The lights dimmed and a booming voice turned the audience’s attention to a side entrance. Patrizio bounced through the maze of sitting fans imbibing on cocktails. He began his set with a rousing display of Italian pride singing classic Neapolitan songs. The crowd, mostly of Italian descent, clapped with excitement while singing along to songs that brought memories back to them with a flurry of joy.
Patrizio, an Italian crooner who is making a foray into the pop scene, is a devoted singer of Neapolitan songs. A true entertainer and a very proud and boisterous young man, Patrizio is a personable and engaging talent. In between singing he walked through the crowded placement of tables and interacted with the audience.
First, he briefly introduced himself to the adoring room full of energized onlookers. He proudly stated that, “I am Italian, in case you didn’t know!” Many laughed and cheered with him in the hope that he would walk in their direction.
I sat directly on the stage’s edge. I was pleasantly deafened by his deep singing voice and completely captured by his ability to switch between traditional Italian songs, classic American pop, to crooning songs and finally into his foray of original ballads. Patrizio gasped for air as he transitioned between tunes and urged audience involvement. At one point he yelled out, “ok, go ahead take photos of me and send them to everyone!” Gladly the audience shuffled around for their cell phones in order to snap pictures and send them to their friends. I admit I quickly took my phone out to snap a photo and take a video, as seen below.
While I waited in anticipation for what he was going to sing next I observed Patrizio’s interactions with his band. All members were anxiously waiting for the crooner’s next move. Since this was his first show on the American leg of the Patrizio tour, Boston was an experimental setting, which kept things very interesting. Patrizio would ask questions in between singing and request audience input. Most graciously the crowd would shout back, offering opinions and commentary. Often Patrizio would bellow “ok ok relax!!” After a moment of laughter he would signal his band to begin playing. Sometimes he would chime in with his guitar often yielding to the expertise of those around him.
During his set, Patrizio did a brief homage to his predecessors. He stated that his inspiration for music is a fusion of early American and current pop blended with Italian sounds. This became evident once he began to sing “Un Angelo,” the Italian version of a Robbie Williams hit. As Patrizio pushed the song to the limits with his deep voice, it became apparent that each piece was more than just a way for him to display his talent. Rather, Patrizio felt each song and ignited the words with Italian pride. His declaration of pleasure resonated in each note, resulting in a hypnotic trance that would easily captivate any audience.
His excitement was contagious as he easily transitioned into “Il Mondo,” his first hit in the United States. His explosion of deep bellowing tones echoed and was profoundly heartfelt.
By the end of the evening the small room was filled with vibrant clapping. As he attempted to close the evening the audience would not allow his exit. He returned and sang original songs from “This Summer (Estate)” to “This Kiss,” both instant hits to those observing his passion for music.
After singing along for nearly two hours I was excited to find out that Patrizio would be in the lobby signing cds. Of course I waited, like a groupie, to have mine signed and take a quick photo. A very pleasant individual and true talent with Italian pride bursting from every part. Patrizio’s soft and sultry interpretation of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” kept the audience softly swaying and me humming while I waited my turn for his signature.
I was thoroughly mesmerized the entire evening. As this was the second time I had seen Patrizio live, I was reminded why I am a fan. This time around I have a greater appreciation for him, his music and his band. He is certainly someone to watch. His live performances are bursting with personality and exhilaration.
He repeatedly mumbles in Italian during his shows often bringing the audience to shrieks of adoration and laughter. His moments of side bar conversation add to the show, revealing his ability to be at ease with a crowd of onlookers.
During the meet and greet stage of the evening Patrizio posed for pictures, clearly enjoying each and every moment of his admiring fans’ interest. His thrill for music and attention was evident from his gyrations to his singing. Most importantly though, Patrizio brought a piece of Italian culture to a public who is yearning to hear new interpretations of the traditional songs they hummed along to as children.
As for the folks sitting near me who entered wondering who he was, they left with a clear understanding of Italian music and the passion that is inherent in Italian culture. When I asked them what they thought, both said “You were right! He was fantastic!”
This tour has been a way to highlight Patrizio’s new self titled album, Patrizio. It is a slight departure from previous albums, but nothing shy of impressive and appealing. All songs reflect Italian culture through his use of terms that reflect love, devotion and speak to matters of the heart. Whether Patrizio is singing “Grande Grande Grande” or his original songs “Solo Tu” and “This Kiss” he provides harmonious ballads that make listeners want to sing along.