Supporting the Arts on First Night

Performances

Preliminary Schedule subject to change

All Worn Out Jug Band
 
All Worn Out Jug Band
Performing tunes from the traditional Jug Band songbook, seasoned with old country, folk, gospel and blues.
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  8:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  9:00 PM
 
Antonina & David The Mentalists
 
Antonina & David The Mentalists
David & Antonia's show is like no other around – a blend of mind-reading and comedy magic.
Antonina and David perform an extraordinary show of mind reading and telepathy. Their show has been described as “extremely interactive and mind blowing”. It includes: revealing thoughts, future predictions and many unbelievable coincidences. One of the highlights of the show is their telepathy act, which is a unique performance art that was originally a specialty act during the times of vaudeville theater and is rarely seen now days. Based out of Boston, this international mind reading duo has captivated many audiences around the country performing their show as well as they tour internationally with various cruise ships. What makes these multi talented performers' show truly unique is they not only entertain you, but also make you a part of the mind-blowing experience that is mentalism. This double threat mentalist duo brings a unique multicultural mind reading performance that makes for an unforgettable show!
Elementary School Gym at  8:00 PM
 
Brewster Bayside Skippers
 
Brewster Bayside Skippers
Promoting the sport of jump rope while teaching the value of self-motivation, physical fitness and teamwork.
Since 1993, the Brewster Bayside Skippers have been promoting the sport of jump rope while teaching the value of self-motivation, physical fitness and teamwork. Started by Coach Paul Mullin and now coached by John Hammond, the team has grown from a handful of elementary students into a team of national and international champions. They have jumped in parades all over the Cape, and have also had 3 members jump in a group in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2013 and 2015.

The team had 14 top ten finishes and 15 top 20 finishes at the 2015 National Competition. The team returned to the National Competition in 2016 and placed in the top 5 for four speed events (including two 3rd place finishes), and the top 10 for five additional speed events. In the individual freestyle events, there was one top 5 placement and two top 10 placements.
Community Center Gym at  1:00 PM
Elementary School Gym at  3:00 PM
 
Cape Cod Fiddlers
 
Cape Cod Fiddlers
Their energetic fiddle performances draw from both international and American fiddle traditions.
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  9:00 PM
Methodist Church at  10:00 PM
 
Cape Cod Jazz Quartet
 
Cape Cod Jazz Quartet
Four of Cape Cod's top Jazz Musicians play a great variety of jazz standards, originals and Brazilian music.
The Cape Cod Jazz Quartet is comprised of four of Cape Cod's top Jazz Musicians with Bruce Abbott from Brewster on sax & flute, Fred Boyle from South Yarmouth on piano, Ron Ormsby on bass from Centerville, and Bart Weisman on drums from Orleans. This group has appeared at concerts and private events across Cape Cod and they are joined by Steve Ahern on trumpet & flute from Florida during the summer months to form the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet. The group has accompanied vocalists Dane Vannatter and Siobhan Magnus (from American Idol) and recorded two CDs including one with Dane Vannatter.
Orpheum Theater at  1:00 PM
 
The Cape Cod Sax Quartet
 
The Cape Cod Sax Quartet
Cape Cod's most well-known saxophonists on soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, and bari sax.
The Cape Cod Sax Quartet is composed of Cape Cod's most well-known saxophonists: Berke McKelvey, Bruce Abbott, Maurice Soque, Ryder Corey, and Nicholas Suchecki, merging seasoned professionals with rising talents. A sax quartet consists of the four main saxophones: soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, and bari sax. The group has performed with many Cape-based artists including the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, and the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet, and have also played with internationally renowned artists such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and the Artie Shaw Orchestra.

With no rhythm section, a sax quartet exhibits skills in intonation, communication, balance, blend, and independence. Throughout their shows, they teach the audience about the history and mechanics of the various saxophones. Not only will you enjoy the music played by an ensemble you have most likely never heard or seen before, you will also learn something!
St. Christopher's Chapel at  1:00 PM
 
Cape Conservatory CJazz Concert
 
Cape Conservatory CJazz Concert
Jazz standards performed by students and instructors from the Cape Conservatory .
An encore Night Before the Night performance by a special group brought together just for First Night. The group is composed of three students at the Cape Conservatory, and three professional musicians who perform and teach music on Cape Cod. They will perform jazz standards from all periods. Note: This performance is on Sunday evening, Dec 30th, and does require a button.

The Cape Conservatory students were selected based on their talent and ability to play the instruments. The professional musicians are Alan Clinger (guitar), Ron Ormsby (bass) Bart Weisman (drums & CJazz Director), and the student musicians this year are from both the Barnstable and Falmouth campuses of the Cape Conservatory:
  • Lucy Pollock (Alto Sax) from from Nauset Regional High School
  • Jack Lyons (Baritone Sax) from Barnstable High School
  • Peter DeFrancesco (Drums) from Mashpee High School
Methodist Church at  7:30 pm on December 30
 
Chatham Poets Read
 
Chatham Poets Read
For a respite from the noise of the night, join some of our local poets of all ages reading their own poetry.
First Night Chatham is a celebration of the arts. Join some of our local poets of all ages for a lively and entertaining reading their own poetry. A First Night tradition that provides a respite from the noise of the night.
St. Christopher's Chapel at  7:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Chinese Folk Art Dancers
 
Chinese Folk Art Dancers
Traditional Chinese folk arts such as Dragon Dance, Lion Dance, Taiwanese Drums, Chinese yoyo and Folk Dance.
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 Middle School Auditorium at  2:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Auditorium at  4:00 PM
 
Cirque du Jour
 
Cirque du Jour
The circus comes to Chatham for one of First Night's most popular entertainments.
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 Middle School Large Gym at  1:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Large Gym at  3:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Large Gym at  5:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Large Gym at  7:00 PM
 
The Clancy Tradition
 
The Clancy Tradition
A family of accomplished traditional Irish musicians performs vocals and instrumentals to warm the soul.
Lively Irish music, both vocal and instrumental, to warm the soul. Eugene Clancy on guitar and vocals, his daughter Rosemary Clancy on fiddle and mandolin, son John Clancy on bass, Pat on piano and accordion, and Mike Melanophy on button accordion. 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 Pat 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 Pipes and Drums
Clad in the red and black Cunningham tartan, a wide repertoire provides great music and fun for everyone.
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
 
Community Handbell Ringers
Photo: John Markus
 
Community Handbell Ringers
Handbell ringers are the perfect group to ring in the New Year!
A group of handbell ringers from the Chatham and Harwich Congregational Churches will ring in the New Year, playing patriotic, folk and classic songs.
St. Martin's Lodge at  3:00 PM  (Button-free)
St. Martin's Lodge at  4:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
CrabGrass Bluegrass Band
 
CrabGrass Bluegrass Band
Cape Cod's own bluegrass artists! Bass, guitar, mandolin,banjo, fiddle and plenty of great vocals.
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, Dan Fortier on guitar, Katy Boc on fiddle, and Ted Mello on bass.
Methodist Church at  7:00 PM
Methodist Church at  8:00 PM
 
Dawn Derow
 
Dawn Derow
“LEAVING” - A country & blues goodbye! with an award-winning Cape Cod native cabaret vocalist.
“LEAVING” - A country & blues goodbye! Whether you are the one leaving or being left – the end of a love affair is always heart breaking... Dawn Derow sings about faded love through the songs of Bonnie Raitt, Patsy Cline, Linda Rondstadt, Carrie Underwood and more. Accompanied by First Night band members; Bart Weisman(drums), Ron Ormsby(bass), and Gregg Sullivan(guitar).

A Cape Cod New Yorker, Dawn grew up in Eastham, was classically trained at Boston Conservatory and moved to New York to pursue her performance career. An award winning vocalist - 2018 MAC AWARD for Best Vocalist, 2016 Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist, and recently a Broadwayworld nominee for her work with “MY SHIP∼ Songs from 1941” as Best Vocalist and Best Show. You can see more of Dawn in the summer month singing all over the Cape.
Orpheum Theater at  2:00 PM
 
Thom Dutton
 
Thom Dutton
Celtic harp and vocals . . A relaxing New Years tradition.
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.
Orpheum Theater at  11:00 PM
 
Dylan & Keb
 
Dylan & Keb
A dynamic instrumental duo of local student musicians on piano, guitar, and flute.
Keb and Dylan have a unique sound - a melodious flute and guitar, as well as a rich, bold piano and guitar. Their styles range from classical to rock, to blues, to improv, to funk, to alternative. Keb and Dylan have been playing together for five years, with plenty of musical inspiration left. The two started playing out on the streets of Harwichport and Chatham, and as they advanced through the musical hierarchy, were offered many gigs around Cape Cod. They have played many gigs together, as well as open mics and private parties.

Their repertoire of music consists of many different styles and artists for example: the Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and many others. They take requests for most styles of music and enjoy making music out of all genres.
Congregational Church at  9:00 PM
 
Shaun England Jazz Trio
 
Shaun England Jazz Trio
An all star group that will satisfy with sound.
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. Martin's Lodge at  7:00 PM
St. Martin's Lodge at  8:00 PM
 
Digney Fignus Band
 
Digney Fignus Band
Singer/Songwriter Digney Fignus is renowned for his infectious melodies and energetic performances
Americana Singer/Songwriter Digney Fignus is renowned for his infectious melodies and energetic performances. His latest song “The Emporer Wears No Clothes” delivers a contemporary piece of political satire that will tickle your funny bone and have you singing along before the end of the song!

Starting on the punk scene in Boston in the 1980's with his club Streets, his first hit was “The Girl With The Curious hand”. He has more recently released three CDs of Americana music, and now lives on the Cape and performs regularly around Cape music venues.
Community Center Gym at  9:00 to 11:30 PM
 
Garth Live! the Ultimate Tribute
 
Garth Live! the Ultimate Tribute
The ultimate tribute show comes to Chatham for “First Night Goes Country”
The ultimate tribute show comes to Chatham for “First Night Goes Country”. Kevin White has been a fan of Garth Brooks since the first time he saw him perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN back in 1992. Since that fateful day, he has been performing his Garth LIVE! show all over the Country.
Monomoy Middle School Auditorium at  8:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Auditorium at  9:00 PM
 
Frank Giasullo Jazz Quartet
 
Frank Giasullo Jazz Quartet
The Frank and John Jazz Duo is now a quartet, playing jazz standards and original songs.
The Frank Giasullo Jazz Quartet, formerly The Frank and John Jazz Duo, is comprised of four touring jazz musicians based on Cape Cod. The well-known combo includes guitar, bass guitar, drums and Frank Giasullo on flute, soprano sax, and wind synthesizer. The Quartet will play some jazz standards – songs such as Van Morrison's Moondance, Herbie Mann's Comin' Home Baby, and Miles Davis' All Blues. They will also feature original songs written by John Owens.

“It is such a pleasure to play with these guys. Rick Arnoldi, our guitar player, has toured the country, opening shows for very well- known bands. John Owens on bass and guitar has played all over the Boston area with jazz and rock bands. Larry Biron is both an art and a music lover. He owns the Cove Gallery in Wellfleet, and has been playing drums in blues, rock and jazz bands since college.” said Giasullo. “ It's a great mix.”
Community Center 2nd Floor at  3:00 PM
 
Ana Glig and James Rosenblum
 
Ana Glig and James Rosenblum
Ana and James are an electrifying husband and wife classical piano duo.
Ana Glig and James Rosenblum, husband and wife piano duo, have been praised for their “electrifying” stage presence.The two are individually accomplished classical pianists who collaborate on duo repertoire for special occassions. They performed Rhapsody in Blue together in Brewster and Eastham in 2018. They are now Cape Cod residents and are thrilled to be participating in this year's First Night Chatham.
Congregational Church at  3:00 PM
 
Rick Goldin
 
Rick Goldin
Children sing, dance and jump along with Rick and his singing animal puppets.
Children love Rick Goldin's 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.
St. Christopher's Chapel at  2:00 PM
St. Christopher's Chapel at  3:00 PM
 
George Gritzbach Band
 
George Gritzbach Band
The GG Band is back to give you a healthy dose of Original House Rockin' Roots R&B.
The George Gritzbach Band is back to give you a healthy dose of Original House Rockin' Roots R&B. A high-energy dance band strongly rooted in the blues, funk, and New Orleans, The GG Band plays inventive takes on classics and a healthy helping of innovative originals. Gritzbach’s smoky vocals, steamy harmonica, and shimmering guitar make the air sizzle with excitement.
St. Martin's Lodge at  9:00 to 11:30 PM
 
Jared Hagan & Trish LaRose
 
Jared Hagan & Trish LaRose
Cape theater favorites combine songs with humor and levity to help us through our crazy world.
Join Cape theater favorites, Jared Hagan and Trish LaRose, as they combine songs with humor and levity to help us through our crazy world. Weaving classic and contemporary Broadway tunes, from Annie Get Your Gun to Dear Evan Hansen, with songs from the canon of popular music ranging from Joni Mitchell to Lady Gaga.
St. Christopher's Church at  9:00 PM
 
Billy Hardy & Beth Sweeney
 
Billy Hardy & Beth Sweeney
Music from the Scottish, Irish, French Canadian, Bluegrass, and Appalachian fiddle traditions.
From elegant slow airs, spirited marches and hornpipes, to lively jigs and reels, Billy and Beth perform music from the Scottish, Irish, French Canadian, Bluegrass, and Appalachian fiddle traditions. Cape Cod based and performing together for over 20 years, their instruments include fiddle, piano, and banjo, with songs in Irish Gaelic. Billy Hardy is a long-time member of the Cape Cod Fiddlers.
Methodist Church at  5:00 PM
 
Chev Hardy
 
Chev Hardy
Chev Hardy is a jazz vocalist who evokes the greats - Ella, Sarah, and Billy holiday, singing lots of Cole Porter.
Chev Hardy is a jazz vocalist and lover of “well-aged” pop, whose rich contralto weaves effortlessly through her repertoire of blues, pop and jazz standards. She has performed at venues both on and off the Cape, including The Mews Restaurant and Tin Pan Alley in Provincetown, Birdland in NYC, and the annual Yule for Fuel event at WHAT in Wellfleet.

Chev will be accompanied by Greg Polanik. Greg honed his skills in the jazz clubs of St. Louis, before arriving on the Cape a few years ago. With decades of experience on the acoustic and electric guitar, Greg weaves wide ranging influences together to create music that can be both intimate and exciting.
Congregational Church at  4:00 PM
 
Improvisational Live Storytelling
 
Improvisational Live Storytelling
Storyteller Darby Hobbs will entertain young and old with her improvisational stories.
Join storyteller Miss Darby for her improvisational, live storytelling experiences that entertain both young and old. Come see her tell each unique story. She will be dressed to celebrate First Night's theme “Oh Those 60s!”. Darby Hobbs has also created two children's books, "Max and Pirate No Teeth" and "Grand Mere and the Empress of the Cove". Illustrator Meadow Hilley is the editor of The International Educator newspaper.
Community Center Aerobics Room at  4:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Bradley James - The Boston Piano Kid
 
Bradley James - The Boston Piano Kid
Known as the Boston Piano Kid, 15 year old Bradley James is an exciting showman.
Bradley James, also known as the “Boston Piano Kid”, returns to First Night with two performances. Bradley is 16 years old and has performed for several years in the Boston area. He plays from his heart and brings his emotions to life through the keys. In addition to the piano, Bradley also performs on the Tenor Saxophone, Ukelele, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals and is also learning the Accordian. In 2015 he was voted Boston's Top Instrumentalist by the Young Performer's Club and was the Grand Prize winner at the New England Talent Agency Showcase in Music and Acting.
Elementary School Gym at  1:00 PM
Elementary School Gym at  2:00 PM
 
Greg Johnson and the James Taylor Tribute Band
 
Greg Johnson and the James Taylor Tribute Band
This First Night Chatham favorite will be performing a voice and guitar tribute to James Taylor.
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.
Town Hall (downstairs) at  7:00 PM  (Button-free)
Town Hall (downstairs) at  8:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Julie And Denya: Folk and Classic Country
 
Julie And Denya: Folk and Classic Country
Julie and Denya are putting on their 10 gallon hats and fringed boots for a set of classic country and folk songs.
Julie Charland and Denya LeVine are putting on their 10 gallon hats and fringed boots for a set of classic country and folk songs. Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Hazel and Alice, and Johnny Cash are just a few of the songsters whose music you're likely to hear. Julie and Denya 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 and in southeastern Massachusetts with country, folk and ethnic bands for 35 years. This duo has a zest for life that is contagious!
St. Christopher's Chapel at  4:00 PM
 
Sue Keller
 
Sue Keller
Ragtime piano, plus a little vintage jazz and vocals, keeps the high energy of First Night flowing late into the evening.
A talented ragtime pianist and occasional vocalist, 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  10:00 PM
St. Christopher's Church at  11:00 PM
 
Chip Koser
 
Chip Koser
Watch Chip and his team carve a beautiful sculpture from large blocks of ice.
Ice sculptor Chip Koser carves a beautiful sculpture 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.
Cape Cod 5: Front Lawn at  12:00 to 4:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Zoë Lewis
 
Zoë Lewis
Zoë Lewis delivers vintage jazz, gypsy swing and latin inspired originals on anything from the piano to the spoons!
Zoë Lewis delivers vintage jazz, gypsy swing and latin inspired originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! This virtual “Band in a body” is known for her stories as much as for her music. Originally from the UK, she has made Provincetown her home for the last 28 years. She's traveled to over 70 countries, released 8 albums of original material, toured with Judy Collins, Richie Havens, Nanci Griffiths and the Indigo Girls, has won numerous songwriting awards and written and produced 2 musicals. “A gorgeous writer – so evocative and tender and thoughtful. And a mesmerizing performer” Dominique Browning, NYT.

Get ready for an upbeat and thoroughly entertaining show!
Orpheum Theater at  4:00 PM
Orpheum Theater at  5:00 PM
 
Liston-Kraft /Weiser Piano Duo
 
Liston-Kraft /Weiser Piano Duo
Exciting performers of “four hands” piano music.
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.
Methodist Church at  1:00 PM
Methodist Church at  2:00 PM
 
M.A.D. Jazz
 
M.A.D. Jazz
Jazz sounds that are perfect for a late December evening.
The MAD Jazz quartet members are Dan Sullivan (saxophone and flute), Rod McCaulley (Bass), Iain Ellis (Drums), and Alan Clinger (Guitar). Each of the musicians has a unique musical history, but for all of them, their passion is jazz. The style of their music is Mainstream Jazz which includes Standards, Swing, Blues, Bebop, and some Contemporary pieces. The songs will be presented as the melody, improvisation, and a recapitulation of the melody. We hope it brings feelings of delight to the audience.
Orpheum Theater at  8:00 PM
 
Joe and Sarah Marchio
 
Joe and Sarah Marchio
Joe on organ, joined by his wife Sarah on bagpipes.
Joe is the First Congregational Church of Chatham music director and organist, and is also the conductor of the Chatham Chorale. He is joined by his wife Sarah on bagpipes. A unique combination of music and talent!
Congregational Church at  8:00 PM
 
Siren Mayhew and Griffin McMahon
 
Siren Mayhew and Griffin McMahon
Siren and Griffin will offer a mix of ballads, 60's favorites and original music.
Siren and Griffin will offer a mix of ballads, 60's favorites and original music.

Vocalist and songwriter Siren Mayhew is a native Martha's Vineyarder who currently performs with the Sultans of Swing - a wedding/event band that plays on the Vineyard and around the country - and several local bands. She also writes and performs original music and is working on recording an album this winter. She performed with the Cape Symphony in their 2017 Holiday Pops concert, and has performed at First Night Chatham four times in the past.

Griffin McMahon is emerging as a unique and versatile organist, pianist, vocalist, and avid collaborator in the American music scene. Equally at home in the worlds of classical and popular music, Griffin serves as Music Director and Organist at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in historic downtown Edgartown. Siren and Griffin started collaborating soon after he moved to the Vineyard. They have played church music, rock/pop music, and original music together.
St. Christopher's Church at  4:00 PM
St. Christopher's Church at  5:00 PM
 
Jared McMurray
 
Jared McMurray
Concert pianist Jared McMurray grew up on Cape Cod and studied piano at the Cape Cod Conservatory and at The Hartt School of Music.
Concert pianist Jared McMurray grew up on Cape Cod and studied piano at the Cape Cod Conservatory with Noel Tipton. After high school, Jared attended The Hartt School of Music and studied with Luiz DeMoura Castro. Jared currently resides in Cotuit, where he is raising a family and works as a self employed stone mason.
Methodist Church at  4:00 PM
 
Joe Mongelli Jazz Trio
 
Joe Mongelli Jazz Trio
Cool, contemporary renditions of jazz and American Song Book favorites, with their own unique arrangements and inspired playing.
A staple of the Cape Cod jazz circuit, Joe and his Trio deliver cool, contemporary renditions of jazz and American Song Book favorites, their own unique arrangements and inspired playing. They strive to find just the right balance between the musicians, their audience, and this great music. Come and enjoy!
Congregational Church at  5:00 PM
 
Monomoy Seven
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Monomoy Seven
Dixieland jazz - swinging improvisations on familiar and not so familiar tunes, and requests from the audience.
Dixieland Jazz – a perennial favorite! 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!
St. Christopher's Parish Hall at  8:00 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Monomoy Theatre Players
Photo: Michael & Suz Karchmer
 
Monomoy Theatre Players
Scenes and Songs from Shakespeare, with performers of the Monomoy Theater Company.
The Monomoy Theatre players will present scenes and songs from musicals based on Shakespeare, as well as some scenes from Shakespeare plays performed at Monomoy. The players this year are: Terry Layman, Ellen Fiske, Terry Caza, Mary O'Brady, Phil Rittner, Colleen Welsh, Rick Oliver, Sarah Killough, Olivia Fenton, Casey Predovic, Alycia Kunkle and Alan Rust.
Methodist Church at  3:00 PM
 
Shawn Mullins, Master Magician
 
Shawn Mullins, Master Magician
A magic show with mystery, mind reading and mental gymnastics.
Shawn's magic show for grown-ups (and kids too) is filled with mystery, mind reading and mental gymnastics leading to a huge surprise at the end. There are multiple moments where volunteers are able to participate, things are borrowed (and returned safe!) and one person will even have the whole audience read their mind.
Orpheum Theater at  7:00 PM
 
New New Orleans Jazz Band
 
New New Orleans Jazz Band
The band has been playing traditional jazz around the greater Boston area for more than thirty years.
The New New Orleans Jazz Band has been playing traditional jazz around the greater Boston area for more than thirty years. Their First Night performance will feature three special guests: cornet player Jeff Hughes, Bob Barta on banjo, and John Clark on clarinet. (First Night regulars know Jeff Hughes as the leader of the Monomoy Seven). Backing them up will be NNOJB regulars Ron L'Herault on trombone and Nick Ribush on keyboard.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  4:00 PM
Community Center 2nd Floor at  5:00 PM
 
North Country
 
North Country
Playing everything from Classic Country to today’s Top Country music, and line dancing instruction.
Playing it all, from Classic Country to today’s Top Country music, North Country will have you on your feet dancing the night away.
Line Dance Instruction: . Come and learn a few steps and put them to use with the band during the show. Line Dance instruction during North Country’s performance, and during the band’s break. Professional instructor Cathy Hatch will teach you the steps and the moves to keep your boots scootin’ across the dance floor all night.
Community Center Gym at  7:00 to 9:00 PM
 
North Shore Acappella
 
North Shore Acappella
Exciting, visual, musical, warm and funny, this group is fabulous with class, style, and heart!
The special art of delivering music without instrumental accompaniment is what North Shore Acappella is all about. The award-winning group offers a continuously fresh repertoire comprising hundreds of popular hits.

Every performance is arranged in a way that showcases each singer in a lead role – a trait that very few a cappella groups in the country can claim. Tommy Duarte, Dennis Taylor, Jimmy Martin, Vinny Straccia and Steve Gambale have excited audiences throughout New England for over 35 years, adding an experienced blend of harmony, rhythm, and tempo to songs from the 1940's through today.

In 2011 North Shore Acappella was featured on NBC's The Sing Off dazzling listeners across the country.
Elementary School Gym at  4:00 PM
Elementary School Gym at  5:00 PM
 
Nutcracker Highlights
 
Nutcracker Highlights
Highlights from The Nutcracker with local youth ballet school.
The HeartStrings Dance Company from Reaching Heart School of Ballet in Harwich will perform the Party Scene, plus excerpts from the Land of the Sweets, from The Nutcracker. Guest artist Anderson Souza will perform in the role of the Sugar Plum's Cavelier. Mr. Anderson is currently in his second year dancing with Atlanta Ballet, and will delight the audience with his strength and grace. Reaching Heart School of Ballet graduate and Chatham resident Ms. Victoria Bessette will perform in the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. She and Mr. Anderson will end the show with a beautiful Pas de Deux.

Young children ages 4 through 6 who would like a chance to shine on stage will be invited for a short twirl in the spotlight during the part of the production when the toy Nutcracker comes to life and becomes a real Prince. The front row will be held for these young aspiring dancers!
Monomoy Middle School Auditorium at  12:00 PM
 
Out Late with Diana Di Gioia
 
Out Late with Diana Di Gioia
Americana / Blues / Folk Rock Vocals
Americana / Blues / Folk Rock Vocals. Smart, sexy, funny and irreverent all describe the writing of Out Late's Diana Di Gioia. Together with lead guitarist J Hagenbuckle and harmony vocalist Melody Masi, the trio performs in styles from acoustic rock, to blues to folk. Whether she's singing about growing up in rural Vermont or strutting Commercial Street in her “Ptown Pants”, her music is sure to engage and delight you.
Orpheum Theater at  3:00 PM
 
Trevor Pearson
 
Trevor Pearson
Fun for all ages! Trevor combines hilarious antics and visually spectacular, award-winning juggling skills.
Trevor Pearson’s interactive juggling show combines hilarious antics and visually spectacular, award-winning juggling skills with a message of self-empowerment. Fun for all ages! Trevor grew up in Brewster and it was there that he learned to juggle as a teen. He’s been juggling professionally for over 15 years, performing and instructing throughout New England, and beyond. Trevor has been inspiring and amusing First Night Chatham audiences for over a decade with the juggling of clubs, rings, balls, boxes, plates, hats, rubber chickens and audience-suggested objects to boot. He might even juggle boots!
Community Center Gym at  2:00 PM
Community Center Gym at  3:00 PM
 
Peking and the Mystics
 
Peking and the Mystics
Vintage vocals of every decade from the 1890s to the 2000s, featuring swing, jazz, doo-wop, and pop music.
Peking and the Mystics, a Boston-based a cappella quintet, is a longtime participant of Chatham First Night. The group will share many of the tunes from its latest recording, Flame. 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.
St. Christopher's Church at  7:00 PM
 
Quartett Giocosa
 
Quartett Giocosa
A classical string quartet formed in 2017 by four alumnae of the Cape Symphony.
The women of Quartett Giocosa met years ago at the Cape Symphony, where they are all members, but it took a while for them to figure out that they would make an excellent string quartet. Formed in 2017, Quartett Giocosa is Heather Goodchild Wade (violin), Irina Fainkichen (violin), Irina Naryshkova (viola), and Elizabeth Schultze ('cello).
Orpheum Theater at  9:00 PM
 
The Reunion Band
 
The Reunion Band
Toe-tapping, happy-feeling bluegrass music .
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.
Congregational Church at  10:00 PM
Congregational Church at  11:00 PM
 
Monica Rizzio
 
Monica Rizzio
Originally from Texas and Nashville, Monica brings her Americana upbringing to New England.
No stranger to the east coast music scene, Texas-bred and Cape Cod washashore, Monica Rizzio is emerging as one of the finest singer songwriters that call New England home. For over 10 years she played fiddle and sang with Tripping Lily, a folk acoustic pop band, who toured up and down the east coast. In 2012, Monica left the band to rejuvenate her passion for music and began writing to help cope with the loss of the band and love. Drawing on her East Texas roots, Monica and her Martin guitar bring back the the little girl who loved to barrel race on her horse Bo, and she found her outlaw country sound deep within the folk world. Her debut album, aptly named, Washashore Cowgirl, is completely autobiographical, often times delivered in a fictional approach, sometimes with humor, and sometimes so strikingly honest you can feel the pain in her voice.
St. Christopher's Church at  1:00 PM
 
Saltwater Jazz
 
Saltwater Jazz
The warm mellow sound of modern jazz — with piano, guitar, bass and drums.
Saltwater Jazz members are Dan Sullivan (saxophone and flute), Rod McCaulley (Bass), Iain Ellis (Drums), and Alan Clinger (Guitar). Each of the musicians has a unique musical history, but for all of them, their passion is jazz. The style of their music is Mainstream Jazz which includes Standards, Swing, Blues, Bebop, and some Contemporary pieces. The songs will be presented as the melody, improvisation, and a recapitulation of the melody. We hope it brings feelings of delight to the audience.
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  10:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  11:00 PM
 
Jacqueline Schwab
Photo: Wayne Hankin
 
Jacqueline Schwab
A folk and classical improvisational pianist - also Ken Burns accompianist and Chatham resident.
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.
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  7:00 PM
 
SeaFire Kids
 
SeaFire Kids
Four Chatham musicians comprise a A Fisherfolk Rock Band , on guitar, accordian and wooden percussion
A Fisherfolk Rock Band. Four talented Chatham musicians blend acoustic guitar and accordian with washboards and wooden percussion in support of seaside storytelling, social justice, community, and love. SeaFire Kids debut album was “Part of this Town”, pulling at the heart strings of humanity and stoking the fire of a RevolOcean that's in full swing. They are fishermen, social justice advocates, and part of a close-knit fishing community.
Town Hall (downstairs) at  9:00 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Sparrow Blue
 
Sparrow Blue
Acoustic Fiddle and Guitar songwriting duo Katy Boc and Todd Nickerson.
Sparrow Blue is the songwriting duo of Katy Boc and Todd Nickerson, on Acoustic Fiddle and Guitar. Katy and Todd began writing songs together after discovering a mutual love for American roots music. It wasn't long before they began performing as a duo, featuring their own original songs as well as covers by their favorite roots, bluegrass, and country musicians.
Orpheum Theater at  10:00 PM
 
Suede
 
Suede
Sassy, smooth and simply intoxicating. Suede enchants us, with her Cape Cod duo, Fred Boyle on piano and Rich Hill on bass.
Sassy, smooth and simply intoxicating. Suede is the real deal (says Joan Rivers) and is thrilled to return to First Night Chatham with her Cape Cod duo, Fred Boyle on piano and Rich Hill on bass. The NY press says she's like Adele meets Diana Krall meets Bette Midler. Dare her! She had the immense privilege and honor of being the late, great Joan Rivers' opening act. Come see why.

Direct from tours including world renowned clubs like NYC's Birdland, San Francisco's Feinstein's, Washington DC's Blues Alley and The Kennedy Center, Boston's Scullers Jazz Club and more.
St. Christopher's Church at  2:00 PM
St. Christopher's Church at  3:00 PM
 
Gregg Sullivan
Photo: Felix Vlasak
 
Gregg Sullivan
Guitarist Gregg Sullivan is a former member of Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Guitarist Gregg Sullivan is a former member of Blood, Sweat & Tears. Gregg currently lives on Cape Cod and teaches at the Cape Conservatory. Besides being a member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, he has performed with Roger Daltrey, Mary Wilson, The Rascals and many other rock legends.
St. Christopher's Church at  8:00 PM
 
Tim Sweeney and Randy Patterson
 
Tim Sweeney and Randy Patterson
Tim & Randy get to the heart and soul of things with their blend of country, rock, bluegrass and blues.
Tim Sweeney and Randy Patterson get to the heart and soul of things with their blend of country, rock, bluegrass and blues, performing a varied and crafted setlist of music they love. Both Tim and Randy are singers, multi-instrumentalists, award-winning songwriters, and seasoned professionals that love what they do – and it shows. They get rave reviews from audiences at the Cape Cod's finest musical venues and events. Acoustic to electric, they are told often that they sound like more than two people.
Holy Redeemer Church at  7:00 PM
 
Toe Jam Puppet Band
 
Toe Jam Puppet Band
Sing and dance along as they entertain with original songs, shadow puppetry, storytelling and just plain old good fun.
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 2nd Floor at  1:00 PM
Community Center 2nd Floor at  2:00 PM
 
Chandler Travis Philharmonic
Photo: Tim Reidy
 
Chandler Travis Philharmonic
A 9-piece ensemble from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, keyboard, mandocello, guitar, drums, accordion, and singing valet.
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic is a 9-piece ensemble from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, keyboard, mandocello, guitar, drums, accordion, and singing valet. It's possible they might be the missing link between the Kinks and Sun Ra...

The band - all colorfully garbed 8 pieces of them, plus singing valet Fred Boak - have introduced the concept of alternative dixieland and omnipop to audiences all over Massachusetts and far beyond. The Village Voice declared them "keenly entertaining", calling Chandler "a true New England eccentric and a master of daft power pop", and the band "a blend of Ringling Bros. and Ra" that "puts the harm back in Philharmonic".
Elementary School Gym at  9:00 PM
Elementary School Gym at  10:00 PM
 
We Are the Men
 
We Are the Men
All male voice choir in the European choral tradition, showcasing the beauty and lasting style of male voices.
Fresh from an appearance at Royal Albert Hall in London, England, We Are The Men joins Chatham First Night once again, bringing an eclectic assortment of songs, both contemporary and traditional, to our audiences. Under the direction of Welsh vocalist Chris Roberts, who established the group in 2008, this all male choir in the European choral tradition has members from all over the Cape. The group's accompanist, Cathy Bonnett, was the musical director of the Coast Guard Base Chapel choir. Don't miss hearing this extraordinary and spirited chorus of male voices. They are more than prepared to help you welcome the New Year!
Congregational Church at  1:00 PM
Congregational Church at  2:00 PM
 
Martha Whatley and Peter Earle
 
Martha Whatley and Peter Earle
Come join Peter Earle and Martha Whatley as they sing some of your favorite Broadway tunes!
Come join Peter Earle and Martha Whatley as they sing some of your favorite Broadway tunes! The ever-popular vocal duo returns; Cape audiences love these performers. Peter Earle is the Executive/Artistic Director at The Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans, where he has directed and acted in many of the Academy’s fine productions. Most recently, he directed the mega-hit Les Miserables. Martha Whatley is one of Cape Cod's favorite soloists since moving here in 1977. She divides her time between opera, oratorio and musical theater. She recently appeared as Anna in the Academy’s production of The King and I.
Congregational Church at  7:00 PM