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Coro d’Italia is acknowledged as the first ensemble dedicated solely to Italian material in America. This singing and dancing Ensemble will appear Sunday (September 27) on the Investors Bank Stage.

Friday, September 23, 2016
Time Performer Location
05:30 - 06:30 PM Don Felici Trio Investors Bank Stage
06:00 - 06:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
06:30 - 07:30 PM Jimmy Alleva/Songs From Old Neighborhood Cabaret Stage
07:00 - 08:00 PM T-Rock Italian Folk Group From Italy Investors Bank Stage
08:00 - 09:00 PM John Pizzi, Ventriloquist Cabaret Stage
08:00 - 08:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
08:30 - 10:00 PM Tramps Like Us (Springsteen Tribute) Investors Bank Stage
09:30 - 10:00 PM Dave DeLuca Singing Sinatra Cabaret Stage
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time Performer Location
01:00 - 01:45 PM Greater Kensington String Band Investors Bank Stage
01:30 - 02:30 PM Pizza Toss Contest Cabaret Stage
02:00 - 03:00 PM Vivaci Italian Dance Group Investors Bank Stage
02:00 - 02:45 PM Penny &The Puppettes Puppet Theater
03:00 - 04:00 PM Syncopation Dance Group Cabaret Stage
03:15 - 04:15 PM T-Rock Italian Folk Group From Italy Investors Bank Stage
04:00 - 04:45 PM Penny & the Puppettes Puppet Theater
04:30 - 05:30 PM Uncle Floyd Vivino Comedienne Cabaret Stage
04:45 - 05:45 PM Natalie Pinto With International Orchestra Investors Bank Stage
06:00 - 07:00 PM Rich Scanella Band Cabaret Stage
06:00 - 06:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
06:15 - 07:30 PM Lights Out Group/Memory Lane Hit songs Of The Decades Investors Bank Stage
07:30 - 08:30 PM Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Show Cabaret Stage
08:00 - 09:30 PM Michael Amante Tenor/Broadway Show Star Investors Bank Stage
08:00 - 08:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
09:45 - 10:00 PM Fireworks Festival Grounds
10:00 - 10:30 PM Recorded Music Investors Bank Stage
10:00 - 11:00 PM Kim Jenkins Strictly 60's Music Cabaret Stage
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Time Performer Location
11:00 - 12:00 PM Catholic Mass Investors Bank Stage
01:00 - 02:00 PM Statue Dedication Investors Bank Stage
02:00 - 02:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
02:15 - 03:00 PM Abbott and Costello Cabaret Stage
02:30 - 03:30 PM Vincent & Emily Classical Duet Investors Bank Stage
03:30 - 04:30 PM Holly Faris Impersonator Cabaret Stage
04:00 - 05:00 PM Boheme Opera NJ Investors Bank Stage
04:00 - 04:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
05:00 - 05:45 PM Abbott & Costello Cabaret Stage
05:30 - 06:30 PM Classic 45's Oldies Cabaret Stage
06:00 - 06:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
06:15 - 07:15 PM No Way Out Rock Group Cabaret Stage
07:00 - 08:30 PM Masterpiece Orchestra and Singer Investors Bank Stage

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Abbott and Costello

In a tribute to Paterson, New Jersey native and accomplished Italian American, Lou Costello, the Mercer County Italian American Festival is proud to have 'The Abbott and Costello Show' with Gil 'Bud' Palmer and Lou Sciara. The pair joined forces in 1992 when they each won first place in an Abbott & Costello look-a-like contest sponsored by Shanachie Entertainment, producers of the 'Abbott & Costello Show' videotape series. Bud and Lou with host Michael Townsend Wright, from the "Uncle Floyd Show," will be performing all of the memorable Abbott and Costello routines including the hilarious "Who's On First?"

Boheme Opera New Jersey

Joseph Pucciatti is the co-founder, artistic director and conductor of Boheme Opera (Boheme). Now entering its 24th season, Boheme Opera NJ's history began in the simple church parking lot in 1982. The company provides and enriches the region with accessible, affordable and artistically professional opera performances. The company is committed to preserving and promoting the operatic art form and introducing it to new and diverse audiences through productions, educational and outreach programs, community involvement, business partnerships and collaborations with other arts organizations.

Dave DeLuca
New Jersey native Dave DeLuca is an accomplished singer, songwriter, musician and recording engineer who has been performing for over 30 years.  Dave's latest endeavor is "The Star-Spangled Songbook", a multi-media celebration of the great American composers and lyricists who together created a body of work that is uniquely American, from Tin Pan Alley to Broadway, from jazz standards to the songs that won the war.  Spanning the decades from the Roaring Twenties to the modern era, "The Star-Spangled Songbook" is a musical tribute to the county that created jazz and blues, two genres of music that are revered and much loved all over the world.
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Show

The multi-talented Sonny Averona Jr. (Dean Martin), vocalist and entertainer originally from South Philadelphia, now resides in New Jersey. He is following in the footsteps of his father, the late-great entertainer Sonny Averona Sr. Among Sonny's many talents are the song stylings of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Rat Pack material along with some Bobby Darin.

 Johnny "Bones" Cipparone (Jerry Lewis) was born and raised in South Philadelphia and now resides in New Jersey. With his uncanny portrayal of Jerry Lewis, Johnny has worked with Philly's own Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker and Charlie Gracie to name a few. Currently Johnny Bones is working with Sonny Averona, Jr. in a tribute to Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis which is delighting audiences everywhere.

Don Felice
Don Felice has been reviewed as a “singing sensation,” a gentleman and a fine talent,” and “a man who always has a song in his heart.” His love of craft and passion for life truly comes through in his voice. With a repertoire ranging from a varied array of traditional and contemporary favorites in English and Italian, Don Felice performs these selections for both listening and dancing enjoyment.
A vocalist for more than 25 years, Don Felice hails from Molise, Italy. He attended Febraio School of Music in New York where he was instructed by the late renowned vocal coach Dr. Salvatore M. Febraio. His songs are very often heard on radio station 93.5 WRTN-FM (New Rochelle, NY) and he has performed in many restaurants and nightclubs in the tri-state NY, NJ and CT area as well as in the Catskills (NY), California, Canada, Chicago, Florida, Boston and Delaware. He has also accompanied and toured with professional Italian artists Mauro Nardi, Carmelo Zapulla, Mauro Caputo and Mario Trevi.

Enrico Capuano & T-Rock from Italy
Combining elements of rock, Italian Tarantella, gypsy music and positive energy. This is the secret of Tammurriatarock's great live show. The band is considered "Italy's most exciting live band". Enrico Capuano (Tammurriatrock's frontman and entertainer with a rebel rock'n'roll and progressive heart) started 25 yrs. ago mixing Italian popular music and traditional rhythms with modern cool sounds. He found inspiration in Italian and multicultural original cultures. Five albums and more than 100 concerts every year, a lot of important Italian events such as PRIMO MAGGIO PIAZZA SUN GIOVANNI (one of the bigger European concerts) with 1 million people attending. Much of the band's sound is inspired by Gypsy music. The band incorporates minor-key accordion and a special violin with distortion and guitar effects. The concert is a mix between Italian roots like Saltarello, Pizzica and Tarangella and modern sounds like ska, rock and latin. This is the original Tarantella Rock!


Greater Kensington String Band
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Jimmy Alleva
Jimmy Alleva grew up in Queens, New York, the middle child of three brothers.  He fondly recalls his quality time spent with his family as they took great pleasure listening to Italian music legends such as Jimmy Roselli, Sergio Franchi and Mario Lanza.  It was at an early age when Jimmy discovered his love for this beautiful music.  Jimmy's adoration of Italian music runs deep within the Alleva blood.  His grandfather encouraged him to learn many Neapolitan songs.  The Alleva family became a musical household, one brother was a well known Italian singer from their neighborhood and his other brother was a bass player who performed in many local bands.
Kim Jenkins

Kim David Jenkins grew up in Essex County, NJ.  He attended Rochester Institute of Technology, in Upstate NY and Montclair State College, in NJ.  Over the years he became the singer for many successful cover bands in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  “The Jersey Shore’’ was his home for over 30 years and he performed in many of the Tri-State areas top venues, including regular gigs on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, and at the famous Stone Pony, in Asbury Park. Kim has made guest appearances, shared the stage, and has been an opening act for major recording artist including, Tommy James and The Shondells, Lenny Welch, The Tramps, The Stampeders,Rick Derringer, and Aerosmith.  He made his TV debut on the nationally syndicated 80’s Hit TV Show “Dancing On Air”, Philadelphia’s all time top rated music program. Kim has also received radio airplay with his original music, and he is a published BMI songwriter and an author. In 2012 Kim was a mentor for 2014 American Idol Top Five Winner Sam Woolf.  He now produces his own show called “Strictly 60’s” which he has performed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Florida.

Masterpiece Orchestra

Masterpiece is a high energy party/dance band featuring outstanding vocalists supported by sizzling rhythm and horn sections.

Masterpiece features a diverse repertoire of songs from the Big Band era of the 40's to the vibrant sounds of today's hits.

Masterpiece has provided the finest in live entertainment at many Nightclub venues and Banquet Facilities throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York and will create that same atmosphere at this year's Italian-American Festival. Come see this dynamic band and dance to a variety of Standards, Italian, Top 40 Dance, Disco, Soul, Motown, Oldies and Rock 'n Roll favorites.

Michael & Nicholas Testa-Jersey City Pizza Bosses

Michael Testa first tried spinning pizza dough in February 2012.  It’s not a strange family activity, when you consider Michael and his brother Nicholas have watched their dad create hundreds of pizza pies at their Jersey City restaurant, Carmine’s Pizza Factory. By Michael’s third week of practice with the dough, he was out-performing his father. That’s pretty impressive, considering Carmine has been at it for over 20 years.  Michael was invited to perform on local TV news shows and morning programs.  Michael performed with British artist Jon Burgerman during a pizza themed art show. Michael has performed in  Las Vegas at The International Pizza Expo, to those in the industry, this is like being asked to perform at the Super Bowl Half-Time Show! Michael was made part of The World Pizza Champions, which is a team of the best pizza tossing acrobatics in the world.

Artist Video

Natalie Pinto

Italian native Natalie Pinto, was born in Cosenza, Italy, a region of Calabria. Now currently residing in New Jersey. Natalie continues to perform Internationally & Domestically, as an International Recording Artist ~ Vocalist and Entertainer.  At the tender age of thirteen, Natalie recorded her first original Italian song Arrivederci Amore Mio which contributed in escalating the start of her singing career. She continues to tour throughout Italy.  Natalie earned her Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance / Piano, from William Paterson University, NJ. She then went on to attend The American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA), in NYC. Throughout her career, Natalie has recorded, and performed in four languages including Italian, English, French and Spanish. She takes her audience's on a romantic journey to Europe, and all the way back to the NYC Broadway Theatre Stage, in one show.  

No Way Out
NO WAY OUT is a six member classic rock cover band that has been entertaining throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania playing in clubs and private affairs since 2004.  Features include both male and female lead vocalists accompanied by a multi-keyboardist/saxophonist, guitarist, bassist, and drummer.  The musicians have combined live performance experience in excess of 2,500 gigs.  Popular artists covered by NO WAY OUT include  Heart, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Journey, Led Zepplin, Melissa Etheridge, Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tom Perry and ZZ Top.
Penny & the Puppettes

 Penny Sue (aka Merissa Morin) is co-creator of Penny & the Puppettes and a graduate of New York University's Musical Theater program at Tisch School of the Arts. Her adult acting career includes: co-starring in the film One Night with Melissa Leo, a brief role on The Sopranos, and most recently starring in the independent film Tackle Girl. Penny also writes music on both the guitar and piano, and gigs out in Manhattan music venues. She is the third generation in a family of children's entertainers, and is thrilled to be continuing in the family tradition. Her vocals are featured on Jane's album, Uh Oh, There's Something Underneath My Bed, in the songs "Stand" and "Get that Big Beak Outta My Face!"


Synocopations are a Performance Troupe whose members all reside at the "Village Grande at Bear Creek" Active Adult Community in West Windsor, NJ.  They entertain at private parties and community events, as well as adult communities, senior centers, assisted livings, nursing homes, and for clubs and organizations throughout Central New Jersey.  Their unique programs include many dance styles, including Broadway, Latin, Vintage Swing, and even Irish dancing.  Their members are also talented singers and comedic actors, bringing an added dimension to every performance.  Their high-energy routines make it clear why their motto is: "We are not your grandmother's dance troupe.

Vincent & Emily Ricciardi - Opera Duet
Grand Opra, Musical Theater, The American Song Book, they sing it all.  Married, singing duo- Vincent & Emily icciardi have performed together throught the tri-state area.  Their love of Puccini, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Mozart and Gershwin is shared with their audiences in each show.  This husband and wife team met in 2008 when they fell in love during aproduction of The Pirates of Penzance.  In 2013 they tied the knot and continue to make beautiful music together.  Vincent & Emily's performances highlight some of the most famous artists' repertories of the 20th Century, Mario Lanza, Julie Andrews, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion and many more.  Their performancre together on stage always touches audiences and warms the heart.  Nino Pantano of the Italian oice stated that Vincent & mily are "two of the most promising and talented performers today.  Vincent Ricciardi's lyric tenor is blessed with a smooth and easy top amd gives the listener much to savor.  Emily Wright-Ricciardi's secure and saucy soprano was a model of elegance."


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