Performances

Preliminary Schedule subject to change

Please note venue name changes:
    Monomoy Regional Middle School Gym I was formerly called High School Gym
    Monomoy Regional Middle School Cafeteria was formerly called High School Cafeteria
    Monomoy Regional Middle School Auditorium was formerly called High School Auditorium
    Monomoy Regional Middle School Gym II was formerly called Middle School Gym


 
Allegretto Outreach
A musical instrument demonstration group geared to children and schools. They play a wide range of instruments including the saxophone, fiddle, banjo, flute and more. This evening they will perform musical pieces from solos to ensembles to show how each piece works and is played. Children in the audience will be invited up, if they wish, to take a close look at the instruments and to ask questions of the musicians. This is a great opportunity to get first hand experience from musical professionals.
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  1:00 PM
 
All Worn Out Jug Band
A post-revival roots music band, performing a stew of traditional tunes from the Kweskin/Even Dozen/Memphis Jug Bands’ songbook, seasoned with country, folk, gospel, and blues. The group performs eclectic sets that include Jug Band classics interwoven with American roots music from traditional folk to Cajun, country and gospel. As with many accomplished Jug Bands, you can expect to hear a washtub bass, dueling washboards, kazoos, whistles, and of course, a jug – a full complement of strings including guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and Dobro, and an occasional concertina.
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  7:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  8:00 PM
 
Antonevich and Katz Gypsy Jazz Duo
A sizzling fusion of American Jazz and European Gypsy music, featuring Jazz favorites arranged for violin and piano in the Gypsy-Jazz style. This style of jazz music originated in Europe in the 1930s, propelled by stars like Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli. Virtuoso violinist Stan Antonevich and jazz pianist Leo Katz are professional musicians of Eastern European origin, with superb credentials and unusual backgrounds. The music they make together is truly extraordinary. Be prepared for a world-class musical treat!
St. Christopher’s Church at  2:00 PM
St. Christopher’s Church at  4:00 PM
 
Atwater ~ Donnelly Duo
The highly acclaimed husband-wife duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a capella pieces, old-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works. Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous and unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, lumberjacks, and other surprises including demonstration of Appalachian clog dancing, French Canadian footwork, and Tap. Their performance is appealing to all ages, and with humor, audience participation, and a relaxed stage presence
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  2:00 PM
 
Asa Bryce
Chatham’s own Asa Bryce will be performing classical guitar. His repertoire includes Renaissance, Baroque, and modern classical guitar music. He is looking forward to being home for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday and performing at First Night Chatham. His studies started at the Cape Cod Conservatory and the New England Conservatory.
St. Christopher’s Chapel at  9:00 PM
 
Cape Cod Fiddlers
Known for their energetic fiddle performances, the Cape Cod Fiddlers draw their repertoire from the Irish, Scottish, Shetland Isles, Scandinavian, Cape Breton, French Canadian and American fiddle traditions. They have been playing fiddle together since 1989!
Methodist Church at  8:00 PM
Methodist Church at  10:00 PM
 
Cape Cod Symphony Brass Quintet
The clarion sounds of the brass quintet are sure to energize music lovers. Classical or pops with a vibrant performance.
Congregational Church at  8:00 PM
Congregational Church at  9:00 PM
Photo: Joe Hintz
 
Chatham Lightfoots Jump Ropers
Our local talented light-footed children and their jump rope team wow the audience with their agility. Speed, double-dutch, freestyle — the whole gamut. The 2009 top ten in the nation in national competitions.
Community Center Gym at  2:00 PM  (Button-free)
Community Center Gym at  3:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Chinese Folk Art Dancers
The Chinese Folk Art Workshop is a non-profit organization based in the Boston area. The Workshop aims to promote interaction with and understanding of Chinese culture in the community. Its members range in age from 12 to 18, and they perform a variety of traditional Chinese folk arts such as Dragon Dance, Lion Dance, Taiwanese Drums, Chinese yoyo and Folk Dance. The purpose of the Chinese Folk Art Workshop is to highlight the beauty of Chinese Folk Arts and to help a new generation of American-born Chinese showcase their talents and gifts.
Monomoy Regional Middle School Auditorium at  2:00 PM
 
Cirque du Jour
Top notch big talent includes juggling, animal acts, clowns, ringmaster, tightrope walking, a girl on a flying trapeze, and anything else you can think of! Four performances again this year.
Monomoy Regional Middle School Gym I at  1:00 PM
Monomoy Regional Middle School Gym I at  3:00 PM
Monomoy Regional Middle School Gym I at  5:00 PM
Monomoy Regional Middle School Gym I at  7:00 PM
 
The Clancy Tradition
Lively Irish music, both vocal and instrumental, to warm the soul. Eugene Clancy on guitar and vocals, his daughter Rosemary on fiddle and mandolin, Patrick on piano and accordion, Pat’s daughter Liadain singing vocals, and Brendan Dolan on piano and flute. The music includes tunes from the middle of the last century which were played on Sunday afternoons in the front room of the Clancy home in the small village of Charlemont, County Armagh. It was there that Eugene and Patrick took up their instruments to perform the repertoire of Irish folk music.
Holy Redeemer Church at  8:00 PM
Holy Redeemer Church at  9:00 PM
 
Colum Cille Pipes and Drums
Colum Cille is a band that performs not only Scottish and Irish pipe and drum band music, but a variety of genres, including Gaelic and American. This award winning band is named after an Irish saint who is revered as a symbol of unity. They wear the red and black Cunningham tartan. Great music in a fun and friendly environment.
Elementary School Gym at  7:00 PM
 
Compaq Big Band
The Compaq Big Band showcases the power of 15 horns, a cookin' rhythm section, a great feature vocalist, and terrific instrumental soloists. The band provides a great night of swing for dancers of all abilities. But they also have a broader repertoire of titles that round out traditional swing with ballads, foxtrots, Latin tempos, and more, providing the perfect dance accompaniment to functions, celebrations, and fundraisers of any type. But there's no substitute for the sound of lush, full, authentic big band instrumentation.
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  8:00 to 11:00 PM
 
CrabGrass Bluegrass Band
Cape Cod’s own bluegrass artists with sounds of a mix of old and new, and is always incomparably entertaining. CrabGrass is comprised of Les Beavan on banjo, Chris Miner on mandolin, Steve Finch and Dan Fortier on rhythm and lead guitars, Alice Malone on fiddle and Rick Sweeney on bass.
Methodist Church at  6:00 PM
Methodist Church at  7:00 PM
 
Jimmy C’s Real Deal Band
A solid blues-rocking-in-the-pocket band. They have been playing their blues locally from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard for almost 30 years! Featuring Craig Jones on guitar, Chuck Purro on drums, Robert Clinton on bass, and Jim Cribby on keyboards. Jimmy C has been blowing harp since the late 70’s. A truly fun band for all!
Town Hall (downstairs) at  8:30 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Singing Trooper Dan Clark
Dan Clark, known as “The Singing Trooper” performed in uniform while representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts during his 20 year career with the State Police. During this tenure with the State Police he performed at more than 2,500 events for Federal, State, Local, and Military functions. Dan is joined by his wife Mary Colarusso, a coloratura soprano who delivers spectacular performances from opera to popular repertoire!! Dan will also sing at Veterans Field at 6:20 PM before the early fireworks.
Community Center Meeting Room at  5:00 PM
 
Downtown Crossing
Not your old-fashioned Barbershop Quartet! Downtown Crossing is a youthful quartet dedicated to bringing fun and energy to barbershop music. Known as DTX, Downtown Crossing has most recently been honored as the 2013 Northeastern District Quartet Champions, but you're just as likely to hear them singing on the T as on stage.
Orpheum Theater at  9:00 PM
 
Thom Dutton
This troubadour of the Celtic harp and voice reaches the audience with charm and good stories. A New Year’s tradition. He is also an accomplished vocalist, therapeutic music practitioner and handbell ringer, who has published more than a dozen books of harp music.
St. Christopher’s Chapel at  11:00 PM
 
Dylan & Keb
Two dynamic students who play keyboard and guitar, playing mostly their own original compositions.
Orpheum Theater at  4:00 PM
 
Shaun England Jazz
With a voice and tone evocative of Leonard Cohen and poetic verses that relate to all of our experiences, Shaun England creates soulful music with a deep sense of tradition that stems from his roots of playing with many of New Englands finest musicians.
St. Christopher’s Church at  5:00 PM
St. Christopher’s Church at  6:00 PM
Photo: Meredith Pearson
 
Four Guys in Tuxes
This extraordinary band of true professionals plays the music you want to hear– Swing, Society, and Classic Rock, both instrumentals and vocals–even if you did not know you loved it!
Methodist Church at  1:00 PM
Methodist Church at  2:00 PM
 
Frank Giasullo and John Owens Jazz Duo
Frank and John have been playing jazz standards and their interpretation of pop music and soft rock from Boston to Cape Cod for many years. Their unique blend of flute and guitar lends a very special interest to each song they play. Come join them for a nightcap of warm and rich music.
St. Christopher’s Chapel at  7:00 PM
 
Rick Goldin
Children love Rick Goldin's live performances because they get to sing, dance and jump along with Rick and his singing animal puppets. His songs feature lots of movement and child participation, and surprises and unexpected twists that keep even his youngest listeners paying close attention.
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  5:00 PM
 
The Grab Brothers Band
Larry and Marc Grab play music that blends the “Retro for Today” lead guitar crunching rhythms, mystical-leaning lyrics and arena-filling vocals that pull your heart strings on a whim. They can also strum you a pot-full of acoustical gems and have you singing along.
Community Center Gym at  8:30 to 11:30 PM
 
The Magic of David Hall
David’s magic show is like no other around – a blend of comedy magic and mind-reading. His award winning performances are high-energy, full of witty comedy, stunning slight-of-hand and Amazing Mindreading. It is a high intensity, in-your-face, truly stunning and amazing show! David performs across the US, and has toured internationally.
Community Center Meeting Room at  8:00 PM
 
Kathy Hamilton & Priscilla Smith
This duo joins us again this year with their wonderful musical sound. Kathy Hamilton is a flautist and Priscilla will be performing on her gold Lyon & Healy concert harp
Orpheum Theater at  1:00 PM
Orpheum Theater at  2:00 PM
Michelle Burns Photography
 
Hopewell Junction
Hopewell Junction features Gerry Panuczak on guitar with Pallas Hutchinson doing the vocals. They do covers, originals, pop, country and classic rock.
St. Martin’s Lodge at  7:00 to 11:30 PM
 
Java Jive
The World’s Smallest Big Band has exceptional vocals, two trumpets and a trombone, as well as three keyboards. They take pride in delivering each song the way it was originally recorded. Their music is a mix of Swing, Motown, Disco, Classic Rock, Soft Rock, R & B, and just about anything else you hear on the radio today.
St. Christopher’s Church at  1:00 PM
St. Christopher’s Church at  3:00 PM
 
Greg Johnson and the James Taylor Tribute Band
Greg Johnson has been a central part of the Cape’s local color as a Nauset Beach lifeguard legend, professional artist and musician. He is returning to First Night Chatham and will be performing a voice and guitar tribute to James Taylor with a little help from his friends.
Monomoy Regional Middle School Auditorium at  8:00 PM
Monomoy Regional Middle School Auditorium at  9:00 PM
 
Julie And Denya’s Songs of The Sea
Julie Charland and Denya LeVine perform sea shantys, folk songs, familiar 20th century music and lively fiddle tunes, all on the theme of the sea. They play guitar, fiddle, and ukuleles, and their vocal harmonies sparkle with joyous energy. Julie is a Nashville recording artist, award-winning songwriter, and local folk and bluegrass musician with Toast And Jam. Denya’s a full time musician who’s performed on Cape Cod with folk and ethnic bands for 30 years. This duo has a zest for life that is contagious!
Orpheum Theater at  3:00 PM
 
Cheryl Kain
A versatile song stylist collaborating with pianist Chris Morris, Cheryl performed the national anthem at Fenway and Dodger Stadium and sang professionally for many years in New York and Los Angeles. Offering an eclectic program from Ave Maria to All of Me, Gershwin to Judy Collins, she hopes to move and soothe you with her voice and interpretation.
Congregational Church at  11:00 PM
 
Sue Keller
A talented ragtime pianist and occasional vocalist who has thus far put out four CDs, Sue Keller started playing piano when she was four. She also studied flute and took voice lessons, played guitar, and sang in some school operas. After a wide variety of musical jobs (including playing rock), she started concentrating more on vintage jazz and ragtime.
St. Christopher’s Church at  11:00 PM
Photo: David Jordran
 
Chip Koser
Cape Cod ice carver Chip Koser carves beautiful sculptures from large blocks of ice. In 2011, Chip and his team took home a bronze medal at the World Ice Art Championship held in Fairbanks, Alaska. Chip is the Culinary arts instructor at the Tech School in Bourne.
Cape Cod 5 bank – front lawn at  1:00 to 3:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Zoe Lewis
A worldbeat-vaudeville extravaganza! She plays jazz, jump jive, latin grooves, swing, international folk, funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! Her music is upbeat, amusing and perfect for young and old alike. Her fast-paced lyrics poke fun at modern society and praise the rambling delights of childhood, secret worlds, and wandering love.
Monomoy Regional Middle School Auditorium at  4:00 PM
Monomoy Regional Middle School Auditorium at  6:00 PM
 
The Philip Liston-Kraft/Daniel Weiser Piano Duo
Pianists Philip Liston-Kraft and Daniel Weiser play together on the same piano. The duo is an exciting four-hand piano team that has been praised for their tight-knit unity. The Duo has been performing together regularly for six years in New England and along the East Coast from North Carolina to New Hampshire. Individually, each is an accomplished artist; together, they are simply a force of pianistic energy.
Congregational Church at  4:00 PM
 
Ross MacVicar
Ross MacVicar is a woodcarver whose specialty is carving North American mammals and nature scenes out of wood with a chainsaw. With his lifelong study of wild animals and nature, he is able to turn a downed tree into a lifelike and realistic art sculpture. Ross is an avid outdoorsman who’s been studying nature since childhood and has been carving as a hobby for over 20 years.
Town Hall Parking lot at  1:00 to 3:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
M.A.D. Jazz Trio
Dan Sullivan, Matt Brown, and Alan Clinger are M.A.D. Jazz. Their jazz sounds are perfect for a late December evening.
Orpheum Theater at  8:00 PM
 
Joe and Sarah Marchio
Joe is the Pastor and Director of Music at the First Congregational Church. He is also the Music Director of the Chatham Chorale. He will be joined by his wife Sarah on bagpipes.
Congregational Church at  10:00 PM
 
Marcus the Magician
As a performance artist, Marcus the Magician from The Magicompany presents a hilarious, laugh-packed show full of amazing magic, wonderful audience interaction, and fun-filled humor. The fun comes from everywhere — including out of a hat — as the air is filled with animals and uproarious comedy in this magic show that will have you believing the impossible!
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  4:00 PM
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Monomoy Seven
With Jeff Hughes on cornet leading the band, you’ll hear lots of swinging improvisations on familiar and maybe not so familiar tunes, with each musician featured on specialty numbers, and on requested tunes from the audience. This is always a fun and exciting performance, so come and sit awhile, and prepare to enjoy some hot jazz to warm the chilly night!
Eldredge Public Library at  8:00 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Monomoy Theater Players
Monomoy Theater will perform Scenes and Songs of the upcoming 2015 season with performers Alan Rust and members of the Monomoy Company. They are a special favorite of First Night Chatham.
Methodist Church at  5:00 PM
 
North Country
Playing Classic Country to today’s Top Country music, North Country will have you on your feet for some line dancing entertainment and instruction. Many will remember North Country's Fred Ghioto from Freddie and the Maybellines, who took their last curtain call three years ago at their 21st engagement with Chatham First Night.
Monomoy Regional Middle School Gym II at  8:30 to 11:30 PM
 
North Shore Acappella
As seen on NBC’s The Sing Off, North Shore Acappella was the runner up and placed in the elite Top Ten of the 250 groups who auditioned. Tommy Duarte, Paul Lopes, Jimmy Martin, Vinny Straccia, and Guy Chiapponi blend harmony, rhythm, and tempos to songs from the 1940s through today. Exciting, visual, musical, warm and funny, this group is fabulous with class, style, and heart!
Methodist Church at  3:00 PM
Methodist Church at  4:00 PM
 
Oyez! Renaissance Music
Oyez is an ensemble of Cape musicians that has performed early music on period instruments for 15 years. Its name derives from the old French ouir, to hear, and in the imperative means listen.
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  9:00 PM
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Trevor Pearson
Trevor Pearson grew up in Brewster and has juggling professionally for over ten years, performing and instructing throughout New England, and beyond.
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  3:00 PM
 
Peking and the Mystics
This fun and entertaining group performs vintage vocals with arrangements by members themselves, and features swing, jazz, doo-wop, and pop music of every decade from the 1890s to the 2000s. They are graduates of Tufts University and former members of the school’s acclaimed a cappella group, the Beelzebubs.
Community Center Meeting Room at  4:00 PM
Community Center Meeting Room at  7:00 PM
 
Reaching Minimum Wage Jazz Band
This “garage band” has a passion for all kinds of jazz. Seven talented young musicians play guitar, piano, trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, alto sax, bass guitar and drums and perform bossas to ballads. Known for their work performing for some great charitable causes on Cape Cod, these musicians also play in the Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School Jazz Band. Prepare to enjoy their sound.
Orpheum Theater at  10:00 PM
Photo: Ron Snider
 
The Reunion Band
Known for its tight vocal harmonies and solid traditional bluegrass sound, the Reunion Band features veteran Boston-area musicians Boston-area musicians Richard Brown (mandolin), Dave Dillon (rhythm guitar), Margaret Gerteis (acoustic bass), Laura Orshaw (fiddle) and most recently BB Bowness (banjo) . The band, which has been around since 2002, takes its name from the fact that the members have played together off and on and in various configurations for over 30 years.
St. Christopher’s Church at  9:00 PM
St. Christopher’s Church at  10:00 PM
 
The Rip-It-Ups
Probably best described as a Traditional Rock & Roll Band – with lots of Blues – Rockabilly – Country Jazz & Soul with Jodi Birchall as the dynamic vocalist. A real Rock & Roll Extravaganza! … for everybody, Young or Old, as the band can play everything from ballads, originals, country AND western to great jazz, blues & rock – always with a lot of energy!
Orpheum Theater at  5:00 PM
 
Monica Rizzio
Monica draws on her country roots and brings together several of the Cape’s most talented musicians in Old Kings Highway. Formerly with Tripping Lily, she focused on song writing after years of performing everything from Folk to Jazz to Americana. Old Kings Highway is a personal journey down the road of exploration. No longer is she looking for her place – she has found her country home on Cape Cod.
Community Center Meeting Room at  9:00 PM
Community Center Meeting Room at  10:00 PM
 
Saltwater Jazz
The warm mellow sound of modern jazz – Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington. Piano, guitar, bass and drums and a tribute to their founder, John Randall, will bring in the New Year with style.
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  10:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  11:00 PM
Photo: Wayne Hankin
 
Jacqueline Schwab
Jacqueline has performed at the White House for President Clinton celebrating Ken Burns’ Lewis and Clark series, with singer Jean Redpath, on Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, and on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman. Her performances draw on a wide repertoire—Stephen Foster and Civil War song tunes from North and South, Victorian ballroom dance tunes, Scots and Irish songs and dance tunes brought over by settlers, hymns and spirituals, ragtime—plus Latin waltzes and tango and Billie Holiday blues, as well as contemporary-style Celtic and English traditional music.
Congregational Church at  5:00 PM
 
Tim Sweeney Trio
Featuring Tim Sweeney on electric guitar. With Randy Petterson on electric guitar and electric mandolin, and Roe Osborn on bass, the Fringe offers high-enery reditions of the fabulous songs of the 1960s and 70s in three part harmony. They will boomer rock you with the music of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton and toe-tapping originals. Just try to not sing along!
Holy Redeemer Church at  7:00 PM
 
Toast and Jam
Toast and Jam performs original bluegrass, modern folk and Americana. Tim Dickey and Julie Charland, Laird Boles, and Andy Reiner on fiddle are a familiar favorite to First Night audiences.
Methodist Church at  9:00 PM
Methodist Church at  11:00 PM
 
Toe Jam Puppet Band
The Toe Jam Puppet Band performances are very active, encouraging kids and parents to sing and dance along with the band as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs, masterful shadow puppetry, storytelling and just plain old good fun.
Community Center Meeting Room at  12:30 PM
Community Center Meeting Room at  2:00 PM
 
Ashley Wade
A returning favorite who's a real crowd pleaser with a great voice.
St. Christopher’s Church at  7:00 PM
 
We Are the Men
A “Male Voice Choir” in the European choral tradition, this group of 40 singers perform worldwide music from Welsh choral music, show tunes, and sea chanties to choral pieces that showcase the beauty and lasting style of male voices. Under the direction of Christopher Roberts, a native of Wales.
Congregational Church at  1:00 PM
Congregational Church at  3:00 PM
 
Bart Weisman Klezmer Swing Group
Traditional Klezmer music (also known as Jewish Jazz) and Swing from the 30’s and 40’s, with Carol Wyeth on vocals, Berke McKelvey on clarinet, Alan Clinger on guitar, Ron Ormsby on bass and Bart Weisman on drums. The group has performed across the Cape, opened for the Boston Pops and appeared with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.
Congregational Church at  2:00 PM
 
Martha Whatley and Peter Earle
The ever-popular vocal duo with Chris Morris on the piano. Cape audiences love these performers.
Congregational Church at  7:00 PM
 
Russ Wilcox Jazz Group
Russ Wilcox and his ensemble present a unique sound, having a deep foundation in Bebop tradition with an influence of the cool jazz movement pioneered by Lennie Tristano and Lee Konitz that has been compared to that of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. The Russ Wilcox Group is quickly distinguishing itself as one of the top up and coming jazz ensembles in the region, having performed at numerous venues in the New England and New York areas.
Orpheum Theater at  7:00 PM
 
Robert Wyatt
A Steinway Artist who has performed throughout the USA and internationally, gathering critical acclaim for sensitive and colorful solo and chamber music recitals, Mr. Wyatt is one of the nation’s foremost Gershwin scholars who is also known for chamber music recitals.
St. Christopher’s Church at  8:00 PM
Photo: Marna Bate
 
Yo-Yo People
John and Rebecca Higby are a real life husband and wife comedy duo that specialize in a yo-yo, hula hoop, and unicycle show. They have performed their unique high energy show in 26 countries and hold three Guinness World Records as well as the 2008 World Yo-Yo Champion title. So much fun and such amazing stunts.
Community Center Gym at  4:00 PM
Community Center Gym at  5:00 PM

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