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Artist of the day: The Arena Twins



arena.twins_.jpgAndy and Sammy Arena were born four minutes apart 80 years ago in Ybor City. They live together in the Carrollwood area now — Sammy has been staying in the mother-in-law house behind Andy's home for more than a decade.

And since they were 14, the Arena Twins have been entertaining Tampa audiences at weddings, at festivals and in concert halls. They perform every year at Festa Italiana in Ybor, they've played sold-out concerts at the Straz Center, and they've made frequent trips to Miami and the Catskills. They can tailor their repertoire of pop standards and familiar ethnic songs to each audience.

"We sing in Spanish, Italian and Yiddish," Sammy Arena said. "And English, yeah, of course."

Marty Clear chatted with Sammy Arena prior to a recent concert in Tampa celebrating their musical career. Click here for his story.

[Last modified: Saturday, August 4, 2012 2:51pm]


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