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What do you get when you combine all the smash hit music of two great American classic rock artists BOSTON and STYX into one power-packed show? The answer is BOSTYX, a completely unique act that performs the feel-good, highly-polished hit music which dominated radio in the 70s and 80s. BOSTYX features lead vocalist and guitarist David Victor formerly of the actual multi-platinum band BOSTON and a spectacular lineup of LA’s finest professional musicians.
BOSTYX re-creates the amazing music of two classic rock icons with a full complement of world-class musicians, reproducing BOSTON’s soaring guitar harmonies and lightning-fast keyboard runs as well as the lush backing vocals and theatrical style of STYX. BOSTYX performs all the best-loved hits including “More Than a Feeling”, “Come Sail Away”, “Lady” and “Foreplay / Long Time” and also delves into deeper album cuts like STYX’s “Crystal Ball” and BOSTON’s “A Man I’ll Never Be”, a fan-favorite song that BOSTON has not performed live since the 1980s.
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JOHN MICHAEL COPPOLA is best known for his appearance in Chicago’s Broadway smash hit, JERSEY BOYS. He has since gone on to create an irresistible concert of everyone’s favorite tunes from Sinatra to Springsteen and everyone in between, including artists such as Dion and the Belmonts, Michael Bublè, The Beatles, The Blues Brothers, Stevie Wonder and Queen to name a few.
Immediately following, the Midwest’s only tribute dedicated recreating the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, THE FOUR C NOTES (created by Mr. Coppola) will take the stage. Audiences at Festa can sing along with THE FOUR C NOTES to “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t’ Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and “Let’s Hang On,” to name a few favorites. These are two shows not to be missed!
With over 25 years of international touring experience under their belts, Hotel California is the original Eagles tribute show in North America. They have shared the stage with such headliners as The Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Gretchen Wilson and many more International Artists. They’ve performed in Dubai, Japan, India, Bermuda and continue to sell out Theatres & Casinos throughout North America.
The Eagles scored seven number one singles, six Grammy’s, five American Music Awards and six number one albums. They are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time…selling 150 million records. You’ll hear all of these hits, remarkably replicated, in this spectacular show at Festa Italiana!
Audiences have acclaimed Hotel California for having the closest sound a like to Don Henley. Close your eyes and you’d swear it was The Eagles, note for note. Hotel California performs such Eagles hits as “Take it to the Limit,” “One of These Nights,” “Desperado,” “Heartache Tonight” and “Hotel California.”
One of Festa’s most popular acts, The Bronx Wanderers return all three nights! A father and two sons living the American rock ‘n’ roll dream. Captivating fans across the country, this returning Festa favorite delivers the best of America’s rock ‘n’ roll songbook, from the first generation right through the music of today. One part “oldies,” two parts rock ‘n’ roll, The Bronx Wanderers effortlessly create the perfect level of synergy between the generations of the music, the family and the rockin’ band that pulls it all together. United by their passion for great music, former gold-record producer Yo’ Vinny along with sons Vinny “The Kid” and Nicky “Stix” form the heart and soul of this pitch perfect band that delivers a non-stop barrage of hit after hit. When the 20-year-olds in the crowd are jumping right alongside the 70-year-olds, you know it’s no ordinary concert!
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 take Festa audiences on a romantic journey from Hollywood to Broadway to Italy with operatic tenor voices singing a wide variety of marvelous songs that America loves. 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.
Making their debut at Festa, Will & Anthony Nunziata are the Brooklyn-born, classically trained singing and comedy brother duo who sing fresh takes of timeless songs from pop, adult contemporary music, Broadway, Italy and beyond. Hailed as “a nearly impossible pairing of talent, stage presence and charisma,” Will & Anthony continue to win critical and popular acclaim for their concert performances throughout the United States and around the world.
Will & Anthony will be making their Carnegie Hall debut as the headlining artists alongside Broadway stars and recordings artists Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway with the New York Pops for their annual Holiday concerts on December 16 & 17, 2016.
The brothers have brought their distinct take on classic & contemporary songs from performing arts centers and theaters, including The Kravis Center’s Dreyfoos Hall in West Palm Beach, FL, to headlining their symphony concerts with The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Firelands Symphony Orchestra, and upcoming Edmonton Symphony Orchestra with NY POPS musical director and conductor Steven Reineke. They have been featured recently on NPR, The Entertainment Weekly Sirius Radio show, The Rachael Ray Show, NBC’s The Columbus Day Parade and on ABC’s Good Morning America.
Today, their musical mission is to keep “America’s classical music” feeling fresh and new.
Joe Scalissi a Midwesterner of Italian heritage is an internationally recognized entertainer, best known for his tribute to Dean Martin. Mr. Scalissi has garnered praise from countless audiences, talent scouts and agents across the country as perhaps the most authentic and accurate portrayal of Dean Martin known today. Since 1998, Mr. Scalissi has entertained audiences as Dean Martin in the Rio Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas), Greek Isles (Las Vegas), Disneyland Theatre (Anaheim, CA), Rio Del Mar (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Hotel Del Coronado (San Diego, CA), Grand Sierra Resort (Reno, NV), Raffles (Dubai-United Arab Emirates) as well as countless other performances throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal says of Scalissi’s performance, “Joe Scalissi as Dean Martin was simply put, the best we have seen so far. As soon as he stepped on stage, he became Dean Martin.”
With visual accuracy, and backed by the full-sounding twelve-piece Encore Orchestra, a tuxedo-clad Scalissi pays homage to Dean Martin in a manner that is both fun and believable. And when he sings “Mambo Italiano,” in Italian no less, the dynamism of Dino is alive and well!
When Dean Martin’s own daughter can’t tell the difference, you know that Joe is the best Dean Martin tribute artist for the job! Fesa-goers will now be able to catch this delightful performance here in Milwaukee!
Michéal made a lasting impression on Festa-goers in 2013 and is now back in 2016! Representing the living embodiment of authentic Italian culture for modern North Americans and a native of Calabria, Michéal is an accomplished pop-classical crossover singer of his native songs and a purveyor of his family-made, heirloom Italian luxury products in North America. A lifetime of Italian living has brought a smooth texture, rich flavor and romantic hue to Michéal’s Italian crossover music. As a vocalist, he has toured North America and Europe and in 2012 was chosen third among “Europe’s Best Crossover Performers.” He began singing in church when he was 9 years old and went on to study music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. His passionate performances consistently transport audiences to his native Italian world of beauty and sweeping romanticism. His loyal fans truly believe his voice has healing powers.
In 2015 he released “Everything Happens for a Reason – Una Ragione,” a single that includes multiple mixes of a song written by Billboard-charting writers, Mike Greenly and Paul Guzzone, with Italian lyrics written by Micheal Castaldo. Micheal goes deeper into his roots and delivers a dance version of this song. Remixed by Tony Moran and Warren Rigg, “Everything Happens for a Reason” was released April 1, 2016 and has been a hit among audiences!
Micheal will be sharing the Festa stage with a string quartet of awesome musicians and stellar guest Sopranos, Anastasia Lee and Agne G from the Milwaukee – Chicago area.
Cold Sweat draws from many great genres including Funk, R&B, Soul, Dance, Disco, Rock and Pop. Artist influences include Earth, Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Kool & The Gang, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Chicago, Beyonce and Miles Davis.
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!