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Italian Culture Comes to Life on Milwaukee’s Lakefront During Festa Italiana

July 9, 2018 | News Release | Permalink

Fantastic Food, Exciting Entertainment and More at Festa Italiana July 20-22

Festa Italiana Offering One Day $5 Ticket Sale Monday, July 16;

Festival brings Italy to Milwaukee’s lakefront featuring food, culture, entertainment and the loudest fireworks every night!

 

 

MILWAUKEE – July 9, 2018 – Festa Italiana is excited to combine new selections with old favorites to this year’s festival on Milwaukee’s lakefront July 20-22, celebrating food, family and tradition. To kick off Festa week, organizers are offering a one day, $5 ticket promotion on Monday, July 16. The $5 tickets can be purchased online at www.festaitaliana.com starting at 12:00 a.m. Monday, July 16.

 

Celebrating its 41st year of Italian heritage and culture, festivalgoers can look forward to a full line-up of completely Italian and Italian American acts to provide a truly unique Italian experience on Milwaukee’s lakefront. Highlight performers include Tony-Award winner Anthony Crivello, Italian actor and singer Louis Vanaria, World Acoustic Accordion Champion Cory Pesaturo, The Sicilian Tenors, Moreno Fruzzetti and FLEMT, a rock band from Senigallia, Italy!

 

This year, Festa Italiana offers something for everyone, from Italian flag-throwers direct from Italy to the famous cannoli eating contest, gondola rides, bocce ball, free kids carnival and everything in between!

 

New This Year: Food Fantastico!

 

When it comes to food, Festa will not disappoint! The festival is excited to welcome new Italian selections and restaurant operators to this year’s Festa, including:

 

  • Albanese’s Road House will offer Italian sausage sandwiches, meatball sandwiches, deep fried gnocci, and spaghetti and meatball mozzarella sticks!
  • Bartolotta Restaurant Group is serving up a brand-new menu of fresh Italian fare, including prosciutto and melon, caprese salad, fried polenta mushroom ragù, fried polenta and marinara, mussels marinara, cheese tortelloni with marinara and a porchetta sandwich.
  • Dorsia will offer antipasti options of bruschetta and garlic cheese bread; they will also feature a variety of paninis, including meatball, chicken pesto, chicken parmesan and caprese.
  • Trattoria Di Carlo will present the Pinsa – a new type of pizza crust featuring different topping combinations such as margherita, roasted eggplant, Italian sausage and chocolate Pinsa topped with warm Wisconsin caramel apples.
  • Vivere will offer Italian-style surf and turf special items, including calamari, crab cake, chicken Portofino, chicken cacciatore, baked lasagna and steak sandwiches.
  • Sendik’s Festa Italiana sausage is the official sausage of Festa Italiana 2018! Seasoned to perfection, Sendik’s Italian sausage is served up on a seeded Italian roll from Peter Sciortino Bakery with your choice of garnish.
  • Sipping also goes with eating!  Festivalgoers can enjoy some of Italy’s finest wines throughout the grounds, provided by LoDuca Wines and Corvina Wine Company.  Wine coolers, wine cocktails and wine flights will also be available!

 

Complete food menus can be downloaded at: http://festaitaliana.com/fooddrink/menus.

 

Festa Italiana will also host a fantastic line-up of local chef demonstrations and foodie competitions in its Cucina Showcase, including the annual cannoli eating contest on Saturday, July 21 and kids pizza making contest on Sunday, July 22.

 

Entertainment Energico

Festa Italiana is bringing back the Italian favorites festa-goers have come to love over the years, as well as new artists and bands that celebrate Italian culture all weekend long! Highlights include:

 

  • Flag-Throwers of Sermoneta, Italy: Making its debut at this year’s festival is a dynamic new flag-throwing group, “Sbandieratori Ducato Caetani.” The group will perform in the Colosseum Sports Court and throughout the festival grounds, showcasing the folklore of the return home of the Duke of Sermoneta and Captain of the Pontifician troops after an epic battle!
  • Anthony Crivello: Festa is thrilled to once again host Milwaukee native and Tony-Award winner Anthony Crivello throughout the entire weekend of Festa Italiana! Crivello is an award-winning actor, singer and performer, having starred on Broadway in regional productions such as Golden Boy, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Evita, and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular. Don’t miss this powerful Festa Italiana headliner perform Broadway hits from some of the most treasured musicals of our time!
  • Louis Vanaria: Many may recognize this long-standing Italian actor from “Law & Order” and “A Bronx Tale,” among other TV shows, and he is coming to Festa this July to perform Italian classics and new songs from his recent album! Just as the late Frank Sinatra called Tony Bennett the greatest singer of all time, Bennett referenced Louis as “dynamite.”
  • Cory Pesaturo: Festa is honored to welcome back World Digital Accordion Champion and World Acoustic Accordion Champion Cory Pesaturo (“C Pez”) to this year’s festival. Pesaturo is one the foremost accordion players in the world, pushing the boundaries on multiple fronts of what is possible with the accordion.
  • FLEMT: For the first time ever, Festa Italiana will welcome FLEMT, a rock band from Senigallia, Italy. Co-founded by Alessandro “Frank” Lapini and Michele Trillini in 2006, the duo came together in 2011 when they and drummer Diego Romagnoli competed together for the opportunity to open for Bon Jovi. FLEMT won the contest and opened in front of 40,000 fans. In 2013, FLEMT released its first album, “The Time Has Come,” in Italy.
  • George Busateri’s Spider George and the Web: Festa Italiana is thrilled to announce that this year’s festival marks the return of one of the most recognized names in live entertainment in the Midwest. Not only has George Busateri taken the reins as Entertainment Director for the entire festival, but he will also perform with his band, Spider George & the Web! After a 12-year absence, Spider George & The Web will return to the entertainment lineup and will perform each night of the three-day festival.
  • Other Exciting Acts Include: The Sicilian Tenors, Tre Bella, longtime Festa favorite Moreno Fruzzetti, Rat Pack Reprise, Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms, Rick D’Amore, Italian comedians and more!

 

Tradizioni for All!

  • Marvel at Festa’s replica of the famous Coliseum Display – the iconic symbol of imperial Rome, take a trip to the Marco Venetian Tower Display – representing the bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica located in the Piazza San Marco in Venice’s principal public square, and get a picture with the Statue of David Replica – Michelangelo’s famous masterpiece.  Festa’s replica emulates the 17 feet tall original!
  • Festa offers fun-filled activities and attractions for the whole famiglia, including a FREE CARNIVAL, kids pizza making contest, parade through the grounds Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 p.m., and daily performances on the Children’s Stage.  Children 12 and under are FREE all three days of Festa.
  • The Italian Heritage Photo and Pompeii Church Exhibit gives visitors a chance to see what life was like for Italian ancestors, from the living conditions years ago, to the type of work they performed and the experiences they had. Festa’s collection of more than 2,500 photographs of families, street scenes and places of business will be showcased throughout the weekend.
  • The traditional Italian game of Bocce Ball will return daily with the highly anticipated Bocce Ball Tournament taking place on Sunday, July 22.  Take in Festa from the water’s view on a gondola ride and don’t miss the Copa Festa Italiana Futsal tournament on Saturday from noon – 7 p.m. at the sports court. Also, Italian Idol will crown its karaoke king or queen on Sunday, July 22!
  • The traditional Festa Italiana Sunday Mass and Procession will be led by Father John Baumgardner at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, July 22 in the American Family Insurance Amphitheater. The Mass is followed by a procession of societies and patron saints, concluded with benediction on the festival grounds.  Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to Hunger Task Force.
  • And don’t miss the loudest Italian fireworks every night around 10:30 p.m.!

 

Daily Admission Information/Deals

Festa Italiana offers plenty of affordable ways to visit the festival!   Purchase your advance tickets online today at www.festaitaliana.com through July 20 for a discounted rate of $10.00.

  • Admission tickets are $13.00 at the gate and children ages 12 and under are admitted free for all three days when accompanied by an adult.

 

Friday

  • Gates open 3:00 p.m. – Midnight.
  • Free admission from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Saturday

  • Gates open 11:30 a.m. – Midnight.
  • Free admission from noon – 2:00 p.m.
  • VIP DAY – 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Those with physical challenges along with their caregivers receive free admission and half-price on two selected food items. Courtesy of Festa Italiana.  Special VIP ticket needed. Please pick up your ticket at the Italian Community Center.
  • Free admission for Air Show fans from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

 

Sunday

  • Gates open 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • 10:15 a.m. – Gates open for Festa Italiana Mass on the south end, please bring non-perishable food items to support Hunger Task Force.
  • Free admission for Air Show fans from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Day of Service: Firefighters, Law Enforcement, Teachers and Military receive free admission for the individual of service and one guest. To receive your free entry, present a vaild employee ID at the cashier window at the main gate. Active and former military members and one guest can receive free entry with a valid military ID or DD-214 with valid ID at the cashier window at the main gate. 

 

For more information on the festival, please visit www.FestaItaliana.com

 

About Festa Italiana

The 41st annual Festa Italiana takes place at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds) on Milwaukee’s lakefront Friday, July 20, to Sunday, July 22. Festa Italiana is the largest Italian event of its kind in America today. The Festival began forty-one years ago for the purpose of reuniting an Italian community torn apart by urban renewal projects and was the first ethnic festival in Milwaukee on the Summerfest grounds. Today, several ethic festivals are celebrated on Milwaukee’s lakefront and the city is now widely known as the City of Festivals. Through the dedication of more than 2,000 volunteers, the annual Festa Italiana has become a favorite family event to Milwaukee and surrounding areas. For more information on the festival, please visit www.FestaItaliana.com or call 414-223-2808.

 

Advance tickets for Festa Italiana are on sale now online.  Purchase your advance online ticket for $10 through July 19 at http://www.festaitaliana.com.  For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.

 

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Chicago Tribune | News to Use

July 2, 2018 | Media Coverage | Permalink

The Chicago Tribune’s Sunday Travel section featured Festa Italiana in its weekly “News to Use” column!

 

Festa Italiana Welcomes New Italian Flavors and Restaurants to this Summer’s Festival July 20-22

June 21, 2018 | News Release | Permalink

Festivalgoers can enjoy a wide variety of delizioso selections as they eat their way through Italy

 

MILWAUKEE – June 21, 2018 – Festa Italiana is excited to welcome new Italian selections to this year’s festival taking place on Milwaukee’s lakefront July 20-22. New choices, like seafood fare from Vivere Italian Restaurant and fresh paninis from Dorsia, are sure to intrigue Festa-goers as the community celebrates Italian culture by indulging in authentic Italian cuisine. Also returning to this year’s festival are some beloved favorites like the arancini, limoncello margaritas and the cannoli eating contest!

 

“Food is such an integral part of Italian culture, and we are really making an effort this year to offer more choices and more selections for Festa-goers to enjoy throughout the grounds. This year, we are welcomig some younger, talented restaurant operators such as Dorsia on Milwaukee’s East Side, as well other Milwaukee-based staples including Bartolotta, Vivere, Albanese’s Road House and Vino Cappuccino. To satisfy your sweet tooth, a new Sfingi Booth will be on the grounds, offering up classic Italian donuts everyone is sure to love. We are also excited to welcome Sendik’s as the official Festa sausage provider – grilling up the perfect sausage for a traditional Italian sausage sandwich,” said Dean Cannestra, Italian Community Center president and chairman of Festa Italiana. “From the infamous arancini to new pinsa provided by Trattoria di Carlo, everyone at Festa Italiana is sure to find something unique and exciting for their taste buds this year!”

 

Known as the Midwest’s largest Italian festival, attendees can enjoy festival favorites like Italian sausage sandwiches, fried eggplant, calamari, paninis, sfingi Italian doughnuts, pasta and more. With nearly 20 food vendors – combining Festa classics with new, tantalizing fare – attendees can experience all the mouthwatering tastes of Italy right on Milwaukee’s lakefront!

 

Eat Your Way Through Italy

Sendik’s Festa Italiana sausage is the official sausage of Festa Italiana 2018! Seasoned to perfection, Sendik’s Italian sausage is served up on a seeded Italian roll from Peter Sciortino Bakery with your choice of garnish – green peppers, marinara or simply plain – this mouthwatering delight is a Festa Italiana staple! Sold exclusively at all Milwaukee-area Sendik’s stores, be on the lookout for discount coupons and giveaways to be announced soon!

 

New restaurants and food items at Fest Italiana 2018, include:

  • Albanese’s Road House will offer Italian sausage sandwiches, meatball sandwiches, deep fried gnocci, and spaghetti and meatball mozzarella sticks!
  • Bartolotta Restaurant Group is serving up a brand-new menu of fresh Italian fare, including prosciutto and melon, caprese salad, fried polenta mushroom ragù, fried polenta and marinara, mussels marinara, cheese tortelloni with marinara and a porchetta sandwich;
  • Dorsia will offer antipasti options of bruschetta and garlic cheese bread; they will also feature a variety of paninis, including meatball, chicken pesto, chicken parmesan and caprese.
  • Trattoria Di Carlo will present the Pinsa – a new type of pizza crust featuring different topping combinations such as margherita, roasted eggplant, Italian sausage and chocolate Pinsa topped with warm Wisconsin caramel apples; and
  • Vivere will offer Italian-style surf and turf special items, including calamari, crab cake, chicken Portofino, chicken cacciatore, baked lasagna and steak sandwiches.

 

Festa-goers can also find returning favorites like Peter Sciortino Bakery Café, offering delectable treats like cassatina Siciliana, sfogliatella and classic cannoli. Or, pay a visit to Scrimas wood-fired pizza by the slice or the whole pizza. Other returning vendors include Papa Luigi’s pizza, Saz’s, Sil’s mini donuts, Aliotos and Catalno Lemonade. And don’t worry, there will be plenty of vino to go around thanks to LoDuca Brothers and Corvina Wine Company.

 

A complete list of Festa food vendors and meus can be found by visiting: http://festaitaliana.com/fooddrink/menus/

 

Other Cucina Showcase Activities

Festa is ready to crown the 2018 Cannoli Eating Champion on Saturday, July 21! Festa-goers who have what it takes to win this stomach-to-stomach battle are encouraged to participate in the annual Cannoli Eating Contest, which will kick off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. Everyone 18 years or older is welcome to register by simply visiting the Cucina Showcase on Saturday to enter their name in the drawing before 1:00 p.m. All cannoli is provided by the Vella family of Peter Sciortino Bakery on Brady Street.

 

The popular Kids Pizza Making Contest, sponsored by Divino Wine & Dine, returns on Sunday, July 22 at 2:00 p.m. Children ages 5-17 are encouraged to participate in making the ultimate pizza creation! The annual contest is the ultimate Italian experience for children to create fresh, made-from-scratch pizza in front of the live Cucina Showcase audience. Winners for each age group will receive a commemorative t-shirt. For more information, please visit: http://festaitaliana.com/fooddrink/kids-pizza-contest/.

 

A full Cucina Showcase schedule can be found by visiting: http://festaitaliana.com/fooddrink/food-cooking-schedule/

 

About Festa Italiana

The 41st annual Festa Italiana takes place at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds) on Milwaukee’s lakefront Friday, July 20, to Sunday, July 22. Festa Italiana is the largest Italian event of its kind in America today. The Festival began over 40 years ago for the purpose of reuniting an Italian community torn apart by urban renewal projects and was the first ethnic festival in Milwaukee on the Summerfest grounds. Today, several ethic festivals are celebrated on Milwaukee’s lakefront and the city is now widely known as the City of Festivals. Through the dedication of more than 2,000 volunteers, the annual Festa Italiana has become a favorite family event to Milwaukee and surrounding areas. For more information on the festival, please visit www.FestaItaliana.com or call 414-223-2808.

 

Advance tickets for Festa Italiana are on sale now online. Purchase your advance online ticket for $10 through July 19 at http://www.festaitaliana.com. For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.

 

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Festa lineup mixes new acts with returning favorites

May 11, 2018 | Media Coverage | Permalink

 

OnMilwaukee.com’s Bobby Tanzilo highlights the 2018 Festa Italiana entertainment line-up!

 

Festa Italiana Celebrates its Italian Roots with Spettacolare 2018 Entertainment Lineup

May 7, 2018 | News Release | Permalink

Headliners include Tony Award-winner Anthony Crivello, Louis Vanaria, the Sicilian Tenors, Cory Pesaturo, Tre Bella and the return of George Busateri’s Spider George and the Web
 

 

MILWAUKEE – May 7, 2018 – Festa Italiana is embracing its Italian heritage by welcoming a full line-up of completely Italian and Italian American acts to this year’s 2018 festival, taking place Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds). Drawing on the founding goals of the festival, Festa Italiana will celebrate its deep Italian roots to bring festivalgoers a truly unique Italian experience this July. Acts like Milwaukee native and Broadway star Anthony Crivello, actor and singer Louis Vanaria, World Acoustic Accordion Champion Cory Pesaturo, The Sicilian Tenors, Moreno Fruzzetti and FLEMT from Senigallia, Italy are sure to showcase the true Italian culture that helped Festa Italiana grow into the largest Italian event of its kind in America today.

 

 

“Our goal this year is to bring the party back to Festa. Having listened to generous feedback and requests from seasoned festivalgoers and the rest of the public, we decided to bring back many festival favorites from years past, as well as introduce entirely new acts, such as FLEMT from Italy,” said Dean Cannestra, Italian Community Center president and chairman of Festa Italiana. “The highly anticipated return of George Busateri’s Spider George and the Web, along with many other popular acts, is sure to have festivalgoers on their feet and clapping along with the rest of the Italian community. Festivalgoers young and old, seasoned and new, will find musical and comedic entertainment that is nothing short of “fantastico” at this year’s festival!”

 

Attendees can rock out with Italian rock band FLEMT, or experience the electric performance of Cory Pesaturo, the world record-holding Italian accordion player. Comedians Vince Carone and Carmen Vallone are also new to this year’s festival line-up, offering light-hearted humor throughout the entire weekend. Festivalgoers can take in the beautiful sounds of Anthony Crivillo and Moreno Fruzzetti, while partying all night long with George Busateri’s Spider George and the Web. Also returning are the beloved Flagthrowers, who are sure to please crowds with this magnificent, ancient tradition. And, don’t forget Festa Italiana’s loudest Italian fireworks will go off every night around 10:15 P.M.!

 

“Our first Festas on the Summerfest grounds were a showcase of Italian and Italian American talent, so we are excited to bring back the Italian music that festivalgoers enjoy. Attendees will see some familiar and well-known names from past Festas, as well as new performers and comedians,” said George Busateri, entertainment director of Festa Italiana. “It is an honor to share the Festa stage with so many amazing artists and bands, and I can’t wait to celebrate the Italian history and community all weekend long!”

 

 

Festa Italiana’s 2018 entertainment headliners include:
 

Anthony Crivello: Festa is thrilled to once again host Milwaukee native and Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello throughout the entire weekend of Festa Italiana! Crivello is an award-winning actor, singer and performer, having starred on Broadway in regional productions such as Golden Boy, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Evita, and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular. He has written, produced and directed for theater, television, film and music. Crivello’s feature films and television series include Trade, Material Girls, Texas Rangers, Independence Day, Feud: Bette and Joan, One Life To Live, Another World, Guiding Light and The Bold and The Beautiful. He is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio in New York City and Los Angeles. Don’t miss this powerful Festa Italiana headliner perform Broadway hits from some of the most treasured musicals of our time!

 

George Busateri’s Spider George and the Web: Festa Italiana is thrilled to announce that this year’s festival marks the return of one of the most recognized names in live entertainment in the Midwest. Not only has George Busateri taken the reins as Entertainment Director for the entire festival, but he will also perform with his band, Spider George & the Web! After a 12-year absence, Spider George & The Web will return to the entertainment lineup and will perform each night of the three-day festival.

 

Louis Vanaria: Many may recognize this long-standing Italian actor from “Law & Order” and “A Bronx Tale,” among other TV shows, and he is coming to Festa this July to perform Italian classics and new songs from his recent album! Louis Vanaria is a true “Bronx Tale” himself, born in the Bronx neighborhood of New York. With a desire to be a singer/songwriter, after hearing about an “open call” audition for the upcoming Robert DeNiro directorial debut film entitled “A Bronx Tale,” Vanaria landed the feature role. Forty-three shows later, Vanaria returned to his first love, singing, and continued to sing in many upscale restaurants, as well as appearing in “Foxwood” with Jay Leno and Connie Francis. Vanaria will record his first album later this year. Just as the late Frank Sinatra called Tony Bennett the greatest singer of all time, Bennett, on “Regis” referenced Louis as “dynamite.”

 

The Sicilian Tenors Featuring Aaron Caruso, Elio Scaccio and Sam Vitale: The Sicilian Tenors bring together three marvelous Tenor voices, each singing their own interpretation of the world’s best music in a recital format! Aaron Caruso, Elio Scaccio and Sam Vitale 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!

 

Tre Bella: Many festivalgoers will be excited for the return of Tre Bella to this year’s festival! Tre Bella is an internationally-renowned trio consisting of JoAnn Robertozzi, Lorraine Ferro and Rosie De Sanctis. This one-of-a-kind act was born on the stage of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in Hollywood, showcasing their incomparable vocal harmonies and stage chemistry. Tre Bella has performed on many national televised morning and hit shows, including NBC’s “The Voice.”

 

Cory Pesaturo: Festa is honored to welcome back World Digital Accordion Champion and World Acoustic Accordion Champion Cory Pesaturo (“C Pez”) to this year’s festival. Pesaturo is one the foremost accordion players in the world, pushing the boundaries on multiple fronts of what is possible with the accordion. As the first musician to ever graduate with a degree in accordion studies from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, Pesaturo’s main contribution is his visionary use of the accordion played and presented in the modern music world. Longtime Festa performer and accordion legend Dick Contino said when Cory was only 15 “Of all the accordionists I’ve seen over the years, Cory is the one to pass the torch to, the only one who has all the tools to bring the accordion back to its former glory.”

 

FLEMT: For the first time ever, Festa Italiana will welcome FLEMT, a rock band from Senigallia, Italy. Co-founded by Alessandro “Frank” Lapini and Michele Trillini in 2006, the duo came together in 2011 when they and drummer Diego Romagnoli competed together for the opportunity to open for Bon Jovi. FLEMT won the contest and opened in front of 40,000 fans. In 2013, FLEMT released its first album, “The Time Has Come,” in Italy. Three years later, FLEMT debuted its music in the U.S. rock scene, drawing on their success in Italy. FLEMT continues to write new music as the band concludes a U.S. tour with performances along the east coast.

 

Moreno Fruzzetti: A longtime Festa favorite is returning in 2018! Moreno Fruzzetti will once again amaze festivalgoers with his beautiful voice. Fruzzetti, a native of Pisa, Italy, has been capturing the ears and hearts of fans worldwide for over 30 years with a combination of his powerful tenor sound, captivating onstage presence, and a variety of operatic arias, pop music and American classics.

 

Rat Pack Reprise: Step back in time with the ultimate trio of cool, The Ratpack Reprise. Led by Joe Scalissi, an internationally recognized entertainer best known for his tribute to Dean Martin, this trio of impersonators captures the spirits of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra. The trio has performed at numerous events across the United States.

 

Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms: 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 is a huge hit at Italian festivals and concerts in the United States and Italy! They promise to keep Festa fans – young and old – dancing in real Italian style!

 

Rick D’Amore: After performing for the first 28 years of Festa Italiana, Rick D’Amore is returning this year for all three nights! His show includes vintage rock, standards, and a sprinkling of Italian favorites. Rick’s band is made up of his sons, Philip on drums and Peter on guitar, along with Rob Chalifaux on bass and Mike “Guido” Sturino on keyboard. From Frank Sinatra, to Neil Diamond, to Elvis Presley, Rick’s show will deliver an exciting performance for Festa-goers!

 

Swing Explosion: As the Midwest’s premier big band, Swing Explosion can do it all! Comprised of the finest musicians from southeastern Wisconsin and the incomparable Pete Sorce, Swing Explosion adds an air of excitement, prestige and sophistication to any occasion. Although a big band, Swing Explosion excels at all styles of music. Led by one of the country’s finest arrangers – Jeff La Barge – Swing Explosion pays tribute to a myriad of musicians like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Brian Setzer, Barry Manilow, Lionel Ritchie and more.

 

Tom Sorce Band with Sandra Mandella: The Tom Sorce Band will once again return to Festa and be joined by vocalist Sandra Mandella, Tom Sorce, Tom Sorce II, Mike Miller and Jeff Stoll. The local group has been performing together for over 40 years, playing at a variety of events like Festa Italiana, the Italian Community Center, the Wisconsin State Fair and several church festivals.

 

Vince Carone: Vince Carone has been performing since 2001 and is no stranger to the comedy scene. Represented by Bonkerz entertainment, he has become known for his fast-talking, quick-witted, over-the-top rants, combined with a dominating stage presence. His ability to rattle off more material in one show than most could do in a weekend is what keeps the crowd engaged during his verbal onslaught. Carone refuses to relent until he steps off the stage. Based out of Chicago, Carone has described himself growing up as an outside-of-the box, quasi-jock, class clown who never quite fit in. At 17-years-old, Carone knew his passion was in stand-up comedy, a place where being unique would find success. With three albums to his name, Carone continues to deliver a must-see performance on the comedy circuit.

 

Carmen Vallone: In his 12 years of comedy, Carmen Vallone has travelled to and performed on many stages throughout the United States and has been a contestant on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” CBS’s “Comedy Night School” and Jamie Kennedy’s film, “Heckler.” With his enthusiastic smile and happily twisted vision of everyday life, Vallone guides the audience through a night of entertainment as he talks about being from Upstate New York, living in Florida, and what life is like on the road. Never one to attack the audience, Carmen makes you feel right at home, and you’ll never be scared to sit in the front row. As a well-known, hilarious stand-up comedian, Vallone is also the host and producer of A Joke Off ! ! !™, a nationally touring comedy competition currently in development for national television.

 

A full Festa Italiana entertainment schedule is available at: www.festaitaliana.com.

 

Festa Italiana takes place Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22, at the Henry W. Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront. Festivalgoers can take in all entertainment acts for the value price of only $10.00 for advance sale tickets now through July 19. Tickets are $13.00 after July 19 and at the gate.

 

*Editor’s Note: For interview requests or photographs, please contact Julia Ostlund at (414) 635-2725 or julia@reputationpartners.com.

 

About Festa Italiana
The 41st annual Festa Italiana takes place at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds) on Milwaukee’s lakefront Friday, July 20, to Sunday, July 22. Festa Italiana is the largest Italian event of its kind in America today. The Festival began over 40 years ago for the purpose of reuniting an Italian community torn apart by urban renewal projects and was the first ethnic festival in Milwaukee on the Summerfest grounds. Today, several ethic festivals are celebrated on Milwaukee’s lakefront and the city is now widely known as the City of Festivals. Through the dedication of more than 2,000 volunteers, the annual Festa Italiana has become a favorite family event to Milwaukee and surrounding areas. For more information on the festival, please visit www.FestaItaliana.com or call 414-223-2808.

 

Advance tickets for Festa Italiana are on sale now online. Purchase your advance online ticket for $10 through July 19 at http://www.festaitaliana.com. For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.

 

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Festa Italiana Celebrates Another Year of Italian Culture with $7 for 7 Days Spring Ticket Deal Starting April 16

April 12, 2018 | News Release | Permalink

Join the Italian Community’s 41-year tradition of food, family and festivities July 20-22, 2018

 

MILWAUKEE – April 12, 2018 – Festa Italiana is once again thrilled to announce the return of its spring ticket deal and encourages festivalgoers to purchase their discounted tickets to Italian food, entertainment and fun April 16-22, 2018. The popular $7 for 7 Days Spring Fever Ticket Deal is available online only at http://festaitaliana.com/tickets.

 

Running for seven days during April, May and June, attendees can take advantage of the Spring Fever Deal April 16-22, May 14-20 and June 18-24. Advance $10 online tickets are also now on sale through July 19, 2018. General admission is $13 at the gate and children ages 12 and under are admitted free all three days when accompanied by an adult.

 

“For over forty years Festa Italiana has shared Italian food and culture with family and friends, and we are very excited to continue celebrating this great Italian tradition,” said Dean Cannestra, Italian Community Center president and chairman of Festa Italiana. “We will announce a spectacular line-up of Italian entertainment in the next few weeks, including Milwaukee native Anthony Crivello and the return of Spider George and the Web, as well as unveil new food options on the grounds for festivalgoers to enjoy. As we head into the busy summer festival season, we encourage everyone to take advantage of our special promotions.”

 

Food. Family. Tradizione.

In its 41st year, Festa will carry on time-honored traditions including the celebration of Sunday Mass and Procession, cultural exhibits, bocce courts and games, a free carnival, gondolas, photos of the old Third Ward and Italians in Milwaukee, as well as delicious food and entertainment true to the Italian culture including flagthrowers, opera, dance, song and fireworks every night!

 

More news and information on this year’s Festa Italiana will be announced in the coming months.

 

Advance tickets for Festa Italiana are on sale now online. Purchase your advance online ticket for $10 through July 19 at www.festaitaliana.com. For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.

 

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April 15, 2016 | Media Coverage | Permalink

Festa Italiana was included on Travel + Leisure’s list of things to do when visiting Wisconsin.  Who wouldn’t want to attend #FestaMKE!

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Festa in the Media

August 12, 2015 | Media Coverage | Permalink

We had a wonderful time at Festa 2015, and we hope you did, too! To get Milwaukee excited about all things Italian, we stopped by lots of local media and made them a part of our Festa famiglia.

 

Below are some of our favorites – click on the photo to watch/read! 

 

JS cannoli       On Milwaukee         Fox 6TMJ 4    WISN 12      CBS58      Fox 6

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