2015 Artists & Activities



 
 
8 Cuerdas

First Baptist Church
8pm - 8:40pm

Ibero-American song duo 8 Cuerdas returns to First Night Burlington with a magical program of Argentinean melodies. With Carlos Guastavino’s Flores Argentinas and tangos by Astor Piazzolla, Burlington-native soprano Sarah Cullins and Colombian guitarist Daniel Gaviria will transport listeners to warmer, sultrier climes, mixing classical technique with South American sabor. Come find out why the duo has been delighting audiences all over Vermont this year, from the Grafton Inn to the Salisbury Summer Concert Series to the Stowe Performing Arts Series.
www.8cuerdas.com
www.facebook.com/8cuerdasduo

A2VT

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

Contois Auditorium, City Hall
6pm - 6:40pm

The 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. A2VT recorded its debut album–Africa, Vermont–two years ago with grant funding from the Vermont Community Foundation, Indiegogo, and the Fools Gold Artist Fund. The dynamic trio’s You Tube hit “Winooski, My Town” celebrates the diversity of this small but vibrant community.
www.A2VT.com
www.facebook.com/a2vtmusic

Afinque

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

Afinque is an 11-piece, classic salsa y salsa dura band from Burlington. Featuring many of the finest musicians in Vermont, Afinque pays tribute to the sounds of New York’s famed Palladium club and the great Fania record label. This energetic outfit plays fiery and intense salsa, with the sultry sounds of vocalist Miriam Bernardo floating over a funky, percussive Latin beat.
www.afinquemusic.com
www.facebook.com/afinque

Andric Severance Xtet

FlynnSpace
3pm - 3:40pm

From New York City to Rio, then on to Havana and back home to Vermont, the Andric Severance Xtet takes listeners on a salsa-centric jazz journey, playing original music as well as classic salsa tunes arranged for quartet. Fired up with rhythmic intensity, the band features Caleb Bronz on drums, Scott Dean on percussion, Giovanni Rovetto on bass, and Andric Severance on piano. This isn’t your grandmother’s Latin jazz.
andricseverance.com
www.facebook.com/andric.severance

Annemieke Spoelstra McLane

First Baptist Church
3pm - 3:40pm

Pianist Annemieke Spoelstra McLane returns for the fifth time to a First Night Burlington stage. “To talk about music is like trying to explain colors or a specific taste,” Annemieke says. “It can be bright, shady, sweet, savory, bold, complex, or just simple down-to-earth." This special New Year’s Eve program will mainly feature solo piano music by Chopin and a hint of some other 'flavors'.
www.annemiekespoelstra.com

Appalachian Gap String Band

First Congregational Church Chapel
3pm - 3:40pm

The Appalachian Gap String Band brings a contemporary polish to the old-time string band style. Their high-energy twin fiddling and tight vocal harmonies will have you tapping your feet and singing along with old-time country songs and mountain blues. Featuring internationally renowned fiddler and singer Pete Sutherland, this Vermont group of traditional music veterans also includes Tom MacKenzie (Shady Rill, Woods Tea Company) on banjo, Tim Stickle (Virginia Creepers) on fiddle, Ed Sutton (Hardscrabble) on bass, Greg White (Grup Anwar) on guitar, and Doug Campbell (Knee Replacements) on mandolin. Go ahead - try to stay in your seat when they kick into high gear on southern dance tunes.

Blackbird

Fletcher Free Library Main Reading Room
9pm - 9:40pm

A Green Mountain State duo featuring Rachel Clark and Bob DeMarco, Blackbird performs traditional Celtic and Scandinavian music as well as tunes of their own creation. Their albums Whistle and Sing and Good Morning, Good Night have both received critical acclaim. Whistle and Sing was awarded the 2013 Barre Times- Argus/Rutland Herald “Traditional Album of the Year” award. Fiddle, Irish flute, whistles, accordion, cittern, piano, guitar, and voices combine to create a lively mix of traditional music for all ears.
blackbirdvt.com

Bluegrass Gospel Project

Flynn Center MainStage
9pm - 10:30pm

Unparalleled vocal harmonies, an eclectic repertoire, and roots planted in the bluegrass tradition yield complex, inspiring music from this group of incredible musicians. This is The Bluegrass Gospel Project, a group that’s been doing something distinctive for well over a decade: exploring and expanding the tradition of bluegrass gospel–from U2 to the Stanley Brothers, Sam Cooke to Steve Earle. The six members bring decades of experience to the group. Taylor Armerding—the group’s front man, mandolin player and singer—was a founder and lead singer for Northern Lights, the progressive bluegrass group that took the bluegrass world by storm in the 1980s. Debuting as a band to a packed house at the Flynn for First Night Burlington in 2001, the group has performed hundreds of concerts together over the ensuing years, captivating audiences with a breathtaking stylistic range that showcases their stunning vocal and instrumental capabilities.
This performance requires a ticket in addition to a button.
www.bluegrassgospelproject.com
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bluegrass-Gospel-Project/145791504910?ref=mf

Burlington Taiko

Flynn Center MainStage
6pm - 7pm

Outstanding performers of Japanese drumming, Burlington Taiko has been mesmerizing audiences since 1987 with the spellbinding sounds and pageantry of Taiko. Thunderous, Vermont-made drums merge traditional culture with contemporary expression, rhythms of Old Japan with our own community creations. Come and see if you want Vermont’s own Taiko tradition to be your new exercise and creative community outlet for 2015.
This performance requires a ticket in addition to a button.
www.burlingtontaiko.org
www.facebook.com/pages/Burlington-Taiko/440473009305836

Christopher McBride

Phoenix Books
7pm - 7:40pm

Phoenix Books
9pm - 9:40pm

Christopher has been performing card magic for more than 30 years—and general magic even longer. During his past engagements at First Night, he showcased his best and latest work. This year will be no different. By using traditional sleight-of-hand, misdirection, and balderdash, Christopher creates illusions far beyond the scope of most card tricks. When needed, a large projection screen will allow the fine details of card handling to be seen. Join Christopher for a fantasy-driven journey into the specialized field of card magic.
mcbridevt.com

Circus Smirkus

Memorial Auditorium
2pm - 3pm

Memorial Auditorium
4pm - 5pm

Circus Smirkus, a perennial First Night favorite, brings the big top back to Burlington! The Vermont-based, internationally acclaimed youth organization is dedicated to promoting the circus arts and the traditions of the traveling circus. These young performers awe and inspire 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".
These performances require a ticket in addition to a button.
www.smirkus.org
www.facebook.com/CircusSmirkus

Comedy Showcase with Tim Kavanagh

Flynn Center MainStage
3pm - 4:30pm

First Nights highest attended show year after year, Tim Kavanagh’s Comedy/Variety Showcase is a favorite for all ages spotlighting local artists that will perform later in the day and night at First Night so you can get a feel for how to plan your day by seeing a sample of them at this show. Audience members will be encouraged to help out in many ways including joining Tim on the Flynn Main Stage to play along. Highlights for this year include: Spark Arts - Vermont’s premier improv comedy team in the styling of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, a special appearance by Kermit the Frog, Amelia Raskin Mason- “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?”, stand up comedians- Hillary Boone and Grant Robin, The House of LeMay- “Happy Rockin’ First Night”, GameshowsVT- “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?”, Maple Jam with Irene Webster- “Circle of Life”, and special musical guest: Kat Wright.
www.imdb.com/name/nm3094380/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
www.linkedin.com/in/timkavanagh

Constitution Brass Quintet

First Baptist Church
7pm - 7:40pm

The Constitution Brass Quintet will present a program of audience favorites from more than 30 years of popular concerts in parks, opera houses, and gazebos, featuring music from Broadway shows, Ragtime, Dixieland, Sousa marches and beautiful music from the Brass Band Era, interspersed with humorous historical commentary. Audience members from children to senior citizens will imagine they are on the town green while listening to “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess.
home.comcast.net/~jedwards60/index.html

Contra Dance with Pete's Posse and Caller Mary Wesley

Edmunds School Gym
9pm - 10:30pm

Put on your dancing shoes and join us for the annual First Night Contra Dance, following right on the heels of Joel Najman’s ‘50s Sock Hop in our dance venue at Edmunds School. The stellar musicians of Pete’s Posse will accompany caller Mary Wesley for a lively evening of dance.
www.petespossevt.com
www.facebook.com/petesposse

Counterpoint

Unitarian Universalist Church
2pm - 2:40pm

First Baptist Church
4pm - 4:40pm

Founded by legendary choral director and arranger Robert De Cormier in 2000, and based in Montpelier, Counterpoint is dedicated to performing choral chamber music and engaging with audiences and musicians to enhance the cultural life of communities in Vermont and beyond. Praised for their clarity and sophisticated musical expressiveness, the ensemble presents concerts throughout New England and the surrounding region, and has toured the Midwest. The group has recorded seven CDs with Albany Records and has released three further CDs independently. For a special treat at First Night 2015, Counterpoint will perform twice: in the early afternoon, they will present a selection of folkloric sounds deeply rooted in global folk cultures, including those of Latin America, the British Isles, the Balkans, the African diaspora, and more.
counterpointchorus.org
www.facebook.com/pages/Counterpoint/22185165744?ref=hl

Cricket Blue

First Congregational Church Chapel
7pm - 7:40pm

Born in Vermont and Georgia, respectively, Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith of Burlington-based folk duo Cricket Blue blend the sounds of ice cracking, branches creaking, and toads croaking with those of cicadas, rusty car engines, and sizzling pans. Their songs are spacious, spooky, botanical, and deeply resonant. The lyrics deal with myths, love, wishes, disappointment, friendship, potential futures, and the ends of things. The harmonies ebb and flow, together and apart, twin moons falling around a planet asleep. Chirp chirp.
cricketbluemusic.com
www.facebook.com/cricketbluemusic

Deja-Nous

First United Methodist Church
4pm - 4:40pm

First United Methodist Church
8pm - 8:40pm

Deja-Nous has been entertaining Vermont and New York audiences since 2001 with a repertoire of French, Quebecois, and American songs. Deja-Nous performs in a variety of different vocal styles and genres, including jazz, cabaret, and the sounds of the French “music hall.” The band includes Rob Guerrina on piano, Peter Williams on double bass, Dave Whittle on drums, and Jean-Jacques Psaute on vocals and guitar. All songs are engagingly introduced in English and crowd participation is encouraged.
www.theromanceofparis.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Deja-Nous/133262676857089

Eight 02

FlynnSpace
4pm - 4:40pm

Eight 02 is a contemporary post-Bop fusion outfit that brings together two members of legendary Vermont jazz outfit Kilimanjaro, Lucas Adler and Chris Peterman, with founding members of Picture This, Peter Ingisch and Jerome Monachino. The result? Some of the freshest contemporary jazz you’re likely to hear anywhere. If you count yourself among the fans of such robust jazz luminaries as Pat Metheny, Jeff Lorber, and Chick Corea and Return to Forever, you won’t want to miss this band!
www.eight02jazz.com

Electric Youth Dance Company

Edmunds School Gym
1pm - 1:40pm

Electric Youth Dance Company celebrates a quarter century of contemporary dance creations with this special New Year’s Eve performance. Enjoy these marvelous young dancers as they showcase their newest collection of jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop dance creations, all 25 years in the making.
www.electricyouthdance.com

FlynnArts Show Choirs

FlynnSpace
1pm - 1:40pm


Vermont's first community-based show choirs, composed of talented young artists from around the state, perform favorite pop music and Broadway show-stoppers. It’s a high-energy way to start your day of celebration!
www.flynnarts.org
facebook.com/flynncenter

Francesca Blanchard

Unitarian Universalist Church
9pm - 9:40pm

Francesca Blanchard is a young, French-American singer-songwriter whose lyrics and melodies reflect her travels, both physical and emotional. Music has always been a part of Francesca’s upbringing: her mother is also a singer-songwriter and her family’s work with multinational humanitarian agencies saw Francesca travel to and absorb the cultural influences of such far-flung countries as South Korea, Mauritania, Kenya, Egypt, Thailand, Guatemala, and India over the course of her youth. Writing and performing in both English and French, Blanchard delivers songs that are “quietly and profoundly stunning,” says Dan Bolles in Seven Days. These scintillating songs are humble odes to love, heartbreak, and home from a young woman who long ago learned to “travel light and invite surprises.”
www.francescablanchard.com
www.facebook.com/francescablanchardmusic

Free Kids' Drama, Dance, & Musical Activities

FlynnArts at the Flynn Center
10am - 1pm

www.flynnarts.org
facebook.com/flynncenter

Gary Dulabaum

Fletcher Free Library Main Reading Room
2pm - 2:40pm

College Street Congregational Church
4pm - 4:40pm

First Night Burlington veteran Gary Dulabaum will present two performances especially for kids and their families on New Year’s Eve. As a celebrated children’s and family entertainer, Gary has shared the stage with Ella Jenkins (“The First Lady of Children’s Music”), and has played throughout the United States and beyond at such storied venues as the Grand Canyon, the Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann traveling festivals of traditional Irish music. Gary has the rare gift of captivating audiences of all ages with his music, high energy, and quick wit. He definitely brings a contemporary vibe to kids’ music, featuring Hip Hop Mother Goose, songs every kid should know, lots of movement, and Gary’s own originals. It’s high-spirited fun for the whole family!
www.garydulabaum.com
www.facebook.com/Padulabaum & http:// facebook.com/garydamberc

Greenbush

FlynnSpace
8pm - 8:40pm

Greenbush fuses blues and funky jazz to create an infectious brand of music. Greenbush is a musical collaboration between John Creech and Cobey Gatos, named after the street they both live on. John and Cobey are long-time friends and neighbors who get together weekly in Cobey's backyard studio to play music. They will be joined by drummer-extraordinaire Caleb Bronz. Mixing Caleb’s searing rhythms with John’s vibrant soulfulness and Cobey’s sympathetic funkiness creates an original and dynamically appealing sonic treat.
www.greenbushband.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Greenbush/177746135707376

Gregory Douglass

FlynnSpace
6pm - 6:40pm

First Congregational Church Sanctuary
8pm - 8:40pm

This longtime First Night favorite returns for two shows this evening. Gregory is a pop master who “channels everyone from Stevie Wonder to Fiona Apple” (Instinct Magazine). Gregory’s evocative, alternative pop conjures Rufus Wainwright’s prolific musicality and Adele’s palatable soulfulness, with a voice that conspires to seduce you with beauty.
www.gregorydouglass.com
www.facebook.com/gregorydouglass

Grup Anwar

Unitarian Universalist Church
4pm - 4:40pm

Grup Anwar was formed in 2012 to bring the classical and popular music of the Middle East to a wider audience in northern New England and New York. The group’s leader – violinist, oudist, and composer Anwar Diab Agha- played for many years with the Syrian National Radio and Television Orchestra in Damascus. He has toured internationally with many of the finest musicians in the Arab world. In addition to Agha on violin, oud, and vocals, Grup Anwar – proud recipient of the Flynn Center’s 2014 Artists’ Space Grant – includes Jeffrey Davis (oud, nay), Colin Henkel (doumbek), Alia Scheirman (volin), and Gregory White (oud).
www.myspace.com/grupanwar
www.facebook.com/pages/Anwar-Ensemble/148777908560584

Handsome Molly

First Congregational Church Sanctuary
2pm - 2:40pm

First Congregational Church Sanctuary
6pm - 6:40pm

Handsome Molly is a husband and wife duo deeply grounded in the traditional music and song of Ireland, Scotland, and England. Harper and singer Dominique Dodge holds a B.A. in Scottish Music and earned her M.A. in Irish Music as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Limerick. Robert Ryan 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 joining their voices in harmony for traditional songs and ballads.
www.champlainvalleytradarts.com
www.facebook.com/ChamplainValleyTraditionalArts

Inyange (Burundian Dance Group)

Edmunds School Gym
2pm - 2:40pm

The Burundian Women's Dance Group, informally named Inyange, is composed of up to 14 women, all of Burundian origin, living in the greater Burlington area. The dance troupe was founded in 2011 by Aline Niyonzima to help preserve Burundian cultural practices in America, both for the current and upcoming generations. Other dance leaders for Inyange (loosely translated as “community”) include Stella Mizero and Justine Nyanzira. Maintaining a culture that is distinctively Burundian is extremely important for all the troupe members, and the group dances to songs that are deeply engrained in these values. The words of the songs often depict traditional stories passed down from their ancestors, while containing morals that are still relevant today. Connecting the act of dancing with the meaning of culture is at the crux of the group's mission.
www.facebook.com/groups/333951953350910/

Jake Whitesell/Andrew Moroz Sextet

FlynnSpace
2pm - 2:40pm

The Jake Whitesell/Andrew Moroz Sextet is a vibrant instrumental jazz ensemble, presenting lush three-horn arrangements and inspired solos from some of Vermont’s finest musicians. The group performs original music as well as material by composers such as Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, and Art Blakey. Members include Jake Whitesell (saxophone), Ray Vega (trumpet), Nate Reit (trombone), Andrew Moroz (piano), Rob Morse (bass), and Geza Carr (drums).
jakewhitesell.com/sextet.html

Jane and Charlie Kittredge

First Congregational Church Sanctuary
4pm - 4:40pm

For more than fifteen years, Jane and Charlie Kittredge have performed for friends, family, and small events across Vermont. The duo made their public performance debut last year at First Night 2014. Classically-trained violinist Jane Kittredge lived in New York City for more than a decade, studying at the city's best conservatories. She now plays in orchestras, operas, chamber ensembles, and solo showcases across the Northeast. A lifelong singer and guitarist, Charlie's deep tone and warm bass blend seamlessly in any musical fabric. In this exciting return to the First Night stage, Jane and Charlie are joined by John Dunlop and Laura Markowitz (cello, violin) to perform a fresh collection of songs from their classically-inspired folk repertoire.

Jane Boxall Marimba

First Baptist Church
2pm - 2:40pm

“Killer technique and inspired musicality.” – Drum! Magazine Marimba artist Jane Boxall is “a genre of one,” according to Seven Days. The award-winning percussionist Jane Boxall plays a contemporary classical marimba repertory with zero to eight mallets, performing in concert halls, art galleries, cafes, kindergartens, high schools, universities, and festivals from London to Chicago and Manhattan to Seattle. Jane holds a doctorate in percussion performance from the University of Illinois, where she studied under William Moersch. Audience members have compared Jane to Evelyn Glennie, Frank Zappa marimbist Ruth Underwood, Sheila E., and – when weilding eight mallets – an octopus.
janeboxall.com
facebook.com/JaneBoxallPercussion

Jeremy Gilchrist

Fletcher Free Library Main Reading Room
6pm - 6:40pm

Jeremy Gilchrist is a thought provoking singer-songwriter who grew up in New York and who grew a soul in North Carolina. His music is rich with emotion, threaded with meaning, and often woven into numerous layers. Now he brings his unique and, at times, anachronistic brand of music to Vermont. 2014 marks Jeremy's first complete year as a Burlington area resident, and with that comes his breakthrough album Causality , which he hopes will carry him to new heights in 2015, beginning with his First Night debut.
www.reverbnation.com/jeremygilchrist
www.facebook.com/pages/Jeremy-Gilchrist-Singer-Songwriter/111835918880071

Jernigan Pontiac

Phoenix Books
3pm - 3:40pm

Phoenix Books
5pm - 5:40pm

When someone described “Hackie” – Jernigan Pontiac’s Seven Days column – as “a love letter to Burlington,” Jernigan thought about it and said, “Well, that’s about right.” For 18 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

Jon Gailmor

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


First Congregational Church Sanctuary
7pm - 7:40pm

Jon Gailmor’s performances are poignant and topical, frivolous and childish, profoundly meaningful and criminally absurd. The songs are fraught with audience involvement, rampant hopefulness, and questionable humor. The songs are mostly originals, with a smattering of traditional ballads, blues, and other tunes Jon failed to grow up on. Jon often abandons any semblance of a set list to custom-design his show for the listeners 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. Jon’s 4 pm performance at First NIght Burlington 2015 is kids-and-family-oriented, while at 7 pm, he’ll be focusing on so-called grownups.
www.jongailmor.com

Kamikaze Comedy

Phoenix Books
6pm - 6:40pm

Phoenix Books
8pm - 8:40pm

Kamikaze kicks off its 20th year of inspired madness in Vermont with two performances at First Night 2015. The madcap comedy troupe presents sketches or “games” built on audience suggestions. It's your show, it's our show, it's everybody's show! Ever seen Whose Line Is It Anyway? Yeah, well they steal Kamikaze’s stuff all the time. We ask for topics, names, jobs, lines of dialog, you name it. We bring people into certain scenes (if you dare!), then get you playing along. Be ready to give suggestions to guide our scenes. It's a night of voices and characters, all spontaneously drawn up on the spot. Past First Night shows have featured invisible people and celebrity sightings, superheroes and infomercials, contests and operettas. Anything can happen and quite a bit does!
facebook.com/kamikazecomedyvt

Kat Wright & Brett Hughes

First Congregational Church Sanctuary
3pm - 3:40pm


Kat Wright and Brett Hughes love to dig down to find the roots of songs – to take the spare and unadorned structure of melodies and build a world around each one, to let them breathe. To breathe new life into each one— with alternately lonesome and mournful, joyful and soaring harmonies. They share an easy rapport, and bring to Brett's originals and their inspired choice of cover songs an equally reverent and heartfelt enthusiasm.

Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band

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

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 ever overlooking your booty. It all starts with Kat’s voice, which shares a timeless quality with some of history’s greatest singers. (Think young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse.) Couple Kat’s sultry, dynamic, delicate yet highly emotive vocals with the instrumental funk and grit of the Indomitable Soul Band and you are exploring a new soundscape, blending Memphis soul and new-school R-&-B in a singular musical stew. This is music that heals, uplifts, and leaves you smiling and feeling fine.
www.katwrightsoulband.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Kat-Wright-The-Indomitable-Soul-Band/151086954960266?ref_type=bookmark

Linda Bassick

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

Linda Bassick has been playing kids’ music on Friday mornings at Burlington’s Radio Bean for the past two years. But her kids’ music roots go much deeper than that. An early childhood educator for many years, Linda has developed a free-flowing musical experience for kids of all ages. Rhythm instruments and streamers make the rounds as everyone moves and grooves to the tunes. Linda can also been seen with the Vermont bands Steady Betty and Mellow Yellow.
www.reverbnation.com/lindabassick
www.facebook.com/lindabassick.ticklebelly

Lyric Theatre Company

First United Methodist Church
3pm - 3:40pm

First United Methodist Church
5pm - 5:40pm

First United Methodist Church
7pm - 7:40pm

Lyric Theatre Company sings the best of Broadway! Lyric’s cabaret singers always entertain. These First Night performances will feature songs from our 41st Season of shows, including The Producers and Legally Blonde: The Musical, as well as your classic favorites. Come along for the ride!
www.lyrictheatrevt.org
www.facebook.com/LYRICTheatreCompany

Maple Jam

First United Methodist Church
6pm - 6:40pm

First United Methodist Church
9pm - 9:40pm

Maple Jam is a Burlington-based a cappella vocal jazz octet specializing in performing magnificent, close-harmony arrangements of jazz and popular tunes a lagroups such as the Swingle Singers, Manhattan Transfer, and the Singers Unlimited. 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 rich, smooth sound launch you into 2015 with a big smile on your face and a song in your heart.
www.maplejam.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Maple-Jam/100537251468

McFadden Academy of Irish Dance

Edmunds School Gym
4pm - 4:40pm

Edmunds School Gym
6pm - 6:40pm

The McFadden Academy of Irish Dance was established in 2008 by Beth Anne McFadden. It is the only certified and accredited Irish dance school in Vermont. The McFadden Academy offers classes for people ages four through adult. The McFadden Academy dancers have performed at numerous events around the region, including dancing with world-class musicians The Chieftans at the Paramount Theater in Rutland, Eileen Ivers and Dervish at the Flynn Center, and Beoga at the Barre Opera House, The troupe’s dancers have competed at the local, regional, and national levels with great success. Their performances are sure-fire crowd pleasers.
www.mcfaddenirishdance.com
www.facebook.com/pages/McFadden-Academy-of-Irish-Dance/146652348757673?ref_type=bookmark

Me2/Orchestra

First Baptist Church
6pm - 6:40pm

Inspired by the Vienna Philharmonic’s annual New Year’s Day concert, Me2/orchestra and conductor Ronald Braunstein will present a program featuring Strauss waltzes, polkas, and marches. There will be time for a brief Q&A with the musicians, and this year the audience is invited to participate in a sing-a-long selection, as well! Me2/orchestra consists of people with and without mental illnesses who give exhilarating performances designed to erase stigma. Ring in 2015 by enjoying this program of upbeat orchestral favorites performed in a stigma-free zone.
www.Me2orchestra.org
www.facebook.com/ME2orchestra

Michael Chorney and Hollar General

College Street Congregational Church
8pm - 8:40pm

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. Bandmates Michael Chorney, Geza Carr and Rob Morse have worked together for many years. Just prior to forming Hollar General they were the backbone of the Hadestown, Anais Mitchell’s acclaimed folk-opera project. Fronting Hollar General, Michael Chorney steps to the microphone with a distinctive voice and insightful songwriting, capturing listeners with a whole new take on Americana. Folk, blues, ragtime, jazz, and chamber music all blend in a heady mix of music from the roots of the American experience.
michaelchorney.com

Michèle Choinière

Unitarian Universalist Church
6pm - 6:40pm

Michèle Choinière is an award-winning, Smithsonian Folkways recording artist with a radiant and compelling voice. Her concerts transport listeners to a time of wistful cafe-cabaret culture, featuring rhythmic melodies and passion-filled laments that linger long after the music ends. Born into a musical family in northern Vermont, Michèle began performing traditional Franco-American music at an early age, joined by her father Fabio, an accomplished harmonica player. In 1995, she began writing and composing her own songs and has performed to audiences throughout New England, Quebec and France ever since. Michèle has recorded an archival family collection of Franco-American music with her father and is featured on the Smithsonian Folkways recording Mademoiselle Voulez-Vous Danser: Franco-American Music from the New England Borderlands. Michèle's performances blend traditional Franco-American and Quebecois folk songs, original compositions, jazz standards, and the occasional French cabaret classic.
www.michelechoiniere.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Michele-Choiniere/140673295948209

Migmar Tsering

Unitarian Universalist Church
7pm - 7:40pm

Migmar Tsering is a Tibetan native who grew up in India due to the social and political unrest that still characterizes Tibet today. During high school he became involved with the traditional song and dance that are central to his country’s heritage. He has continued to practice these traditional arts into adulthood. He has performed in various locales in Chittenden County, including the Integrated Arts Academy, and helps to organize the Tibetan Festival that takes place in Burlington each fall. His performances of the Tibetan guitar, flute, and traditional dances pay tribute to an important part of Tibetan cultural history, preserving it for future generations. Migmar lives in South Burlington with his wife and family, and is a very active member of Vermont’s Tibetan community. He currently serves as president of the Tibetan Association of Vermont.

Mister Chris & Friends

College Street Congregational Church
2pm - 2:40pm


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

Singer-songwriter Chris Dorman is passionate about creating music for children and families. "Kiddos deserve their own music,” Chris says. "And we are working every day to write and record songs that respect their emotional intelligence and sense of wonder." Family Archive, the first full-length album from Mister Chris & Friends, has already reached hundreds of families throughout Vermont and now with their enthusiastic support the band's national debut, Always There, is set to be released and distributed far beyond the borders of the Green Mountain State.
www.musicforsprouts.com
facebook.com/misterchrisandfriends

Myra Flynn

First Congregational Church Sanctuary
10pm - 11:30pm


Singer/songwriter Myra Flynn spends her career embracing dichotomy. Half Irish and half African-American, her original indie soul songs blend deeply affecting vocals with a lyrical delivery that never lets listeners get too comfortable. As New England Deli Magazine puts it, "(Myra’s) vocal influences have as much in common with Ani Difranco and Shawn Colvin as they do with Rihanna and Jill Scott."
www.myraflynn.com
www.facebook.com/myraflynn

Paul Asbell

First Congregational Church Chapel
4pm - 4:40pm

First Congregational Church Chapel
5pm - 5:40pm

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. His jazz-fusion group Kilimanjaro has released several award-winning recordings, and performed at jazz festivals worldwide, including Montreux, Montreal, Atlanta, Jakarta, and Roskilde in Copenhagen. Paul’s three solo CDs, Steel-String Americana, Roots and Branches, and From Adamant To Atchafalaya, have 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. Paul has taught guitar for over 40 years, and presently teaches at Middlebury College and the University of Vermont.
www.paulasbell.com
www.facebook.com/paul.asbell

PossumHaw

College Street Congregational Church
6pm - 6:40pm

Colby Crehan has been described as "The best female vocalist in country music this state has produced in many years."Barre Times-Argus Formed in 2004, the bluegrass and country-folk group PossumHaw has evolved into a well-oiled machine with stunning vocal harmonies and stellar acoustic instrumentation. Jazz and blues influences weave through a repertoire of original music fueled by Colby Crehan's skilled songwriting and powerful vocals. These components come to life on the band's fourth release, Waiting and Watching, and onstage, where these deft musicians take turns shining.
www.possumhaw.net
www.facebook.com/pages/PossumHaw/355139607864

Prydein

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

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

Prydein is a Celtic rock band born in the Green Mountains by a couple of University of Vermont students seeking a new and exciting sound. 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 and the vocal/guitar work of Aron Garceau, the band has become a staple on the Highland Games circuit as well as headliners at Celtic music festivals across the nation. Featuring traditional Highland piping mixed with modern rock flavor, Prydein is an invigorating experience to see live.
www.prydein.com
facebook.com/prydein

Queen City Hot Club

FlynnSpace
5pm - 5:40pm

The Queen City Hot Club 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, the 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 transplant from New York City, where he worked with musicians ranging from Johnny Thunders to Eugene Pitt and The Jive Five. Also featured are Tyler Bolles (Brett Hughes, Swale, Jamie Masefield, Doug Perkins) on upright bass and Greg Ryan (They Might Be Gypsies, Rani Arbo) on guitar.
www.facebook.com/queencityhotclub

Ray Vega & Tales From The Boogie Down

FlynnSpace
10pm - 11:30pm

Burlington First Night presents the debut of a new jazz-Funk band: Ray Vega and Tales from the Boogie Down. Trumpeter/composer Ray Vega has assembled an all-star ensemble that features some of the region’s most prominent musicians. The band members are saxophonist Brian McCarthy (The Grippo Funk Band), keyboardist Andy Moroz (Barika, Trey Anastasio), bassist Rob Morse (Barika and a long list of other credits), drummer Caleb Bronz (Barika, Patricia Julien Project, Prydein, The Gordon Stone Band) and percussionist Scott Dean (leader of Afinque). Originally from the borough of the Bronx in New York, Ray borrows the nickname of Bronx County, which is “The Boogie Down,” to give his new group a name. The band will serve up a mix of urban sounds combining Jazz, funk, R&B, neo-soul, and salsa to create a wholly unique sonic experience. This is the musics that accompanied Ray while he was growing up in a housing project in the South Bronx. Ray Vega’s musical story is quite simple: from the South Bronx to South Burlington with a lot of beautiful places in between.
This performance requires a ticket in addition to a button.
www.rayvegamusic.com
www.facebook.com/rayvegamusic

Red Hot Juba

Contois Auditorium, City Hall
10pm - 11:30pm

Red Hot Juba has become a fixture of Burlington First Night’s late evening sets for a reason: They are a swingin’, stompin’, caterwaulin’, guitar pickin’, bass thumpin’, horn blowin’, sweet singin’ good time. They appeal to the dance crowd for their irresistible swing, the musicophiles for their eclectic set lists, and the guitar worshipers for D. Davis’s guitar-shredding style. They also appeal to the good-time pirates for what they are: irrepressible musical explorers who inevitably look to chart new improvisational waters. They have capped the night off for many First Night revelers for years now, and look forward to doing it for you. Get your dose of Juba before the clock turns to 2015!
www.redhotjuba.com
www.facebook.com/redhotjuba

Rick Norcross

College Street Congregational Church
10pm - 10:40pm

Fresh from a triumphant “Riding My Guitar” tour, CD and biography release celebrating 50 years in music, Rick Norcross responded to the call of his fans asking for a recording of the best of his Vermont story songs. Rick’s First Night Burlington performance will be drawn from Welcome To OUR Vermont, a 12-song CD compilation of slightly off-center tunes that paint a musical picture of a Vermont that may no longer exist. The tunes are all based on historical incidents and experiences, painted with a dose of familiar Vermont sayings, sometimes wacky, often hilarious and always infused with Rick’s heartfelt love of the Green Mountain State shining brightly through.
www.rickandtheramblers.com

Rik Palieri: A Pete Seeger Tribute

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


First Night veteran Rik Palieri has put together a special tribute to his old friend Pete Seeger, featuring many of Pete’s classic songs and stories, accompanied by banjo and 12-string guitar. A singer, producer, musician, and author, Rik Palieri has been using his art to promote peace and understanding in concerts throughout the world for four decades. He carries the flame of old traditions while inspiring a younger generation with his stories and songs of the human condition. Rik has toured around the world from Australia to Argentina, and throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada. He has performed at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and Nashville's Country Music Hall Of Fame, sharing the stage with his friend and mentor, Pete Seeger, as well as such legends as Bruce Springsteen, Harry Chapin, Utah Phillips, and Peter Yarrow.
noveladventurers.blogspot.com/search/label/Pete%20Seeger
www.facebook.com/rik.palieri

Sambatucada!

Dragons Parade
5pm - 6pm

Burlington's own samba street band is guaranteed to get you moving to our pulsating carnival rhythms. No one can resist the huge sound of our drummers playing their contagious brand of Afro-Brazilian percussion. Patterned after Brazilian carnaval percussion orchestras with up to 300 musicians, Sambatucada! is a Vermont scale version of the traditional community baterias and blocos of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador. Founded in 1995, Sambatucada! has become well known all over northern and central Vermont for exciting performances at parades, festivals, community events and celebrations of every conceivable variety: Discover Jazz, First Night, Mardi Gras, Burlington Independence Day, Vermont City Marathon, COTS Walk, Waterbury’s River of Light Parade, the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival, Vermont Chili Festival, and many more. Hear us on Facebook and ReverbNation, or visit us at www.sambatucada.org.
www.sambatucada.org
www.facebook.com/Sambatucada

Shady Rill

College Street Congregational Church
7pm - 7:40pm

First Congregational Church Sanctuary
9pm - 9:40pm

Patti Casey and Tom MacKenzie are two of central Vermont’s musical gems. Together as Shady Rill, they explore everything from French-Canadian dance tunes to Tin Pan Alley, old-time country, and a healthy dose of originals. Patti is an award-winning songwriter and her voice will melt your heart. Tom’s banjo and voice are a perfect complement, as the duo weaves their way through the many styles of traditional-based songs and tunes.
www.shadyrillmusic.com
www.facebook.com/shadyvermont

Singalong with Megan, Emer, & Robert

College Street Congregational Church
3pm - 3:40pm

Robert Resnik, Megan Estey Butterfield, and Emer Pond Feeney are returning to First Night to provide sing-along fun for kids of all ages.They all work at the Fletcher Free Library, and all have been performing music for children and their grownups for years. They come fully armed with designer kazoos, a ukulele, and a big collection of songs, many of which you already know and some which you will love to learn. Please come prepared to sing, quack, and dance along!

Steady Betty

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


Steady Betty is a seven-piece "all-star rocksteady band" (Seven Days). Formed in 2012, the band pays homage to the classic late-1960s sounds of Jamaica. Rocksteady is at the roots of the reggae genre – a danceable, soulful successor to ska. Steady Betty showcases Vermont-based lady musicians – vocalists Linda Bassick (Mellow Yellow), Kat Wright (Indomitable Soul Band), and Miriam Bernardo (Afinque), as well as Emily Ryan (alto sax, Mango Jam), Allison Frazier (baritone sax, Shakedown) Jennifer Giammanco (bass) and drummer Jane Boxall. Steady Betty's Vermont shows have drawn dance-happy capacity crowds and enthusiasm from local press.
www.facebook.com/steadybettyvt

Steve Hartmann

First Congregational Church Chapel
8pm - 8:40pm

Having been described as in the grey area between Dave Matthews and Damien Rice, Steve Hartmann brings the vocal power and musical grace of a seasoned pro to the First Night stage. Drawing on personal and second-hand tales, Steve touches on love, loss, strength, and anguish to pull you to the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more. With evocative vocals reflecting his roots in the music of Peter Gabriel and Sarah McLachlan, Hartmann fuses past influences with current experiences, creating a timeless mesh of music. He’s shared the stage with Dashboard Confessional, Joe Perry, Jeffrey Gaines, and Livingston Taylor at places such as The House of Blues and Charles Playhouse in Boston, as well as Higher Ground and Battery Park in Burlington. Steve is accompanied at First Night by Jane Kittredge on violin.
www.stevehartmannmusic.com
www.facebook.com/stevehartmann3

Tenores de Aterúe

First Baptist Church
5pm - 5:40pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
8pm - 8:40pm

Founded in 2008, the Tenores de Aterúe have performed in the United States, Canada, and Sardinia, where they have received critical and popular acclaim for their prowess in the art of cantu a tenore, a traditional Sardinian song form that involves harmonic throat singing in parts. With complex, interlocking dance rhythms magnified by ringing overtones, the sound is at once otherworldly and infectiously down-home. Tenores de Aterúe are Avery Book (bassu), Gideon Crevoshay (mesu oche), Carl Linich (contra), and Doug Paisley (oche). In a special treat, the Tenores de Aterúe will perform twice at First Night 2015 as part of the “Traditional Voices” program, funded by the Concert Artists Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. Catch the Tenores at our classical music venue, the First Baptist Church, and at the international music venue, the Unitarian Universalist Church.
www.facebook.com/TenoresDeAterue

The DuPont Brothers

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

College Street Congregational Church
9pm - 9:40pm


Two brothers are reunited after years of geographical separation by a fortified collaboration in music. Blending the contemplative winters of the Northeast with the solitary beauty of Southwestern desert, Sam and Zack DuPont are now co-conspirators in a shared passion that runs deep in their family. This Burlington-made folk/Americana duo has hit the ground running since the formation of their group in March of 2013. The brothers have released a debut EP and DVD of live in-studio performances, are working on a full-length record of acoustic duets, and have shared the stage with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Sturgill Simpson, Ben Sollee, Chris Thomas King, Langhorne Slim, and Howie Day to name a few. Lush finger-style guitar work is complimented by elegant prose and a vocal blend that could only be matched blood relations.
dupontbrothersmusic.com
www.facebook.com/dupontbrothersmusic

The FÖHR Sessions

FlynnSpace
7pm - 7:40pm

The Föhr Sessions play original, soulful groove jazz in French and English. Composer/vocalist Cynthia Braren heads up this three-piece ensemble, injecting European styling with her melodica. Peter Krag interprets Cynthia’s music with his unbridled jazz playing skills on the piano, while Afro-Cuban and New Orleans swing Jazz rhythms by Tim Sharbaugh lay the foundation for danceable, heel-tapping, soulful Jazz. The trio was featured on the Top Block stage at the 2014 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival and can be often heard on local radio shows.
cynthiabraren.com
www.facebook.com/cynthiabrarenmusic

The Leatherbound Books

First Congregational Church Chapel
6pm - 6:40pm

The Leatherbound Books forge a uniquely inspired, poppy blend of danceable folk music that radiates a sense of universality. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Eric Daniels sits at the core of the Burlington-based band. Daniels' brilliantly catchy and inherently honest songwriting is seamlessly augmented by the angelic vocal contributions of fellow singer-songwriter and bassist Jackie Buttolph. Together, they create a refreshingly transparent snapshot into the soul of the band's expressive foundation and fun-loving nature. Daniels and Buttolph are in good company: Tuck Hanson's fiery, innovative fiddle soars over the driving, stomp-worthy work of drummer Charlie Smyrk.
theleatherboundbooks.com
www.facebook.com/theleatherboundbooks

The Modern Grass Quintet

First Congregational Church Sanctuary
5pm - 5:40pm

The Modern Grass Quintet is one of Vermont's premier contemporary bluegrass ensembles. Band members Adam Buchwald, Stephen Waud, Kirk Lord, Todd Sagar, and Andy Greene perform their trademark blend of compelling, high-energy acoustic music throughout the region, including appearances at First Night Burlington, the Ripton Community Coffeehouse, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Rattling Brook Bluegrass Festival,, and the Valley Stage Music Festival. The MGQ’s 2012 debut recording met with rave reviews from Robert Resnik of Vermont Public Radio, Art Edelstein of the Barre Times-Argus, and Barb Heller of North Country Public Radio. Their latest acclaimed CD, Bellwether, was released in 2014.
www.moderngrassquintet.com
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Modern-Grass-Quintet/124338300931520?ref=hl

The Starline Rhythm Boys

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

Formed in 1998 and now celebrating 16 years together, The Starline Rhythm Boys are a drummer-less "Tennessee Trio", consisting of 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. The trio performs in the style of the early bands of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins, performing vintage country, honky-tonk, and rockabilly along with tight, powerful, country harmony and duet vocals. Their repertoire consists of many superb originals, mainly written by Bratcher, as well as great covers of both classic and obscure numbers. The Starline Rhythm Boys are a unique original band with outstanding, real-deal sound, style, energy, stage presence and appearance. They have released seven recordings, three of which won “#1 Album of the Year” (2002, 2007, and 2009) on the Freeform American Roots (FAR) chart based in Austin, Texas.
www.starlinerhythmboys.com
www.facebook.com/starlinerhythmboys

Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder

Phoenix Books
4pm - 4:40pm

This highly entertaining duo performs interwoven, interlocking narrative-- a British storytelling journal called it "verbal Jazz"-- with occasional music on Celtic harp, ukulele, and English concertina. All of their material is traditional folk – “the real stuff,” they call it – full of branching roads, transformations, and characters you’ll never forget: rogues and villainesses, heroes and heroines, the obsessed, the fated, the foolish, the charmed. Tim and Leanne have told stories on four continents, headlined storytelling festivals throughout the United States, and won several important national awards. They remain very familiar to fellow Vermonters from 30 years of regular appearances at area resorts, festivals, schools, and colleges, as well as on public radio and television.
folktale.net/index.html

Toni Catlin & Brett Hughes

First Congregational Church Chapel
9pm - 9:40pm

Equal parts rootsy folk-rock, Americana, and country, singer-songwriter Toni Catlin weaves tales of heartache, acceptance, and redemption delivering them in a soulful, mellifluous voice that suggests she's lived more than a few of her lyrics. Toni recorded two CDs in Nashville, Heartache on the Run, which won best song at the Prestigious Merlefest and Uncovered, which was produced by Grammy-winner Doug Lancio of Patty Griffin’s fame. Toni currently calls Burlington home but is signed to a publishing deal with Matt Lindsey Music in Nashville. Toni has toured extensively overseas, been a featured artist on the BBC, and has opened shows and shared the stage with Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle, among others. She’s been a featured artist at the SXSW Festival in Austin, at Tin Pan South and Fan Fair in Nashville, and on National Public Radio. Brett Hughes is a virtuoso musician, in-demand session player, and producer based in Burlington. Toni’s and Brett’s voices complement each other beautifully, with their harmonies lending themselves wondrously to their original tunes and covers.
www.tonicatlin.com
www.facebook.com/tonicatlin

Va-et-Vient

Unitarian Universalist Church
3pm - 3:40pm

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 through performance and education for both young and old listeners alike. Va-et-Vient have continuously expanded their repertoire through the 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 songs. Together since 2003, they have performed at many of Vermont’s most respected venues, including the Flynn MainStage, the Middlebury Festival on the Green, the Vergennes French Heritage Festival, the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, and many more.
www.vaetvient.net
www.facebook.com/pages/Va-et-Vient/303375849679919

Vermont Youth Orchestra

Flynn Center MainStage
1pm - 2pm
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The Vermont Youth Orchestra continues its First Night tradition with a festive program including Richard Strauss' elegant Rosenkavalier Waltz, John Williams' brilliant music for Star Wars, and one of the best party pieces, Saint-Saens’ Bacchanale, all performed by 90 young musicians from throughout the North Country.
This performance requires a ticket in addition to a button.
www.vyo.org
www.facebook.com/pages/Vermont-Youth-Orchestra-Association/95612941749

Very Merry Theatre

Edmunds School Gym
3pm - 3:40pm

Edmunds School Gym
5pm - 5:40pm

Very Merry Theatre is a Vermont-based, non-profit theater company that produces shows, workshops, and classes serving more than a thousand children and teenagers annually. This dynamic company of talented youths ages 10 and up brings its original musical adaptation of Peter Pan to First Night Burlington.
www.verymerrytheatre.org

VPR’s “Rock Around the Clock” Sock Hop with Joel Najman

Edmunds School Gym
7pm - 8:30pm

Joel Najman, the legendary host of Vermont Public Radio’s My Place rock-&-roll history program, will spin tunes, share stories, and get everyone on their feet to the music of the 1950s. This evening of dance to oldies classics takes place in the perfect setting – a school gymnasium, decorated to evoke the era of Elvis, Carl Perkins, Little Richard, and the rise of the doo wop sound. Fifties dress is encouraged but not required . . . here’s your chance to crack out that poodle skirt, dig up the hair pomade, and revive your duckbill ‘do! Joel Najman has been a vibrant part of Vermont’s radio scene for more than 50 years. Joining Joel for this fab Fifties sock hop will be another Vermont radio veteran, deejay Larry Brett. And here’s an added plus: dance instruction will be provided – so be prepared to shake, rattle, and roll!
digital.vpr.net/programs/my-place

VTIFF Short Film Festival

BCA Center
1pm - 5pm

www.vtiff.org
www.facebook.com/vtfilmfoundation

Will Patton Ensemble

Unitarian Universalist Church
5pm - 5:40pm

Combine a jazz/choro mandolinist with a symphony violinist who also plays bluegrass and hot swing, add a string bass player who came of age working the Chicago blues clubs with the likes of Howlin' Wolf and Buddy Guy, a professor of music who also plays jazz fusion guitar, and a drummer whose career includes the ex-pat jazz world of Paris in the ‘50s and the folk scene of Greenwich Village in the early 60s. Stir in a little rock-&-roll attitude and season for 10 years in small clubs and large concert halls and you get some idea of the music of the Will Patton Ensemble. Led by renowned jazz mandolinist Will Patton, the Ensemble deftly blends these many musical genres into a seamless whole, focusing on high-energy improvisation and group interaction. Their repertoire, featuring fiery Brazilian sambas and folk waltzes, gentle choros and hot Gypsy jazz, takes you on a musical journey from a Parisian bistro to a plaza in the heart of Rio and back home again to your front porch.
www.wpatton.com



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