‘Tribute to Italian Singers’ featured at grand opening of new arts district

By From page B2 | May 24, 2013

FAIRFIELD — The focus will be on Italian singers as Vallejo celebrates the grand opening of its new arts and entertainment district on June 1.

A “Tribute to Italian Singers” will get under way at 8 p.m. in the Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia St.

Larry Wallin and Rick Barretta have been performing the show for more than 15 years, taking it on the road to Las Vegas and Monterey. The duo reprises the songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Louis Prima, Perry Como, Frankie Avalon and others.

A four-piece band accompanies them and is directed by Kelly Park, a graduate of the Berklee School of Music. Park plays piano and is joined by saxophonist Tony Malfatti, drummer Thomas Moran and bassist Mike Bordelon.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with classic cars and music from Kevin Frazier. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Construction on the new arts and entertainment district began more than a year ago. And for seven months, Virginia Street was closed.

The event is a fundraiser for the theater, which contributes to the economic development and support of downtown businesses by bringing a potential 500 performing and visual art patron, for each theater show, downtown to enjoy dining, shopping, art exhibits, museums and much more, said a press release for the event.

The theater will offer music, special documentary and classics films, comedy and other events.

A push pin art project is also offered. The art piece is being done by Jose Martinez, who spurred the Windows Art Project last fall where windows in vacant downtown building were turned into mini art galleries.

Proceeds from the push pin community art project go to support the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation 11th annual Summer Arts Camp and the Windows Art Project.

For information, or tickets, call 552-2400 or visit www.empresstheatre.org.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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