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Rockin’ Out in Perugia

Date: July 28, 2014 - categories: , - 2 Comments

Al Bianchi – self-declared (with a grin) “sex symbol” of the Four Vegas – urged me to try a selfie when i asked the group for a photo after their Umbria Jazz show. Here’s the result:

A selfie with singer Al and pianist Alessandro

A selfie with singer Al and pianist Dario

Four young Roman musicians – united by a shared passione for sounds and lifestyles of the 1950’s and 1960’s – formed their band in 1999 and their renditions of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Otis Redding, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard gets the crowd rockin’ whenever they’re on at Umbria Jazz, Perugia. Joshua, an Englishman in his late 30’s with Down’s syndrome joined older Italian women in the rockin’ and rollin’ as Four Vegas singer Al Bianchi crooned Elvis (while combing his pompadour!), boomed an Otis Redding’s hit and then led his band into a “Twist and Shout” which got everyone moving.

The crowd joins in the dancing

The crowd joins in the dancing

And backing him up, Fabio and Manuel on guitars, Gino on drums and Dario on piano were clearly having as great a time as the crowd. I sat at a picnic table with the bands’ family members, all there to cheer on their boys – and in some cases, to rock to the music: drummer Gino’s father-in-law danced to the music with Gino’s six-month old son in his arms as the Four Vegas took on the Beachboys.

Good vibrations? That’s one way to put it!

See the Four Vegas here

Hear them on Youtube:
Official Video Promo
Umbria Jazz 2013 Video Promo
Live @Blow Rock Catania

Click here to read about Funk Off at Umbria Jazz Winter, 2017

Read more on Umbria Jazz and the Italian passion

Read about another favorite Umbria Jazz group

Click here to read more on Umbria Jazz in Perugia

Read about that hot jazz passion in Perugia

Read about a talented young Sicilian jazz musician

Read more on that Italian jazz enthusiasm

Click here to read about Umbria Jazz Winter in Orvieto

Enjoy Funk Off on YouTube

Read another note on Sonny Rolllins at Umbria Jazz

The Four Vegas - five great musicians!

The Four Vegas – five great musicians!

2 Comments

  • susan says:

    Anne I know that you were having so much fun with the music of the 50’s and 60’s. Send those guys to us at Bethany Beach , DE. We had a similar group called the Dialtones perform here last week at our beach bandstand. As we enjoy , we mustalso pray for peace in the mideast. So sad.

  • anne robichaud says:

    They would certainly be a HIT!
    Have their CD and it’s often on in the car.

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