11:00 AM FESTA ITALIA OPENING CEREMONIES
11:15 PM - 12:15 PM THE ANTHONY “NINO” LANE BAND (Salinas)
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM MIKE MAROTTA JR and the Italian All Stars Featuring
ORAZIO AIELLO & DAVID MARZETTI
PIZZA EATING CONTEST
(Sponsored by Pizza Factory)
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM PBS STAR - PASQUALE ESPOSITO
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM THE ANTHONY “NINO” LANE BAND (Salinas)
PASQUALE ESPOSITO was born and raised in Naples, Italy. He is an international crossover recording artist, acclaimed for his pop-opera delivery of songs. Esposito released 11albums and began touring internationally with his first musical revue: Naples … That’s Amore in 2005. Thereafter, he toured with his CD of Original Compositions:
Brand New Me (2009) and Il Tempo (2011).
His 1st PBS Special: Pasquale Esposito Celebrates Enrico Caruso in 2015. The PBS Special had over 220,000,000 potential viewers coupled with a live touring version. In Spring 2018, Esposito released his 2nd Public TV Special on PBS Stations: Pasquale Esposito Celebrates Italian Piazzas.
In January 2020, Esposito filmed two new PBS TV Specials in Naples, Italy at the historic Teatro Politeama. The first a Christmas Special: In the Spirit of Christmas (August 2021 release) conducted by Maestro Adriano Peninno and the second is a special titled: Il Tempo (Time)
Based out of Monterey CA, this 6 piece band headlines Festa Italia's all over California, Oregon, Utah and Nevada. Traditional Italian Classics as well as up to date Italian hits. From Pavarotti to Zucherro, this band is always a crowd pleaser.
Mike Marotta Jr. (a Monterey native, is the third generation of Marotta’s to entertain Monterey Peninsula audiences.) and Friends will include Dennis Murphy on bass, Paul Tarantino on clarinet and sax with vocalists Erasmo “Orazio” from Palermo, Sicily. He has been discovered by musicians eager to share his gift of singing traditional Italian songs and opera with wider audiences. During the day he practices while baking bread at his famous Palermo Bakery and DAVID MARZETTI who hosts a show every Saturday morning called the “Shag Bag” on 1460 AM/101 FM KION, as well as Sundays with Sinatra: Live from Old Fisherman’s Wharf on KMBY 1240 AM/95.9 FM every Sunday morning.
Your SPECIAL Guest
Cory Pesaturo is an American musician from Cumberland, Rhode Island. Pesaturo is an accordion player, who also plays the piano, clarinet, and saxophone. He began playing at the age of nine, and in 2002, became the youngest person to win the National Accordion Championship.
12:00 – 1:00 PM ANDREA ALGIERI of Mbrascatu
Across his career Algieri has released 4 studio albums with his band Mbrascatu,
wrote music for short movies and documentaries and numerous collaborations with other musicians.
Andrea Algieri has performed several tours with Mbrascatu plus many solo shows on which he typically plays acoustic music.
1:15 – 2:15 PM TONY LA STELLA
Magnificent Tenor Voice" (American Liberty News) Tony La Stella performs Opera, Sinatra & Rock named Top Male Vocalist in The U.S.A. (Hollywood Pillin Awards) with appearances in Night Clubs, Concerts, Television, Motion Pictures, Broadway Musicals & Opera throughout North America, South America, and Europe.
2:30 – 3:30 PM BARBRA ANN WAGNER
Is a talented young singer, songwriter, musician. Currently performing live as a solo act or with her band Sage Band. A local favorite.
3:45 – 4:45 PM ANDREA ALGIERI of Mbrascatu