LOCKPORT – Joshua Vacanti returned from Los Angeles to western New York on December 9, after narrowly missing a spot in the top 5 contestants for “The Voice” on NBC.

Vacanti dominated the competition on John Legend’s team, singing songs such as “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys, “The Show Must Go On” by Queen and “Ashes” by Celine Dion. Vacanti has become nationally recognized; his performance was applauded by Dion on Twitter and following his departure from “The Voice,” Vacanti was featured on The Ellen Show, earlier this month, where he performed “Falling” by Harry Styles.

This Lockport native always enjoys the spotlight at home. Christopher Parada, Executive Director of the Palace Theater, will conduct an onstage interview with Vacanti at 7 p.m. on January 4 on location at 2 East Avenue. The free event is open to the public and will include a live performance, meet and greet and question-and-answer time with the public. All are welcome, but for participants who are unwilling or unable to provide proof of vaccination, they must wear masks inside the theater.

“For any Lockportian, the Palace Theater is such a bright place in our city! It has been a wonderful creative outlet and a happy place for me growing up, ”Vacanti said, referring to playing in the children’s choir for a few musicals as a kid. “This is where I started to fall in love with the theater.”

Vacanti first met Parada all these years ago at an audition. He is delighted to have the opportunity to speak with him again for this event.

The community has been very supportive of Vacanti, local businesses B&D Bagels and Half Baked Cafe have both created bagel and cookie combinations named after the artist in his honor, Vacanti can’t wait to see the people cheering him on. at home come to the Palace Theater to learn more about its history.

“It’s so cool and surreal to be recognized in public. I’m always surprised when people recognize me, especially when I’m wearing a mask. Vacanti explained, “It’s something I’m getting used to, and I’m so thankful and grateful every time someone shares a feeling of their experience watching me on the show.”

He described the whole experience as dreamlike, but it was also wonderful to be back for the holidays. Vacanti performed for the Christmas Eve service at the Getzville Chapel last week. He and his wife Sam are worship leaders who sing in their congregation.

“Worship music and worship leadership will always be a constant in my life. This is how the singing started for me and this is why I am who I am “he pointed out.

Vacanti continues to work as a community educator for the Erie County Prevention Council, but “whatever doors are open I’m ready to go through them,” he said.

Come ask Vacanti your own questions and learn more about her experiences at the free event at the Palace Theater on January 4th. LCTV will have a digital version of the interview available on January 6.