The local music scene this weekend centers on the same location as the rest of Gloucester's entertainment, sports and even religious events — the 85th edition of St. Peter's Fiesta.
The entertainment organized by the Fiesta Committee is designed to present a variety of music for all ages.
Joe Novello, Fiesta committee president, said committee members always receive comments, both good and bad, about the music.
"The last two years, people have liked the entertainment and we received a lot of positive feedback," he said. "There is a combination of American and Italian music. We try to make sure everyone in the audience will enjoy part of it."
In addition to the nightly music at the altar stage, there is a Sunday afternoon concert scheduled featuring a 31-piece Northeast Navy pops band. The full schedule, which began Wednesday night with "Sinatra & Friends," is as follows:
Tonight from 8 to 11:30 will be the Youth Block Dance with D.J. Sam Santuccio.
Friday, there will be entertainment at 6:30 p.m. before the official opening ceremony at 7:30 p.m. After the formal opening, there will be entertainment up to 11:30 p.m., with music performed by the local band Seabreeze.
Saturday night's featured show spotlights Aaron Caruso with a band and vocalist. There also will be a comedian in a show that runs from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
On Sunday, after the morning Mass and Procession of St. Peter, the U.S. Navy Band Northeast suits up for its annual Fiesta concert, starting at 3 p.m. in St. Peter's Square. Then at 6 p.m., there will be one hour of music by St. Alfio's Band.
Finally, on Sunday night — after the last Greasy Pole winner has brought down the flag, and after the last seine boat has hit the beach — the last act takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. Gianni Faraone with Ray Cavichio and his mini Big Band as well as vocalist Natalie Pinto will perform.
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