2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
$12 pp online prepaid tickets $15 pp at door $7 pp minimum
Stella Crispo was raised in an eclectic musical family with classical roots on one side and pop on the other. She grew up listening to everything from Mozart to Queen and has been determined ever since to ‘do it all,’ singing in the footsteps of her idol and greatest influence, Linda Ronstadt. One of Stella’s many projects, ‘Heart Like A Wheel,’ is a tribute to Ronstadt and emphasizes her early pop/rock/country music. HLAW’s first show at B.B. King’s in Manhattan was a huge success. Stella has been a sought-after singer and pianist for many years. Her versatility has allowed her to make an impression as both a musician and songwriter. She graduated from Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division in NY, attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton and completed her undergraduate degree in Classical Voice at William Paterson University in NJ. Her career has taken her from performing in high-profile bands to recording jingles to appearing in off-Broadway’s ‘Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding.’ Stella has also been heard at Newark, NJ’s Performing Arts Center several times, most recently invited to give a pre-show concert for Liza Minnelli. Being bilingual, Stella is also a staple on the Italian American circuit. She has appeared in concert at many Italian events throughout the New York City area, and opened up for comedian and actor Pat Cooper and Italian favorite Julius LaRosa. As a songwriter, Stella has an open door to present songs to Grammy award winning artist, Laura Pausini.
Songwriting began at an early age when Stella wrote her first song, ‘Come Sail Away With Me,’ with a middle school friend. She continued writing throughout high school and college. Invited by an agent in Brescia, Italy to participate in the Sanremo Music Festival, Stella received rave reviews for the performance of one of her original songs ‘Dream Come True’ that took her through the many rounds of the festival, landing her among the top remaining contestants. One of her other tracks from the same album, ‘Finally,’ has been frequently used as a wedding song. In 2010, Stella was asked by international artist Philippe Valy to write the anthem for ‘My Last Butt,’ a new anti-smoking campaign. ‘Day After Day’ was completed shortly after. Many songs later, Stella’s library includes ‘Show Me,’ a song inspired by her son and ‘The Best Christmas,’ released in 2016 and dedicated to those in the armed forces who were able to be home for Christmas.
Currently, Stella performs as a soloist on Wednesdays and every other Friday at the elegant Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill in the Hampton Inn on Route 46 in Fairfield, NJ. She is also a member of ‘Best Day Ever,’ a hot R&B band and recently performed the National Anthem at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Stella’s talent, heart, drive and dedication are what have touched her audiences until now and what will continue to attract audiences in her future.
Tony Ventura (Electric and Upright Bass) has a BA in Music from City College of New York (Ron Carter). Some of his Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include RENT, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, PIRATE QUEEN, TONY AND TINA’S WEDDING and MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL. He has been seen on the SOPRANOS playing bass beside Nancy Sinatra and in the Disney movie ENCHANTED. Other film credits include LIPSTICK JUNGLE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, DAMAGES and MAD MEN. Tony has worked with numerous singers including Lou Christie, Mel Carter, Darlene Love, Jay and the Americans, Nelson Brothers, Bobby Rydell, The Drifters, The Tokens and Shirley Austin Reeves. He has worked with jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks, Shinobu Ito and jazz saxophonist Junior Cook. He is a busy freelancer in the jazz, blues, and R&B circuit in the NYC/NJ area.