Kicking off his international tour, Waterfront Film Festival welcomes headliner TONY FERRARI to the Opening Night Celebration. The 22-year-old California native recently released his new album "Gentleman" and within hours it ranked in the Top 50 Pop Albums on iTunes. Inspired by legends Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and Al Greene, Ferrari brings a youthful yet classy presence to the stage. Among his new tunes is a song called "South Haven Girls," which he wrote upon reflection of his time at Waterfront Film Festival last year. Portions of the music video for that track will be shot during his performance, offering the chance for spectators to be in the video, including some who may be featured on screen. SPECIAL GUESTS:
Acclaimed operatic tenor and current contestant on ABC’s hit TV show “The Bachelorette” BRADLEY WISK will be in attendance and will perform live during the Opening Night Summer Homecoming Party at the 16th Annual Waterfront Film Festival.
Wisk, who studied under the late Basso Giorgio Tozzi at Indiana University’s school of music, is hailed by critics and has been described as having “an alluring rich color and exceptional spinning stratospheric top notes.” He brings to life Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette and Il Duca di Manotova in Rigoletto, as well as standards by Frank Sinatra and multitude of genres including Broadway, Classical-Crossover, Latin Pop, Neapolitan Songs and Adult Contemporary.
Opening music acts will include ALEXIS and VALENTIGER, each of which has a significant following. Alexis represents a rare breed in the world of live music, with a sound that rides between retro electro pop and smoky lounge and jazz. Valentiger is a throwback in Americana that unearths and reinvents the sounds of the ’60s while drawing on contemporary ideals and experiences.
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The opening night party will also feature a poster signing with artist Ron English. Ron is a world-renowned artist and pop iconoclast who paints, infiltrates, reinvents, and satirizes modern culture and its mainstream visual representations. His work appears on canvas, in song and on hundreds of pirated billboards throughout the world. English has appeared in documentary film, including in the 2004 sensation Super Size Me, and his persona has been represented among “The Art Army” action figures and in animation with his own character on The Simpsons.
SCREENING AT DUSK:
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