Performers & Special Guests
Ferragosto 2017 Events of the Day:
11:30 Opening remarks by Philip Marino, Executive Director of the Belmont Business Improvement District
Italian National Anthem Performed By Elio Scaccio
American National Anthem Performed by Nick Vero
11:45 – 12:30 Elio Scaccio
12:45 – 2:00 Natalie Pinto
2:15 – 3:00 Elio Scaccio
3:15 – 4:30 The 70’s Project
4:45 – 6:00 Bob Bisaccia
Ferragosto 2017 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.
• Elio Scaccio
Elio Scaccio is truly the epitome of the modern day/classical crossover. Considered a gifted vocalist since childhood, Elio is a classically trained versatile performer of the highest caliber. This Peabody Conservatory trained artist has performed everything from Verdi and Puccini at Carnegie Hall, to original Rock Ballads at venues across America. Elio performs music in genres ranging from the classical realm to topping the charts as the lead singer in a touring rock band. In 2010, Elio released his debut album, “Lettere D’Amore”, which was inspired by 200 beautiful love letters his dad wrote to his mom during their courtship years. The album showcases Elio’s electric combination of passion and style. Elio is scheduled to release his second album, “Somewhere”, showcasing many popular classics, as well as some of his own personal combinations by summer 2017.
• Bob Bisaccia
Bob Bisaccia serves as President of Robert R. Bisaccia, Inc., a consulting firm dealing with NYC Building Code/Zoning Law, real estate development, and construction management. Bob’s network led him to becoming part of the partnership for the Broadway show, “Annie” as well as other productions. Bob’s own desire for performing was heightened following 9/11 when he started producing musical
tribute events for the NYPD and FDNY. After several years of performances with the “Bobby B Quartet”, Bob met legendary promoter, Sid Bernstein. Sid encouraged Bob to follow his dream and introduced him to a network of associates in the music industry. Over the past 14 years, Bob has pursued his passion for singing, and continues to reach audiences by promoting musical shows for Fisher House in support of our troops There are presently 71 Fisher Houses in the US, Germany and United Kingdom which provide a “home away from home” for families of our wounded heroes. At the James J.Peterson VA Medical Center in the Bronx, two Fisher Houses are presently being built.
• Nick Vero
Nick Vero was born and raised in the Bronx and has been performing the duties of Master of Ceremonies for Ferragosto for the past three years. Nick is a retired Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force and he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2001-2004. Nick enjoys entertaining between the scheduled acts by singing standards from the American song book and Italian favorites as well. Nick keeps the momentum going by telling animated stories about his childhood and the love he has for his Italian heritage.
• Natalie Pinto
Italian native Natalie Pinto, was born in Cosenza, Italy, a region of Calabria. Although ecstatic for her Italian heritage, which is forever dear to her heart & her music, Natalie is also proud to be an American, currently residing in the USA. Natalie continues to perform Internationally & Domestically, as an International Recording Artist ~ Vocalist / Entertainer, including locations throughout the USA, Europe, Canada, Caribbean. Natalie recorded her first original Italian song “Arrivederci Amore Mio”, which contributed in escalating the start of her singing career. When Natalie recorded her single, “Sogno Di Primavera”, this song became such a huge hit in Italy, that it landed on the top 100 chart in Italian Pop, and stayed on the charts for twenty weeks straight. Her authoritative voice, her charismatic onstage presence, and her devoted love & passion for music, have supported Natalie in achieving the essentials of being an illustrious artist. She takes her audience’s on a romantic musical journey through Europe, and all the way back to the NYC Broadway Theatre Stage, in one show. Although she has accomplished numerous achievements throughout her career, with no end in sight, Natalie continues to quote, “My greatest reward will always remain the joy I can give to audiences through my music,” as she entertains the hearts of her fans around the world.
• The 70’s Project
The 70’s Project: The 70’s Project is made up of Nick Trombetta vocals, Mary Elissa DeSalvo vocals, Karmina Dai vocals, Chris Remediani, guitar and vocals, Rich O’Neill, keyboards and vocals, Michael Parrino, bass guitar and vocals and Mark Veralli, drums and vocals. The 70’s Project performs all types of 70’s music that will keep your feet moving. While best known for re-creating the sounds of the cultural movement in the ‘70’s known as Disco, The 70’s Project’s roots go far deeper. Most of the band’s families came from Italy through Ellis Island and settled in the Bronx, four on Arthur Avenue.
Schedule subject to change.
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