The List of 2014 Entertainers and Other Activities
has moved to our new
First Night Chatham 2015
will feature the return of many of your favorite acts,
plus plenty of new faces that will make
First Night Chatham 2015 Better than Ever !!
Cape Cod Opera – A Salute to the Oscars! (Methodist Church – 7:30 pm on December 30) Starting off the night before the night . . . Cape Cod’s very own opera company, dedicated to the production of fully staged opera showcasing local and regional professional talent, will take its final bow this year at First Night Chatham 2014. They will present a Salute to the Oscars! with soprano Patrice Tiedemann, tenor Christopher Hutchinson, baritone Paul Soper, and Dr. Matthew Larson performing selections from Oscar winning movies. http://capecodopera
Allegretto Outreach (Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall 1 pm) 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. http://allegrettocapecod.org/
All Worn Out Jug Band (Unitarian Universalist Meeting House 7 and 8 pm) 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. http://awojb.com/tag/all-worn-out-jug-band/
* New Artist Antonevich and Katz Gypsy Jazz Duo (St. Christopher’s Church – 2 pm)
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!
Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly Duo (Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall – 3 pm) 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 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 http://www.atwater-donnelly.com/index.htm
Asa Bryce (St. Christopher’s Chapel – 9 pm) Back again for his third year, 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. Asa is a 2012 graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, spent his freshman year at the San Francisco Conservatory, and is currently in his second year of college at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
* * Button Free Jimmy C’s Real Deal Band (Town Hall Downstairs – 8:30 to 11:30 pm) 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!
Cape Cod Fiddlers (Methodist Church – 8 and 10 pm) 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! capecodfiddlers.com
Cape Cod Symphony Brass Quintet (Congregational Church – 8 and 9 pm) The clarion sounds of the brass quintet are sure to energize music lovers. Classical or pops with a vibrant performance. Members of the quintet are Roy Campbell on trombone, Stuart Hall Gunn on tuba, Philip Hague on trumpet, Tobias Monte on trumpet, and George Sullivan on french horn.
Chatham Lightfoots Jump Ropers (Community Center Gym – 2 and 3 pm)
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.
Cirque du Jour (High School Gym – 1, 3, 5, and 7 pm)
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. www.cirquedujour.com
The Clancy Tradition (Holy Redeemer Church – 8 and 9 pm)
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.
Colum Cille Pipes and Drums (Elementary School Gym – 7 pm)
Colum Cille is a band that performs not only Scottish or 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. http://www.capecodpipesanddrums.com/
Crab Grass Bluegrass Band (Methodist Church – 6 and 7 pm) Cape Cod’s own bluegrass artists with sounds of a mix of old and new, and is always incomparably entertaining. crabgrassbluegrass.com
The Dreamers Big Band (Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall – 8:30 to 11:30 pm) Classic Big Band sound, great for dancing. This Cape Cod local band is in demand every year and is here to celebrate the 21st year of First Night Chatham.
Thom Dutton (St. Christopher’s Chapel – 11 pm) This troubadour of the harp and voice reaches the audience with charm and good stories. A New Year’s tradition.
Shaun England Jazz (Orpheum Theater – 5 pm)
The band for this year features Shaun on guitar, two drummers, Gary Johnson and John Disanto, and Joe Santerre on bass. An all star group that will satisfy with sound.
Four Guys in Tuxes (Methodist Church – 1 and 2 pm)
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! www.fourguysintuxes.com
Frank Giasullo and John Owens Jazz Duo (St. Christopher’s Chapel – 7 pm) 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.
* New Artist The Grab Brothers Band (Community Center Gym – 8:30 to 11:30 pm) 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. grabbrothersband.com
* New Artist The Magic of David Hall (Elementary School Gym – 8 pm) David’s magic performances are like no other around. It is a high intensity, in-your-face, truly stunning and amazing show! http://www.magicofdavidhall.com/
Kathy Hamilton & Priscilla Smith (Orpheum Theater – 4 pm) 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
* New Artist Matt Hamilton (St. Christopher’s Chapel – 10 pm) Matt Hamilton, a graduate of Chatham High School and college student, brings his contemporary folk styling to a variety of tunes. Over the past several years, Matt has performed both as a vocal soloist and guitarist at open mikes and with various ensembles. Residents and visitors alike have enjoyed listening to Matt’s offerings in the summer as a busker on Chatham’s Main Street. Matt is excited to be making his First Night debut!
Java Jive (Community Center Meeting Room – 4 and 5 pm) 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. javajiveband.com
Julie and Denya’s Songs of The Sea (Orpheum Theater – 3 pm) Julie Charland and Denya LeVine perform sea shanties, 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. This duo has a zest for life that is contagious! www.denya.us/bands.html
Greg Johnson and the James Taylor Tribute Band (High School Auditorium – 8 and 9 pm) 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.
Cheryl Kain (Congregational Church 11pm – Midnight) A versatile song stylist collaborating with pianist Chris Morris, Cheryl performed the national anthem at Fenway and Dodger Stadium and sung 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. http://www.cherylkain.com/
* * Button Free Chip Koser (Cape Cod 5 Bank Outside – 1 to 3:30 pm) Ice carver. Stop by and watch Chip carve a beautiful sculpture from large blocks of ice. Chip is the Culinary arts instructor at the Tech School in Bourne. This past winter he (and his team) took 3rd place in the World Ice Art Championship held in Alaska.
* New Artist The Philip Liston-Kraft/Daniel Weiser Piano Duo (Methodist Church – 3 pm) Exciting performers of “four hands” piano music. Video
* New Artist Zoe Lewis (High School Auditorium – 4 pm) 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. zoelewis.com
* New Artist M.A.D Jazz Trio (Orpheum Theater - 8 pm) Dan Sullivan, Matt Brown, and Alan Clinger are MAD Jazz. Their jazz sounds are perfect for a late December evening.
Joe and Sarah Marchio (Congregational Church – 10 pm) Joe, First Congregational Church music director and organist and conductor of the Chatham Chorale will perform with his wife Sarah on bagpipes. Special appearance by Julian Petrallia, Nauset High School student organist and conductor.
Marcus the Magician (Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall – 5 pm) 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! themagicompany.com/cape-cod-magicians/
* * Button Free Ross MacVicar (Town Parking Lot - 1:00 to 3:30 pm) Ross 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. http://www.rossmacvicar.com/
* New Artists Mills and Hagan Theater Production (St. Christopher’s Church – 7 pm) This musical review, Our Town, traces the careers of two your aspiring performers from high school through college and beyond. Songs by well-known and unknown composers feature these two local favorites with Robert Wilder at the piano. Conceived the directed by Robert Troie.
The Mojo Kings Showband (Middle School Gym – 8:30 to 11:30 pm) A true R&B, Funk, Soul, and Classic Rock five-piece band. They will give you Big Band Sound and great dance music, plus a high-energy show, that guarantees a night that will keep you begging for more right up to the end. They don’t just play the “easy ones.” They will leave you tired, thirsty, and clamoring for much more until the fireworks and Countdown Cod are set.
Monomoy Six (Community Center Meeting Room – 7 to 11 pm) 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!
Monomoy Theater (Orpheum Theater – 9 pm) Monomoy Theater will perform Scenes and Songs of the upcoming 2014 season with performers Alan Rust, Terry Layman, Ellen Fiske, Mary O’Brady. Terry Caza and members of the previous Monomoy Company. They are a special favorite of First Night Chatham. http://www.monomoytheatre.com/
North Shore Acapella (High School Auditorium – 2 pm and Methodist Church – 4 pm) Recently featured on NBC’s The Sing Off, North Shore 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! http://northshoreacappella.com/
The Noteables (Congregational Church – 4 pm) Popular and beloved ensemble pictured above sings for the fun of it. Their four part harmony includes Broadway show tunes, old favorites, folk songs, and spirituals. Chris Morris directs the music. A great Chatham tradition.
O’Challah * * Button Free (Eldredge Public Library – 9 pm) Expand the borders of your ears with O’Challah, featuring three well respected performers in Cape Cod’s folk and world music scene. Denya LeVine, Greg Johnson and Robin Smith-Johnson play music that reflects the crossover musical links between Ireland, mainland Europe and Jewish traditional music. O’Challah’s thoughtful and often highly energetic repertoire will include a tribute to the late musician Paul Baisley of Chatham, known by many as the Cape’s strongest supporter of folk, Celtic, and ethnic music. www.denya.us
Oyez! Renaissance Music (Unitarian Universalist Meeting House – 9 pm) 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. www.artistsandmusicians.org/
* New Artist Gerry Panuczk and Summertime Jack (st. Martin’s Lodge - 7 to 11:30 pm) Gerry Panucyk with Summertime Jack is a four piece band with drums, bass, guitar, and a strong lead vocalist who perform for the first time at First Night Chatham. They do a mix of covers from 60’s to present, and have a handful of originals as well featuring not too heavy, not too light, and fun songs that you can identify with. Summertime Jack on Facebook
* New Artist Peking and the Mystics (Orpheum Theater – 7 pm and 11 pm) 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 acappella group, the Beelzebubs. www.pekingandthemystics.com
Trevor Pearson (Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall – 2 pm) Trevor Pearson grew up in Brewster and has been juggling professionally for over ten years, performing and instructing throughout New England, and beyond. http://www.trevorjuggling.com/
Raif Bassett (Methodist Church – 5 pm) A cabaret performer with a distinctive vocal style and magnetic stage presence. Raif’’s fans span all ages and he regularly performs for sellout crowds who leave his performances deeply moved.
Dave Rauscher Classical Guitar (St. Christopher’s Chapel 8 pm) A classic First Night artist performing over the last 20 years, Dave Rauscher returns this year to please all his many fans. Classic guitar at it’s best.
* New Artist Reaching Minimum Wage Jazz Band (Orpheum Theater – 10 pm) 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. http://rmwjazzband.com/
The Reunion Band (St. Christopher’s Church - 9 and 10 pm) Known for its tight vocal harmonies and solid traditional bluegrass sound, the Reunion Band features veteran Boston-area musicians Richard Brown (mandolin), Dave Dillon (rhythm guitar), Margaret Gerteis (acoustic bass), and Richard Underwood (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. Laura Orshaw on fiddle joins them this year. www.reunionbluegrass.com
The-Rip-It-Ups (St. Christopher’s Church - 5 pm) 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! http://www.theripitups.com/index.shtml
* New Artist Monica Rizzio (High School Auditorium - 10 and 11 pm) Monica draws on her country roots and brings together several of the Cape’s most talented musicians in Old King’s Highway. Formerly with Tripping Lily, she focused on song writing after years of performing everything from Folk to Jazz to Americana. Old King’s 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.
Saltwater Jazz (Unitarian Universalist Meeting House - 10 and 11 pm) 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.
Jacqueline Schwab (Congregational Church - 5 pm) 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. PHOTO: Wayne Hankin. http://www.jacquelineschwab.com/
Tim Sweeney Trio (Holy Redeemer Church - 7 pm) Featuring Tim Sweeney on electric guitar. With Randy Petterson on electric guitar and electric mandolin, and Roe Osborn on bass, the Fringe offers high-enegry renditions of the fabulous songs of the 60s 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! http://www.timsweeney.us/
Tides Dance Company (Chatham Drama Guild 7:00 pm) TIDES Dance Company presents An Evening of Dance and Song, a concert of dance and music with a cast of over 25 dancers and musicians. This year we’re rolling out the red carpet and celebrating the movies with great songs and an entertaining mix of tap, ballroom, jazz, contemporary and hip hop.
Toast and Jam (Methodist Church - 9 and 11 pm) Toast and Jam plays original bluegrass, modern folk, Americana, swing, and more. Tim Dickey and Julie Charland have been singing together since the 1980′s. http://www.toastandjammusic.com/
Toe Jam Puppet Band (Community Center Meeting Room - 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm) 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. http://www.toejampuppetband.com/
* New Artist Trifecta (Orpheum Theater – 2 pm) Talented young musicians Josh Grambow, Brynn Grambow and Amy Clark entertain us with their cellos and violin to celebrate movies back on main street.
We Are the Men (Congregational Church – 1 and 2 pm) All 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. http://wearethemen.org/index.html
Martha Whatley and Peter Earle (Congregational Church - 7 pm) The best vocal duo with the ever-popular Chris Morris on the piano. Cape audiences love these performers.
Bart Weisman Klezmer Swing Group (St. Christopher’s Church - 3 and 4 pm) Klezmer music (Jewish Jazz) and Swing from the 30′s and 40′s with Carol Wyeth on vocals, Berke McKelvey on clarinet, Alan Clinger on guitar, Laird Boles 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. http://www.bartweisman.com/
Robert Wyatt (St. Christopher’s Church - 8 pm) 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. http://www.robert-wyatt.com/
Yo-Yo People – John Higby (Community Center Gym - 4 and 5 pm) John Higby and Rebecca 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. www.yoyopeople.com
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