Matt Schafer began playing the accordion at age seven and at thirteen began playing professionally with his father's band in the greater Akron area. At age twenty-six, Matt joined America's Polka King, Frank Yankovic, traveling throughout the United States and Canada. In 1977, he formed his own band, and has been performing in the greater Akron-Canton area. Matt has served as president of the A.B.C. Polka Association and hosts a Saturday morning radio program on WZIP FM Akron, Ohio..

Matt Schafer  --  Thursday, Friday & Saturday (Strolling Accordion)

Mirella’s devotion to Italian music has been with her since she started playing the piano and accordion at the age of 8. In addition to the piano and accordion, she also plays the organ and drums.  To celebrate her Italian heritage, Mirella, at age 15, began playing her accordion in Pittsburgh’s Strip District for an Italian produce store where she has continued to play and attract customers for the past 18 years! For over 30 years, Mirella has traveled throughout the Pittsburgh and Tri‐State Area delighting audiences with her extensive repertoire of traditional Italian and American melodies.

Moreno Fruzzetti, a native of Pisa, located in the Tuscany region of Italy, has been capturing the ears and hearts of fans worldwide for over 30 years and continues with no end in sight. It seems this vocalist has found his recipe for success: the mix of his powerful tenor sound, captivating onstage presence, and a variety of Operatic arias, Pop music, to the American classics!          
Playing in concerts and festivals across the globe, he has been able to share with us his passion for all genres of music. Song selections that range from the 1940’s to present and of course his love for the Golden Era of Italian music along with classical music from centuries ago.  

More on Moreno Fruzzetti at Out at

I Campagnoli  --  Friday 4:30 - 6:00

For over 20 years the Allegro Dance Company has been wowing crowds of all ages with their performances throughout the United States and Italy.  Allegro is a professional company of young, talented men and women from Wheeling, WV.  Their current tour, Morso -the Tarantella Tour, delves deeper into the southern regions of Italy from Naples to Calabria and even into Sicily to showcase dances that stem from the Tarantella. Bring your family and friends to Allegro's performance and celebrate the traditions and history of Italy with us!

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Saturday, June 17

  • Mirella The Musician  --  1:00 - 3:00
  • Anima E Cuore  --  4:00 - 6:00
  • Allegro Dance Company  --  6:15 - 7:15
  • Disco Inferno  --  8:00 - 11:00
  • Matt Schafer  --  Strolling throughout festival

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.

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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

Mirella the Musician  --  Saturday 1:00 - 3:00

Thursday, June 15

  • Tuscan Trio  --  4:30 - 6:00
  • La Flavour  --  7:00 - 10:00
  • Matt Schafer  --  Strolling throughout festival

Anima e Cuore is a fresh new sounding Italian-American band that is dedicated to providing only the finest in Italian-American musical entertainment. From Italian oldies and standards to more modern sounds with a bit of good old American rock & roll mixed in, Anima e Cuore is sure to please every crowd. Growing out of the rich history of numerous Cleveland-based Italian bands, Anima e Cuore has established itself as a premier Italian-American band throughout the United States.

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2017 Headliners

Moreno Fruzzetti  --  Friday 9:00 - 10:30

La Flavour  --  Thursday 7:00 - 10:00

Gli Italiani  --  Friday 7:00 - 9:00

Tuscan Trio  --  Thursday 4:30 - 6:00

Anima E Cuore  --  Saturday 4:00 - 6:00


Disco Inferno --  Saturday 8:00 - 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.

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Friday, June 16

  • I Campagnoli  --  4:30 - 6:00
  • Gli Italiani  --  7:00 - 9:00
  • Moreno Fruzzetti  --  9:00 - 10:30
  • Matt Schafer  --  Strolling throughout festival

We are pleased to announce the following entertainment lineup for our 2017 festival.

More 2017 Entertainment

Allegro Dance Company  --  Saturday 6:15 - 7:15

LaFlavour has been pleasing area audiences for years. From 1973 to 1988, they toured the major cities across the country, having made many appearances at Harrah’s in Atlantic City. Currently the band has cut down on their travel by playing high profile engagements around the Akron - Cleveland area. The band is widely known by its trademark original song Mandolay which was a huge national and international hit, reaching number 7 on the Billboard Chart.

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I Campagnoli from Cleveland, Ohio will bring you on a musical journey back to the Italian regions of Abruzzo and Molise with their beautiful folklore. I Campagnoli is a group of long time friends that truly loves getting together and playing beautiful traditional Italian music together. Come sing along and dance to beautiful sounds of I Campagnoli!

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Stark County

June 21-23, 2018  -  Downtown Canton, Ohio

Italian-American Festival