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La Festa Italiana Celebrates 43rd Year!

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La Festa Italiana Set for Labor Day Weekend in Scranton

La Festa Italiana will be held Labor Day weekend (Friday through Monday, August 31 – September 3) on Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown Scranton, Pa. Hours are Friday4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.Monday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

As usual, more than 80 vendors will be offering great Italian food, and continuous live entertainment will be featured on multiple stages around the square. There is no admission charge.

The Cameos

This year’s event will give visitors a full array of entertainment, culinary and cultural activities at nearby venues – all within walking distance.Opening night will feature one of the festival’s most popular acts, The Cameos, New Jersey’s Favorite Oldies Group.

Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms

Saturday night will feature La Festa’s Premier Italian Band, Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms, on the main stage at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m One of the most consistently sought after musical variety acts, Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms have dazzled audiences from coast to coast. They have been acclaimed for their ability to captivate the younger “Pop Culture” audiences while simultaneously thrilling established fans of Italian & Swing music.

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. His goal was to try to meet some Italians so that he could feel at home in a new city full of strangers. After an exhausting search he put together a group of four other musicians who were all born and raised in Italy, Naldo Monaco, Joe D’ippolito, Franco Salvatore and Gaetano Marino. As the Band grew in Popularity Ray increased the size of the band to seven members which lent the ability to be more diversified in musical styles. With popularity also came growing pains, the rigors of a lot of travel and a full plate of performance dates gave way for many of the original members to step down.

As with many Italians, Ray stepped up to the challenge and in 1992 began to recruit top musicians and build a band capable of attracting national attention. With many Italian songs trapped in his memory from repetitious playing of the albums his family brought with them from Italy, Ray inspired his new group to help him rearrange the traditional songs with a higher energy Pop sound with the hope of attracting younger Italian/Americans to the wonderful treasure of Italian music. With a lot of hard work and paid dues, the EuroRhythms have accomplished their goal and now have a National Following both young and old.

Today the EuroRhythms’ professional musical talents are complimented with five vocalists including Ray Massa (Parents from the Campania Region), Tony -DiMelfi (Grandparents from the Basilicata Region) and vocalist Marco Capoccia, (Born and raised in the region of Frosinone, Italy). The total group is comprised as such: Ray Massa on the Accordion/Organ/Vocals, Tony -DiMelfi – Lead Vocals/Trombone , Marco Capoccia Vocals/Percussion, John Dirck -Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals, Craig Hahn Drums/keys/Vocals, Jerry Parsons Bass Guitar/Vocals, Brian Olsheski – Saxophone/Clarinet, , Scott Belck Trumpet/Flugel Horn.

A variety of other continuous live entertainment for both young and older tastes is presented on the Main Stage, which this year will be located in the heart of Courthouse Square – the entrance of the beautiful building surrounded by magnificent monuments. Two other stages will be used to feature live music from some of the area’s best bands as well as acts for the children each day. View the complete Entertainment Schedule to plan your visit.

The annual Mass in Italian will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2. Father David Cappelloni will be principal celebrant and homilist. The Mass will also be televised live by CTV: Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton.

Fireworks will be displayed on Sunday night sponsored by Dickson City Hyundai and Performance KIA.

La Festa Italiana will literally hit the ground running with the James R. Minicozzi Memorial 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m. The race is being sponsored by the Scranton Chapter of UNICO, the Italian-American service organization, and proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Pre-registration for the race can be obtained by contacting Jack Trapani at 570-878-3780 or unico5k@gmail.com, or sending the $20 entrance fee by check made out to UNICO National-Scranton Chapter, P.O. Box 278, Dunmore, PA 18512.

Festival patrons are also invited to Lackawanna Railfest ’18, hosted by the nearby Steamtown National Historic Site Sept. 1-2. Shuttle transportation will be provided between La Festa and Steamtown. For details on Railfest, visit www.nps.gov/stea.

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La Festa Hours

Fri. Aug. 31 – 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sat. Sept. 1 – 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sun. Sept. 2 – 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Mon. Sept. 3 – 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM