​​Italian-American Festival

Stark County

June 21-23, 2018  -  Downtown Canton, Ohio

Lights out is a four part vocal group that is being hailed as "America's #1 Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons".  This popular multi-talented group has been entertaining audiences for years by focusing on the art of harmony and the pure sound of voices.  With their infectious personality, and their love of meeting every person who sees them perform, LIGHTS OUT's shows are a MUST-SEE! LIGHTS OUT has worked tirelessly over the years to find and perfect their signature sound. Starting out in their college dorm rooms as four friends who enjoyed singing, LIGHTS OUT now takes their shows from city to city across the nation.

More on Lights Out at http://www.lightsoutvocals.com/

The Faiella Duo  --  Friday 4:30 - 6:00

For over two decades, Allegro Dance Company has been wowing crowds of all ages with their tour performances throughout the United States and Italy. Allegro is a professional company  comprised of young, talented men and women from Wheeling, WV. The company has been featured in numerous magazines such as: Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Wheeling Life, WV Living, State of the Art Magazine and the National Italian American Foundation Ambassador magazine.  The company is known for their unique and powerful performances fusing traditional Italian dance with other dance styles to educate audiences about the rich culture of Italy.

For more info visit www.allegrodancecompany.net

Saturday, June 23​​

  • 2:00 - Pizza Eating Contest
  • ​3:00 - Tarantella Demonstration by Allegro Dance Company
  • 4:00 - Cavalieri Reale
  • 6:15 - Allegro Dance Company 
  • 7:15 - Aaron Caruso
  • 8:45 - Disco Inferno

Gli Italiani is a group of young energetic Italian boys doing what they do best, playing music together. They play a wide variety of music including old Italian folk songs, newer Italian hits, popular American music and more. They will surely have a crowd dancing and having fun all night long. The band members are a close group of long-time friends including Andrew on accordion, keyboards, and lead vocals, Anthony on bass and vocals, Matt on guitar and vocals, and David on drums and vocals.

Find Gli Italiani on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gliitalianiband/

Often Imitated, Never Duplicated! Disco Inferno is the Number One disco tribute band in the Midwest. With over a 150 shows a year, Disco Inferno has been together since 1995 and can been seen at venues throughout Ohio as well as Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky and more.  Get ready for dancing in the street as Disco Inferno plays hits of the 70’s and early 80’s Disco. Burn Baby Burn!!

More info on Disco Inferno at www.discoinfernoband.com

Thursday, June 21

  • 4:30 - Tuscan Trio
  • ​7:00 - Jimmy & the Soulblazers

Buble meets Bocelli is how people are describing this exciting show by Italian Tenor and Entertainer,  Aaron Caruso.  After studying Opera in Italy and New York with Maestro Veccia, Aaron then mastered the art of entertaining an audience with 10-time Reno, NV Entertainer of the year Danny Marona.  The result is an exciting showman with a first class voice.  From fun Italian songs and arias to Broadway and popular music, with lots of laughs in between, this great show is not to be missed!

More info on Aaron Caruso at http://www.aaroncaruso.com

2018 Headliners

The Cavalieri Reale Band is an energetic group of performers from Cleveland, Ohio. With a tight well-rounded sound, it is apparent that this group is a close-knit family. They have captivated audiences throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, and have also performed in Niagara Falls and Toronto Canada. Whether it is and Italian Folk song, a Neapolitan love song, or one of today's contemporary hits, The Cavalieri Reale Band will surely entertain you. Their happy music will bring an added beat to your heart, an extra hop to your step, and a smile to your face. It's no wonder, they are considered by many to be Ohio's premiere Italian dance and show band.

Find Cavalieri Reale on Facebook 

Lights Out --  Friday 9:00 - 10:30

Jimmy & the Soulblazers  --  Thursday 7:00 - 10:00

Gli Italiani  --  Friday 7:00 - 9:00

Tuscan Trio  --  Thursday 4:30 - 6:00

Cavalieri Reale -- Saturday 4:00 - 6:00

Aaron Caruso  --  Saturday 7:15 - 8:30


Disco Inferno --  Saturday 8:45 - 11:00

Tuscan Trio’s instrumental music performance creates the mood and feel of Italy.  Inspired by musicians who can be found strolling the cafés of Italy, Tuscan Trio plays beautiful, romantic music that transports you to the peaceful cafes along the cobblestone streets of the old country. Grab some cavatelli, pizza or gelato, then sit and relax to the sounds of Tuscan Trio in the midst of our Italian Festival.

More info on Tuscan Trio at http://tuscantrio.com

Friday, June 22

  • 4:30 - The Faiella's
  • ​7:00 - Gli Italiani
  • ​9:00 - Lights Out - A Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Festival entertainment for 2018 

More 2018 Entertainment

Allegro Dance Company  -- 

Saturday 3:00 and Saturday 6:15 - 6:45

Jimmy and the SoulBlazers (Also known as Change and Clockwork) A soul/funk/rock music cover band from Alliance,Ohio. Since 1966 they have been playing for audiences across the east coast and midwest. Their outstanding vocals and musicianship have kept them a regional favorite for many years. A couple of the songs give some of the Blazers longer and better chances to show off not only their still-tight harmonies, but their abilities as musicians. They also have added a horn section. They have been the opening act for such artists as Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, the Ojays, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Three Dog Night, Uriah Heep, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Sly & the Family Stone, James Gang, Jr. Walker and the All Stars, Four Tops, Ray Charles, Frankie Valli, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and many more.More band info at https://www.soulblazers.com/

This father and son duo are exceptional mandolin and guitar musicians that entertain while strolling among guests, playing Italian music and favorite European selections, as well as requests from the audience. Faiella’s traditional acoustic sound is enhanced by small, wireless sound enhancers that each musician carries.

For more info visit http://talentnetworkinc.com/artists/italian-european-faiella-duo/