DJ-Italia, two of the finest DJ’s this side of the Italian boot, doing Houston’s DJ scene for many many years. Anthony Porcarello and his son Anthony Porcarello, Jr. will rock your socks off with Italian music the likes of which you’ll only hear in Italy, not to mention our all American favorites like Dean Martin, Connie Francis, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Louie Prima, Sam Butera and the list goes on and on.
Houston International Folk Dancers
A recreational and performance group founded in 1947, HIFD is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of ethnic dance from around the world. Primarily a recreational group that meets twice weekly, HIFD also stages folk dance performances for many events and festivals throughout the calendar year. The group’s repertoire includes more than 300 dances from 39 countries, with emphasis on those of Europe, the Middle East, and Mediterranean areas.
HIFD has participated in performances at the Mediterranean Festival at St. George Orthodox Church in Houston, the Houston International Festival, the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival, and the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio.
HIFD welcomes the opportunity to bring song, dance and music from other cultures to interested parties, and hopes that by so doing, we help preserve the uniqueness of the individual cultures as well as promote peace among all ethnicities.
The Tarantella Dancers of Galveston have been performing at the Houston Italian Festival for over 25 years. This form of dance is the traditional folk dance of Sicily. Tarantella literally means “tarantula” because the dance is done by everyone in a large circle. Come and dance with the Tarentella Dancers.
Aaron Caruso is a” pull-out-all-the-stops showman” selected by film producer, Sonny Grosso, and 15-time Grammy winner, Phil Ramone, to perform in the role of Mario Lanza. He has performed to a sold out audience at Carnegie Hall and at a red carpet event on NBC. Aaron was honored to sing at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City following the events of 9/11. Recently, Aaron performed a concert with the Bellini Opera of Michigan at the Traverse City Opera House. He also performed a concert of operatic arias and duets with the South West Florida Italian Opera Society. Mr. Caruso regularly concertizes across the United States and Canada with soloists from the Metropolitan. He has headlined Italian festivals across the US where his shows have been filled with spontaneous ovations. Says Giovanna di Bono, PR director for San Diego Sicilian Festival, “Aaron’s performance was stellar and excited the audience to a level we have never experienced with any performance at our event so far.” For more information go to: www.aaroncaruso.com
Over their 20-year history, Radio Live has become one of the premiere special event bands in the USA. High energy performances, incredible talent and class are just a couple of the reasons Radio Live has become one of the most sought after for destination weddings, major corporate events and social galas around Texas and the world. For more information go to: www.radioliveband.com
“Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles coming to America”. – The Fab 5, Houston’s highly regarded Beatles tribute band, performs hits by the Beatles and other classic rock groups from the 60s. Their music touches people of all ages from young children to grandparents. It is a period of music that reaches a wide range of demographics. Since 1990, The Fab 5 has recruited top-notch musicians to join the ranks of its rotating roster, performing at various festivals, corporate events, weddings and even opening up for the likes of The Beach Boys and Foghat. The band’s success can be attributed to the level of musicianship found in the band. For more information go to: www.thefab5.net
Amanda Pascali and The Family
Amanda Pascali is a singer/songwriter in her late teens, born in Queens, New York and living in Houston, Texas. She’s studying Natural Sciences at the University of Houston along with traveling across the world and documenting those travels as songs, stories, and poetry. Amanda Pascali’s ‘Immigrant American Folk Music’ showcases her traditional influences, but she is no copy of anyone. She seeks to make loud the voices of those who are unheard in America and her sincerity shows us that home is truly where the heart is. She has released music and performed internationally, notably with the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance and Folk Alliance International.