Music – Main Stage Entertainment

DJ-Italia

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.

Tarantella Dancers

Tarrentella

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.

Shades of Gray

The Shades of Gray Band is a variety band in Houston, Texas, consisting of Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards and Drums. The band plays a variety of Blues, Classic Rock, Country, and Original music. The guys can  reach back decades, from the 50’s to the present day, and play music that will stir your soul. Larry O plays Electric Guitar, his style and approach bring sizzling solos, and when necessary, melodic passages to compliment the music. Tony Porcarello plays Bass Guitar and provides the solid foundation to the music. Moe Mata plays Keyboards that add a unique and versatile sound to the music. Tommy Hager plays drums, sets the groove, and maintains a steady pulse. All of the members sing. Whether playing a smooth country ballad or a driving classic rock favorite, the band wants the audience to enjoy the show and have fun. Interacting with the audience, with colorful banter and old jokes keeps the atmosphere light and entertaining. Request from the audience are encouraged.

Vince King

Vince King is a multi-award winning “Elvis Tribute Artist” residing in the Houston, Texas area.  Vince has won multiple ETA competitions, and is recognized by Elvis Presley Enterprises as a preferred Elvis Tribute Artist.  Most recently he became Grand Champion at the EP EXPO Competition and People’s Choice Winner at the King of the World contest in Memphis, TN.  Vince was destined to become an Elvis Tribute Artist given his striking Elvis features.  His voice, the famous Elvis moves, mannerisms, charisma and magical connection with his fans.  Performing for audiences for over 14 years, Vince is one of the few ETA’s who can perform all eras of Elvis Presley’s amazing history-making career.

The Fab 5

image2The Fab 5 was formed when Glen Anthony SattelGreg LewisDwaine Abraham, and Bill Staats decided to break off from their existing 60s band, The Sign of The Times. The Sign of The Times consisted of approx. 8 – 9 members (with a sax player) and did primarily R&B/Motown/Soul Music of the 1960s. n November of 1990, the four of them met at Greg’s house, then drove to rehearsal in Greg’s van and announced they were leaving the band. Needless to say, the remaining members of the Sign of the Times were surprised and pretty upset (I guess they got over it…..who knows). Glen, Greg, Dwaine, and Bill wanted to take their new band “THE FAB 5” into the direction of The British Invasion/Party Rock music of the 1960s. In August 1991, it was a performance at Scoma’s Italian Restaurant in The Woodlands,TX, which paid $100 and all the spaghetti they could eat and all the tea they could drink, that The Fab 5 was officially unveiled.
The rest, as they say, is “FAB” history!!!!!

University of Houston’s Moores Opera Center

University of Houston’s Moores Opera Center is one of the premiere opera training programs in the country. The program is directed by Buck Ross, who is an Italian enthusiast and member of the Italian Cultural Center. Our opera productions are cast with graduate and undergraduate students who come to UH from around the country and the world for the chance to work with expert faculty and gain stage experience in our four fully-staged operas each year in the state-of-the-art Moores Opera House. We are excited to present at Houston’s 2019 Italian Festival, bringing a group of our students to sing popular Italian arias along with the famous Can-Can finale of our October production, Orpheus in the Underworld.