La Vigilia! That is an ageless Italian Christmas Eve Tradition also known as the "Feast of the Seven Fishes!" However, you don't have to be Italian to enjoy the dinner or wait until
That is an ageless Italian Christmas Eve Tradition also known as the “Feast of the Seven Fishes!”
However, you don’t have to be Italian to enjoy the dinner or wait until Dec. 24 because Classic Blend, one of Rhode Island’s premier oldies doo wop groups, has teamed up with famed Ralph’s Catering and Kitchen for what promises to be a night full of food, fun and excellent entertainment.
It will happen on Monday evening, Dec. 13, inside the ageless Santa Maria Di Prate Society at 29 Walnut Grove Ave. in Cranston — which is also the headquarters for Ralph’s Catering and Kitchen — beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing to 11 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $55 per person and may be purchased by calling Peter Goneconte at 401-575-0200.
“Ralph has planned a great menu,” said Goneconte, one of Classic Blend’s original singers. “If you’ve never eaten Ralph’s food, it’s fantastic. So give yourself an early Christmas present, purchase a ticket for a night of great food, great music and special holiday spirit.”
The La Vigilia menu will include Calamari, snail salad, baccala salad, white clam chowder, linguine with white clam sauce, baked scrod with two baked shrimp, oven roast potatoes, string beans and dinner rolls.
“Of course,” as Goneconte mused while talking about the famed Classic Blend quintet, “there will be ice cream and cannolis.”
When Classic Blend first formed, the singing group entertained audiences at the one-time Young Pannese Society, which was located in the Silver Lake section of Providence.
Classic Blend now features Ron Giorgio, a 21-year-old superstar vocalist who has impressed audiences all over Rhode Island with his Frank Sinatra-likeness voice and talent.
Giorgio, in fact, has filled a void left by Classic Blend’s late extraordinary singer and long-time music man Tommy Tunes, who recently passed away after an unexpected illness.
He’ll join Classic Blend mainstays Maria Russo, Jack Mento, Ron Iacobucci and Goneconte on Dec. 13 for the La Vigilia. The event is expected to sell out.
People that do attend the event will see — and hear — Classic Blend. The group has been performing in Rhode island and Massachusetts, and recently return from Connecticut where they will be featured in an upcoming movie titled “Dangerfield’s 1964,” which is about a group of teenagers in high school who started a group, singing under lamp posts, as the old adage goes, and trying to hit it big in the music industry.
“Time passes and they all get on in years,” Goneconte explained about Classic Blend’s movie role. “They reunite to see if they still had the voices they once had.”
Classic Blend, which is featured in all tracks of the movie, is excited about their Dec. 13 appearance for what promises to be a special, super show.
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