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These are the great performing artists that will be at Festa this year, supported in part by grants from King County’s 4Culture, The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and other supporters as noted.

Refer to the Festa Weekend Schedule for the most up to date and complete listing of performers and show times.

Mbrascatu

Tarantella Rock sung in Calabrese dialect

Moretti Main Stage
Sunday 29th, 4:00pm

Mbrascatu

This popular indie band from Portland, Oregon will only be playing on Sunday this year. With their songs sung in the Calabrese dialect, this is “Tarantella Rock” at its finest!

Sponsored in part by a grant from King County’s 4Culture.

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Tony La Stella

Popular local Italian-American tenor Tony La Stella and his band

Moretti Main Stage
Saturday 28th, 6:00pm and 7:00pm, "All-star" jam session

Tony La Stella

Mamma Mia! Local Italian-American tenor Tony La Stella and his band play Saturday night and then backup the Festa “All-Star” Jam Session. This you don’t want to miss!

Sponsored in part by the Veterans Family Fund of America.

tonylastella.com

Danny Quintero

Known throughout the NW as a great Sinatra-like song stylist.

Seattle Center Armory, The Taste of Italy,
Friday 27th, 7:00pm and
Moretti Main Stage,
Saturday 28th, 3:00pm

Danny Quintero

“Danny Q.” is known throughout the NW as a great Sinatra-like song stylist. When not fronting a 16-piece Big Band at nightclubs like Tula’s, he shows off his silky voice in more intimate gigs with a quartet.

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Fortissimo!

Known for many years as "Seattle's Three Tenors;" Marcus Shelton, Chai Ahrenius and Steve Wall

Moretti Main Stage
Saturday 28th, 2:00pm
Sunday 29th, 5:00pm

Fortissimo!

Known for many years as “Seattle’s Three Tenors,” these singers have been show-stoppers at Festa for over 18 years. Marcus Shelton, Chai Ahrenius and Steve Wall, brilliant operatic talents in their own right are awesome together! Always a standing ovation.

Tenor Marcus Shelton

Marcus Shelton, popular local tenor and a former "young artist" with Seattle Opera. Appearing with Fortissimo.

Moretti Main Stage
Saturday 28th, 2:00pm and
Sunday 29th, 5:00pm

Tenor Marcus Shelton

Popular local tenor and a former “young artist” with Seattle Opera.

marcussheltontenor.com

The Porcaro Group

Rob Porcaro, singing since he was 9 years of age. In the late 60's, he fronted the legendary "Thin Red Line."

Moretti Main Stage
Saturday 28th, 5:00pm

The Porcaro Group

Now a regular on the Moretti Mainstage, Rob Porcaro hails from Toronto, Canada and has been singing since he was 9 years old. In the late 60’s, he fronted the legendary “Thin Red Line” and immigrated with them to Seattle where he now sings at festivals like the Bite of Seattle the Taste of Tacoma and the San Gennaro Festival.

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Mary Marchese & the Rave Band

Featuring some of the northwest’s finest musicians, Tom Cox, Dave Moore and Ronnie Bishop.

Moretti Main Stage
Saturday 28th, 1:00pm

Mary Marchese & the Rave Band

Featuring some of the northwest’s finest musicians, Tom Cox, Dave Moore and Ronnie Bishop. Mary started her career performing USO tours for our troops in Alaska, Korea, Guam, The Philippines, Okinawa, Hawaii, Turkey, Greece, Spain… and ITALY! Together they were the featured house band aboard the Spirit of Puget Sound Dinner Ship for 7 years and The Royal Argosy Dinner ship for 12-years… all to RAVE reviews!

Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band

Classic Italian marches and excerpts from "Aida" and "il Trovatore."

Moretti Main Stage
Saturday 28th, 12:00pm

Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band

Early Saturday afternoon on the Moretti Mainstage, The Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band presented classic Italian marches including the “March of the Bersaglieri” and “A Frangesa,” as well as excerpts from “Aida” and “il Trovatore.” Guaranteed to wake you up!

sedentarysousa.com

Seattle Mandolin Orchestra

Large and unique ensemble playing beautiful Italian music on mandolins.

Moretti Main Stage
Sunday 29th, 12:00pm

Seattle Mandolin Orchestra

Returning to Festa year after year, this large and unique ensemble plays beautiful Italian music on mandolins of myriad sizes.
Sponsored in part by a grant from the Seattle Office of Art & Culture.

seattlemandolin.org

The Primo Basso Band

Five-piece combo led by Lenny Luzzi and Tom Falcone of the Rigatones and featuring a "hot" Italian singer.

Moretti Main Stage
Sunday 29th, 3:00pm

The Primo Basso Band

Led by Lenny Luzzi and Tom Falcone of the Rigatones and featuring a “hot” Italian singer, this five-piece combo plays every year at “The Great Italian Festival” in Reno, Nevada.

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Julie Cascioppo

Seattle's "Sicilian Diva" entertains audiences in Paris, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Bangkok, Hong Kong, London, Hamburg, Brussels, New York, LA and San Francisco.

Moretti Main Stage
Sunday 29th, 2:00pm

Julie Cascioppo

Seattle’s “Sicilian Diva” entertains audiences worldwide. When in Seattle, she’s usually at Vito’s or similar intimate cabarets. At Festa, Julie loves to play to her Italian side, performing songs from her childhood.

juliesings.com

The RigaTones

Lenny Luzzi and Tom Falcone; high-energy sing alongs. That's Amore!

Wine Garden
Saturday 28th, 4:00 - 7:00pm
Sunday 29th, 4:00 - 6:00pm

The RigaTones

Lenny Luzzi and Tom Falcone always draw big crowds with their tunes and high-energy antics. Watch for them each afternoon in the big Wine & Beer Garden with everyone singing along. Now, That’s Amore! Ce La Luna Mezzo Mare – Lenny Luzzi, The RigaTones

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La Mezzanotte Trio

Bonnie Birch, Nick Heiting and Paul Ostler; traditional Italian music at its finest.

Wine Garden
Saturday 28th, 12:00 - 2:00pm
Sunday 29th, 2:00 - 4:00pm

La Mezzanotte Trio

Consisting of Bonnie Birch, Nick Heiting and Paul Ostler, they’ll appear in both the Wine Garden and on the Moretti Mainstage accompanying Fortissimo! Hear musical samples and learn all about them at their website.

bonniebirch.com

The Tarantellas

Lifelong Italian-American musicians from Seattle, Richard Sclafani and guitarist Juan Barco.

Moretti Main Stage
Saturday 28th, 11:00am

Wine Garden
Saturday 28th, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Sunday 29th, 12:00 - 2:00pm

The Tarantellas

Richard Sclafani and Pete Cicero were lifelong musicians who grew up in Italian-American families in Seattle. They were musical “paesans” for 30 years until Peter’s passing two years ago. He has been ably replaced by guitarist Juan Barco.

thetarantellas.com

Spotlight Repertory NW


Opera Magic is a special opera program designed for young listeners. Discover the history of opera through song, comedy and satire performed so everyone can understand its fascinating history.

Tino's Cortile
Saturday 28th, 1:00 and 3:00pm
Sunday 29th, 1:00 and 3:00pm

Spotlight Repertory NW

Opera Magic is a special opera program designed for young listeners. Discover the history of opera through song, comedy and satire performed so everyone can understand its fascinating history. With music from “Pompea,” the first opera by Monteverdi, and Rossini’s famous Cat Duet!

Saturday and Sunday, with two performances each day in Tino’s Cortile. Sponsored in part by grants from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and EACEF.

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Bob Bailey III

A comedy star and our Grape Stomp caller, also known as "Doc Bailey".

Grape Stomp Area
Saturday 28th, 12:40 - 4:40pm
Sunday 29th, 12:40 - 4:40pm

Bob Bailey III

Our Grape Stomp caller, also known as “Doc Bailey” loves to make Seattle laugh. Around the world he’s a comedy star but at home he’s just a funny guy from Ballard.

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Italian Choir of British Columbia

Driving down from Vancouver year after year to visit the Italian Festival and sing for us, their repertoire includes some of the century's most beloved Italian classics.

Moretti Main Stage
Saturday 28th, 4:00pm
Sunday 29th, 1:00pm

Italian Choir of British Columbia

Driving down from Vancouver year after year to visit the Italian Festival and sing for us, the Italian Choir of B.C.’s repertoire includes some of the most beloved Italian classics of the last 100 years.