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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. Our MC’s will be Tony LaStella and David Madrid.

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

La Mezzanotte Trio

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

Moretti Main Stage
Saturday 25th, 11:00am
Sunday 26th, 1:00pm

La Mezzanotte Trio

Consisting of Bonnie Birch, Nick Heiting and Paul Ostler, they’ll appear on the Moretti Main stage and also accompany Fortissimo! Hear musical samples and learn all about them at their website.

bonniebirch.com

Seattle Mandolin Orchestra

Large and unique ensemble playing beautiful Italian music on mandolins.

Moretti Main Stage
Saturday 25th, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Sunday 26th, 11:00am - 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.

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Fortissimo! with the Bonnie Birch Band

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

Moretti Main Stage
Saturday 25th, 1:00pm
Sunday 26th, 5:00pm

Fortissimo!

Known for many years as “Seattle’s Three Tenors,” these singers have been show-stoppers at Festa for over 20 years. Marcus Shelton, Chai Ahrenius and Steve Wall, brilliant operatic talents in their own right are awesome together! Always a standing ovation.

Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band

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

Moretti Main Stage
Saturday 25th, 2:00pm

Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band

Saturday afternoon on the Moretti Main stage, 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

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
Saturday 25th, 3:00pm
Sunday 26th, 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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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 25th, 4:00pm
Sunday 26th, 2:00pm

The Porcaro Group

Now a regular on the Moretti Main stage, 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 and the Rave Band

Featuring some of the northwest’s finest musicians: Howard Mack, John Oliver and Dave Moore.

Moretti Main Stage
Saturday 25th, 5:00pm

Mary and the Rave Band

Featuring some of the northwest’s finest musicians: Howard Mack, John Oliver and Dave Moore. Mary started her career performing USO tours for our troops in Alaska, Korea, Guam, The Philippines, Okinawa, Hawaii, Turkey, Greece, Spain… and ITALY! 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!

Mbrascatu

Tarantella Rock sung in Calabrese dialect

Moretti Main Stage
Saturday 25th, 6:00pm

Mbrascatu

This popular indie band from Portland, Oregon will only be playing on Saturday 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.

mbrascatu.com

Tony La Stella Italian ALL-STAR Dance & Show

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

Moretti Main Stage
Saturday 25th, 7:00pm, "All-star" jam session

Tony La Stella

Mamma Mia! Local Italian-American tenor Tony La Stella and 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.

Moretti Main Stage,
Sunday 26th, 4:00pm

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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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 26th, 12:00pm

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 25th, 4:00 - 7:00pm
Sunday 26th, 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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Bob Bailey III

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

Grape Stomp Area
Saturday 25th, 12:40 - 4:40pm
Sunday 26th, 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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Performances from our 2020 Virtual Festa

With special thanks to Seattle Center and our amazing sponsors, we’ve been able to record and now stream the following performances directly to you.

PART ONE

List of Artists in Order of Appearance

Fortissimo!, Danny Quintero, Julie Cascioppo, Tony La Stella, Seattle Mandolin Orchestra, The Primo Basso Band, Rob Porcaro, Mary Marchese – That’s Amore, La Mezzanotte Trio (Slideshow), Dennis from Dennis & the Jets, La MezzaNotte Trio, The Rigatones, Tony La Stella & The Goombas.

Special thanks to Seattle Center and our amazing sponsors!

PART TWO

List of Artists in Order of Appearance

The Rigatones, Danny Quintero, Mary Marchese, Fortissimo! The Tarantellas, Rob Porcaro, The Primo Basso Band, La Mezzanotte Trio (Slideshow), Mbrascatu, Tony La Stella & The Goombas, Fortissimo!, Julie Cascioppo, The Primo Basso Band, Fortissimo!

Special thanks to Seattle Center and our amazing sponsors!

Additional musical performances

Thanks to Festa regulars, the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra and Mbrascatu.

A unique performance of ‘La Vita è Bella’ (‘Life is Beautiful’) by members of the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra, playing a socially-distanced session filmed entirely from their homes.

A great video by Mbrascatu who have played the Italian Festival for many years. This indy ensemble from Portland, Oregon plays original material sung in the Calabrese dialect and never fails to get the crowd on its feet. Gypsy-rock at its most exciting!