HOW do four Aussie blokes from Italian heritage end up singing for more than six million people in China?
For locals Pat Sergi, Ian Ippoliti and Garry Salvestro, who are better known as Party Boys Rockin’, and their session drummer Angelo Peruzzi, talent had everything to do with it.
Calling themselves The Spaghetti Cowboys, the quartet has been invited to play at this year’s Zhangjiajie International Country Music Festival in September.
Mr Salvestro said it was a huge honour to be the only band to represent the Oceania region at this year’s festival.
“It’s been a long haul because this all started about two years ago when Grant Luhrs, who has been over and played at the festival, told us about it,” he said.
“I put the initial submission in then and told them about our background and how our music is influenced by our Italian heritage and what we do.
“Pat, Ian and I make up the band Party Boys Rockin’ and we play a set as the Spaghetti Cowboys. We’ve used the name for years and it’s always been a bit of a laugh between us. But we decided to submit under that banner and they were interested. We heard back in April this year.”
Mr Salvestro said they were looking forward to playing alongside bands from all over the world during the five-day festival.
“We are playing the opening and closing ceremony and then each day around the festival,” he said.
“We are looking forward to the experience. The festival goes live to air to something like six million people in China so it’s pretty massive.
“We can’t wait.”
Fellow band member Mr Sergi said the band was thrilled to be given the unique opportunity.
“Everyone we tell has a laugh when they hear we are going to China to play Italian songs,” he said.
“But it’s a great honour.
“It’s a style of music we’ve been doing for years. We have just added a little bit more for China.
“We will perform old Italian classics and our own version of Land Down Under. All up we will do about half-a-dozen songs.”
The Spaghetti Cowboys have a guest spot at Griffith’s salami festival two days before they leave to go overseas.
The Zhangjiajie International Country Music Festival, featuring 17 bands from all over the world, will run from Saturday, August 31 to Wednesday, September 4.