TONY SACCA PICKS TOP VEGAS ENTERTAINERS TO PERFORM NIGHTLY

AT SAN GENNARO FEAST AT RIO ALL-SUITE HOTEL & CASINO

LAS VEGASThe 32nd Annual San Gennaro Feast will once again feature a “Taste of Great Entertainment” nightly with a lineup of elite Las Vegas entertainers hosted by entertainment director and performer Tony Sacca, who has been part of the feast for more than 25 years. This annual feast, which is “A Love Affair with Little Italy” honoring the patron saint of Naples, Italy, will be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in the resort’s northeast parking lot located off Twain between Dean Martin Drive and S. Valley View, Sept. 13-18, 2011.

Every day, complimentary entertainment begins at 4 p.m. on the main stage featuring Philly Cuzz followed with traditional Italian folk music until 8 p.m. Headliners follow with TV personality / entertainer Tony Sacca hosting Las Vegas’ finest entertainers backed by the Michael T Orchestra.

The event’s Grand Marshals are “The Rat Pack Is Back” featuring two Italians – Frank and Dean, one Sicilian Sammy, and one “Jew-wop-ie” – Joey. Back with us for her fourth year is Grand Lady, Lena Prima, daughter of legendary Louis Prima. Also appearing will be Greg London, Dick Contino, Mark Giovi, Chris Lista, Domenic Allen, Kevin Burke, Rick Faugno (Jersey Boy), Kim Styles, Tony Pace, Matt Lewis as Elvis, Dennis Bono, “Nunsense” the musical, Motown Divas, Nellie Norris as Cher, Amanda Kaiser as Pat Banatar, Gina Diane, Dian Diaz, Martin Andrew as Rod Stewart, Zowie Bowie, Dangerous Curves, Kelly Sheehan / Deanne Sheehan, LJ Harness, Jeneane Marie, Shades of Sinatra, plus more TBD.

Nightly traditional Italian folk music 5 to 8 p.m. with Ciro Giorgio, Tony De Bruno, Enzo Selvaggi, Emilio Baglioni and Tony De Bruno.

Every evening there’s a game show give away with Mark Richards followed by different well-known groups: Déjà Vu Band, The Bronx Wonderers, Guilty Pleasures, State of The Art and the Patty Janura Band rocking out with dance music until closing. On Saturday evening, Terry Forsythe’s tribute to the Temptations and Supremes will do the closing honors.

On Wednesday, the traditional annual procession of the saint will be accompanied by Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Anthony Palmisano - president of the San Gennaro Feast, the Army National Honor Guard, the Knights of Columbus and the Order of Sons of Italy from Arizona. ITALO – the oldest Italian American Club in the country will carry the statue of the saint. The Italian National Anthem will be sung by Ciro Giorgio. A blessing, to commemorate the spirit of San Gennaro, will be done by Father Dave Cassaleggio of St. Anne’s Church.

Continuing our commitment to attract locals, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is proud to host the 32nd annual Las Vegas San Gennaro Feast,” said Jeff Solomon, vice president and assistant general manager of Rio. “This will be a must-see attraction for Las Vegas residents who have long looked forward to the San Gennaro Feast as a bookend to the summer.”

Palmisano welcomes the Las Vegas Community to another “Love Affair with Italy,” and to enjoy our Italian culture.

The event goes from 4 – 11p.m. Tuesday -Thursday; 4 p.m. – midnight on Friday; 11 a.m. – midnight on Saturday; and 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Sunday. There is free parking in the Masquerade Garage and self-parking.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for seniors at the gate with $6 coupons on the Website www.sangennarofeast.com. Children 54 inches and under are free. For group rates, call 702-286-4944 during regular business hours.