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Performers & Special Guests

Ferragosto 2014

Events of the day:
11:30am  Opening remarks by Philip Marino, Executive Director of the Belmont Business Improvement District. Invocation by Fr. Salvatore Sportino. Italian National Anthem performed by Francisco Castiglione. American National Anthem performed by Nick Vero
12:00-6:00 Commedia dell’Arte
12:00-6:00 Face Painting
12:00-2:00 FAN Van
12:15-12:45 Gina Ricci
12:45-1:00 Teo
1:15-2:00 The 70′s Project
2:15-3:45 Steve Lippia and his 10 Piece Orchestra
4:00-4:30 Elio Scaccio
4:45-5:30 The 70′s Project
5:45-6:30 Prima Vera
Times and Performers Subject to Change.


• Ferragosto 2014 Performances By

• Commedia dell’Arte

Commedia dell’Arte means “the art of comedy” and refers to a classic style of comedic entertainment that originated in Italy back in the 14th century. The style of Commedia is extremely physical in nature, embodying slapstick, theatrical clowning and direct communication to the audience. La Commedia theatre group was founded by Jacqueline Testa-Jerndal in 1997, and has been entertaining in the streets for Ferragosto for over 10 years.


• Nick Vero

Nick Vero was born and raised in the Bronx. He worked for the Department of Sanitation for thirty years, where he achieved the rank of Deputy Chief. Nick has sung and performed the duties of master of ceremonies at many of the Department’s ceremonies. Sergeant Vero also served six years in the United States Marine Corps, and later entered the United States Air Force and was commissioned as an officer. He proudly served after 9-11 for three years active duty and retired as a Lt. Colonel with over thirty-eight years of service.


• Francisco Castiglione

Francesco Castiglione is a vocalist, pianist, and accordion player who was born in Calabria, Italy. After attending school in Italy, he decided he wanted to expand his horizons in the United States. Since starting his musical career in California, he has performed in numerous events across the country, in hit shows including “The Restaurant”, and in world-class restaurants including “Rao’s”. Castiglione produces music as well, and has even entered the realm of being a radio station personality.


Gina Ricci

Originally from New York, Gina was lucky enough to be born into a very musical family and has been singing, acting and dancing for as long as she can remember. A true crossover performer, she has sung in various concerts, operas, recitals and musical theatre performances throughout New York, California, Europe and even China. Gina is a classically trained singer, and has a deep love for musical theatre and is noted for being an extremely versatile performer, comfortable singing in any style from opera to rock, and everything in between.



Teo is an Italian-born tenor who always had a passion for all genres of music, but a special passion for classical pieces. Teo started his own live band in 2000 – Le Grand Entertainment, of which he was and still is the lead male vocal. Eight years later, Teo discovered, by accident, an amazing tenoric voice. Since then, he has further perfected and developed his natural tenor voice to a mesmerizing tune.


• The 70′s Project

The 70’s Project is made up of Joseph Tribuzio, vocals and percussion, Karmina Dai, vocals and percussion, Mark Veralli, drums and vocals, Mike DePalma, keyboards and vocals, Eric Mauriello, bass guitar and vocals, and Chris Remy, guitar and vocals. The 70’s Band performs dance, disco, and funk to packed dance floors all over the country. While best known for re-creating the sounds of the cultural movement in the ‘70’s known as Disco; The 70’s Project, roots go far deeper.  Most of the band’s families came from Italy through Ellis Island and settled in the Bronx.


• Steve Lippia and his 10 Piece Orchestra

Steve Lippia has become one of the most prominent, in-demand vocalists and has quickly established his place among the finest interpreters of “standards” and traditional pop music in the nation. Steve’s youthful, energetic talent and powerful show creates a perfect blend of “classics” with “today”. His show introduces a new generation to this timeless music, while appealing to long-time listeners. Steve has headlined in highly successful, extended engagements at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, and performed to sold-out Symphony audiences across North America.


• Elio Scaccio

Elio Scaccio has been singing virtually his entire life. With his captivating, silky-smooth voice, ringing high notes, warm inviting tone, and unmistakable stage presence, Elio is a performer of the highest caliber. By the age of eight, he was already widely recognized as a gifted vocalist, appearing locally and regionally as part of an A cappella troupe that included his brothers. Despite a love for the classics, Elio also developed an interest in pop, jazz, and rock music. Performing in concert halls, clubs, festivals, TV and radio, his fan base grew across the country and beyond. One of the truly distinguishing qualities of this artist is his ability to “crossover” between classical, pop standards, Italian ethnic, and occasionally, even vintage rock.


• Prima Vera

Prima Vera is an Italian American band who is proud to be from the Bronx. The band is made up of Joseph Salvatore who plays the saxophone, John Micalizzi who sings and plays the keyboard, and Tony Valente who sings and plays the guitar. Since 1983, Prima Vera has been playing folk, Neapolitan, and traditional Italian music. Prima Vera is known for making their listeners get up and dance. The band has performed across the country, and particularly enjoy playing at Italian American Festivals.


• FAN Van

The team from Sports Radio WFAN will be doing some FAN promotional giveaways including, but not limited to, t-shirts, iPhone cases, and sunglasses by the FAN Van. A game of corn hole will also be set up near the WFAN tent.


Schedule subject to change.
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