalist, Less Cauchi, an original member and also a member of the The Del-Satins.  The other original members are James Rosica, bass player and vocalist, and Joe Ruvio, vocalist. Joining the band in the early seventies are Martin D'Amico, keyboards and vocalist, and James Sarle, lead guitarist who played on a few of the early Brooklyn Bridge recording. Rounding off the ensemble, is lead vocalist Joe "Bean" Esposito.  Joe is a Grammy nominated singer/songwriter whose career spans the 1970's to the present day. 
   
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Show
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The multi-talented Sonny Averona Jr. (DEAN MARTIN), vocalist and entertainer originally from South Philadelphia, now resides in New Jersey. He is following in the footsteps of his father, the late-great entertainer Sonny Averona Sr. Among Sonny's many talents are the song stylings of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Rat Pack material along with some Bobby Darin. Johnny "Bones" Cipparone (JERRY LEWIS) was born and raised in South Philadelphia and now resides in New Jersey. With his uncanny portrayal of Jerry Lewis, Johnny has worked with Philly's own Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker and Charlie Gracie to name a few. Currently Johnny Bones is working with Sonny Averona, Jr. in a tribute to DEAN MARTIN and JERRY LEWIS which is delighting audiences everywhere.
   
Eric - Singer of Legends
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Performing more than 200 shows annually, Eric is very quickly becoming a popular addition to Concert schedules throughout the Eastern US. Appearing in theaters, casino showrooms and community shows for the 55+ aged audience, his schedule keeps him continually touring and having the time of his life on the road.Eric started singing at the age of 6 and recalls trying to sound exactly like the voices he heard on the radio. He says, "It's the only way I know how to sing. I've never had vocal lessons, so I just learn the songs by listening and mimicking. Of course, this means I've picked up not only the good habits, but the bad habits as well, from history's most popular singers!"Eric's continually growing repertoire consists of more than 100 legendary singers and their greatest hit songs. A typical hour-long performance allows for showcasing up to 40 unique artists, and your show will be customized to your specific audience. Everyone in attendance is made to feel that the show was an incredible 
   
Fralinger String Band
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Fralinger String Band was organized by a group of young men playing music on a street corner in South Philadelphia in 1914 and sponsored by John J. F. Fralinger, M.D. a Philadelphia physician, pharmacist, and team doctor for Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics.  Since then, it has been a pleasure for many generations of Fralinger members to perform and delight audiences of all ages.  It is renowned throughout the world for very unique musical instrumentation and uplifting performance style.  They also have been the most consistent top prize winner in the Philadelphia New Year's Day Mummers parade for the last 25 years, winning first prize for 8 consecutive years 2003-2010.  Throughout the years, the band has traveled all across the United States and the world, as a good will ambassador for Philadelphia and the Mummers, performing in parades, corporate and civic events and concerts.  This tradition of Philadelphia Mummery and Fralinger String Band's excellent entertainment will continue well into the 21st century.
   
Holly Faris
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The business of celebrity impersonations becomes even more intriguing when talented individuals have acquired the ability to completely re-create a number of different celebrities.  One of those multi-talented entertainers is Holly Faris.  Throughout the years, Holly has brought her amazing celebrity impersonation talents and musical styles to the stages of Las Vegas, Atlantic City and numerous other venues throughout the United States.  Holly has also traveled to Europe and the Caribbean impersonating a group of female celebrities as diverse as CHER, Dolly Parton, Tine Turner, Liza Minnelli, Marilyn Monroe and Barbara Streisand.  Whether she is performing for packed audiences on the glamorous stages of Las Vegas and Atlantic City or corporate and private events Holly Faris is always a hit.
   
Jimmy Alleva
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Jimmy Alleva grew up in Queens, New York, the middle child of three brothers.  He fondly recalls his quality time spent with his family as they took great pleasure listening to Italian music legends such as Jimmy Roselli, Sergio Franchi and Mario Lanza.  It was at an early age when Jimmy discovered his love for this beautiful music.  Jimmy's adoration of Italian music runs deep within the Alleva blood.  His grandfather encouraged him to learn many Neapolitan songs.  The Alleva family became a musical household, one brother was a well known Italian singer from their neighborhood and his other brother was a bass player who performed in many local bands.
   
Joe D's Rockin Oldies Band
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Joe D's Rockin Oldies Band Joey on vocals and drums, Bobby on guitar, Glenn vocalist. We go back to the early days of high school, playing at school dances and gatherings. Entertaining up to present day throughout the tri-state area at restaurants, bars, night clubs. Donating our services to charity functions for various charities such as St. Jude Children’s hospital, Deborah hospital,  Autism, our Veterans, and church organizations. We enjoy performing music of the 50s & 60's. Keeping the music of Doo Wop alive. The response of our audiences is overwhelming. They keep our beloved music alive
   
John Pizzi
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A seasonal veteran of comedy clubs across America, John Pizzi's popularity is rivaled only by his electric on-stage presence.  Pizzi pairs pitch-perfect characterizations through ventriloquism with the graceful spontaneity of a master.  Besides being a favorite at America's top resorts such as The Riviera and The Tropicana in Las Vegas and the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City. He and his "partner", Andy have appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, America's Funniest People, Good Morning America and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central, thus successfully establishing himself as a burgeoning star of the comic community.
   
Khris Clayton - Stilt Walker
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"The tallest man in Mercer County returns?  Kris Clayton is everyone's favorite juggling stilt-walker, here again to dazzle and amaze?  Be sure to say hi, but say it loud, cuz his head's always in the clouds."
   
Kim Jenkins
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Kim David Jenkins grew up in Essex County, NJ.  He attended Rochester Institute of Technology, in Upstate NY and Montclair State College, in NJ.  Over the years he became the singer for many successful cover bands in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  “The Jersey Shore’’ was his home for over 30 years and he performed in many of the Tri-State areas top venues, including regular gigs on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, and at the famous Stone Pony, in Asbury Park. Kim has made guest appearances, shared the stage, and has been an opening act for major recording artist including, Tommy James and The Shondells, Lenny Welch, The Tramps, The Stampeders,Rick Derringer, and Aerosmith.  He made his TV debut on the nationally syndicated 80’s Hit TV Show “Dancing On Air”, Philadelphia’s all time top rated music program. 
   
Masterpiece Orchestra
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Masterpiece is a high energy party/dance band featuring outstanding vocalists supported by sizzling rhythm and horn sections.Masterpiece features a diverse repertoire of songs from the Big Band era of the 40's to the vibrant sounds of today's hits.Masterpiece has provided the finest in live entertainment at many Nightclub venues and Banquet Facilities throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York and will create that same atmosphere at this year's Italian-American Festival. Come see this dynamic band and dance to a variety of Standards, Italian, Top 40 Dance, Disco, Soul, Motown, Oldies and Rock 'n Roll favorites.
   
Michael & Nicholas Testa-Jersey City Pizza Bosses
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Michael Testa first tried spinning pizza dough in February 2012.  It’s not a strange family activity, when you consider Michael and his brother Nicholas have watched their dad create hundreds of pizza pies at their Jersey City restaurant, Carmine’s Pizza Factory. By Michael’s third week of practice with the dough, he was out-performing his father. That’s pretty impressive, considering Carmine has been at it for over 20 years.  Michael performed with British artist Jon Burgerman during a pizza themed art show. Michael has performed in  Las Vegas at The International Pizza Expo.Artist Video
   
Micheal Castaldo
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Micheal Castaldo, Calabrian born, Canadian raised and now a NYC resident, is an award-winning, classical crossover recording artist, entrepreneur, songwriter, entertainer and producer with a spirited, passionate, enchanting voice and flawless delivery. He has received rave reviews for his performances on American (ABC), Canadian (City TV) and Italian (RAI) television as well for his performances at various festivals and venues throughout the USA and Europe. Born in Calabria, Italy and raised in Toronto, Canada, the artist attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston and now resides in Manhattan. In his concerts, Michéal Castaldo takes audiences on a musical journey, revealing how Italians have influenced the world of popular music throughout the decades., . With his stellar voice and a commanding accompaniment with his band, Michéal Castaldo combines virtuosic musical feats with an accessible and engaging program of well-known, international classic hit songs sung in Italian, Calabrian and Neapolitan.
   
No Way Out
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No Way Out is a six member classic rock cover band that has been entertaining throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, playing clubs, and private affairs since 2004. Features include both male and female lead vocalist accompanied by a multi-keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, and drummer.  The musicians have combined live performance experience in excess pf 2.500 gigs.  Popular artists covered by No Way Out include: Heart, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Journey, Led Zeppelin, Melissa Etheridge, Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tom Petty and ZZ Top.
   
Paul Plumeri Blues Band
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When you've been playing guitar and singing the blues as long as Paul Plumeri, you learn to do things your own way.  Naturally, since he does things his own way, Plumeri's guitar playing and singing style are distinctive.  Plumeri, the third son of the well-known longtime Trenton area politician and civil servant, Sam Plumeri, began playing guitar at age seven.    He has been associated with the blues in the Garden State and greater Philadelphia for more than three decades.
   
Penny & the Puppettes
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 Penny Sue (aka Merissa Morin) is co-creator of Penny & the Puppettes and a graduate of New York University's Musical Theater program at Tisch School of the Arts. Her adult acting career includes: co-starring in the film One Night with Melissa Leo, a brief role on The Sopranos, and most recently starring in the independent film Tackle Girl. Penny also writes music on both the guitar and piano, and gigs out in Manhattan music venues. She is the third generation in a family of children's entertainers, and is thrilled to be continuing in the family tradition. Her vocals are featured on Jane's album, Uh Oh, There's Something Underneath My Bed, in the songs "Stand" and "Get that Big Beak Outta My Face!"
   
Ray Massa EuroRhythms
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One of the most consistently sought after musical variety acts, Ray Massa's EuroRhythms have dazzled audiences from coast to coast in the USA, Canada, and many cities in Italy.The EuroRhythms have a long history.  Ray Massa was born and raised in south-eastern Ohio (Bellaire, Ohio) of Italian parents who immigrated to the US from the Campania region of Italy.  The group was started by Ray in 1982 while attending college at Ohio State University.  The total group is comprised as such:  Ray Massa on the Accordion/Organ/Vocals, Tony DiMelfi – Lead Vocals/Trombone, Marco Capoccia, Lead Vocals/Percussion/Trumpet, John Dirck -Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals/Mandolin/Arrangements, Gaetano Nicolosi, Drums/Vocals, Jerry Parsons, Bass Guitar/Vocals, Bryan Olsheski - Saxophone, David Miller  – Trumpet. Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms are featured Nationally at Italian Festivals from coast to coast. Their popularity is attributed to their unique arrangements and ability to transform traditional, Pop Italian and Italian-American favorites which energizes their audiences.Artist Website
   
Simona Dee Rosa - Jazz Music
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Vocalist Simona De Rosa was born in Napoli, the City that gave her the passion for music. Since her childhood she sung in different projects, from Neapolitan orchestras to pop and jazz bands. . She received formal voice and piano training.  After several musical experiences with many musicians, she moved to NYC to take a Master in Jazz Performance completed on December 2014. Through 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.In 2013, she was asked by Randall Keith Horton (latest Duke Ellington's pianist) to perform as a soloist singer for the “Duke Ellington’s Sacred concerts” at the Colden Auditorium in Queens, NYC. The next year Simona organized and produced a concert named “41st parallel” (as the parallel that links NYC to Napoli) with 60 musicians. In this occasion she was awarded by the Country Executive Ed. Mangano and from the Association of Italian American Educators for her “spirited leadership, dedication and her outstanding cultural contribution to the Italian-American Community in the USA”.    
   
Staying Alive - Tribute to Bee Gees
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Stayin Alive offers to their audiences the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees play list, singing blockbusters such as "Night Fever", "Jive Talkin", "How Deep Is Your Love", "You Should be Dancing", "Nights on Broadway" and "Stayin Alive".  In addition, they perform softer poetic ballads such as 'I Started a Joke", "Massachusetts", "Fanny be Tender", "words", and "to Love Somebody" among other great hits.  Stayin' alive is the largest and most definitive production of its kind, offering big screen video clips, photos and dazzling imagery.  Stayin Alive has played intimate settings as a six piece band and huge venue with a 62 piece orchestra.   Stayin Alive is the quintessential tribute band to the Bee Gees, capturing the excitement of live performance and the tender subtleties of the human voice.
   
Syncopations
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Synocopations are a Performance Troupe whose members all reside at the "Village Grande at Bear Creek" Active Adult Community in West Windsor, NJ.  They entertain at private parties and community events, as well as adult communities, senior centers, assisted livings, nursing homes, and for clubs and organizations throughout Central New Jersey.  Their unique programs include many dance styles, including Broadway, Latin, Vintage Swing, and even Irish dancing.  Their members are also talented singers and comedic actors, bringing an added dimension to every performance.  Their high-energy routines make it clear why their motto is: "We are not your grandmother's dance troupe.
   
Uncle Floyd
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Uncle Floyd is a popluar comedienne and entertainer.  He has appeared on several television shows filmed in New York City including Law & Order, 100 Centre Street and was a regular on the Sirus Satelite Radio program "The Wiseguys Show" on Raw Dog Comedy (channel 104) hosted by former Soprano's cast member Vincent Pastore.  He performed the jingle (as well as appeared in the TV commercial) to the frontier themed amusement park "Wild West City, located in Netcong New Jersey, a jingle that is still used today by the park.  He has played the Catskill and Pocono mountains resorts for many years.
   
Vivaci Dancers
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Vivaci (formerly named "I Ballerini e le Voci d'Italia" - Dancers and Voices of Italy) was founded in 1972 by Cav. Elba Farabegoi Gurzau.  Elb, the author of "Folk Dances, Costumes and Customs of Italy" (1963) dedicated her life to researching Italian dances, songs and traditions.  Her book of dance and costume has enabled many Italian folk groups to get started.  In the 1980's, Elba brought together other Italian folk groups and formed the Italian Folk Art Federation of America (IFAFA).  IFAFA has a conference every few years so that individuals can share, learn and experience the many beautiful and diverse Italian Folk arts.
   

 

 
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