To ensure the health and safety of citizens, artists, vendors, and volunteers, we are canceling this fall’s 3rd Annual Festa Italiana open-air, street fair. We look forward to sharing with you our continued efforts to promote our unique, worldwide, Italian heritage, and to raise funds for our designated charities.
Festa 2021 entertainment still plans to expand to TWO Piazza Stages, in addition to the original Cortile Stage. We welcome inquiries from performers who provide outstanding Italian & American-Italian music, dance, puppetry, comedy--and more!
Please Note: All Festa Italiana Raleigh activities are fully observant of the best public health practices in place at the time of events. If any country or culture is aware of the power and consequences of a novel virus, it is Italy—ancora il Bel Paese—and her millions of children and admirers around the globe.
... per esempio ... lo spettacolo 2019!
Ariel Reed & Mitchner Howell
Carlo Barba & Charles Hogan
About our 2020 Entertainers
TENTATIVE 2020 ENTERTAINMENT
ADSR - 80's Synth-Pop - Raleigh, NC
ADSR stands for Attack - Decay - Sustain - Release... the synthesizer settings used to craft the unique sounds for iconic bands such as Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, Eurythmics and more. These crowd-pleasing songs are rarely played live due to the detailed sound crafting involved and the need for musicians that play multiple instruments. ADSR features veteran performers Jim McCann (lead vocals), Italian-born, international synth-rocker Manguss DC (guitar/synth guitar/vocals), James Evans (synth/sequencing), Casey Overton (bass/synth bass/vocals) and Aaron Gerlach (drums/sampling). Please explore our videos and song list and be prepared to have your event transformed into an experience that your guests will be talking about for years to come!
Angela “Ang” Parchetta – Singer-Songwriter, Raleigh, NC
Ang (pronounced anj) is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based electro-pop musician originally from upstate New York. Her journey with music began as a wide-eyed 4-year-old and carried on through her middle and high school days. Wanting to foster that love of music in future generations, Ang. graduated from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA) with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, moved south and set out to build a promising career as a chorus director. At her core, however, Ang.’s passion is songwriting, finding catharsis in the musical scrapbook she creates to sort, understand, and document her life. Her first singles, “Cursed by Me” and “Through with You” led to her first EP, “Not Another Love Story,” which debuted in 2018. With inspirations echoing Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift and Halsey, her songs are anthems of the trials and tribulations of lost love and the strength and clarity to move forward.
Her first full length album entitled "Hindsight" was released in late March 2020. The latest single from the album, Wildflowers, has gained significant attention since being release on January 25th 2020.
Ang performs her original work and covers live throughout the Raleigh area at venues such as The Flying Biscuit, Imurj and Wine 101 and has been featured on That Station 95.7 FM. For more information, visit https://musicbyang.com/
Ariel Reed & Mitchener Howell - Classical Opera, Durham & Raleigh, NC
- Ariel Reed, a graduate of the UNC School of the Arts (high school), Peabody Conservatory of Music (undergraduate), and Florida State University (graduate), has developed her opera credits through the roles of Nedda in I Pagliacci, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Suzel in L’amico Fritz, and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief with the Triangle Opera Studio; Gianetta in L’eslisir d’amore with Capital Opera; title roles Little Red Riding Hood with Triangle Opera; and Gretel from Hansel and Gretel with Peabody Opera, the Florida State Opera, and Capital Opera’s Outreach program, as well as Mrs. Gobineau in Long Leaf Opera’s 2002 and 2008 productions of The Medium. Ms. Reed has recorded a CD, “Tangos y Canciones,” and performs frequently in the area with her father, classical guitarist, Randy Reed. Her oratorio credits range from Baroque to contemporary and include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Arvo Pärt’s Berliner Messe, and Bach’s Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (BWV211). Ms. Reed has performed nationally and internationally as soloist at the Aspen Music Festival, the Franz Schubert Institut, the Lake Placid Institute, the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and with ensembles such as the Cantores Musicae Antiquae of Florida State University, Duke University Collegium, and Peabody Renaissance Ensemble. From 2004 - 2010, Ms. Reed performed as part of North Carolina Opera’s outreach program in the schools and other community venues.
- Mitchener Howell, a graduate of Yale University and The Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, is a singer based in the Triangle area. Born in Durham, NC, Mitchener has performed as a recitalist and operatic tenor throughout the US and Europe. He has performed roles such as Don Ottavio, Fenton, and Faust. Mitchener has championed the works of African-American composers, and shown a dedication and deep love of the bel canto vocal tradition.
Tom DeVito & Backfence – Classic Pop, Rock & Ballad Covers, Raleigh, NC
BACKFENCE takes great pride in recreating classic and memorable songs from numerous eras. The band takes its name from a club in Greenwich Village, NY called Back Fence, that featured Folk Rock/Classic Rock and launched many famous artists’ careers. Whether you want a Full 5pc classic rock & variety band, or our Trio or Duo options, you get a lot more music for your money than you might expect! https://backfencemusic.com/ .
Bill Stonehouse - Midcentury Italian-Americana & Popular Show Tunes, Raleigh, NC
Bill Stonehouse studied opera under Senois Primo Puccinelli and Francesco Sorignello. As a high Cbaritone, Bill's voice can span four octaves, though he leans toward tenor roles. While the Baron von Trapp role in Sound of Music is his personal favorite, you can hear Bill performing songs from Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and Fiddler on the Roof. His forte is as a Big Band crooner was definitely influenced by the Vegas scene. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, that whole Big Band sound.& a complete musician, Bill has played several instruments including the piano and the guitar, which he learned by ear, as well as the drums and the harmonica. His best instrument, however, has proven to be his voice.
Carlo Barba & Charles Hogan - Neapolitan Song & Bel Canto, Burlington, NC
- Carlo Barba (Chuck Beard) is a veteran of Musical Theatre, Opera, Neapolitan Song, Vocal Ensembles, and Band Music. He is a soloist in Oratorios, Masses, and other Sacred Music. He sings as soloist in various churches and is a regular chorister at the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Burlington, NC. He studied voice at UNC-G as well as with coaches in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and New York City. He currently teaches Voice and Piano.
- Charles Hogan, pianist, conductor, lover of Tuscan culture e un novizio della lingua italiana, hails from West Virginia by way of the University of Kentucky and Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He conducted the Cincinnati Cathedral choir’s recording O Still, Small Voice of Calm (Pro Organo Records, 2010) and wrote a book on the development of Anglican evensong and modern interpretations of it (MorningStar Publishers, 2015). He is currently working on transcriptions and modern translations of late-medieval Sarum chant to be published in 2019 as an appendix to that. Currently Director of Music Church of the Holy Comforter in Burlington, N.C., he has taught at such institutions as Elon University, the University of Dayton (Ohio), and Earlham College (Indiana).
David DiGiuseppe - Brava Fisarmonica & Beyond, Chapel Hill, NC
David DiGiuseppe is a multi-faceted performer who has been playing professionally since 1978. A nationally recognized accordionist, DiGiuseppe is known for his fiery and emotive playing and offers a variety of programs, including music from Celtic, French, Italian and American traditions.
DiGiuseppe plays for contra dances and in concert with his bands FootLoose, Contrazz and a number of other groups. He presents concerts of songs and instrumental pieces with his ensemble Craicdown.
DiGiuseppe has released three recordings showcasing his playing on music from Celtic, Parisian and American traditions. Reviewer John O'Regan of Ireland wrote, "...a player of immense talent and vision, David is a musician worth encountering."
DiGiuseppe is featured on four releases with his band FootLoose, CDs with his bands Craicdown and Contrazz, and appears on numerous recordings backing other musicians.
He has also written six music books published through Mel Bay Publishing, including both method tutors and tune collections arranged for the accordion. www.daviddg.com
DJ Smoore – Italian & American-Italian Hits From Across the Generations, Cary, NC
DJ Smoore (Sean Moore) has been djing in the raleigh area for about 7 years. He makes schedules for 3 different bars in the Glenwood South area. Through DJ Smoore Entertainment, he and his crew serve club sets, Karaoke parties, private and corporate events, and weddings . If he's not DJing a wedding on the weekends, he will def be out djing a club/bar on Gleenwood Avenue. DJ Smoore can be contacted via email @ Smoore5485@gmail.com or by cell number (336) 430-7687 For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679314166.
JiJi Maribi – Mediterranean Raqs Sharqi & Raqs Baladi - Folk Dancing of North Africa, Magna Graecia, and the Levant, Raleigh, NC
JiJi Maribi has spent her entire life on stages, beginning at the age of four. With the encouragement and support of her parents, dance always has been and remains her passion. JiJi has explored many styles of solo, group, and partner dancing over the years. In 2008, in a neighbor’s living room, JiJi first fell in love with raqs baladi (classical Egyptian dancing, also known as belly dancing) as an art. JiJi began learning technique and choreography in 2009, began performing in 2011, and teaching in 2012.
JiJi loves the elegance, sensuality, and true art of raqs sharqi (a more modern version of bellydance), and over the years, has developed her own unique style of the dance. JiJi focuses on movements that are traditional, while fusing modern pop and electronic fun into her many original dance compositions! In addition to performing, JiJi teaches weekly belly dance classes, as well as private lessons. She is also a Reiki Master, and has developed specific energy techniques that she brings to the classroom, to help improve body image of her students.
Michela Musolino - Traditional Mezzogiorno Singing & Drumming, Clifton, NJ
Michela Musolino, an internationally recognized Sicilian-American singer and percussionist, Michela is the grand-daughter of Sicilian immigrants to North America. She has re-discovered her own cultural roots through the study and reinterpretation of the folk songs of Sicily and Southern Italy. Along with her creative partner, Fabio Turchetti, Michela has created Project Metalli Sonanti (Metalic Soundings), a multi-media performance inspired by the ancestral sounds of Grecian, Roman, Arabian, Byzantine, Norman, Bourbon, and Italian Sicily. Michela’s voice weaves both ancient and modern melodies together with Turchetti’s organetto and guitar work, create a beautiful, unique alchemy of sound, story, melody, and memory—both ancient and modern, Italian and pan-Mediterranean. https://www.michelamusolino.com/.
Mebanesville – Acoustic-Electric, Traditional & Contemporary Italian Song, Mebane, NC
Mebanesville introduces and delights live audiences with the best in roots, rhythm, and world music from the Mediterranean Basin to the British and Irish Isles, while heading down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. Mebanesville co-founder, Loreins “Larry” Vellani, is the immediate descendant of Reggio Emilian (Arşân ed Rèz) emigrants. Larry has performed with some of the most respected interpreters of social and narrative song and dance—in English, Italian, and Spanish--including Guy and Candy Carawan, Barbara Dane, Mimi Fariña, Ronnie Gilbert, Rhiannon Giddens, Beverly Grant, Si Kahn, Fran McKendree, Natalie Marrone, Michela Musolino, Holly Near, Bruce Phillips, Baldemar Velasquez, and Salvatore Villani. He also has performed with some of the Southeast most renowned traditional Anglo and Afro-American musicians, including Lonny Austin, Marvin Gaster, Tommy Jarrell, Lauchlin Shaw, Paul Taylor, and Joe Thompson.
Mebanesville’s latest album, Mebanesville, Town & Country, will be available for purchase at the Festa. Whether on stage or tableside—and now on disc--the members of Mebanesville specialize in vocal and instrumental harmonies that creatively embrace songs of love, life, and the human condition. For further information or sampling, visit https://mebanesville.com/ or on FaceBook at http://www.Facebook.com/pages/Mebanesville/64872513534?ref=ts.
The DanceCure - Traditional Dance Demonstrations & Tarantella Lessons, Chapel Hill, NC
The Dance Cure is a contemporary, all female performance company dedicated to the creation of culturally driven dances that bring to life the broader scope of human experience, and has developed a unique, artistic voice in the Triangle area. The company thrives on performing and teaching an accessible yet diverse body of dances that explore the many rites of passage woven through the fabric of human experience. Founder & choreographer, Natalie Marrone& Italian ethnicity serves as the point of the departure for most of the company& choreographic creations which fuse the athleticism of contemporary dance with folk dances, myths and rituals of her southern Italian background. The all-female company can be seen throughout the state of North Carolina inspiring a broad participation in dance which nurtures individual expression, celebrates diversity, and passionately pursues community unity.
The Jukebox - 70’s & 80’s Covers & Originals, Raleigh, NC
The Jukebox is a six-piece, pop-rock band dedicated to getting audiences on their feet! After a series of informal coffee-house nights on their high school campus, the players got serious enough to headline the Cardinal Gibbons High School 2018 prom. Since then, under the leadership of guitarist and singer-songwriter Daniel Mazzerina, The Jukebox has continued to perform at house parties, neighborhood events, football tailgates, and prom 2019. The band specializes in pop music from the ‘50s through today, with a focus on the sweet spot of classic rock, and 70s and 80s radio. They have posted some of their original (non-cover) material on the Youtube “The Jukebox – NC” channel , and post music links on theirTwitter page “@thejukeboxes” and Instagram “@jukebox_2019.”
Fabio Turchetti – Multi-Instrumentalist & Composer, Cremona, Lombardia
Fabio Turchetti, a musician and composer from Cremona, Lombardia, Italy, travels the world with his music, dividing his time between a repertoire of Italian folk revival and his own compositions. In addition to performing, Turchetti has authored books on music.
Honorary MCs - IN DISCUSSION
Rosalia Fedora – Multimedia Journalist, Raleigh, NC
Mimi Kirkland – Film & Television Actress, Raleigh, NC