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"Who's on First" - Abbott & Costello at their best. If you were at the festival, you saw it performed live by festival favorites, Gil "Bud" Palmer and Lou Sciara.

Friday, September 25, 2015
Time Performer Location
06:00 - 06:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
06:30 - 07:30 PM Primavera Investors Bank Stage
07:00 - 08:00 PM Bobby Ballack Cabaret Stage
08:00 - 09:00 PM The Chiclettes Investors Bank Stage
08:00 - 08:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
08:30 - 09:30 PM No Way Out Cabaret Stage
09:30 - 10:30 PM Ray Massa's EuroRhythms Orchestra Investors Bank Stage
10:00 - 11:00 PM Retro Memories Cabaret Stage
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Time Performer Location
01:00 - 02:00 PM Michael & Nicholas Testa - pizza Toss Cabaret Stage
01:30 - 03:00 PM Don Felice and Band Investors Bank Stage
02:00 - 02:45 PM Penny &The Puppettes Puppet Theater
02:30 - 03:30 PM Elegance String Quartet Cabaret Stage
03:30 - 04:30 PM Vincent & Emily Ricciardi - Opera Duet Investors Bank Stage
04:00 - 04:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
05:00 - 06:00 PM Ray Massa's EuroRhythms Orchestra Investors Bank Stage
05:30 - 06:30 PM Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Comedy Show Cabaret Stage
06:00 - 06:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
08:00 - 09:30 PM Louis Prima, Jr. Investors Bank Stage
08:00 - 08:45 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
08:30 - 09:30 PM JADE Cabaret Stage
09:45 - 10:15 PM Fireworks Festival Grounds
10:00 - 11:00 PM Masterpiece Orchestra Investors Bank Stage
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Time Performer Location
11:00 - 12:00 PM Catholic Mass Investors Bank Stage
01:00 - 02:00 PM Cora D'Italia Folk Dance 15 Members Investors Bank Stage
01:00 - 02:00 PM Ewing Talent Cabaret Stage
02:00 - 02:30 PM Penny & the Puppettes Puppet Theater
02:15 - 03:00 PM Abbott and Costello Cabaret Stage
02:30 - 03:30 PM O Sole Trio - From Opera To Pop w/Italian Flavor Investors Bank Stage
03:30 - 04:30 PM Syncopations 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 and Costello Cabaret Stage
05:30 - 06:30 PM Rhythm & Sounds Investors Bank Stage
06:00 - 06:30 PM Penny & The Puppettes Puppet Theater
06:30 - 07:30 PM Crosswicks - Rock Band Cabaret Stage
07:30 - 08:30 PM Ernie White Band Investors Bank Stage

Investors Bank

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.

Coro d'Italia

The Coro d'Italia Singing and Dancing Ensemble is celebrating it's 82nd year! Established in 1932, in New York City, the troupe is dedicated to researching, persevering, and sharing traditional Italian songs, dances and costumes. Now based in New Jersey the ensemble performs all around the tri state area in venues as diverse as The Italian American Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, The Ellis Island Museum, South Street Seaport, The Pierre Hotel, The Newark and Montclair Art Museums, and for a host of feasts, festivals and parades, as well as schools, universities and cultural organizations. Comprised of professionals as well as community volunteers the Coro welcomes new members to join in. Coro d'Italia is part of D'Italia Programs a non profit organization that also sponsors a children's ensemble, The Bambini d'Italia as well as Italian language lessons, and their annual La Befana Holiday Show.

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.

The band Jade has been playing in the tri-state area for over 40 years.  Original members Wayne Rudolph (guitar and lead vocals) and Doug Miller (keyborards) have joined musical forces with Jim Carlisi on sax and Cheech Iero on drums.  The band has stayed true to its motto: "We're pleased to play, but we play to please."  Jade provides entertainment for organizations, clubs and private parties.  The group's music draws on the great American Songbook, 50's Doo Wop, ethnic favorites, and current top 40's - an impressive repertoire for both listening and dancing pleasure. 
Louis Prima, Jr.

Louis Prima, Jr. is a Las Vegas based  entertainer best known for carrying on the legacy of his father, Louis Prima, Sr. The original “King of Swing  He is a virtuoso of many musical instruments including trumpet and guitar.

 Louis and his group put on a great show and one that will keep you singing and moving along with them.


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.

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O Sole Trio

O Solo Trio is a new, vibrant musical ensemble based in NYC featuring the lush voices of soprano Erin Shields and baritone Giuseppe Spoletini along with amazingly versatile David Shenton on violin and piano.  Their shows feature a blend of some of the most popular Italian opera, Neapolitan and classic jazz standards with a concentration on the Italian language.  Erin Shields is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music.  Erin also studied voice in Vienna, Austria.  Her vocal versitility has allowed her to perform a number of different genres all over the country. Giuseppe Spoletini is a Canadian Baritone and has performed widely throughout Canada and the U.S.  Some of his previous roles include the title role in Gianni Schicchi.  He has performed with The Opera Theater of Saint Louis.  David Shenton is an English pianist, violinist, composer and arranger living and working in New York City.  He performs regularly with other noted musicians including David Finck, Dave Eggar, Mike Viseglia and many other esteemed players.

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!"

Prima Vera/Italian Trio

Tony Valente came to America in 1964 from "Castrovillarri" in Calabria and although he started playing guitar in 1969, he actually was a professional "soccer player" and travelled throughout the US from 1971 to 1976.  In 1988 the trio "Prima Vera" was formed.  Tony plays guitar and sings Italian folk music.  Luigi plays bass and sings modern American songs and Vinny plays keyboard.  They also have, at times, an additional singer "Calogero" who sings "Elvis" hits and also sings in Italian.  

Ray Massa EuroRhythms Orchestra

One of the most consistently sought after musical variety acts, Ray Massas EuroRhythms have dazzled audiences from coast to coast in the USA, Canada, and many cities in Italy.

The EuroRhythms have a long history.  Ray Massa was born and raised in south-eastern Ohio (Bellaire, Ohio) of Italian parents who immigrated from the Campania region of Italy.  The group was started by Ray in 1982 while attending college at Ohio State University.  The total group is comprised as such:  Ray Massa on the Accordion/Organ/Vocals, Tony DiMelfi – Lead Vocals/Trombone, Marco Capoccia, Lead Vocals/Percussion/Trumpet, John Dirck -Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals/Mandolin/Arrangements, Gaetano Nicolosi, Drums/Vocals, Jerry Parsons, Bass Guitar/Vocals, Bryan Olsheski - Saxophone, David Miller  – Trumpet.

Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms are featured Nationally at Italian Festivals from coast to coast. Their popularity is attributed to their unique arrangements and ability to transform traditional, Pop Italian and Italian-American favorites which energizes their audiences.

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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.



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