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On the Investors Bank Stage

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It's the best of the blues at this year's Mercer County Italian American Festival as New Jersey based front man, singer, and harmonica player ROB PAPAROZZI takes the Investors Bank Stage on Sunday, September 9. A member of the "Original Blues Brother Band" along with guitar legend Steve Cropper and Sax-man Lou Marini, Rob has performed with B.B. King, Dr. John, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Carole King, Roberta Flack and Dolly Parton. Rob was also the lead singer with "Blood Sweat and Tears" (replacing singer David Clayton Thomas) from 2004 - 2011.
Friday, September 7, 2018
Time
Performer
Location
05:00 - 06:30 PM
Investors Bank Stage
06:00 - 07:00 PM
Strolling
06:00 - 06:45 PM
Puppet Theater
06:45 - 07:45 PM
Investors Bank Stage
07:30 - 08:15 PM
Puppet Theater
08:00 - 09:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
09:15 - 10:15 PM
Investors Bank Stage
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time
Performer
Location
01:00 - 02:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
02:00 - 03:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
02:00 - 02:45 PM
Puppet Theater
03:00 - 04:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
04:00 - 05:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
04:00 - 04:45 PM
Puppet Theater
06:00 - 06:15 PM
Investors Bank Stage
06:00 - 06:45 PM
Puppet Theater
06:30 - 07:15 PM
Investors Bank Stage
07:30 - 08:15 PM
Investors Bank Stage
08:00 - 08:45 PM
Puppet Theater
08:30 - 09:30 PM
Investors Bank Stage
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Time
Performer
Location
11:00 - 12:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
01:00 - 02:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
02:00 - 03:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
03:00 - 04:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
03:00 - 03:45 PM
Puppet Theater
04:15 - 05:15 PM
Investors Bank Stage
05:00 - 05:45 PM
Puppet Theater
06:30 - 07:30 PM
Investors Bank Stage
07:00 - 07:45 PM
Puppet Theater
07:30 - 08:30 PM
Investors Bank Stage
08:45 - 10:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage

Investors Bank

Angelica Joni
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Angelica Joni is rising to the very front of the house pop scene.  This New York native specializing EDM, pop and dance music is no stranger to the stage, having been performing for live audiences since she was only 8 years old.  Now this electrifying musical tsunami is ready to share her talent with international audiences everywhere.  Recently teaming up with established producer/re mixer Valentin (Lucas Prata, Deborah Cox, Britney Spears), Angelica has released accomplsihing singles like "Weightless." The hit single rose for 8 weeks on the Billboard Dance Chart landing in the top 30, in 2016.  After recently signing with dance label 418 Music, she is currently packing the dance floor with her newly released single "Exhale," which is now charting inthe Top 15 on the Billboard Dance Club Chart.  
Sunday, September 9, 2018
06:30 - 07:30 PM
Investors Bank Stage
DANCING DREAM
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DANCING DREAM: The Tribute to ABBA, the pop super-group from Sweden, electrifies audiences with ABBA's greatest hits including Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Take a Chance, Fernando and many more. This New York City based touring tribute act was founded by two European singers, Halina Ulatowski and Agnes Jawien, in 2009 in hopes of transporting nostalgic audiences back to the happy and groovy times of the 70s.Because of the rise in popularity of both the movie and the Broadway plan Mamma Mia, DANCING DREAM has been able to do just that! They have been invited to many summer concerts across the country and have appeared on The Colbert Report with comedian Stephen Colbert. The band has toured Florida with performances in theaters, colleges, and popular clubs as well as outdoor venues and Scandinavian festivals in California, North Dakota, New York and New Jersey. They also perform in New York casinos - Empire Casino and Resorts World Casino - and famous clubs like BB King's in Times Square, New York City.DANCING DREAM's lead singers, "Agnetha" and "Frida" will take you on a nostalgic trip back to the glitz and glamour of the 70s with their beautiful harmonies, elaborate costumes and exciting choreography. Don't miss this opportunity to slip on your platform shoes and get up and dance and sing along to your favorite ABBA songs.
Friday, September 7, 2018
09:15 - 10:15 PM
Investors Bank Stage
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.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
03:00 - 04:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
Doug Church - the Voice of Elvis
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He is known worldwide as "The LEGENDARY Voice" by not only his fans and other Elvis Tribute Acts, but by those who knew Elvis personally. He is regarded as an Icon in the industry, winning awards too numerous to mention including being inducted into the Elvis Tribute Artist Hall of Fame in 2013!Doug began his career in the U.S. Air Force, brandishing a guitar and home-made costume, where he began winning talent contests held annually by the Air Force with his amazing rendition of the King of Rock of Rock and Roll. He won 11 First Place trophies in just 4 years of competitions in multiple categories such as Male Vocalist, Comedian and even master of Ceremonies! Shortly after leaving the service, he entered the Worldwide Elvis Impersonators contest at Bad Bob's Vapor's Supper Club in Memphis Tennessee, walking away with the First Place Crown as, "The World's Best Elvis Tribute Artist"Subsequently, after a successful audition, he joined the famous Las Vegas tribute Show "Legends in Concert" and worked with them for 7 years as “The King”, performing in such sundry locations as The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, The Virgin Islands, Aruba, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Moscow and many U.S. and Canadian locations! Afterward, he began touring the US and the world, with his own shows.He has performed in: Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, England, Germany, Spain, Chile, all over the U.S. and Canada. He has awed his audiences for years, leaving them totally mesmerized and shaken, by his tribute to Elvis Presley.             
Friday, September 7, 2018
08:00 - 09:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
Fulvio Ranni
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Fulvio Ranni started to play Accordion at the age of 8 in Abruzzo Italy started playing with wedding bands at 13. He studied Piano at Conservatory in Parma North Italy. In 1981 he moved to Switzerland and went to jazz school in Zürich. From 1993-96 he toured North Europe with a Dance Band (MADE IN ITALY) In 1996 he arrived in the US and started his solo career in the Philadelphia area playing at private parties, weddings, festivals restaurants and nursing homes. Sal Evola started to play guitar in Sicily at the age of 7. At 12 years old he had his own band playing weddings and band competitions. He began to tour Italy with the almost famous band "BLACK MIST" which landed them on national Italian TV. He arrived in America in the early 80's and has been preforming here since then. Presented by LUXURY BATH NJ-PA
Saturday, September 8, 2018
04:00 - 05:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
Sunday, September 9, 2018
04:15 - 05:15 PM
Investors Bank Stage
Giseille & Ivan - Italian Dancers
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These young dancers have been performing around the area at Italian Festivals.
Sunday, September 9, 2018
01:00 - 02:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
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. Presented by Phoenix Marketing  
Sunday, September 9, 2018
03:00 - 04:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
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.
Sunday, September 9, 2018
02:00 - 03:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
Joey D's Rockin Oldies Band
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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
Friday, September 7, 2018
06:45 - 07:45 PM
Investors Bank Stage
Saturday, September 8, 2018
01:00 - 02:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
John Cantamessa
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A versatile artist who performs a wide variety of music styles, from rock to country, originals to covers and a whole lot more.  Appearing solo or with his band, John is wowoing audiences.  His warm personality and energy touch everone who hears his music.  Whether it's a crowd of thousands or an intimate audience in a club, John makes new fans of them all.  A musician since the age of 9, John has spent a lifetime developing a style and talent all too rare thse days.  He has been opening for such diverse acts ac the Duprees, the Association, the latters, the 1910 Fruit Gum Company, the famous author Dr. John Gray as well as others, while all the time writing and recording.  Most recently, John recorded his latest CD, (In Time) in Nashville, TN.  While in Nashville, he performed a such hotspots as Fiddle & Steel on the legendary Printer's Alley, and the world famous showcase b=club, Fuel, where he performed on their world wide Internet broadcast show for an estimated audience of a million.  John was brough up on rock n' roll and it shows in everything he does from contemporary to top 40 rock n' roll.  He covers many of the great artists, but the best is yet to come.  
Friday, September 7, 2018
05:00 - 06:30 PM
Investors Bank Stage
Saturday, September 8, 2018
02:00 - 03:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
Johnny Farina
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The Quintessentail Steel Guitarist of our contemporary era, Johnny Farina of  Santo & Johnny has been touring the world for more than fifty years.  In 1959 "Santo & Johnny" were awarded a Gold Record for their prolific original instrumental song, "Sleep Walk".  In 2002, "Santo & Johnny" were inducted into the "Steel Guitar Hall of Fame".  Throughout the years Johnny Farina and Santo & Johnny have received accolades from critics and audiences alike.  Johnny Farina and his brother Santo have recorded and released over 35 albums and over 50 singles worldwide.  Today, Johnny Farina continues to perform and celebrate his unique, unmistakable, sensual sound, and pharasing of his steel guitar.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
07:30 - 08:15 PM
Investors Bank Stage
Khris Clayton - Stilt Walker
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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."
Friday, September 7, 2018
06:00 - 07:00 PM
Strolling
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!"
Friday, September 7, 2018
06:00 - 06:45 PM
Puppet Theater
07:30 - 08:15 PM
Puppet Theater
Saturday, September 8, 2018
02:00 - 02:45 PM
Puppet Theater
04:00 - 04:45 PM
Puppet Theater
06:00 - 06:45 PM
Puppet Theater
08:00 - 08:45 PM
Puppet Theater
Sunday, September 9, 2018
03:00 - 03:45 PM
Puppet Theater
05:00 - 05:45 PM
Puppet Theater
07:00 - 07:45 PM
Puppet Theater
Rob Paparozzi
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New jersey based front man, singer, and harmonica player Rob Paparozzi has been a blues performer since 1967.  But Rob is far from bing strictly a blue musician.  In fact, he is at home playing a wide range of music, ranging from rock to blues to jazz to pop and country.  This versatility is reflected in teh long and remarkable diverse list of major artists Rob has worked with, including B.B. King, Dr. John, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Carole King, Roberta Flack and Dolly Parton.  Rob has been touring the world with the "Original Blue Brothers Band", featuring guitar legend Steve Cropper and Sax-man blue Lou Marini 2000 to present.  Rob was the lead singer with "Blood Sweat and Tears" as front man-lead vocalist and harmonica player (replacing singer David Clayton Thomas) in 2004 - July 2011.
Sunday, September 9, 2018
08:45 - 10:00 PM
Investors Bank Stage
The Chiclettes
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The Chiclettes have many facets.  Performing their classic girls groupt tribute, they take their audience on a musical journey through the history of female rock & roll that is unparalleled in the entertainment industry today.  With faithful redreations of the harmonies and chorography of the girl group ears, The Chiclettes deliver an unforgettable performance.  The Chiclettes will keep you on your feet with their high energy performance showcasting the female artists that dominated the music scene for the last five decades. 
Saturday, September 8, 2018
06:30 - 07:15 PM
Investors Bank Stage
The Duprees
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THE DUPREES are known the world over for their romantic interpretations of some of the most beautiful love songs ever written. They have made a career out of giving new life to old hits. If you take the Glenn Miller arrangements of the 1940's along with the tunes of Joni James, Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, Nat King Cole, (just to name a few) and the vocal harmonies of Tom Petillo, Tony Testa, Phil Granito and Jimmy Spinelli and put them together, you have the sound of THE DUPREES. The group, originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, was discovered by George Paxton, the president of Coed Records and former big band leader from the 1940's. Impressed with THE DUPREES's smooth vocal quality, he had them record Jo Stafford's 1950's ballad "YOU BELONG TO ME" with a Big Band arrangement. It was an instant national hit and the group's first Million Seller. THE DUPREES took melodies that were hits in the 1940s and 50s, created new arrangements featuring their distinctive harmonies, and backed them with the big band sound. Their unique approach earned them hit records like "My Own True Love," "You Belong to Me," "Have You Heard," "Why Don't You Believe Me" and many more. Because of their unmistakable sound and style, THE DUPREES have become one of America's best loved singing groups recording and performing great love songs for over 4 decades. Although the faces have changed over the years, THE DUPREES still entertain audiences in major venues throughout the world to standing ovations at each performance. Today's DUPREES perform all the chart-topping songs you know and love, mixed with a few contemporary hits, like R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" and Lionel Richie's "All Night Long (All Night)." After an evening with THE DUPREES, you'll discover why their harmonies and hits are as timeless as ever. Along with their unique sound and outstanding vocal harmonies, The Duprees perform with showmanship that is individually and collectively, second to none. Thousands of fans around the globe are captivated by their wonderful mixture of romance, energy, and fun. When The Duprees take the stage, be prepared to be thoroughly entertained. Presented by DIRECTV
Saturday, September 8, 2018
08:30 - 09:30 PM
Investors Bank Stage
The Knockouts
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The Knockouts hailed from North Bergen and Bayonne, NJ and consisted of Bob D'Andrea (vocals), Eddie Parente (guitar), Bob Collada (piano) and Harry Venuta (drums).  In 1959, their manager Chic Salerno persuaded Bob Shad of Time/Brent Rocords, who'd just come off two hits with "I've Had It' by the Bell Notes and "It Was I" by Skip and Flip, to sign his boys. Aware of their limitations as vocalists, The Knockouts hedged their bets by placing "Darling Lorraine" which sounded like a bunch of leathery faced cowboys breaking into an impromptu doo-woop session around the camp fire.  Shad heavily hyped "Darling Lorraine" in the New York area in the autumn of '59 and the song ascended to #45 on the charts.  During the 60's, The Knockouts used to perform in Seaside, NJ at the Parrot Club, Luciano's in Lodi, NJ in Lyndhurst NJ and also up at Greenwood Lake, NY on weekends. Bob Catucci (aka Pierre laSalle) replaced Harry Venuta in 1960.  Pierre was with a group in all the recordings that followed Lorraine and stayed with them until the group started to decline in the early mid sixties.  Bob D'Andrea went on to form a comedy duo call Andre and Cirell which still performs around the Jesey Shore.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
06:00 - 06:15 PM
Investors Bank Stage
Tre Bella
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Tre Bella's 3 part harmony vocals and unusual style transcend all generations.  They have been compared to "The Andrew Sisters" and Destiny's Child".  They are a group with a flair towards Italian and Italian-American pop music.  The group consists of: "Joanne Robertozzi", vocalist, actress and creator of Tre Bella.  She is also the force behind "Ti Piace - Italian-American Presentations" an Italian-American non-profit based in Manhattan dedicated to promoting positive images of Italian-Americans through the arts and culture.  "Lorraine Ferro" is a dynamic, diminutive, multi-platinum hit singer, songwriter and actress.  She has toured nationally and internationally with her own band and also with a number of celebrities.  Her voice has been compared to Janice Joplin and Edith Piaf.  Her songs have been featured on many shows including "Driven" and also on radio spots. "Rosie DeSanctis" is a soulful, singer, songwriter who hails from the suburbs of Philadelphia.  She has appeared in films and on TV including the hit FX series, "Rescue Me".  Rosie can be seen in "Labor of Love" a play honoring victims of a tragic garment factory fire in New York City in 1911.
Sunday, September 9, 2018
07:30 - 08:30 PM
Investors Bank Stage
 
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