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The Formula Band brings a taste of of Italian music to Angola

The Formula Band plays Italian classics and American favorites with a twist. The group appeared at Angola’s Summer Lawn Chair Concert Series on July 23.

ANGOLA – After experiencing light rain during the day, Angola’s Summer Lawn Chair Concert Series carried on as scheduled on July 23 in the village’s Centennial Park, under an overcast sky.

This installment saw an evening performance by the Buffalo-based Italian group, the Formula Band, in a show sponsored by the Chiavetta’s catering company.

The four-piece band, comprised of band members Dino Falletta on guitar and vocals, Thomas Trigilio on keyboards and vocals, John Bertini on bass guitar and vocals and Paul Siwula on drums, is described on their website, www.formulaitalianband.com, as having a sound that combines classic Italian music with elements of contemporary dance and Latin music.

After taking the stage at 7 p.m., the Formula Band kicked off the evening with a mixture of original material and well-established cover songs. Pieces such as “Sicilia-Mia” and “Hasta la Vista” were included in the groups’ selection of original music, many of which were largely instrumental compositions with Italian lyrics used in the occasional vocal passages.

The group’s repertoire of cover songs also carried on in a similar vein, with Italian-language songs as “’O Sole Mio” and Domenico Modungo’s “Volare,” along with Consuelo Velázquez’s Spanish classic, “Bésame Mucho.”

But the Formula Band also included a number of nostalgic American and English-language pop standards, throughout the set, with songs like Dion DiMucci’s “Runaround Sue,” Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” a pair of Dean Martin classics in “That’s Amore” and “Sway,” all culminating the evening’s closing rendition of the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s “Americano.”

The group played for about two hours, but the Formula Band took a brief intermission between sets, during which audience members could purchase any of the band’s past three CDs, “Festa,” “Ballate Con Noi” and “Ciao Amore.”

Also available during the show were concessions sold by the Brant-Evans Girl Scout Troop and tickets for a 50/50 raffle held during the intermission. Those who took part in the raffle were entered to win a cash prize, one of three New Era baseball caps and one of two sets of Chiavetta’s sauces and marinades.

Along with the main weekly ticket raffle, attendees also had the chance to show their support for Angola’s local Friends of the Village organization by entering to win a handmade quilt that will be given away at the final performance in this year’s run of summer concerts. Tickets for that raffle will be available for purchase during each of the remaining shows.

The 32nd Summer Lawn Chair Concert Series is presented by the Angola Parks and Gazebo Committee, Evans recreation and the village of Angola and will continue to take place every Wednesday this summer in Centennial Park with the New Angola Theater as a back-up rain location. The 2014 series will reach its end on Aug. 27, with musical guests the Frankfurters.

Next week’s concert will take place on July 30 and feature the calypso and reggae group Caribbean Extravaganza, in a show sponsored by Angola’s Schultz and Company Hardware and Appliances.


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