Featuring the guitar skills of Anthony Mazzella on Saturday, July 22, Bella Vita Ristorante invites everyone to enjoy a warm evening on their dining patio.
Enchanting the audience with a fusion of world influences on guitar, Mazzella performs acoustic fingerstyle, classical, flamenco, jazz, funk, R&B, Celtic and rock ‘n’ roll music from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Performances by Mazzella have a $5 cover charge per person; the other shows are free.
Mazzella began his performance career as a concert guitarist in New York City. He quickly built up a strong following performing in The Bitter End, CBGB’s, Cat Club, Café Wah, Birdland, etc. He then landed a headlining spot at the Blue Note NYC. Mazzella went on to perform on stages all over the world as a solo artist, and as the concert guitarist for world music master Omar Faruk.
Mazzella’s study of music began on the violin at age five. He proceeded to learn the rudiments of music on piano until falling in love with the guitar at age 13. His influences are many, but most profoundly Michael Hedges, Pat Metheny, Carlos Montoya, Eddie Van Halen and Andres Segovia, among others.
Another opportunity for fun is with the electric Sammy Davis on Friday, July 21. Davis doesn’t disappoint with his lively vocal renditions of your favorite Motown, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll songs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
On Sunday, July 23, Gioia Cohen is back to accompany Jon Weekly with vocal harmonies of golden hits on acoustic guitar. They play a long list of favorite tunes from the baby boomer era, including songs by The Beatles, James Taylor, John Denver, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, Eagles, Cat Stevens, Buffalo Springfield, John Prine and more. Cohen and Weekly will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The duo Diversity keeps the party going Thursday, July 27, with a diverse playlist spanning several genres.
Delightfully entertaining to a wide audience, they sing the night away with the best of Motown, jazz, country, reggae and contemporary music from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Live outdoor music is available Thursday through Sunday evenings at Bella Vita during the summer months. Light acoustic guitar is also offered indoors on Friday and Saturday evenings by Jon Weekly.
The restaurant is at 6701 W. SR 89A at Sedona Pines Resort, two miles west of West Sedona. Large groups are welcome with a reservation. Call 282-4540 for reservations or more information.