2014 Artists & Activities

Do you have some favorites from First Night Burlington 2014?

Let us know about them!



 
 
35th Parallel

Unitarian Universalist Church
8:00 pm - 9:40 pm

“One of New England's most innovative ensembles.” – Showcase Magazine
35th Parallel takes the listener on a sinuous journey around the globe. Multi-instrumentalists Mac Ritchey and Gabe Halberg weave a sonic spell, winding a musical trail through the Middle East, India, northern Africa, and the Mediterranean. Performing on Middle Eastern oud, Indian tabla, and a variety of other non-Western instruments, the band's signature sound appeals to listeners of all ages.
35thparallel.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5v8IR0rGWI

8 Cuerdas

First Baptist Church
8:00 pm - 8:40 pm

Burlington-native soprano Sarah Cullins and Colombian classical guitarist Daniel Gaviria return with a program of Spanish song, including works by Rodrigo, Garcia Lorca, and de Fall. Called 8 Cuerdas because of the eight “strings” in their combined instruments, this husband-and-wife duo have dedicated themselves to exploring the multiple musical identities of Latin American song, as well as works from the source of many of its influences, the Iberian Peninsula. Known for their sensitive and inventive interpretations, they combine classical training with mastery of traditional expressions to create a truly unique sound.

A2VT

Contois Auditorium, City Hall
7:00 pm - 7:40 pm

The African hip-hop trio A2VT describe themselves as “three young guys from Africa.” When war broke out in their home countries, they were forced to leave. Eventually they arrived in Vermont, where they now live. Today, the members of A2VT say, “We write songs. We sing. We rap.” A2VT recorded its debut album—Africa, Vermontin 2012 with grant funding from the Vermont Community Foundation, Indiegogo, and the Fools Gold Artist Fund. The dynamic trio’s video version of “Winooski, My Town”—named a Vermont Top Ten Single by Seven Days—is an internet sensation that has been viewed by more than 30,000 people since it debuted early this year. It celebrates the diversity of this small and vibrant city and its people.
www.a2vt.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8uGIxaiE-g
www.facebook.com/a2vtmusic



Aaron Flinn

Alumni Auditorium at the Hauke Student Center, Champlain College
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

Aaron Flinn combines elements of folk, indie rock, and classic country with powerful vocals, poetic lyrics, and finger-picked guitar. Aaron offers up an eclectic mix of Americana and rock songcraft with an emphasis on lyrical substance and soulful performance. He has released an impressive body of work over the years, while working with renowned artists such as Gov’t Mule, Joe Bonamassa, Don McLean, and Tragically Hip. Flinn has also graced the stage of many leading concert venues, including Colorado’s Red Rocks and the legendary Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.
www.aaronflinn.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRbFl905sew
www.facebook.com/aaron.flinn.7

Afinque

Contois Auditorium, City Hall
8:00 pm - 8:40 pm

“Fun, energetic salsa led by a stunning, lively female vocalist.”—Performer Magazine
Afinque is a 10-piece, classic salsa dura band from Burlington, Vermont. Featuring many of the finest musicians in Vermont, Afinque pays tribute to the classic sounds of New York City’s Palladium club and the great Fania record label. and the classic sounds of the; covering many of the dance floor fillers from the masters of the genre, along with original compositions which share the same attitude.
www.afinquemusic.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJSHWb21nww
www.facebook.com/afinque

Andric Severance Xtet

242 Main at Memorial Auditorium
6:00 pm - 6:40 pm

A joyful presence on keyboards, Andric Severance performs with a solid, adventurous band that wowed Discover Jazz Festival concertgoers on Church Street last summer. The Andric Severance Xtet takes listeners on a salsa-centric musical journey from New York to Rio to Havana, playing original music as well as classic salsa tunes arranged for the quartet. The Andric Severance Xtet includes Vermont musical luminaries Andric Severance (piano), Caleb Bronz (drums), Scott Dean (percussion), and Giovanni Rovetto (bass). This isn’t your grandmother’s Latin jazz!
www.andricseverance.com

Annemieke Spoelstra

First Baptist Church
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

Pianist Annemieke Spoelstra has enthralled classical music audiences at past First Nights with passionate performances of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, selections from Spanish composers, and other music filled with colorful imagery. Annemieke’s solo concert at First Night 2014 spotlights French composers, primarily Debussy. The performance “feels like listening to paintings. Line and shades, light and dark, in beautiful rhythms. Piano-fingerpainting, but not quite,” says Annemieke.
www.annemiekespoelstra.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LASbG8nQnVU

Aya Inoue & Friends

Alumni Auditorium at the Hauke Student Center, Champlain College
7:00 pm - 7:40 pm

Greatly appreciated as a valued collaborator on the New England music scene, Aya Inoue has performed with Vermont greats including Mike Gordon (Phish) and Lowell Thompson. She has opened for Melissa Ferrick and Grace Potter, and has shared stages with Marco Benevento. Inoue has toured nationally to destinations such as the annual Bonnaroo festival, as well as internationally with sojourns to Germany and Switzerland. Her captivating presence, powerful lyrics, and bold voice, as well as her openness to experimenting with different sounds, textures, and musicians, set Aya apart.
www.theamidabourbonproject.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UViMMm9b7U
www.facebook.com/thamidabourbonproject

Bill Mares

Phoenix Books
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

Phoenix Books
7:00 pm - 7:40 pm

“With wit and insight, a gentle touch, and an observant eye for the weakness and strength of the human condition, Bill Mares delights and provokes us with his wonderful essays.” – U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont)
In the past six years Bill Mares— former teacher, legislator, journalist, and author or co-author of 14 books—has written more than 120 commentaries for Vermont Public Radio on topics as diverse as travel, hobbies, ideas, and public affairs. Speaking of hobbies, Bill has had five serious ones in his lifetime—beekeeping, fly fishing, running, singing, and brewing beer. Having written books about all of them, he will read excerpts and describe the process of writing about his favorite pastimes. Historian Stephen Ambrose called Bill Mares’ Fishing With The Presidents “a unique book about the fishing habits of the U.S. Presidents—good, bad, or indifferent. A fly-fisherman himself, he writes with vigor and perception.”

Bluegrass Gospel Project

First Congregational Church Sanctuary
10:00 pm - 11:40 pm

Debuting at First Night Burlington in 2001, the Bluegrass Gospel Project focused primarily on the music from which they drew their name. Over the next 12 years and hundreds of concerts together, the BGP's repertoire comfortably morphed into an eclectic mix of songs exhibiting a wide stylistic range that showcases their stunning vocal capabilities. The BGP does justice to folk, bluegrass, and gospel songs ranging from U2 to the Stanley Brothers, Dylan to the Louvin Brothers, Sam Cooke to Steve Earle, Bela Fleck to Brett Dennen–along with memorable originals from BGP's extraordinary vocalist, Colby Crehan.

This performance requires a $4 ticket in addition to your First Night button!
www.bluegrassgospelproject.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTAVL-IIzUM
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bluegrass-Gospel-Project/145791504910

Bohemian Blues Quartet

242 Main at Memorial Auditorium
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

Formed in 2009 and drawn together by a shared love of the music of the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, the Bohemian Blues Quartet shares its passion for gypsy jazz with audiences at every opportunity. The BBQ is sure to get toes tapping—and dancing isn’t only allowed, it’s encouraged. The quartet features Greg Evans (vocals, guitar), Matt Harpster (vocals/guitar), Brent Thomas (upright bass), and Dan Liptak (saxophone).
www.facebook.com/pages/Bohemian-Blues-Quartet/107789129270284

Brett Hughes

Alumni Auditorium at the Hauke Student Center, Champlain College
5:00 pm - 5:40 pm

Brett Hughes is an in-demand session player, musician, songwriter, and producer from Vermont. When he’s not gigging he’s often at his Shelburne studio producing and recording local and national acts. Brett hosts the popular Honky Tonk Tuesday sessions at Radio Bean in Burlington, which have become a favorite hangout for local and national artists.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSHrIPd06lM

Burlington Taiko

Flynn Center Mainstage
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Burlington Taiko has been mesmerizing audiences since 1987 with the spellbinding sounds and pageantry of taiko. Thunderous Vermont-made taiko drums merge traditional culture with contemporary expression and the rhythms of old Japan with martial choreography. Join the celebration as Burlington Taiko returns with their five-foot drum and the perennial show-stopper, Tsunami. First Night at the Flynn has been Burlington Taiko's pinnacle performance for many years. It’s an outstanding presentation of Japanese drumming, Vermont-style!

This performance requires a $4 ticket in addition to your First Night button!
burlingtontaiko.org
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T4Mwu3yJXM
burlington Taiko

Burundian Women's Dance Company

Contois Auditorium, City Hall
1:00 pm - 1:40 pm

Aline Niyonzima founded the Burundian Women’s Dance Company in 2011. The dance ensemble is composed of an average of 14 women, all of Burundian origin and all from the greater Burlington area. The Burundian Woman’s Dance Company stresses the importance of maintaining a culture that is distinctly Burundian and the group dances to songs that are deeply ingrained in the central values of life in Burundi. The words of the songs typically depict traditional stories passed down from ancestors, often with a strong moral component. Aline Niyonzima learned many of these traditional songs and dances from her grandparents when she was a little girl living in Burundi.

Carol Ann Jones

First Congregational Church Theater
10:00 pm - 10:40 pm

Carol Ann Jones is living the American dream: trading in her computer for a guitar, she’s been writing, singing, and playing her original music since 2008. With three recordings under her cowgirl belt, Carol Ann has performed for audiences around the state, the northeast, and, most recently, in Europe. Her music has been classified as “funky, bluesy, country, with a classic twist,” and has been featured on National Public Radio’s popular show, Car Talk.
www.carolannjonesmusic.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYG5OIisd3I
www.facebook.com/pages/Carol-Ann-Jones-The-Superchargers/121340304542774?ref=hl

Cartoon Fest

Merrill's Roxy Cinemas
12:00 pm - 11:45 pm

One of First Night’s most popular features is a multi-feature! Take a break and take a seat with a beverage and popcorn! Our friends at Merrill’s Roxy present 12 hours of classic Looney Tunes including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, Tweety and Sylvester, and Pepe LePeu. It’s tons of fun and free with your First Night button.

Chris Dorman

Fletcher Free Library Main Reading Room
5:00 pm - 5:40 pm

Earthwork Music artist Chris Dorman says he “wears many hats but does not often feel the need to change his shirt.” To put it another way, though Chris is a very busy guy, everything he does is somehow connected to everything else he does. Chris lives at Bread and Butter Farm in South Burlington. His music is inspired by parenting, being in love, ups and downs, a passion for understanding people, and day-to-day life on a community farm.
www.chrisdormanmusic.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YANyGyckOGo
www.facebook.com/musecd

Christopher McBride Sleight-of Hand Artist

Flynn Space
10:00 pm - 10:40 pm

Christopher McBride has been performing card magic for over 30 years. In his fourth year at First Night he looks forward to showcasing his latest work. Like great magicians of the past, he uses traditional sleight-of-hand, misdirection, and balderdash to create illusion and a compelling environment. With the aid of video projection, you will enter a fascinating place of pure magic without capes or balloon animals. You’ll marvel at what Christopher can do with a pack of cards, a stage, lights, and a great audience. Christopher lives in Westford, Vermont, and divides his time between magic performance, sugaring, and photography and framing.
www.mcbridevt.com



Circus Smirkus

Memorial Auditorium
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Memorial Auditorium
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

“A cultural treasure.” – Boston Globe
The big top returns to Burlington! Circus Smirkus, a perennial First Night favorite, is a Vermont-based, award-winning and internationally acclaimed youth arts organization dedicated to promoting circus arts and the traditions of the traveling circus. The young performers of Circus Smirkus awe and amaze audiences of all ages with wire walking, aerial arts, clowning, juggling and acrobatics. Reconnect with Circus Smirkus or witness the troupe’s extraordinary artistry for the first time and you’ll understand why Family Fun Magazine calls this circus “one of America’s best!”

This performance requires a $4 ticket in addition to your First Night button!
www.smirkus.org
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9h0Z-lhiY4
www.facebook.com/CircusSmirkus



Comedy Showcase with Tim Kavanagh

Flynn Center Mainstage
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The First Night Comedy Showcase with Tim Kavanagh marks its fourth year at First Night Burlington with a hilarious 90 minutes of standup and physical comedy, silly songs, improv and more. Get ready to laugh the late afternoon away at the Flynn!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpx6dLVO62g

Counterpoint

First Baptist Church
6:00 pm - 6:40 pm

Counterpoint, Vermont's own professional vocal ensemble, presents a selection of seasonal carols and songs both familiar and unfamiliar, in arrangements both traditional and new. Highlights include "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming," "The Carol of the Bells," "Silent Night," the "Huron Carol," and that perennial Counterpoint favorite, founder Robert De Cormier's infectious arrangement of "Children, Go Where I Send Thee." They’ll even have a sing-along of "Go Tell It on the Mountain."
www.counterpointchorus.org

Dancing Dragon Parade

Church Street Marketplace
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join our friends from schools and community organizations around the state for our annual Dragon Parade!

Dave Keller Band

First Congregational Church Sanctuary
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

“Dave Keller is gonna be huge!” – About.com
Vermont bluesman Dave Keller is the 2012 winner of the “Best Self-Produced CD” award from The Blues Foundation in Memphis. That recording, Where I’m Coming From, reached #2 on B.B. King's “Bluesville” program on Sirius/XM radio. Keller has earned the respect of the torchbearers of the blues, recording and co-writing with legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl, touring with Mississippi blues master Johnny Rawls, and spending many years as the protégé of soul/blues singer Mighty Sam McClain, who says "He's for REAL!! Y'all check him out!"
davekeller.com
/www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnVKBf6WcXs
davekellerband

DuPont Brothers

Flynn Space
6:00 pm - 6:40 pm

"If you asked me to bet on the next band to make some waves outside of Vermont, I think I’d have to lay my money on the DuPont Brothers.” – Dan Bolles, Seven Days
Two brothers are reunited after years of geographical separation thanks to a fortified collaboration in music. Sam and Zack DuPont are best friends, siblings, and now co-conspirators in a shared passion that runs deep in their family. This Vermont-made folk/Americana duo has hit the ground running since the group was formed in March 2013. The brothers have released a debut EP and a DVD of live, in-studio performances and have shared the stage with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Ben Sollee, Gin Wigmore, Family of the Year, and The Lone Bellow, to name a few. Lush finger-style guitar work is complemented by elegant prose and a vocal blend that could only be matched by blood relation.”
dupontbrothersmusic.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih29oyQfZKA
www.facebook.com/dupontbrothersmusic

Eight 02

242 Main at Memorial Auditorium
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

“Beautiful, tremendously accessible and exciting.” – Lou D’Antonio, WNCS The Point 104.7
Eight 02, a contemporary, post-Bop jazz fusion group, features two members of the legendary Vermont group Kilimanjaro, jazz chart-toppers from the early 1980s. Kilimanjaro vets Lucas Adler and Chris Peterman team up with two founding members of Picture This–Peter Engish and Jerome Monachino–to form a jazz outfit that revels in improvisational risk-taking. Drive, the latest CD from Eight 02, soared to the #6 spot on the Smoothjazz.com Top Fifty Chart just six weeks after its summer 2013 release. matched by blood relation.”
www.eight02jazz.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeOIkxzpp8Y

El Rey - Tenedor & su Conjunto Cuchillo

First Congregational Church Sanctuary
8:00 pm - 8:40 pm

“Like Jimmy Buffett for the punk set." –Dan Bolles, Seven Days
"El Rey" Tenedor and su Conjunto Cuchillo play gleeful, faux-Latin tunes with a hefty portion of humor and a touch of rock swagger. Featuring some of Vermont's finest musicians, including Jane Boxall, Russ Lawton, Kevin Stevens, and Ray Paczkowski, they tread a tight-but-loose tightrope with abandon. Live appearances are a rare treat so don't miss this one! Check them out online at rayfork.bandcamp.com.
rayfork.bandcamp.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzatWriuWaI
www.facebook.com/TheManyMusicalMisadventuresOfMrRayFork

Electric Youth Dance Company

Edmunds School Gym
5:00 pm - 5:40 pm

Electric Youth Dance Company is excited to present their newest collection of dances. Their theme this year is “Literature to the Big Screen”. Come enjoy the multitalented dancers as they serve up exciting jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop dance to welcome in the new year.

Ellen Powell Trio

242 Main at Memorial Auditorium
5:00 pm - 5:40 pm

242 Main at Memorial Auditorium
8:00 pm - 8:40 pm

The Ellen Powell Trio features longtime Vermont jazz standouts Ellen Powell (bass), Tom Cleary (piano), and Gabe Jarrett (drums). They’re a jazz trio that loves playing together, exploring many different kinds of music, from Brazilian to swing, folk tunes to jazz standards. Don't be too surprised to hear anything from famous television themes to classic gospel tunes to pieces from children's piano books and everything in between. They have even been known to play “From a Wigwam,” the last piano piece in John Thompson’s well-known, entry-level instruction book. In the Ellen Powell Trio’s book, “Everything is sacred!"
www.vpr.net/episode/44955/live-performance-by-bassist-ellen-powell-guitarist/

Face Art!

Edmunds School Cafeteria
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Face Painting is a First Night tradition that delights kids of all ages each New Year’s Eve. For First Night 2014, our much-loved face-painting artists have moved to a new location – the cafeteria at the Edmunds School on Main Street. Stop by Edmunds between the hours of 12 noon and 6pm and have faces bedecked with bold, colorful colors just perfect to ring in 2014!

Family Friendly Comedy Hosted by Dustin Bruley

First United Methodist Church
8:00 pm - 8:40 pm

Dustin Bruley is a native Vermonter who created, produced, and hosted the Comedy Zone at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival in the summer of 2013. Dustin is a founding member of local improve troupe People With Faces and has been performing standup for six years. Additionally he is a voice actor whom you may have heard on commercials or videos.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul-epdZMIUA



Fireworks by Northstar

Burlington Waterfront Park
12:00 am - 12:15 am

Burlington Waterfront Park
6:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Burlington Waterfront Park: Fireworks for Kids at 6pm
Burlington Waterfront Park: Fireworks at 12 midnight

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk_Vc2rD9Hg

FlynnArts Jazz Combos

Flynn Space
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

Come hear the hidden talents of your friends and neighbors as local musicians ring in the new year with a jazzy vibe.
www.flynnarts.org
facebook.com/flynncenter

FlynnArts Show Choirs

Flynn Space
2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

Vermont's first community-based show choirs perform favorite pop music and Broadway showstoppers. It’s a high-energy way to start your day of celebration!
www.flynnarts.org
www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDFKBbfXVvo
facebook.com/flynncenter

Free Kids' Drama, Dance, & Musical Activities!

Flynn Arts
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Creative Dance (Gr.K-5) & Family Music Together (Ages 0-5)

Flynn Arts
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Creative Dance & Drama (Ages 3-4) & Creative Drama (Gr. K-1)

Flynn Arts
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fantasy Ballet (Gr. K-1) & Creative Drama (Gr. 2-5)

www.flynnarts.org
facebook.com/flynncenter

Frost and Fire

Memorial Auditorium
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Contradancing has warmed up New England town halls and barns for centuries. It’s fun, friendly, community dancing, with figures similar to square and English country dancing. Frost and Fire has a growing regional reputation as an exciting dance band, with soaring fiddles, flute, whistles, concertina, groovy piano, guitar, banjo, bodhran and djembe riffs, and their secret weapon–the Scottish border pipes. No experience and no partner required . . . just a big smile and the desire to dance to some great music.
www.frostandfireband.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Wr8gTdyrjY
www.facebook.com/frostandfire

Gary Dulabaum

First Congregational Church Chapel
2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

No matter the age of the audience, from the very young to the young at heart and every age in between, singer, songwriter, and entertainer Gary Dulabaum lets his acoustic roots show. Gary has spent many years raveling down the musical highway from coast to coast and beyond, captivating audiences at concert halls, festivals, schools, and libraries with his eclectic style of performance. Whether it be a family concert or an all-ages show, Gary's high-energy, humor-laced concerts make you want to laugh, smile, move, and sing along.
www.garydulabaum.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yi8hOea4Xo
facebook.com/garydamberc

Good Old Wagon

First Congregational Church Theater
7:00 pm - 7:40 pm

Mark Greenberg (guitar, banjo, mandolin) and Andy Pitt (guitar) deliver blues, rags, and old-time tunes learned, often first-hand, from such masters as Rev. Gary Davis, Doc Watson, and Mississippi John Hurt. Greenberg has played with Coco & the Lonesome Road Band, the Joint Chiefs of Bluegrass, and Dave Van Ronk's Kazoo-o-phonic Jug Band. Pitt has performed with blues greats Big Mama Thornton and Junior Wells, British rocker Peter Green, and folk-blues singer Barbara Dane. Together they capture the spirit and style of music that remains just as vital as when it was first recorded in the 1920s and ‘30s.
www.upstreetproductions.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=il7gjXZeY28

Green Mountain Chorus

First United Methodist Church
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

The Green Mountain Chorus (GMC) is Vermont’s premier men’s barbershop singing group. Chartered in Burlington in 1947 as the Burlington Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, GMC’s unique four-part harmony is an original American art form, just like jazz. Classic songs such as “Shenandoah” and “Blue Moon, as well as contemporary fare, are arranged to produce that unique barbershop sound, something you will not hear elsewhere on First Night.
www.greenmountainchorus.org
www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8pveuATGbM
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Green-Mountain-Chorus/279270345446715

Gregory Douglass

Flynn Space
5:00 pm - 5:40 pm

Flynn Space
7:00 pm - 7:40 pm

“(Gregory Douglass) channels everyone from Stevie Wonder to Fiona Apple.” (Instinct Magazine)
With a wealth of critically acclaimed, independent CDs under his belt, Gregory Douglass returns to FlynnSpace and First Night as a festival favorite, year after year. Gregory’s passionate amalgam of folk, pop, and rock has been compared to Tori Amos, Jeff Buckley, and Patty Griffin. He has toured with They Might Be Giants, and has shared the stage with Melissa Ferrick, Jason Mraz, and India Arie.
www.gregorydouglass.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6yoWVgLVKw
www.facebook.com/gregorydouglass

Handsome Molly

Unitarian Universalist Church
6:00 pm - 6:40 pm

Dominique Dodge and Robert Ryan are a husband and wife duo deeply grounded in the traditional music and song of Ireland, Scotland, and England. Harper and singer Dominique holds a BA in Scottish music, and recently returned from a Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland with an MA in Irish Music Performance. Robert grew up in an Irish family in England, playing the fiddle and whistle from an early age. Robert and Dominique bring a lively, passionate approach to the music they love, whether they are lifting the house with a set of raucous dance tunes or the joining their voices in harmony for traditional songs and ballads.
champlainvalleytradarts.com

Hillary Capps

242 Main at Memorial Auditorium
9:00 pm - 9:40 pm

Native Vermont Hillary Capps is a New York City-based alternative pop singer and songwriter. With strong female influences such as Sara Bareilles and Adele, Hillary’s pop-oriented music encompasses subtle jazz phrasings and catchy melodies that display a mature songwriting style and tight musicianship. Hillary's forthcoming album, The Wishing Forest, is expected to be released in early 2014 and features her live band.
www.hillarycapps.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3joYb85Hxzc
Facebook.com/hillarycappsmusic

House of LeMay

Flynn Space
9:00 pm - 9:40 pm

Flynn Space
11:00 pm - 11:40 pm

The girls and guys from The House of LeMay are back for a fifth consecutive year at First Night. If you’ve missed them on New Year’s Eve, perhaps you’ve seen them in the Mardi Gras or Pride parades. Or maybe producing/hosting the annual Winter is a Drag Ball. Volunteering at the Vermont City Marathon? In a television commercial or print ad? Or simply walking down Church Street, helping to make Burlington the great city that it is. All this from a group of drag queens direct from the Hot Damn Trailer Park in Beaver Pond, Vermont. Sisters Amber and Margaurite (Maggie) and accompanist Craig Hilliard have been performing together for more than 20 years. Lucy Belle joined the group 15 years ago. And the four-piece band The Decoys are along for the ride again this year. Come on up to the House of LeMay for a riotous evening of comedy, music, and fun!
www.houseoflemay.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PrQrQUSbKs



In Accord

First United Methodist Church
6:00 pm - 6:40 pm

First United Methodist Church
9:00 pm - 9:40 pm

A perennial favorite, In Accord is a fun-loving, a cappella ensemble returning to First Night for the 17th consecutive year. The performance will include a mix of madrigals, folk songs, spirituals, show tunes, and classics. Come join In Accord for a musical adventure that’s fun for the whole family.

Inseldudler German Band

Contois Auditorium, City Hall
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

The Inseldudler is a band that performs traditional music of the German-speaking countries. The name Inseldudler comes from the German Insel (island) and dudeln (to toot an instrument). The band first performed at Applefest in the Champlain Islands in 2002, hence the name Inseldudler. The high-spirited band plays for Oktoberfests and other celebrations throughout the Northeast. Highly versatile, Inseldudler specializes in German “oompah,” but also performs in the Dixieland (Dixiedudler) and mariachi (Los Dudleros) styles. Traditional costumes and songs in German (or Spanish !) transport audiences to parts of the world where Gemuetlichkeit is the rule!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgFDkTSBzi8
www.facebook.com/inseldudler

Jane & Charlie Kittredge

First Baptist Church
7:00 pm - 7:40 pm

Jane and Charlie Kittredge have performed for friends, family, and small events across Vermont for more than 15 years. Tonight they go public, joined by some of the area’s most talented musicians. Originally from Middlesex, Vermont, Jane lived in New York for 10 years while training at the city’s best conservatories. Now splitting her time between the two states, she plays in ensembles, orchestras, operas, chamber groups, bands, and solo showcases. A lifelong singer, Charlie’s deep tone and warm bass blend seamlessly in any musical fabric. This evening, let Jane and Charlie take you on a journey through their world of music and inspiration.
www.gigmasters.com/violin/Jane-Kittredge/
jane.kittredge.9@facebook.com

Jane Boxall Marimba

First Baptist Church
2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

“Killer technique and inspired musicality.” – Drum! Magazine
Marimba artist Jane Boxall “is in a genre of one," according to Seven Days. Jane plays a contemporary classical marimba repertoire with zero to eight mallets, performing in concert halls, art galleries, cafés, schools, universities, and festivals from London to Chicago, Manhattan to Seattle. Jane has appeared with the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and, as concerto soloist, with the Event in a Tent Festival Orchestra. Audience members have compared Jane to Cozy Powell, Evelyn Glennie, Frank Zappa marimbist Ruth Underwood, Sheila E., Carl Palmer, and – when wielding eight mallets – an octopus.
janeboxall.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PwGAIt7jzQ
www.facebook.com/pages/Jane-Boxall/22089279460681

Jernigan Pontiac

Phoenix Books
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

Phoenix Books
5:00 pm - 5:40 pm

When someone described “Hackie” – Jernigan Pontiac’s column in Seven Days – as a “love letter to Burlington,” Jernigan thought about it and said, “Well, that’s about right.” For 15 years and counting, Jernigan has chronicled his adventures as a local cab driver, spinning endless stories and spawning two book collections in the process. When he received his New England Press Association first-place award, the judges wrote, “Brilliant! What an amazing writer. He offers a first-person perspective into things we can only wonder about.” Join Jernigan, the elusive cabbie himself, as he tells a few of his stories and answers all your questions about cab driving and life.
yohackie.com



Jody Albright & her Fabulous Band!

First Congregational Church Sanctuary
9:00 pm - 9:40 pm

Jody Albright started her successful career as a jazz and blues singer in the 1980s. Her style reflects her love of improvisation – the heart of jazz and blues music. You may have enjoyed some of her many performances at previous First Night celebrations, the Discover Jazz Festival, on Vermont Public Radio, and in venues throughout Vermont. In May 2013, Jody did a live recording at FlynnSpace in Burlington (available for purchase tonight!) with her Fabulous Band and she is excited to be performing again at First Night. Tonight's band is comprised of some of the area's finest musicians: Peter Krag (piano), Clyde Stats (bass), Tim Sharbaugh (drums), George Voland (valve trombone), Lee Gilles (saxophone) and Greg Matses (guitar).

Jon Gailmor

First Congregational Church Chapel
5:00 pm - 5:40 pm

First Congregational Church Theater
8:00 pm - 8:40 pm

Jon Gailmor’s performance is as much about the audience as it is about himself. It is poignant and topical, frivolous and childish, profoundly meaningful and criminally absurd. Songs are fraught with audience involvement, rampant hopefulness, and questionable humor. They are mostly originals, with a smattering of traditional ballads, blues, and other tunes he failed to grow up on. Jon often abandons his set list to custom-design his show to fit whatever prenatal-through-prehistoric audience is at hand. Jon is deeply grateful to them, figuring that the least he can do is to leave them totally uplifted, optimistic, and emotionally spent.
www.jongailmor.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=toeKC4rlHwM

Justin Levinson & The Valcours

Flynn Space
8:00 pm - 8:40 pm

"(Levinson has) a knack for letter-perfect pop hooks.” – Dan Bolles, Seven Days
Burlington-based singer-songwriter Justin Levinson is steadily building national renown. Celebrated for a catalog of songs covering everything from power pop to country to "feel-good heartbreak," Justin has earned steady praise from audiences and critics alike since his 2005 debut. He paid his dues and refined his craft at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has since gone on to critical acclaim, picking up a nomination for Sirius Radio’s “Singer-Songwriter Discovery of the Year” along the way. Find out for yourself why music critic Frank Gutch of Acoustic Music Exchange enthuses, “No matter what kind of day I will be having, my head will raise and a voice inside me will say, 'It is a good day when I hear Levinson.’"
www.justinlevinson.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY8jaGGtGjU
www.facebook.com/justinlevinson

Karen Amirault Dance Company & Tabare Gowon

Contois Auditorium, City Hall
2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

Celebrating our 31st year with First Night Burlington, The Karen Amirault Dance Company is collaborating with up and coming choreographer and performer, Tabare Gowon. A graduate of Burlington High School and Harvard University, Tabare has rejoined this high-energy troupe as they expand their exploration of jazz music and dance, multiculturalism, and multiple generations. The dance company’s newest show includes solo, duet, and group works in the American jazz idiom, with influences from African, Latin, swing, Broadway, tap, plus the sensational hip hop acrobatics by Lucas Royer and Dakota Senna.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL8ii5_8HTw

Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band

Flynn Center Mainstage
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band are on a mission to fill you with music that aims right for the heart and moves your soul without overlooking your booty . . . and they won't be defeated in their quest. It all starts with Kat’s voice, which proves immediately enchanting to any listener. It's delicate yet powerful. Gritty yet highly emotive. Sultry and dynamic. The Indomitable Soul Band's roots draw heavily from all American music to forge a sound that is all their own. Blending Memphis soul and new school R-&-B with a high level of improvisation, this hot, seven-piece outfit is the perfect complement to Kat Wright’s captivating, genuine vibe.
www.katwrightsoulband.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah3mt89qoow
www.facebook.com/pages/Kat-Wright-The-Indomitable-Soul-Band/151086954960266



Laughing Couple Interactive Storytelling

First Congregational Church Theater
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

Rick and Carolyn Hunt, a husband-and-wife team, comprise Laughing Couple Interactive Storytelling. The duo shares Native American stories with a focus on the cultural heritage of the Northeast. Their performances are geared to audiences of all ages. In addition to First Night, the Laughing Couple has been on stage with Vermont Symphony Orchestra and performed at museums, schools, other cultural events, private and corporate functions, and fundraisers.
www.laughingcouple.com

Leatherbound Books

First Congregational Church Chapel
8:00 pm - 8:40 pm

"A phenomenal collaboration full of upbeat tunes and a fresh approach to songwriting on the Burlington scene." - Vermont Cynic
Leatherbound Books is a vocally driven duo led by Eric Daniels and Jackie Buttolph. The band showcases Daniels' original tunes and frequently features guests from the local music scene, including Brett Hughes and Tuck Hanson.
www.theleatherboundbooks.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7DrxJ7U2To
www.facebook.com/theleatherboundbooks

Lowell Thompson

Alumni Auditorium at the Hauke Student Center, Champlain College
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

Alumni Auditorium at the Hauke Student Center, Champlain College
8:00 pm - 8:40 pm

"Lowell's music transcends the boundaries of genre. It is beautiful chameleon music. When you hear his songs you can picture a folk version, a country version, a rock version.” – Grace Potter
Burlington singer-songwriter Lowell Thompson creates shimmering, emotionally laden Americana music with echoes of Gram Parsons and Neil Young, all infused with Lowell’s own alt-country style. Lowell serves up two performances at First Night 2014 – the first an intimate color performance and the second with his full band, Crown Pilot.
www.lowellthompson.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYhnl-u3EFo

Lynnette Combs

First Baptist Church
10:00 pm - 10:40 pm

Lynnette Combs will perform on the historic 1864 Hook pipe organ at First Baptist Church. This program will highlight some of the virtuoso players and composers connected with the pipe organ, from the 1600s to the present day. Dazzling footwork, nimble fingerwork, lightning quick changes of registration, and masterful transcriptions of orchestral works are the hallmarks of these virtuosos. Add to this the powerful and beautiful sounds of the organ in a resonant space, and you have a recipe for a superlative recital.

Lyric Theatre Company

First United Methodist Church
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

First United Methodist Church
5:00 pm - 5:40 pm

First United Methodist Church
7:00 pm - 7:40 pm

The Lyric Theatre Company celebrates its 40th anniversary by performing great songs from Broadway musicals past and present. You won’t want to miss this multigenerational group sing songs that will make you laugh and sigh, including numbers from their upcoming season, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Les Miserables’.” Join the largest community theater company in New England as they ring in the year Broadway style!
www.lyrictheatrevt.org
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ac8ojNV22M
www.facebook.com/lyrictheatrevt

Make and Take Crafts

BCA Clay & Print Studio
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

BCA Center
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join the fine folks at Burlington City Arts on the third floor of the BCA center and at the Print & Clay Studio for some special New Year's crafts!

Maple Jam

First United Methodist Church
10:00 pm - 10:40 pm

Maple Jam is a Burlington-based a cappella vocal jazz ensemble specializing in performing magnificent multi-part arrangements of jazz and popular tunes a la favorite groups such as the Swingle Singers, Manhattan Transfer, and the Singers Unlimited, to name a few. Maple Jam’s show includes fun vocal interpretations of instrumental jazz classics as well as breathtaking renditions of favorite tunes from the American Songbook. Sit back, relax and let Maple Jam’s toe-tapping beat and lush, spine-tingling harmonies launch you into the new year with a big smile on your face!
www.maplejam.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Maple-Jam/100537251468?fref=ts

Martha Sings & Roberto Plays

First Congregational Church Chapel
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

For her debut First Night performance, Vermont singer and ukulele player Martha Seyler will be performing some of her favorite funny songs (and even a few tearjerkers) from Tin Pan Alley, Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael’s Old West, and the blessed Hank Williams. Martha will be accompanied by her longtime guitarist and harmonizer, Robert Resnik.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWnnN66SeTM

Marty Morrissey & Robert Resnik

Alumni Auditorium at the Hauke Student Center, Champlain College
6:00 pm - 6:40 pm

Veteran Vermont folk musicians Marty Morrissey and Robert Resnik have been playing Celtic music together in Vermont and around the Northeast for almost 30 years and have performed at First Night Burlington for at least 28 of those years! They’ve performed together as members of the Highland Weavers and the Tin Pan Valentinos, and have also released a pair of critically acclaimed CDs of Vermont songs. Their performance at this year’s First Night will feature old favorites and many new songs by Vermont songwriters, played on more than a dozen musical instruments.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6DWPuEc1L0

McFadden Academy of Irish Dance

Edmunds School Gym
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

Edmunds School Gym
7:00 pm - 7:40 pm

The McFadden Academy of Irish Dance opened in 2008 under the direction of Beth Anne McFadden. They are the only school in Vermont certified through An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, a Dublin-based organization that oversees international, national, and regional championships in Irish dance worldwide. McFadden students have competed at the local, regional, and national levels with great success. At First Night, the McFadden Academy will perform lively, traditional Irish step dancing to energetic traditional music. They’ll demonstrate the control and grace of the soft shoe and then change shoes and execute beautifully rhythmic hard shoe dance. Their performances area always crowd pleasers.
www.mcfaddenirishdance.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y75mw5UvHjI
www.facebook.com/pages/McFadden-Academy-of-Irish-Dance/146652348757673?fref=ts

Me & You (Brett Hughes & Marie Claire)

Fletcher Free Library Main Reading Room
7:00 pm - 7:40 pm

Me & You, comprising guitarist/vocalist Brett Hughes and pianist/vocalist Marie Claire, met one fateful evening eight years ago, and have been playing together ever since. From Tammy Wynette and George Jones to June Carter and Johnny Cash, they'll sing you back to a dusty, whiskey-soaked honky tonk with wistful tales of livin' and lovin,' cheatin' and dyin.' A pair of musicians so beautifully matched, their tight, tearful harmonies will lift your heart and feed your soul.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiIv3Dnzq8A

Me2/orchestra

First Baptist Church
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

The Vienna Philharmonic gives an annual performance of waltzes, polkas, and marches on New Year’s Day. Me2/orchestra and conductor Ronald Braunstein are bringing the spirit of Vienna to First Night Burlington with a program featuring such favorites as “The Blue Danube” waltz and “Radetsky March.” Me2/orchestra members will also share tips on maintaining good mental health in the New Year. Ring in 2014 with resolutions for good mental health and some of the most familiar and endearing orchestral music in the world.
www.ME2orchestra.org
www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9sLHGO7BqU
www.facebook.com/ME2orchestra

Michael Arnowitt

First Baptist Church
5:00 pm - 5:40 pm

One of the most sensational musical events of all time was the famous riot that took place at the premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring by the Russian Ballet in Paris. Featured on this program is the first half of the Rite of Spring The Adoration of the Earth – in pianist Michael Arnowitt's extraordinary transcription. Michael was recently invited to perform the Stravinsky piece for a special concert he gave at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Also on the First Night program: Debussy's magical The fairies are exquisite dancers (a quotation from Peter Pan), and Prokofiev's brilliant Suggestion diabolique.
www.MAPiano.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TItLC9L1EEw

Michael Chorney & Hollar General

Alumni Auditorium at the Hauke Student Center, Champlain College
9:00 pm - 9:40 pm

“There is nothing ordinary about this music, as it touches so many aspects of extraordinary style and substance. Is it alternative Americana? Avant-garde chamber folk? Old, weird, and hipless? Yup—all of the above.” – The Noise, Boston
Comprised of four of the finest players from Vermont’s small but vital music community, Hollar General concerts are displays of remarkable musical chemistry, deep listening, and virtuosic interplay. Michael Chorney (voice, guitar), Geza Carr (drums), and Robinson Morse (acoustic bass) have worked together for many years. Just prior to forming Hollar General (also featuring Brett Lanier on pedal steel and dobro),they were the backbone of the Hadestown Orchestra, touring internationally and performing with such luminaries as Martin Carthy, Ani Difranco, Sean Hayes, Amy Correia, and Paper Bird. Michael Chorney is best known in the acoustic music world as a producer, arranger and guitarist, most notably with longtime collaborator Anais Mitchell. With Hollar General he steps to the microphone with his distinctive voice and commanding songwriting, playing a new kind of “Americana” - one as broad and wide as the name suggests.
http://www.michaelchorney.com/home.html
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mccGkvoh6OA
https://www.facebook.com/events/356354251139713/

Michelè Choinère

First Congregational Church Sanctuary
7:00 pm - 7:40 pm

Michelè Choinère was born into a musical Franco-American family in northern Vermont and from an early age performed traditional music with her father, Fabio. In 1995 she began composing her own songs and has performed before audiences throughout the Northeast, Quebec, and France. Her lyrics focus on nature, romance, and social issues connected to being Franco-American. Michelè has appeared at the American, Lowell, Great Lakes, and Tadoussac folk festivals. She was the 2007 recipient of the prestigious Governor’s Heritage Award. A Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, Michele’s recordings and performances blend Franco-American and Quebecois folk songs, original compositions, and French standards in the tradition of Edith Piaf.

Mister Chris & Friends

First Congregational Church Sanctuary
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

Mister Chris and Friends is a project for the kiddos started by musician Chris Dorman. After spending more than a decade as an active member of the musical communities of Michigan and Vermont, Chris is taking the tunes to the littlest of the little ones and taking all of us with him. Currently, as Mister Chris, he is writing four intertwined albums intended to celebrate the fleeting moments of early childhood. He writes from the perspective of a father of two and a teacher of early education music and movement, and strives to hear through the kiddos’ ears as well.
www.misterchrisandfriends.com
www.facebook.com/misterchrisandfriends

Modern Grass Quintet

Unitarian Universalist Church
7:00 pm - 7:40 pm

Contemporary and accessible, progressive and time-honored—this is the unique bluegrass of Modern Grass Quintet. Formed in 2009, the group includes veterans Adam Buchwald on banjo, Todd Sagar on fiddle and dobro, Andy Greene on guitar, Stephen Waud on mandolin, and Kirk Lord on upright bass.“In addition to being great musicians, the members of the band create a natural swing that makes them stand out among many pickers,” says Robert Resnik of All The Traditions on Vermont Public Radio, adding, “Great music – and it'll make you want to jump!” Whether performing originals or Appalachian classics, the Modern Grass Quintet delivers!
www.moderngrassquintet.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=juM46AIDWGc
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Modern-Grass-Quintet/124338300931520

New Nile Orchestra

First Congregational Church Theater
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Contois Auditorium, City Hall
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Ethiopian singer/dancer Kiflu Kidane and his band New Nile Orchestra (NNO) have been performing their high energy brand of world music throughout New England for more than 20 years. Using standard western instrumentation, NNO members transpose traditional Ethiopian melodies into something danceable. As the band puts together each new song, Kidane listens with his body, and if it moves him, it’s a go! The infectious rhythms from the band, combined with Kidane’s remarkable dancing and singing, inspire even the most committed wallflower to get up and dance.
newnileorchestra.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcUmrWzKVig

Once They Were - Exhibition

BCA Center
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come explore the exhibition Once They Were, and meet Torrey Valyou of local New Duds fame, who will be demonstrating the art of screen-printing and creating prints live.

PaDulabaum

Fletcher Free Library Main Reading Room
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

Rebecca Padula and Gary Dulabaum are PaDulabaum: multi-instrumentalists/singers performing music that delights everyone. Rebecca and Gary joined together as PaDulabaum early in 2013 to explore their love of great songs, including standard jazz tunes, country songs loaded with twang, old time gospel that will turn you into a believer, blues tunes that make it feel good to feel bad, and rock that just plain rocks. Accompanying themselves on mandolin, banjo, and acoustic and electric guitars, they strive for a sound that takes you from the back roads of Americana right into the city's heart and core.
www.garydulabaum.com/padulabaum
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb3i_RFl3d0
www.facebook.com/Padulabaum

Patricia Julien Project

242 Main at Memorial Auditorium
7:00 pm - 7:40 pm

“The band delivers a heady blend of jazz, swing, and even a little prog rock that bristles with playful energy.” – Seven Days
The Patricia Julien Project is a jazz quartet made up of local musicians Patricia Julien (flute), Alec Julien (guitar), Jeremy Harlos (bass), and Caleb Bronz (drums). They have three active composers on board so they play mostly originals, but also include a healthy smattering of cover tunes by contemporary composers such as John Scofield, Thomas Chapin, and Joshua Redman. Their style ranges from straight ahead jazz to hard-driving funk.
www.patriciajulienproject.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw9MSImir48
facebook.com/patriciajulienproject

Patrick Fitzsimmons

Fletcher Free Library Main Reading Room
6:00 pm - 6:00 pm

"One of the most captivating songwriters around today" - Relix Magazine
Patrick Fitzsimmons, the internationally acclaimed, Vermont-based singer-songwriter and founding member of seminal Americana band From Good Homes, will perform songs from his latest recording, Hope Is, as well as selections from his five previous CDs. Seven Days calls Patrick “an immensely talented singer. Wide eyed and heartfelt, his music ably and honestly recalls a simpler period of American pop music.”
www.patrickfitzsimmons.net
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ad9dgDl4JM
facebook.com/patrickfitzsimmons

Paul Asbell

First Congregational Church Sanctuary
5:00 pm - 5:40 pm

First Congregational Church Sanctuary
6:00 pm - 6:40 pm

In his 45 year professional career, Paul Asbell has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Paul Butterfield, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, David Bromberg, Paul Siebel, Mary McCaslin, Sonny Stitt, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, and many others. Paul’s jazz-fusion group Kilimanjaro has released several award-winning recordings, and performed at jazz festivals worldwide, including Montreux, Montreal, Atlanta, and Jakarta. Paul’s two solo CDs, Steel-String Americana and Roots and Branches, received rave reviews from Guitar Player, DownBeat, Vintage Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar for their fresh takes on blues and jazz standards, old-timey country tunes, and original pieces from the “American roots” tradition. Recent appearances by Paul include the Montreal and Newport Guitar Festivals, MerleFest, the Lunenburg Folk Festival, and numerous other venues. A guitar teacher for more than 40 years, Paul presently teaches at both Middlebury College and the University of Vermont. Long story short: Paul Asbell is a Vermont – and American – musical treasure.
www.paulasbell.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TyA8y20L1Q
www.facebook.com/paul.asbell?ref=tn_tnmn

Perpetual Motion Dance

Edmunds School Gym
8:00 pm - 8:40 pm

Perpetual Motion is a collaborative effort of Vermont Youth Dance and Bird’s Nest. Experience Perpetual Motion’s and you’ll fly through the window with Peter Pan to visit familiar and never-before-seen places in Neverland through dance. There will be swordplay; there will be Bollywood dancers; and you’ll discover that pirates can be devilishly good hip-hop dancers. You will go walking on the stars. On your return journey, be sure to bring your fairy dust back; reality has much more sparkle when sprinkled with a little fairy dust! This performance is appropriate for all ages and includes performers of all ages.
birdsnestdance.net (Jean-Marie) or vermontyouthdancers.weebly.com (Theresa)
www.facebook.com/vermontyouthdancers

Phil Henry

First Congregational Church Theater
6:00 pm - 6:40 pm

Fletcher Free Library Main Reading Room
8:00 pm - 8:40 pm

Burlington Coffeehouse in the Fletcher Free Library Main Reading Room: 8:00-8:40pm
Phil Henry crafts old-school story songs that are rich and sweeping. A formally trained musician, he builds strange, beautiful chords and a big acoustic sound, played on instruments he often makes by hand. He’s played the big folk stages – Kerrville, Falcon Ridge – and won song contests like SolarFest and Susquehanna. Phil is joined by percussionist and vocalist Gary Moon.
www.philhenryband.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX7_n-cyCUo

PossumHaw

Unitarian Universalist Church
5:00 pm - 5:40 pm

If you like the drive of bluegrass, but also enjoy original, expressive lyrics and top-tier vocals, then come hear PossumHaw. Colby Crehan (also of the Bluegrass Gospel Project) and the four other musicians in the group will draw you in with their fabulous playing and vocal harmonies, distilled through years of performing together. Crehan has been called “a shooting star in the world of bluegrass music” (Times Argus) and PossumHaw includes members of the Modern Grass Quintet (Steve Waud) and Bread and Bones (Mitch Barron). Ryan Crehan and Charley Eiseman round out the group.
www.possumhaw.net
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMrvzQmBvoY
www.facebook.com/pages/PossumHaw/355139607864

Prydein

Contois Auditorium, City Hall
11:00 pm - 11:40 pm

Prydein is a Celtic rock band born in the Green Mountains of northern Vermont by several college students who were striving to find a sound that was new and exciting. That sound was bagpipes mixed with electric guitar. The music, the energy, and the humor coming from the group quickly propelled them to the national stage. Thanks to the impeccable bagpiping of Iain MacHarg the boys have become staples of the Highland Games circuit as well as headliners at Celtic music festivals across the nation. Prydein has shared the stage with such noted performers as The Tannahill Weavers, Enter the Haggis, Rathkeltair, Seven Nations, and the Red Hot Chili Pipers.
www.prydein.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-SK1f7M9WI
facebook.com/prydein

Queen City Hot Club

Flynn Space
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

The Queen City Hot Club (QCHC) plays American and European standards in the Gypsy jazz style created by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, and their legendary Quintet Hot Club de France. Rooted in 1930s swing, QCHC also incorporates contemporary Gypsy sounds popular in Europe today. This fiery acoustic music has started to make inroads in North America - and now in Vermont. Melodic and improvisational with a driving rhythm, it appeals to listeners of all ages and musical tastes. The QCHC features Jim Stout on guitar. Jim is a recent transplant from New York City where he worked with musicians ranging from Johnny Thunders to Eugene Pitt and The Jive Five. Also featured are Greg Ryan (They Might Be Gypsies, Rani Arbo) on guitar and John Thompson-Figueroa (Trio Gusto, Gua Gua, Lokum) on bass.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aPcqa6pZ5s
www.facebook.com/queencityhotclub

Ramblin' Dan Stevens

First Congregational Church Chapel
7:00 pm - 7:40 pm

Connecticut artist Ramblin’ Dan Stevens performs a mix of traditional blues, Americana, and originals and has entertained audiences throughout the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the Virgin Islands. His style of "bottleneck" slide playing, popularized by early bluesmen, includes the use of a homemade, three-stringed "cigar box guitar" and a one-stringed "diddly bow,” both primitive blues instruments. A finalist in the International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis and protégé of the legendary Dave Van Ronk, Dan has been lauded as a raconteur and for the authenticity of his approach. He plays regularly in the New York City Subway System in locations such as Times Square and Grand Central Terminal.
www.danstevens.net
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vprc8DKra7w
www.facebook.com/ramblindanstevens

Ray Vega Band

Flynn Center Mainstage
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Bandleader Ray Vega is a professor of jazz studies at the University of Vermont; an internationally acclaimed trumpeter, composer, and arranger; and a veteran of the bands of Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, and Mario Bauza. He has performed with Joe Henderson, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Paquito D’Rivera, and many others. The Ray Vega Band is Ray’s newest ensemble, combining elements off jazz, salsa, funk, and R&B. Vega's upbringing in the South Bronx during the 1960s,‘70s, and ‘80s serves as a source of inspiration for this ensemble. The sounds being heard daily on the streets where Ray lived included everything from Tito Puente to Miles Davis to Kool and the Gang to Blood Sweat and Tears and beyond. The repertoire of the Ray Vega Band is drawn from Ray's original compositions as well as music from many of the masters. Bring your jazz ears and your dancing feet!
www.rayvegamusic.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPhTuNbzJew
www.facebook.com/rayvegamusic

Red Hot Juba

Contois Auditorium, City Hall
9:00 pm - 10:40 pm

Red Hot Juba returns to First Night in a bigger venue by popular demand. Juba's music, recently described as being “as heady as it is irresistibly danceable,” is a hip shakin’ good time. Red Hot Juba takes the soul of the blues, the infectious twang of juke-joint country, and a touch of irreverent Old Testament, and makes it all swing with relentless abandon. Red Hot Juba weaves guitars, vocal harmonies, horns, bass, and drums through eclectic, impulsive, unpredictable sets that cover a ton of musical ground. The band has been a fixture of the Vermont music scene for 10 running. Come see why!
www.redhotjuba.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N9hkReQ1q8
www.facebook.com/redhotjuba

Reed, Rosin, & Pedal

First Baptist Church
9:00 pm - 9:40 pm

Reed, Rosin, and Pedal is a chamber music trio featuring Wesley Christensen (clarinet), Laura Markowitz (violin), and Melody Puller (piano). The group was formed in 2012 and is made up of Vermont musicians from the Burlington area. Their First Night performance will feature both klezmer and classical music. The program will include works by Srul Irving Glick and Alexander Arutiunian.
reedrosinandpedal.weebly.com/
www.facebook.com/ReedRosinAndPedal

Samara Lark & The Outfit

242 Main at Memorial Auditorium
10:00 pm - 10:40 pm

Samara Lark and The Outfit is a Burlington-based Latin acid Jazz project that formed in the spring of 2013. Between Samara’s strong vocals and Matty “Snacks” Perillo’s trumpet, the harmonies and melodies project out onto the audience with passion and grace. Matt Harpster’s blistering fret board work on the guitar brings fire to the band, while the rhythm section is held down by Harry Archer Bonish Jr. on the smooth, fretless five string bass, and Andrew Bedard on the drums. The group's sound is filled with vibrant energy.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVGTbuQDbxo
www.facebook.com/SamaraLarkAndTheOutfit

Shellhouse

First Congregational Church Theater
11:00 pm - 11:40 pm

“Fans of smartly conceived rock will find a lot to like.” – Dan Bolles, Seven Days
Shellhouse , is an authentic, original Americana rock band from Vermont. The band's repertoire includes the songs of Bob Teer as well as eclectic rock favorites. Shellhouse is heard regularly on Vermont radio and the band plays throughout the state. Shellhouse is Bob Teer (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Jim Fox (guitar), Andrea Teer (vocals, mandoguitar), Bob DeFeo (drums), and Marshall Breakstone (bass, vocals). vocals.
www.shellhousemusic.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JGIqqIwHKw

Sing Along with Megan, Emer, & Robert

First Congregational Church Theater
2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

Megan Butterfield, Emer Feeney, and Robert Resnik – all staff members at the Fletcher Free Library – return again to entertain First Night audiences with kids songs, show tunes, and maybe even a few musical surprises. Bring your own kazoo if you’d like . . . or simply sing along!



Spotlight On Dance

Edmunds School Gym
2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

Spotlight on Dance is thrilled to once again be dancing at First Night. The kids, teens, and adults of the dance company will be performing a variety of pieces, including tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop.
www.spotlightondance.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4g4TNl6sbI
Spotlight On Dance Inc.

Starline Rhythm Boys

Contois Auditorium, City Hall
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

“Vermont’s house band!” – Vermont Magazine
Formed in 1998 and now in their 15th year together, the Starline Rhythm Boys feature three musicians with more than 100 years of combined experience in various bands – including bass man Billy Bratcher’s one-year stint with the great Wayne “The Train” Hancock in 1997. The Starline guys include Danny Coane ("Little Danny C") on acoustic rhythm guitar, “Big Al” Lemery on electric lead guitar, and Billy (“Slappin’ Billy B”) Bratcher on acoustic upright "slap" bass, in the style of Elvis', Johnny Cash's and Carl Perkins' early bands. They perform vintage country, honky-tonk, and rockabilly music with very strong country harmony duet vocals. Their repertoire consists of many originals, mainly written by Bratcher, as well as great covers of both classic and obscure numbers. They have released seven recordings, three of which won “#1 Album of the Year” (2002, 2007, and 2009 respectively) on the Freeform American Roots (FAR) chart based in Austin, Texas. They have been labeled "Vermont's House Band" by Vermont Magazine.
www.starlinerhythmboys.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zeuev8J_kPI
facebook.com/starlinerhythmboys

Stay and Play!

YMCA
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Spend some time with your neighbors at the Y where weary parents can take a break and active kids can work off some energy from 2-5PM. The Pomerleau Family Y on College Street is hosting kid and family friendly activities from top to bottom! Big kids with energy to burn can find their way to the gym where running, jumping and active group play takes center stage. Wee ones looking for pint size fun will enjoy their very own itty bitty play area set aside for them. Classrooms on the lobby floor offer make and take crafts, refreshments and even a make your own healthy snack, presented by Eat Well, Play More Vermont, a Y-led initiative. Bring your swimsuit for free swim offered in the pool from two to five. Present your First Night button at the member services desk before you leave and pick up a free day pass to come back and visit the Y again!

Steady Betty

Contois Auditorium, City Hall
5:00 pm - 5:40 pm

“A stellar group of Vermont musicians . . . cool rocksteady tunes.” – Brent Hallenbeck, Burlington Free Press
Steady Betty formed in 2012 after vocalists Miriam Bernardo and Lisa Giordano traveled to Jamaica and were awed by the island‘s rocksteady music –a danceable, soulful successor to ska and the roots of the reggae genre. Gathering a kaleidoscope of Vermont-based musicians, Steady Betty was ready to swarm the local scene. Their early shows drew packed, dance-happy crowds and enthusiasm from local press: “Steady Betty are quickly rising among the ranks of my favorite local acts,” wrote Dan Bolles in Seven Days. The Steady Betty lineup for First Night includes Miriam Bernardo (vocals), Kat Wright (vocals), Caroline O’Connor (bass and vocals), Linda Bassick (guitar and vocals), Jane Boxall (drums), and Emily Ryan (alto sax).
facebook.com/steadybettyvt
facebook.com/steadybettyvt

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen

Fletcher Free Library Main Reading Room
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

First Congregational Church Chapel
6:00 pm - 6:40 pm

Steve has been a songwriter since the 1960s, crafting songs recorded by dozens of artists, ranging from John Denver to Tammy Wynette. Cindy is a master of traditional ballads, complemented by her own original songs. Together, they have been called "just about the classiest duo around" by Folk Roots Magazine. Their repertoire ranges from ghostly ballads to modern sagas, traditional tunes to country-tinged originals, with a good dose of humor thrown in. Steve's gentle baritone is driven by his rhythmic guitar, and Cindy adds her warm alto, along with guitar and concertina. Longtime First Night favorites, their latest duo recording is Home By Dark.
www.compassrosemusic.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=o56Hl_6oLR8

Steve Hartmann

First Congregational Church Theater
5:00 pm - 5:40 pm

First Congregational Church Theater
9:00 pm - 9:40 pm

Steve Hartmann’s influences (Dave Matthews, Damien Rice, Glen Hansard) shine through in his dynamic performances, powerful vocals, engaging stage presence, and lyrical storytelling. Hartmann held his debut solo album release party during his 10-year anniversary at First Night Burlington last year and returns this year with tracks from his album, Waking Up the Echoes, plus new works. Vermont-based violinist Jane Kittredge joins Steve for the evening.
www.stevehartmannmusic.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nsduz7MVhuY
www.facebook.com/stevehartmann3

Tim Jennings & Leanne Ponder

First Congregational Church Chapel
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

“If you have ever wondered whether storytelling could be absolutely fascinating, give this duo a try. They are brilliant!” – FolkWorld
For 20 years this couple has made a living together by performing and recording original treatments of traditional folk narratives, with occasional music played on harp and concertina. Long-time veterans of the Vermont cultural scene, Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder have been featured at major festivals across North America, including the National Storytelling Festival, the Toronto Storytelling Festival, Clearwater, and Old Songs, as well on Vermont Public Television and National Public Radio. Tim and Leanne are married, and live in East Montpelier with a marmalade cat.
fokltale.net
www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7h-DmUEsHg

Va-et-Vient

Unitarian Universalist Church
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

A sizeable percentage of New Englanders are of French Canadian heritage. Va-et-Vient celebrates the music of this wonderful culture and keeps its presence alive for both young and old listeners through performance and education. Va-et-Vient, as presenters of Franco-American music, have continuously expanded their repertoire through discovery and study of available resources ranging from archived recordings to attending singing sessions in the homes of some of Québec’s most respected keepers of the songs. Together since 2003, they have performed at many of Vermont’s most respected venues including the Flynn Center MainStage, Middlebury’s Festival on the Green, the Vergennes French Heritage Festival, Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Randolph New World Festival, and many more.
www.vaetvient.net
www.facebook.com/pages/Va-et-Vient/303375849679919

Vermont International Film Festival Screening

BCA Center
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

VTIFF will be screeing international award-winning short films, thanks to a special collaboration between VTIFF, BCA, and First Night Burlington. The films are family-friendly and suitable for all ages. The full complement of films will be screened twice in succession over the course of three hours. THE BUBBLEOLOGIST by Jan Bednarz - 6 mins DAMNED by Richard Phelan – 9 mins BUY BUY BABY by Gervais Merryweather – 8 mins SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES by Yousif – 9 mins MISS TODD by Kristina Yee – 13 mins THE GATES OF LIFE by Hannes Vartiaine & Pekka Veikkolai – 6 mins WHEN ONE STOPS by Jenni Rahkonen – 7 mins IRISH FOLK FURNITURE by Tony Donoghue – 8 mins THE STORY TELLER by Nandita Jain – 10 mins

Vermont Youth Orchestra & Chorus

Flynn Center Mainstage
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Vermont Youth Orchestra and VYO Chorus return to First Night Burlington with a program featuring music of Falla, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, as well as the world premiere of the winning work from the annual MusicCOMP young composer competition and a performance of Eric Ewazen's Bass Trombone Concerto, featuring VYO bass trombonist Christopher Jordan.
This performance requires a $4 ticket in addition to your First Night button!
www.vyo.org
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iakxnH9lQBI
www.facebook.com/pages/Vermont-Youth-Orchestra-Association/95612941749?fref=ts

Very Merry Theatre

Edmunds School Gym
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

Edmunds School Gym
6:00 pm - 6:40 pm

Very Merry Theatre's talented 10-to-14-year-olds present an original musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic Treasure Island. This is great theater for all ages.
verymerrytheatre.org
www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0pjKmCrovs

Walinja

Unitarian Universalist Church
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

Mohammed Ibrahim Bulle and Osman Hassan grew up together in the town of Jalib in the Jubba River Valley region of Somalia. Friends since boyhood, they shared a deep love of music. Mohamed learned to drum by imitating older musicians in Jalib. As young adults, he and Osman, also a drummer, joined the local band Simba and performed traditional Somali Bantu music throughout the Jubba Valley at weddings and celebrations, even performing on occasion at government functions in Mogadishu. In 1990, Mohamed and Osman fled the violence of the Somali civil war and reconnected in Kenyan refugee camps, where they continued to play traditional music, gaining increasing renown and respect among Somali refugees. Reunited once again in Vermont in 2006, Mohamed and Osman formed Walinja, a traditional Somali “wedding band,” which plays a central role in Somali weddings, holiday celebrations, and festivals throughout the United States.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mie260iNfYw

Willem Lange

Phoenix Books
6:00 pm - 6:40 pm

Phoenix Books
8:00 pm - 8:40 pm

Known to many as the “I gotta get back to work” commentator on Vermont Public Radio, Willem Lange brings his charming brand of humor back to First Night for another year. Born to deaf parents in 1935, Willem grew up speaking sign language and first came to New England for prep school in 1950 as an alternative to reform school in his native New York state. In 1981, he began writing a weekly column, A Yankee Notebook, which appears in several New England newspapers. In addition to his commentaries on VPR, Willem is also the host of New Hampshire Public Television’s weekly show Windows to the Wild. His annual readings of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol are a holiday staple. Willem has recorded several CDs and published seven books, and received an Emmy nomination for one of his pieces on Vermont Public Television.
willemlange.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beS4w6354jU
www.willemlange.com

Young Tradition Vermont Contradance Band

Memorial Auditorium
6:30 pm - 7:10 pm

Since September 2013, a group of intermediate to advanced young musicians have been working since September with Pete Sutherland at FlynnArts to learn contradance repertoire and arrangements,. These young musicians will be showing some of what they've learned at the start of the annual First Night Contra Dance. Pete is the leading teacher of young dance musicians in the Northeast: there's not a young person who plays this type of music who wouldn't credit Pete first and foremost for teaching, coaching, mentoring, and inspiring them. The contradance tradition continues to flourish and grow at First Night!
www.youngtraditionvermont.org
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9L0dz3qmsc
www.facebook.com/YoungTraditionVermont



For more information call 802-863-6005 or email sarah@firstnightburlington.com