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7:S-- Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 88th Annual St. Alfio Feast of the Three Saints Opening Ceremony - 88th Annual St. Alfio Feast 100,000 people enjoyed Labor Day in Lawrence this weekend to honor the martyred saints Alfio, Filadelfo and Cirino. The festival draws thou- sands of descendants of Lawrence's original Italian community. Visitors enjoyed in the music, fun and authentic Italian cusine. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Members of St. Alflo Society ITALIAN!! LEARN Burlington Lodge #2223 Offers Italian Classes unable to register in person on Septem- ber 14th, please complete the Registra- tion Form on the Burlington Sons of Italy website and mail it with your check payable to: Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge #2223 to Phil D'Alleva, 15 Edgemere Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. Please register early as the class- room slots tend to fill quickly. For additional information, visit our website ( and click on the link "Italian Classes," or contact Phil D'Alleva, Program Direc- tor at 781-272-4305 or via email to: dalleva @comcas t. net. The 2011 schedule is: Beginner 1 -- September 21, 2011 from 6:00-7:30 pm; Beginner 2 -- September 21, 2011 from 7:30-9:00 pm; Intermediate 1 -- Septem- ber 21, 2011 from 7:30-9:00 pm; Inter- mediate 2 -- September 21, 2011 from 6:00-7:30 pm; Advanced -- September 22, 2011 from 6:30-8:00 pm. The Burlington Lodge #2223 is offer- ing Italian language classes to anyone interested. Experienced teachers teach the classes. The classes, in addition to the language, will explore the culture, terrain, people and Culinary Arts of Italy. The two ten-week courses will be offered in levels of Beginner 1 & 2, Intermediate 1 & 2 and Advanced. The first ten-week session will begin in September 2011 and the second ten- week session will begin in January 2012. Beginner and Intermediate classes will meet at St. Margaret's School on Winn Street in Burlington on Wednes- days, while the Advanced Class will meet on Thursdays in Stoneham at the home of the instructor. Registration fee is nonrefundable. Registrations will take place on Sep- tember 14, 2011 from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. at St. Margaret's School. If you are l;ac .... i:: iT:i i i ~: ...... by bob morello reviewing , the rest LITTLE BIG TOWN ROCKS BOSSTOWN[ Country music superstars Little Big Town hit the stage at Boston's Hard Rock; and from the moment they started delivering their sig- nature four-part vocal har- mony, everyone knew "The Reason Why" this was going to be a great show. It all came together for LBT in 1998, as the four members Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet bonded, remaining intact from the beginning. Their unique sound features all four mem- bers alternating as lead singer, with Westbrook and Sweet playing rhythm gui- tar. Little BigTown, along with special guest Brett Eldredge, kicked off WKLB's Rockin' Country Music Series with an explosive performance. The sold out show was for a good cause, as it benefited the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. It didn't take long for LBT to get the crowd into it, as they opened with the gusto of "I'm With the Band," from their 2007 album A Place To Land. Much to the delight of the responsive crowd, they dove right into their 2010 Gold single "Little White Church," which reached #6 on the charts, from their al- bum The Reason Why. The group's four albums have garnered sales close to 2 mil- lion records, 3 Grammy nom- inations, which included The Road to l-lere's~]i~, mination for Album of tl~-ear. Add this to their slew~of CMA and ACM nominations, and you can easily measure LBT's acceptance by country music fans everywhere. The group spoke of their excitement, reminisc- ing when they were asked by the producers of the TV show "True Blood," about using their song "Bones" for the show's pilot -- they accepted. They followed with a moving recap of "Bones," and re- ceived thunderous applause. It was unbelievable how Little Big Town connected with their, audience, it was just like "old friends" meet- ing again. The group responded with additional efforts that included their first Top 5 song, "Bring It On Home," followed by my particular favorite, and hopefully their next single release -- "Shut Up Train" featuring Karen on vocals with a very emotional perfor- mance. As the show wound down, LBT showed their per- severance with the numbing "Novocaine," also from their 2007 album A Place to Land, along with an encore perfor- mance of their Gold single "Boondocks" from the album The Road, which reached Top 10 status in 2006. The crowd showered Little Big Town's performance with a definite 'thumbs up' -- and the night was defi- nitely a success for the band, and the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center! Atlantic Nashville record- ing artist Brett Eldredge opened for LBT and was graciously welcomed, as the Paris, Illinois native rewarded the crowd with his recent first single, "Ray- mond." The Song, which Eldredge'co-wrote; is a poi- gnant tale of a nursing home employee mistaken by a pa- tient with Alzheimer's for her deceased son who was killed at war. He went on to explain why the song touches him so deeply, as his grandmother is currently struggling with the disease. Also in his short set was an excellent version of Ray Charles' hit "Georgia." Look for this talented young artist's album, due to be released soon. Hard Rock (Thursday, September Ist) -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS ..... 781-648-5678