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Friday, July 21 – 9:00 P.M. – Calypso Lemonade Stage


Festa is excited to host hometown favorite, the BoDeans, at Festa Italiana Friday, July 21! Formed in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1983, BoDeans today are known as one of the best live acts in the business as the band continues to tour year-round and deliver amazing, high energy performances. As a small contingent of bands that inspired a new radio format known as Adult Alternative, Album Rock-Triple A, their reputation for delivering a dynamic live show garnered support slots with U2/Joshua Tree Tour, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, George Thorogood, The Pretenders, David Bowie, and appearances at Farm Aid, Summerfest, and ACL, among others. Chart topping songs like Fadeaway, Only Love, and Dreams, won them Rolling Stone’s readers’ poll for Best New American Band in 1987. The band has released several albums which embody multiple songs played heavily on the radio, in TV shows, and movies, and defined a sound that a generation embraced-songs like “Good Things,” “You Don’t Get Much,” “Idaho,” “If It Makes You,” “Closer to Free,” “Stay,” “American,” and, “All the World.” BoDeans now reside in a small group of bands that have managed to survive the ups and downs of the industry, remaining true to their sound and their style, for nearly 30 years. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum has them permanently displayed as part of their Midwest Artists exhibit.


The Summer of 2013 marked the return of legendary drummer, Kenny Aronoff, who has played with the band both live and in the studio off and on for decades. Many of the band’s biggest hits feature Kenny on drums.


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Listen to BoDeans!
See the BoDeans “My Hometown” Video featuring visuals of Milwaukee and Waukesha


Nicholas David

Nicholas David

Friday, July 21 – 7:30 P.M. – Calypso Lemonade Stage


Don’t miss NBC’s The Voice 2012 finalist, Nicholas David, perform at Festa Italiana Friday, July 21. A vibrant, dynamic and multi-talented singer/songwriter from Saint Paul, Minn., Nicholas has composed alternative soul music that connects with people worldwide on a deeply human level. Prior to his unforgettable 2012 run with Team CeeLo on NBC’s The Voice, Nicholas had already recorded five critically acclaimed albums, experienced national radio airplay and participated in multiple charity and collaborative projects. Fans of The Voice were introduced to his soulful and storied career during this time where he struck a chord with America and finished a fan favorite in the top three.


Nicholas’ music is a fully integrative experience, incorporating multiple genres and influences ranging everywhere from Prince to Beethoven. His powerful voice, enriching lyrics and liquid piano playing set him apart and are the reason Skope Magazine calls him “an authentic artist of this millennium.” His captivating melodies embody an unbridled passion for music, and his lyrics convey the thoughts of a truly humble, intelligent and genuine human being. When it comes to his iconic live shows, Nicholas is a one-of-a-kind and must-see act. As if channeling inspiration from an outside source, the instant he walks on stage he gives himself over to the music. His emotional approach to songwriting and performing is the very reason the thriving Twin Cities music scene affectionately nicknamed him ‘the feelin.’


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Listen to Nicholas David!



Gin Blossoms

Gin Blossoms

Saturday, July 22 – 9:00 P.M. – Calypso Lemonade Stage


Festa Italiana welcomes the Gin Blossoms Saturday, July 22! Sing along to favorite hits including “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” “Until I Fall Away,” “Mrs. Rita,” and “Til I Hear It From You!” Gin Blossoms’ fusion of Pop, Melodic Rock, Folk and Country elements that took the airwaves by siege, making the band an MTV playlist hostage for almost a decade and the group a natural 90’s mainstay. From their breakout album through today, Robin, Jesse, Bill and Scotty have sold over 10 million records and are one of the most in demand 90’s live artists who began at the end of the grunge era. In February 2017, the band went back in the studio recording a new album in time for release this Summer. Fans will get a taste of the new album as it works its way into their live set beginning this April.


With numerous Billboard hits Gin Blossoms remain a rare breed – rock ‘n’ roll lifers, destined to continue creating, crafting, and performing for audiences ever rapt by their glorious catalog of material.


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Listen to Gin Blossoms!


Sal Valentinetti

Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti

Saturday, July 22 – 7:00 P.M. – Miller Stage

Sunday, July 23 – 8:30 P.M. – Miller Stage


Season 11 of the NBC hit show “America’s Got Talent” was taken by storm by Sal Valentinetti. This year at Festa, Sal looks to continue that momentum. The 20-year-old College Student that delivered Pizza for his cousin’s Italian restaurant was now in the spot light. Belting out the classic Frank Sinatra hit “My Way,” Sal not only received a standing ovation but got the coveted “Golden Buzzer” from judge Heidi Klum, who he later performed a duo with singing “Santa Baby”. Although Sal did not win the overall competition, he rose to stardom and his professional music career was launched.


The Italian American crooner is know best known for his flawless vocals, larger than life personality and heart of gold. Raised in Bethpage, New York, Sal’s grandmother influenced him form a very young age to love the musical genius of Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. After being a hit on “America’s Got Talent,” his live show took off, featuring his new band “The Black Tie Brass”, and is now in great demand. Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti sold out three Christmas Shows at the now famous, Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York. Then his dream came true, an opportunity to perform in the round at one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite venues, The Theatre at Westbury- (Formerly The Westbury Music Fair). Sal loves to tell the story of how his father saved up just enough money to see Frank Sinatra on June 11, 1975 in Westbury. The Valentinetti family returned to Westbury on March 3, 2017 and they watched with pride as Sal performed his 90-minute show to a sold-out crowd of 3,000 people just like his idol, Frank Sinatra. In October 2017, Sal will be the official Grand Marshal of the Columbus Day parade in Chicago, which is the second largest parade in the country and is working on a Christmas album to be released later in 2017.


As Heidi Klum declared: “I like the way you talk. I like the way you sing. I like everything about you.” Festa attendees won’t want to miss this energetic show featuring all the traditional favorites Saturday evening!


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Listen to Sal Valentinetti!
Americas Got Talent- My Way



Violin Femmes Starring Bella Electric Strings

Saturday, July 22 – 5:00 P.M. – Calypso Lemonade Stage

Sunday, July 23 – 8:00 P.M. – Calypso Lemonade Stage


Violin Femmes staring Bella Electric Strings, led by rock violinist and arranger Nina DiGregorio, will rock Festa attendees with their blistering solos and unique arrangements—not to mention their beauty and charm. The girls have performed with some of the biggest names in the business, from Beyoncé to Shakira to Andrea Bocelli, and have appeared on America’s Got Talent Season 1. Bella Electric Strings were recently featured in a David Foster and Friends concert alongside the legendary songwriter and producer.


Performing the music of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Queen, Prince, The Eagles, ELO and more, Violin Femmes takes Bella Strings to a whole new level. All-new arrangements, original material, a live rock band, video, lights, choreography, comedy, and some more surprises can be expected in this high-energy show that leaves audiences awed. The only one of its kind in the world, there are no other similar string acts operating at this level of production. Be prepared for something that you have not yet seen the likes of!


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Watch the Violin Femmes Starring Bella Electric Strings Promo


Dog ‘N’ Butterfly, the Ultimate HEART Tribute Band

Dog ‘N’ Butterfly, the Ultimate HEART Tribute Band

Saturday, July 22 – 7:00 P.M. – Calypso Lemonade Stage

Sunday, July 23 – 6:30 P.M. – Calypso Lemonade Stage


Created in late 2003, DOG ‘N’ BUTTERFLY is a 6 piece band of accomplished musicians dedicated to bringing their talent and love of Heart’s memorable music of the 70’s and 80’s to the stage with unequaled accuracy and musical skill. Complete with stage show and retro- inspired costumes, Dog ‘N’ Butterfly takes the concept of “Tribute” to a whole new level!


Fronting the band is vocalist Lizann Warner whose portrayal of Ann Wilson is both eerie and un-paralleled., earning her praise from the actual members of Heart. Lizann is joined by Desha Dunnahoe who is not only a multi-instrumentalist who plays both electric and acoustic guitars fluently, but is also a gifted composer and orchestrator.


Dog ‘N’ Butterfly performs all the 70’s hits loved by die-hard Heart fans worldwide as well as the chart-toppers that brought Heart back into the lime light in the 80’s. The members of Dog ‘N’ Butterfly painstakingly recreate every harmony & nuance of Heart’s memorable music down to the last detail. This, coupled with their dynamic stage show & retro-inspired costumes, makes them a virtual tour-de-force of talent and dedication, providing fans with exactly what they promise… The Ultimate Heart Tribute!


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Listen to the ultimate Heart tribute band!


Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms

Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms

Friday, July 21 – 9:00 P.M. – Miller Stage

Saturday, July 22 – 9:00 P.M. – Miller Stage

Sunday, July 23 – 6:30 P.M. – Miller Stage


Get Ready for a Feast of Italian/American Musical Tributes, from the swing sounds of Louie Prima, smooth vocals of Dean Martin, the harmonies of the Jersey Boys to the current pop sounds of Italian Rock! Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms are a huge hit at Italian festivals and concerts nationwide and in Italy! They promise to keep young and older Festa fans dancing in real Italian style!


Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms are comprised of six vocalists including Ray Massa, (parents from the Campania Region), Tony DiMelfi (grandparents from the Basilicata Region), Marco Capoccia, (born and raised in the region of Frosinone, Italy), Gaetano Nicolosi (born and raised in Catania Sicily), Giovanni Caproni (grandparents from the Trentino Region) and Jay Miglia (grandparents from the Campania Region). They are credited with bridging the gap between American and Italian venues for festival entertainment by revitalizing the mystique and romantic excitement of Italian music. The group’s dynamic and energetic style attracts audiences of all ages and nationality. The Eurorhythms’ popularity is attributed to their unique arrangements of songs from Italy’s current Pop Charts like, “Vespa” and “Femmina” by Paolo Belli, to great Italian hits of all styles from the 80’s to the 50’s like, “A Chi” or “Tu Vuo Fa L’Americano” and their own Italian version of “Hang On Sloopy”. These great songs are intertwined with the ever popular Italian/American favorites like, Louie Prima’s swinging “Zooma Zooma Baccala”, to the great hits from the Jersey Boys and Dion etc..!


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Watch the EuroRhythms Promo Video

The Sicilian Tenors Featuring Aaron Caruso, Elio Scaccio and Sam Vitale

The Sicilian Tenors Featuring Aaron Caruso, Elio Scaccio and Sam Vitale

Friday, July 21 – 7:00 P.M. – Miller Stage

Saturday, July 22 – 5:00 P.M. – Miller Stage

Sunday, July 23 – 4:30 P.M. – Miller Stage


The Sicilian Tenors bring together three marvelous Tenor voices, each singing their own interpretation of the world’s best music in a recital format! The Sicilian Tenors will again “wow” Festa audiences with a romantic journey from Hollywood to Broadway to Italy. Combined with light-hearted fun, this is a concert for all ages to enjoy!


Aaron Caruso has been performing on stage since the age of 6, and attended the world renowned “Interlochen Arts Academy” for high school. He earned his bachelor degree in Vocal Performance with an Italian Minor from the University of Michigan. He speaks four languages fluently, and can sing in Russian, Latin and German. He studied Opera abroad in Italy, and in New York City, with Maestro Luigi Veccia, a student of Marcello and Mario Del Monaco, for 8 years. Aaron specializes in Classic Neapolitan music.


Elio Scaccio, a performing artist since early childhood, has been singing his entire life. In college he focused special attention on studying jazz vocal technique and performance. He continued classical training at the renowned Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins. Since that time, he has trained under the supervision of several renowned opera tenors, but he has always maintained his unmistakable pop essence. Elio is a “crossover” performer, singing classical, pop, Italian ethnic, and occasionally, vintage rock.


Sam Vitale is a graduate of the University of Michigan, School of Music, and continued his studies in New York City under the late Maestro Luigi Veccia. Sam has performed the lead tenor roles in Carmen, La Traviata, Rigoletto, The Phantom of the Opera, Don Giovanni and Pagliacci. Sam is a proud United States Air Force veteran of both Operations Desert Shield & Desert Storm. While in the Air Force, he won first place in the World Wide Tops In Blue Competition, Classical Division.


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Listen to the Sicilian Tenors Performing at Studio 8H, Home of Saturday Night Live

Tre Principesse

Tre Principesse

Saturday, July 22 – 12:30 P.M. – Miller Stage

Sunday, July 23 – 1:30 P.M. – Miller Stage


Festa is excited to welcome for the first time this newly-formed, talented trio of young musicians. Tatiana Marie is an 18-year-old soprano, Italian Idol finalist, and Overall Honorable Mention in the pop category of International TV Talent Show “Music For Kids.” Anastasia Lee, a 20-year-old contralto, performed with global superstar Josh Groban when she was just 14 years old and is a three-time Italian Idol winner. She released her first single, “Sano e Salvo,” in January 2016, which was a best seller on Amazon – the proceeds were donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Agne G., a 15-year-old soprano, was the winner of the Pop Opera Division at “Music For Kids” talent TV show and has performed at Carnegie Hall and appeared on The Steve Harvey Show.


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See the Trio perform “O Come All Ye Faithful”

Anna Calemme

Anna Calemme

Friday, July 21 – 3:30 P.M. – Miller Stage

Saturday, July 22 – 2:00 P.M. – Miller Stage

Sunday, July 23 – 1:00 P.M. – Calypso Lemonade Stage


Anna Calemme performs Neapolitan songs like no other and is referred to as “The Elegant Voice of Naples.” She is glamour, she is sensual and sings, dances and acts, playing songs of the greatest Neapolitan songwriters, from “Fenesta vascia” to “Regginella” and “Napulè.” Her voice is warm and harmonious and she can reign it in to the most intimate of sounds: simple, melancholic, romantic. Thanks to her reinterpretation of the classic Neapolitan songs, the music is now popular with the younger generation. Anna Calemme is a giant talent in her native Italy, with a seductive personality and sharp wit. If her language was English she’d be selling millions of CDs, in all corners of the globe. Among her discography is Anna Calemme: Napoli Infiniti Amori, Nà Maschera, Live on Rome and The best of Anna Calemme (Una Vita).


Anna Calemme Bio


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Listen to Anna Calemme!

Don’t miss other Festa favorites!

Russo Brothers

The Russo Brothers

Friday, July 21 – 5:30 P.M. – Calypso Lemonade Stage

Saturday, July 22 – 3:00 P.M. – Calypso Lemonade Stage

Sunday, July 23 – 4:00 P.M. – Calypso Lemonade Stage

Tony Spavone

Tony Spavone

Friday, July 21 – 5:00 P.M. – Miller Stage

Saturday, July 22 – 3:30 P.M. – Miller Stage

Sunday, July 23 – 2:30 P.M. – Miller Stage

Boyz Boyz & Gyrlz

Noyz Boyz & Gyrlz

Friday, July 21 – 3:30 P.M. – Calypso Lemonade Stage

Saturday, July 22 – 1:00 P.M. – Calypso Lemonade Stage

Sunday, July 23 – 2:30 P.M. – Calypso Lemonade Stage

Mic Over Matter

Friday, July 21 – Following Fireworks – Calypso Lemonade Stage

Saturday, July 22 – Following  Fireworks – Calypso Lemonade Stage

Attention all Badger fans!

Members of the UW Marching Band will return to perform a 5th Quarter performance for Festa-goers on Saturday and Sunday! Some of these students have represented the University of Madison at the Holiday Bowl for football, at the Sweet 16 for Men’s Basketball, and Women’s Hockey Frozen Four. The Wisconsin Band maintains a high profile among musicians and Badger enthusiasts throughout the state and region. The Varsity Band is part of this program, providing performance opportunities for University students during the winter and spring, culminating in its annual extravaganza at the Kohl Center. They are excited to perform for Festa-goers this summer!





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