I first dug this cat at last year's fabulous Festa Italia as he tag-teamed the wide-eyed crowd with a Sinatra impersonator to complement his take on Dean Martin. Even off stage, Joe Scalissi was in character with Martin's rapid-fire repartee, charm, and high-octane cocktailing. On stage, the man recreates the legend to a fault — his mannerisms, his humor, and his velvety voice. Even Martin's own daughter was flabbergasted upon hearing Scalissi croon while the ladies swoon. Ask him to play "Sway" and you'll see what I mean.
Joe Scalissi performs as part of the 2013 Festa Iltalia, running Thursday, June 6-Saturday, June 8 in Edmund Lyon Park, Main Street, East Rochester. Free admission during lunch (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) and late night (9:30-11 p.m.), but admission 4-9 p.m. costs $8-$10. For more details and a full schedule of entertainment visit festaitaliaer.com.