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2016 Entertainment Schedule is listed below

Friday, September 23, 2016
Time Performer Location
05:30 - 06:30 PM Don Felice Trio Investors Bank Stage
06:00 - 06:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
06:30 - 07:30 PM Jimmy Alleva/Songs From Old Neighborhood Cabaret Stage
07:00 - 08:00 PM T-Rock Italian Folk Group From Italy Investors Bank Stage
08:00 - 09:00 PM John Pizzi, Ventriloquist Cabaret Stage
08:00 - 08:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
08:30 - 10:00 PM Tramps Like Us (Springsteen Tribute) Investors Bank Stage
09:30 - 10:30 PM Dave DeLuca Sings Sinatra Cabaret Stage
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time Performer Location
01:00 - 01:45 PM Greater Kensington String Band Investors Bank Stage
01:30 - 02:30 PM Pizza Toss Contest Cabaret Stage
02:00 - 03:00 PM Vivaci Italian Dance Group Investors Bank Stage
02:00 - 02:45 PM Penny &The Puppettes Puppet Theater
03:00 - 04:00 PM Syncopation Dance Group Cabaret Stage
03:15 - 04:15 PM T-Rock Italian Folk Group From Italy Investors Bank Stage
04:00 - 04:45 PM Penny & the Puppettes Puppet Theater
04:30 - 05:30 PM Uncle Floyd Vivino Comedienne Cabaret Stage
04:45 - 05:45 PM Natalie Pinto With International Orchestra Investors Bank Stage
06:00 - 07:00 PM Rich Scannella Band Cabaret Stage
06:00 - 06:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
06:15 - 07:30 PM Lights Out's "Decades" Generations of Music Investors Bank Stage
07:30 - 08:30 PM Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Show Cabaret Stage
08:00 - 09:30 PM Michael Amante Tenor/Broadway Show Star Investors Bank Stage
08:00 - 08:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
09:45 - 10:00 PM Fireworks Festival Grounds
10:00 - 10:30 PM Recorded Music Investors Bank Stage
10:00 - 11:00 PM Kim Jenkins Strictly 60's Music Cabaret Stage
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Time Performer Location
11:00 - 12:00 PM Catholic Mass Investors Bank Stage
01:00 - 02:00 PM Statue Dedication Investors Bank Stage
02:00 - 02:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
02:15 - 03:00 PM Abbott and Costello Cabaret Stage
02:30 - 03:30 PM Vincent & Emily Classical Duet Investors Bank Stage
03:30 - 04:30 PM Holly Faris Impersonator Cabaret Stage
04:00 - 05:00 PM Boheme Opera NJ Investors Bank Stage
04:00 - 04:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
05:00 - 05:45 PM Abbott & Costello Cabaret Stage
05:30 - 06:30 PM Classic 45's Oldies Investors Bank Stage
06:00 - 06:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
06:15 - 07:15 PM No Way Out Rock Group Cabaret Stage
07:00 - 08:30 PM Masterpiece Orchestra and Singer Investors Bank Stage

Investors Bank

Abbott and Costello
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
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.
Classic 45 Band
“Classic 45's” is and 8 piece band from North Jersey,  including keyboard, drums, lead guitar, bass, and sax.  They also have 3 front vocalists and all are excellent vocal harmony singers.   The band is very versatile with the ability to play a unique cross section of all musical genres. All are seasoned pros with extensive backgrounds in jazz, rock, R&B and Blues. The female lead vocalist has a wide range of musical styles which include Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, just to mention a few.  The male leads cover everything from Dion to Joe Cocker to The Doors to the Flamingos and Manhattans.
Dave DeLuca
New Jersey native Dave DeLuca is an accomplished singer, songwriter, musician and recording engineer who has been performing for over 30 years.  Dave's latest endeavor is "The Star-Spangled Songbook", a multi-media celebration of the great American composers and lyricists who together created a body of work that is uniquely American, from Tin Pan Alley to Broadway, from jazz standards to the songs that won the war.  Spanning the decades from the Roaring Twenties to the modern era, "The Star-Spangled Songbook" is a musical tribute to the county that created jazz and blues, two genres of music that are revered and much loved all over the world.
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Show
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.
Don Felice
Don Felice has been reviewed as a “singing sensation,” a gentleman and a fine talent,” and “a man who always has a song in his heart.” His love of craft and passion for life truly comes through in his voice. With a repertoire ranging from a varied array of traditional and contemporary favorites in English and Italian, Don Felice performs these selections for both listening and dancing enjoyment. A vocalist for more than 25 years, Don Felice hails from Molise, Italy. He attended Febraio School of Music in New York where he was instructed by the late renowned vocal coach Dr. Salvatore M. Febraio. His songs are very often heard on radio station 93.5 WRTN-FM (New Rochelle, NY) and he has performed in many restaurants and nightclubs in the tri-state NY, NJ and CT area as well as in the Catskills (NY), California, Canada, Chicago, Florida, Boston and Delaware. He has also accompanied and toured with professional Italian artists Mauro Nardi, Carmelo Zapulla, Mauro Caputo and Mario Trevi.
Enrico Capuano & T-Rock from Italy
Combining elements of rock, Italian Tarantella, gypsy music and positive energy. This is the secret of Tammurriatarock's great live show. The band is considered "Italy's most exciting live band". Enrico Capuano (Tammurriatrock's frontman and entertainer with a rebel rock'n'roll and progressive heart) started 25 yrs. ago mixing Italian popular music and traditional rhythms with modern cool sounds. He found inspiration in Italian and multicultural original cultures. Five albums and more than 100 concerts every year, a lot of important Italian events such as PRIMO MAGGIO PIAZZA SUN GIOVANNI (one of the bigger European concerts) with 1 million people attending. Much of the band's sound is inspired by Gypsy music. The band incorporates minor-key accordion and a special violin with distortion and guitar effects. The concert is a mix between Italian roots like Saltarello, Pizzica and Tarangella and modern sounds like ska, rock and latin. This is the original Tarantella Rock! Video
Greater Kensington String Band
Greater Kensington String Band was founded in 1946 and is an all volunteer organization. The band has participated in the  world famous New Year's Day Mummers' Parade in Philadelphia continuously since 1947. On two occasions, the band garnered a first prize in the string band competition-1979 and 1988. Our current Captain, Jeff Moyer, was preceded as Captain by his father, Scott, and his uncle Ron. Jeff's uncle, Steve Moyer, is the musical director. In the 2016 competition, the band received an award from the other string bands for the most creative theme in the parade. The theme was "The Experiment." Greater Kensington String Band brings  color, excitement and musical celebration and is proud to participate in this year's Mercer County Italian American Festival. 
Holly Faris
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
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.
John Pizzi
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.
Kim Jenkins
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. 
Lights Out - "Decades" Generations of Music
Lights Out's "Decades" Generations of Music has everything you want to re-live the memories of three incredible decades.  Audiences take a Musical Journey though time with the evolution of music from Rock and Roll in the 1950's through the free flowing sounds of the 1970's.  "Decades" incorporates "Lights Out's" infectious personality and great harmonies with a fully choreographed show that leaves audiences wanting more even after the curtain falls.
Masterpiece Orchestra
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
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
Michael Amante
Growing up as one of five children in an Italian-American family in Syracuse, NY, Michael Amante knew from early childhood that he wanted to be a singer.  His first performances ranged from the choirs at his church and Catholic school to local rock bands where his tenor voice helped him sing covers of Kansas, Foreigner and Journey songs.  After years of training, that diverse background still shows through in his light, clear voice which is suitable both for operatic roles and for the leads that he has played in shows like West Side Story, Grease and Jesus Christ Superstar.  His broad range helped earn him a job singing the national anthem for the Mets during their 2000 playoff season.
Natalie Pinto
Italian native Natalie Pinto, was born in Cosenza, Italy, a region of Calabria. Now currently residing in New Jersey. Natalie continues to perform Internationally & Domestically, as an International Recording Artist ~ Vocalist and Entertainer.  At the tender age of thirteen, Natalie recorded her first original Italian song Arrivederci Amore Mio which contributed in escalating the start of her singing career. She continues to tour throughout Italy.  Natalie earned her Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance / Piano, from William Paterson University, NJ. She then went on to attend The American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA), in NYC. Throughout her career, Natalie has recorded, and performed in four languages including Italian, English, French and Spanish.  
No Way Out
NO WAY OUT is a six member classic rock cover band that has been entertaining throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania playing in clubs and private affairs since 2004.  Features include both male and female lead vocalists accompanied by a multi-keyboardist/saxophonist, guitarist, bassist, and drummer.  The musicians have combined live performance experience in excess of 2,500 gigs.  Popular artists covered by NO WAY OUT include  Heart, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Journey, Led Zepplin, Melissa Etheridge, Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tom Perry and ZZ Top.
Penny & the Puppettes
 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!"
Rich Scannella
Rich Scannella has played for some of the most iconic superstars in the music industry.  Rich has played/toured/and or recorded with legendary artist BON JOVI, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Jon Bon Jovi, Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem), Adam Duritz (Counting Crows), Joe Elliot (Def Leppard), Neal Schon (Journey), Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Gene Cornish (The Rascals), and Hubert Sumlin (Howlin Wolf) to name a few.  He has toured the USA, Europe, UK, Japan, Canada and South America.  In September 2014 Rich performed with Bon Jovi on the band's hugely successful South American leg of its "Because We Can" tour.  Rich began drumming at age 9 under the direction of his father, Joe, a band leader and Juilliard graduate.  It was in his father's jazz band that Rich first gained value experience, and he turned pro at age 16 by joining the Trenton Musicians Union Local #62.  His Dad's influence soon gave way to a love of Rock & Roll and he never looked back.
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.
Tramps Like Us
Tramps Like Us brings more than 25 years of road-tested musicianship that have won this band the hard-earned distinction of the planet's most revered BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Tribute band.  Given high praise by dozen of publications, radio stations, music industry personal, and the only tribute band to be endorsed by members of "The Springsteen Camp" such as former producer and manager Mike Appel and the official Springsteen Radio Station "E Street Radio".  Formed in 1990, Tramps Like Us has performed over 2000 concerts and have rocked over 1 million fans.  Rockers and ballads delivered with the raw intesity and swagger reminiscent of the "Boss" himself.  Tramps features a line up of seasoned and professional musicians with a repertoire of over 135 songs.  The group captures the classic Springsteen sound, and remains true to the spirit and energy of the music, while delivering them with a passion and conviction of the "Boss".
Uncle Floyd
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.
Vincent & Emily Ricciardi - Opera Duet
Grand Opera, Musical Theater, The American Song Book, they sing it all.  Married, singing duo- Vincent & Emily Ricciardi have performed together throughout the tri-state area.  Their love of Puccini, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Mozart and Gershwin is shared with their audiences in each show.  This husband and wife team met in 2008 when they fell in love during a production of The Pirates of Penzance.  In 2013 they tied the knot and continue to make beautiful music together.  Vincent & Emily's performances highlight some of the most famous artists' repertories of the 20th Century, Mario Lanza, Julie Andrews, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion and many more.  Their performed together on stage always touches audiences and warms the heart.  Nino Pantano of the Italian  voice stated that Vincent & Emily are "two of the most promising and talented performers today.  Vincent Ricciardi's lyric tenor is blessed with a smooth and easy top and gives the listener much to savor.  Emily Wright-Ricciardi's secure and saucy soprano was a model of elegance."
Vivaci Dancers
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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