All Entertainment Review — First Night Chatham 2015

This page lists all the Performances and Special Events of First Night Chatham 2015 -– December 31, 2014. This is last year’s schedule, not the next First Night. It is for reference, and for the links to performers’ websites and other pages that are included in many of the listings.

Performances


 
Allegretto Outreach
A musical instrument demonstration group geared to children and schools. They play a wide range of instruments including the saxophone, fiddle, banjo, flute and more. This evening they will perform musical pieces from solos to ensembles to show how each piece works and is played. Children in the audience will be invited up, if they wish, to take a close look at the instruments and to ask questions of the musicians. This is a great opportunity to get first hand experience from musical professionals.
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  1:00 PM
 
All Worn Out Jug Band
A post-revival roots music band, performing a stew of traditional tunes from the Kweskin/Even Dozen/Memphis Jug Bands’ songbook, seasoned with country, folk, gospel, and blues. The group performs eclectic sets that include Jug Band classics interwoven with American roots music from traditional folk to Cajun, country and gospel. As with many accomplished Jug Bands, you can expect to hear a washtub bass, dueling washboards, kazoos, whistles, and of course, a jug – a full complement of strings including guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and Dobro, and an occasional concertina.
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  7:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  8:00 PM
 
Antonevich and Katz Gypsy Jazz Duo
A sizzling fusion of American Jazz and European Gypsy music, featuring Jazz favorites arranged for violin and piano in the Gypsy-Jazz style. This style of jazz music originated in Europe in the 1930s, propelled by stars like Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli. Virtuoso violinist Stan Antonevich and jazz pianist Leo Katz are professional musicians of Eastern European origin, with superb credentials and unusual backgrounds. The music they make together is truly extraordinary. Be prepared for a world-class musical treat!
St. Christopher's Church at  2:00 PM
St. Christopher's Church at  4:00 PM
 
Atwater ~ Donnelly Duo
The highly acclaimed husband-wife duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a capella pieces, old-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works. Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous and unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, lumberjacks, and other surprises including demonstration of Appalachian clog dancing, French Canadian footwork, and Tap. Their performance is appealing to all ages, and with humor, audience participation, and a relaxed stage presence
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  2:00 PM
 
Asa Bryce
Chatham’s own Asa Bryce will be performing classical guitar. His repertoire includes Renaissance, Baroque, and modern classical guitar music. He is looking forward to being home for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday and performing at First Night Chatham. His studies started at the Cape Cod Conservatory and the New England Conservatory.
St. Christopher's Chapel at  9:00 PM
 
Jimmy C's Real Deal Band
A solid blues-rocking-in-the-pocket band. They have been playing their blues locally from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard for almost 30 years! Featuring Craig Jones on guitar, Chuck Purro on drums, Robert Clinton on bass, and Jim Cribby on keyboards. Jimmy C has been blowing harp since the late 70’s. A truly fun band for all!
Town Hall (downstairs) at  8:30 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Cape Cod Fiddlers
Known for their energetic fiddle performances, the Cape Cod Fiddlers draw their repertoire from the Irish, Scottish, Shetland Isles, Scandinavian, Cape Breton, French Canadian and American fiddle traditions. They have been playing fiddle together since 1989!
Methodist Church at  8:00 PM
Methodist Church at  10:00 PM
 
Cape Cod Symphony Brass Quintet
The clarion sounds of the brass quintet are sure to energize music lovers. Classical or pops with a vibrant performance.
Congregational Church at  8:00 PM
Congregational Church at  9:00 PM
 
Cape Conservatory CJazz All Stars
A new Night Before the Night performance by a special group brought together just for First Night. The group is composed of five students at the Cape Conservatory, and three professional musicians who perform and teach music on Cape Cod. They will perform jazz standards from all periods. Note: This performance is on Tuesday evening, Dec 30th, and does require a button. For more details, please see the Night Before the Night page.
Methodist Church at  7:30 pm on December 30
 
Chatham Drama Guild: Broadway Comes to First Night
Old and new popular Broadway tunes sung by local performers, including songs from shows including “Once”, “Beautiful”, “Mame” and many others. Our local artists are Rebecca Banas, Don Howell, Pam Banas, and Geof Newton, who have long and extensive experience performing at Cape theaters. Most recently, you may have seen several of them in “Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical”. The musical director for the show is First Night favorite Chris Morris. Chris is appearing in three separate performances at First Night this year. He is also a frequent musical director at Chatham Drama Guild productions, as well as at other local theaters.
Chatham Drama Guild at 9:00 PM
Photo: Joe Hintz
 
Chatham Lightfoots Jump Ropers
Our local talented light-footed children and their jump rope team wow the audience with their agility. Speed, double-dutch, freestyle – the whole gamut. The 2009 top ten in the nation in national competitions.
Community Center Gym at  2:00 PM  (Button-free)
Community Center Gym at  3:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Chatham Poets Read
First Night Chatham is a celebration of the arts. Join some of our local poets of all ages for a lively and entertaining reading their own poetry at the Eldredge Public Library. A First Night tradition that provides a respite from the noise of the night.
Eldredge Public Library at  7:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Chinese Folk Art Dancers
The Chinese Folk Art Workshop is a non-profit organization based in the Boston area. The Workshop aims to promote interaction with and understanding of Chinese culture in the community. Its members range in age from 12 to 18, and they perform a variety of traditional Chinese folk arts such as Dragon Dance, Lion Dance, Taiwanese Drums, Chinese yoyo and Folk Dance. The purpose of the Chinese Folk Art Workshop is to highlight the beauty of Chinese Folk Arts and to help a new generation of American-born Chinese showcase their talents and gifts.
Monomoy Middle School Auditorium at  2:00 PM
 
Cirque du Jour
Top notch big talent includes juggling, animal acts, clowns, ringmaster, tightrope walking, a girl on a flying trapeze, and anything else you can think of! Four performances again this year.
Monomoy Middle School Large Gym at  1:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Large Gym at  3:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Large Gym at  5:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Large Gym at  7:00 PM
 
The Clancy Tradition
Lively Irish music, both vocal and instrumental, to warm the soul. Eugene Clancy on guitar and vocals, his daughter Rosemary on fiddle and mandolin, Patrick on piano and accordion, Pat's daughter Liadain singing vocals, and Brendan Dolan on piano and flute. The music includes tunes from the middle of the last century which were played on Sunday afternoons in the front room of the Clancy home in the small village of Charlemont, County Armagh. It was there that Eugene and Patrick took up their instruments to perform the repertoire of Irish folk music.
Holy Redeemer Church at  8:00 PM
Holy Redeemer Church at  9:00 PM
 
Singing Trooper Dan Clark
Dan Clark, known as “The Singing Trooper” performed in uniform while representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts during his 20 year career with the State Police. During this tenure with the State Police he performed at more than 2,500 events for Federal, State, Local, and Military functions. Dan is joined by his wife Mary Colarusso, a coloratura soprano who delivers spectacular performances from opera to popular repertoire!! Dan will also sing at Veterans Field at 6:20 PM before the early fireworks. Dan and Mary will also do a special concert for the residents of Liberty Commons in the afternoon.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  5:00 PM
 
Colum Cille Pipes and Drums
Colum Cille is a band that performs not only Scottish and Irish pipe and drum band music, but a variety of genres, including Gaelic and American. This award winning band is named after an Irish saint who is revered as a symbol of unity. They wear the red and black Cunningham tartan. Great music in a fun and friendly environment.
Elementary School Gym at  7:00 PM
 
Compaq Big Band
The Compaq Big Band showcases the power of 15 horns, a cookin' rhythm section, a great feature vocalist, and terrific instrumental soloists. The band provides a great night of swing for dancers of all abilities. But they also have a broader repertoire of titles that round out traditional swing with ballads, foxtrots, Latin tempos, and more. There's no substitute for the sound of lush, full, authentic big band instrumentation.

Get ready for an evening of dancing to the sounds of the Compaq Big Band with free dance lessons taught by Adam Spencer, Ballroom and Latin Dance Champion. He will be teaching Swing, Salsa, and Fox Trot on Saturday 12/27 from 1 – 5 PM at the Chatham Community Center. All ages welcome. See full details and lesson schedule on the Dance Lessons page.
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  8:00 to 11:00 PM
 
CrabGrass Bluegrass Band
Cape Cod's own bluegrass artists with sounds of a mix of old and new, and is always incomparably entertaining. CrabGrass is comprised of Les Beavan on banjo, Chris Miner on mandolin, Steve Finch and Dan Fortier on rhythm and lead guitars, Alice Malone on fiddle and Rick Sweeney on bass.
Methodist Church at  6:00 PM
Methodist Church at  7:00 PM
 
Downtown Crossing
Not your old-fashioned Barbershop Quartet! Downtown Crossing is a youthful quartet dedicated to bringing fun and energy to barbershop music. Known as DTX, Downtown Crossing has most recently been honored as the 2013 Northeastern District Quartet Champions, but you're just as likely to hear them singing on the T as on stage.
Orpheum Theater at  9:00 PM
 
Thom Dutton
This troubadour of the Celtic harp and voice reaches the audience with charm and good stories. A New Year's tradition. He is also an accomplished vocalist, therapeutic music practitioner and handbell ringer, who has published more than a dozen books of harp music.
St. Christopher's Chapel at  10:00 PM
St. Christopher's Chapel at  11:00 PM
 
Dylan & Keb
Dylan Routhier and Keb Hutchings-McMahon are dynamic local students who have been collaborating for three years based on a shared passion for music. You may have heard them playing on Friday nights in the summer in front of The Yellow Umbrella book store. Keb will be playing acoustic and electric guitar, and Dylan will perform on piano and flute. For their First Night set, they will play their own songs plus selections from artists such as The Beatles, Dave Matthews, Van Morrison, Robert Cray, and Leonard Cohen. They have composed several songs together, including a crowd favorite titled “25”.

Keb has been playing guitar for more than four years, and has been involved with the Cape Conservatory’s Jazz program. Keb’s music influences include Eric Johnson, Larry Carlton, George Benson, Jeff Beck and Keb Mo. Keb recently met and recorded with Keb Mo during a visit to Nashville. Dylan has been involved in the high school band, Jazz Band, and an independent songwriting study. He started on the flute in the third grade, and subsequently has studied the alto sax, tenor sax, and piano and keyboard. Dylan was first chair and first part on the Cape and islands for tenor sax in the Jr. Southeast Districts.
Orpheum Theater at  4:00 PM
 
Shaun England Jazz
With a voice and tone evocative of Leonard Cohen and poetic verses that relate to all of our experiences, Shaun England creates soulful music with a deep sense of tradition that stems from his roots of playing with many of New Englands finest musicians.
St. Christopher's Church at  5:00 PM
St. Christopher's Church at  6:00 PM
Photo: Meredith Pearson
 
Four Guys in Tuxes
This extraordinary band of true professionals plays the music you want to hear— Swing, Society, and Classic Rock, both instrumentals and vocals—even if you did not know you loved it!
Methodist Church at  1:00 PM
Methodist Church at  2:00 PM
 
Frank Giasullo and John Owens Jazz Duo
Frank and John have been playing jazz standards and their interpretation of pop music and soft rock from Boston to Cape Cod for many years. Their unique blend of flute and guitar lends a very special interest to each song they play. Come join them for a nightcap of warm and rich music.
St. Christopher's Chapel at  7:00 PM
 
Rick Goldin
Children love Rick Goldin's performances because they get to sing, dance and jump along with Rick and his singing animal puppets. His songs feature lots of movement and child participation, and surprises and unexpected twists that keep even his youngest listeners paying close attention.
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  5:00 PM
 
The Grab Brothers Band
Larry and Marc Grab play music that blends “Retro for Today” lead guitar crunching rhythms, mystical-leaning lyrics and arena-filling vocals that pull your heart strings on a whim. These brothers can also strum you a pot-full of acoustical gems and have you singing along to their life-fulfilling stories even when you’ve never heard the songs before. Playing an eclectic array of music in a range of styles covering disco, reggae, funk, hip hop, rap, rock, acoustic and everything in between.
Community Center Gym at  8:30 to 11:30 PM
 
The Magic of David Hall
David's magic show is like no other around – a blend of comedy magic and mind-reading. His award winning performances are high-energy, full of witty comedy, stunning slight-of-hand and Amazing Mindreading. It is a high intensity, in-your-face, truly stunning and amazing show! David performs across the US, and has toured internationally.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  8:00 PM
 
Kathy Hamilton & Priscilla Smith
This duo joins us again this year with their wonderful musical sound. Kathy Hamilton is a flautist and Priscilla will be performing on her gold Lyon & Healy concert harp
Orpheum Theater at  1:00 PM
Orpheum Theater at  2:00 PM
 
Matt Hamilton
Matt Hamilton, a graduate of Chatham High School and a college student, brings his contemporary folk styling to a variety of tunes. Over the past several years, Matt has performed both as a vocal soloist and guitarist at open mikes and with various ensembles, and as a summer busker on Chatham’s Main Street.
St. Christopher's Chapel at  8:00 PM
 
Handbell Ringers Ensemble
A group of handbell ringers from the Chatham and Harwich Congregational Churches will ring in the New Year, playing patriotic, folk and classic songs for passersby. They will play outside, in front of the Chatham Cookie Company shop at 641 Main Street, directly across from the Chatham Congregational Church.
On Main Street at  4:00 PM (Button-free)
Michelle Burns Photography
 
Hopewell Junction
Hopewell Junction features Gerry Panuczak on guitar with Pallas Hutchinson doing the vocals. They do covers, originals, pop, country and classic rock.
St. Martin's Lodge at  7:00 to 11:30 PM
 
Java Jive
The World's Smallest Big Band has exceptional vocals, two trumpets and a trombone, as well as three keyboards. They take pride in delivering each song the way it was originally recorded. Their music is a mix of Swing, Motown, Disco, Classic Rock, Soft Rock, R & B, and just about anything else you hear on the radio today.
St. Christopher's Church at  1:00 PM
St. Christopher's Church at  3:00 PM
 
Greg Johnson and the James Taylor Tribute Band
Greg Johnson has been a central part of the Cape's local color as a Nauset Beach lifeguard legend, professional artist and musician. He is returning to First Night Chatham and will be performing a voice and guitar tribute to James Taylor with a little help from his friends.
Monomoy Middle School Auditorium at  8:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Auditorium at  9:00 PM
 
Julie And Denya's Songs of The Sea
Julie Charland and Denya LeVine perform sea shantys, folk songs, familiar 20th century music and lively fiddle tunes, all on the theme of the sea. They play guitar, fiddle, and ukuleles, and their vocal harmonies sparkle with joyous energy. Julie is a Nashville recording artist, award-winning songwriter, and local folk and bluegrass musician with Toast And Jam. Denya’s a full time musician who’s performed on Cape Cod with folk and ethnic bands for 30 years. This duo has a zest for life that is contagious!
Orpheum Theater at  3:00 PM
 
Cheryl Kain
A versatile song stylist collaborating with pianist Chris Morris, Cheryl performed the national anthem at Fenway and Dodger Stadium and sang professionally for many years in New York and Los Angeles. Offering an eclectic program from Ave Maria to All of Me, Gershwin to Judy Collins, she hopes to move and soothe you with her voice and interpretation.
Congregational Church at  11:00 PM
 
Sue Keller
A talented ragtime pianist and occasional vocalist, Sue Keller started playing piano when she was four. She also studied flute and took voice lessons, played guitar, and sang in some school operas. After a wide variety of musical jobs (including playing rock), she started concentrating more on vintage jazz and ragtime.
St. Christopher's Church at  11:00 PM
Photo: David Jordran
 
Chip Koser
Cape Cod ice carver Chip Koser carves beautiful sculptures from large blocks of ice. In 2011, Chip and his team took home a bronze medal at the World Ice Art Championship held in Fairbanks, Alaska. Chip is the Culinary arts instructor at the Tech School in Bourne.
Cape Cod 5: Front Lawn at  1:00 to 3:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Zoe Lewis
A worldbeat-vaudeville extravaganza! She plays jazz, jump jive, latin grooves, swing, international folk, funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! Her music is upbeat, amusing and perfect for young and old alike. Her fast-paced lyrics poke fun at modern society and praise the rambling delights of childhood, secret worlds, and wandering love.
Monomoy Middle School Auditorium at  4:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Auditorium at  6:00 PM
 
The Philip Liston-Kraft/Daniel Weiser Piano Duo
Pianists Philip Liston-Kraft and Daniel Weiser play together on the same piano. The duo is an exciting four-hand piano team that has been praised for their tight-knit unity. The Duo has been performing together regularly for six years in New England and along the East Coast from North Carolina to New Hampshire. Individually, each is an accomplished artist; together, they are simply a force of pianistic energy.
Congregational Church at  4:00 PM
 
Ross MacVicar
Ross MacVicar is a woodcarver whose specialty is carving North American mammals and nature scenes out of wood with a chainsaw. With his lifelong study of wild animals and nature, he is able to turn a downed tree into a lifelike and realistic art sculpture. Ross is an avid outdoorsman who’s been studying nature since childhood and has been carving as a hobby for over 20 years.
Town Hall Parking lot at  1:00 to 3:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
M.A.D. Jazz Trio
Dan Sullivan (tenor sax and flute), Alan Clinger (guitar), and Rod McCaulley (bass) are M.A.D. Jazz. Their jazz sounds are perfect for a late December evening.
Orpheum Theater at  8:00 PM
 
Marcus the Magician
As a performance artist, Marcus the Magician from The Magicompany presents a hilarious, laugh-packed show full of amazing magic, wonderful audience interaction, and fun-filled humor. The fun comes from everywhere – including out of a hat – as the air is filled with animals and uproarious comedy in this magic show that will have you believing the impossible!
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  4:00 PM
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Monomoy Seven
Dixieland Jazz – a perennial favorite! With Jeff Hughes on cornet leading the band, you'll hear lots of swinging improvisations on familiar and maybe not so familiar tunes, with each musician featured on specialty numbers, and on requested tunes from the audience. This is always a fun and exciting performance, so come and sit awhile, and prepare to enjoy some hot jazz to warm the chilly night!
Eldredge Public Library at  8:00 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Monomoy Theater Players
Monomoy Theatre Presents “Words and Music”, an hour of scenes and songs presented by members of the Monomoy Theatre guest artist company including Bernard Cornwell, Michaeljohn McGann, Kyle Brand, Sarah Killough, Mary O'Brady, Ellen Fisk, Terry Caza, Terry Layman, Annmarie Davis, Bob Davis, Phil Ritner, and Alan Rust. They are a special favorite of First Night Chatham.
Methodist Church at  5:00 PM
 
North Country
Playing it all, from Classic Country to today’s Top Country music, North Country will have you on your feet dancing the night away, with free Line Dance instruction in the pre-show and during the break. Many will remember North Country's Fred Ghioto from Freddie and the Maybellines, who took their last curtain call three years ago at their 21st engagement with First Night Chatham.
Monomoy Regional Middle School Gym II at  8:30 to 11:00 PM

Line Dance Instruction: Pre-show & mid-show. Come early and learn a few steps and put them to use with the band during the show. Line Dance instruction from 8:00 to 8:30 prior to North Country’s performance, and during the band’s break starting at 9:30. Professional instructor Cathy Hatch will teach you the steps and the moves to keep your boots scootin’ across the dance floor all night.
Pre-show: Line Dance instruction at 8:00 to 8:30 PM; and during the break at 9:30 PM
 
North Shore Acappella
As seen on NBC's The Sing Off, North Shore Acappella was the runner up and placed in the elite Top Ten of the 250 groups who auditioned. Tommy Duarte, Paul Lopes, Jimmy Martin, Vinny Straccia, and Guy Chiapponi blend harmony, rhythm, and tempos to songs from the 1940s through today. Exciting, visual, musical, warm and funny, this group is fabulous with class, style, and heart!
Methodist Church at  3:00 PM
Methodist Church at  4:00 PM
 
Oyez! Renaissance Music
Oyez is an ensemble of Cape musicians that has performed early music on period instruments for 15 years. Its name derives from the old French word ouir which means to hear, and in the imperative means listen.
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  9:00 PM
 
Trevor Pearson
Trevor Pearson’s interactive juggling show combines hilarious antics and visually spectacular, award-winning juggling skills with a message of self-empowerment. Fun for all ages! Trevor grew up in Brewster and it was there that he learned to juggle as a teen. He’s been juggling professionally for over 15 years, performing and instructing throughout New England, and beyond. Trevor has been inspiring and amusing First Night Chatham audiences for over a decade with the juggling of clubs, rings, balls, boxes, plates, hats, rubber chickens and audience-suggested objects to boot. He might even juggle boots!
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  3:00 PM
 
Peking and the Mystics
This fun and entertaining group performs vintage vocals with arrangements by members themselves, and features swing, jazz, doo-wop, and pop music of every decade from the 1890s to the 2000s. They are graduates of Tufts University and former members of the school’s acclaimed a cappella group, the Beelzebubs.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  4:00 PM
Community Center 2nd Floor at  7:00 PM
 
Julian Petrallia Organ Music
Julian Petrallia will give a solo organ recital, with accompanying explanations of the pieces he is performing. Now a high school senior with an impressive performance portfolio, Julian began his musical studies at the age of 8 with classical flute, and took up the organ at age 15. Not long after he began studying the organ, he began working at the First Congregational Church of Chatham where he currently holds the position of associate organist and summer choir director. In addition to playing regularly at the First Church, he also gives frequent solo recitals throughout Cape Cod and occasionally appears in programs as a guest musician. In May of 2014, Julian was awarded the third prize in the highly regarded L. Cameron Johnson Organ Competition.
Congregational Church at  10:00 PM
 
Reaching Minimum Wage Jazz Band
This “garage band” has a passion for all kinds of jazz. Seven talented young musicians play guitar, piano, trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, alto sax, bass guitar and drums and perform bossas to ballads. Known for their work performing for some great charitable causes on Cape Cod, some of these musicians also play in the Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School Jazz Band. Prepare to enjoy their sound.
Orpheum Theater at  10:00 PM
Photo: Ron Snider
 
The Reunion Band
Known for its tight vocal harmonies and solid traditional bluegrass sound, the Reunion Band features veteran Boston-area musicians Boston-area musicians Richard Brown (mandolin), Dave Dillon (rhythm guitar), Margaret Gerteis (acoustic bass), Laura Orshaw (fiddle) and most recently BB Bowness (banjo) . The band, which has been around since 2002, takes its name from the fact that the members have played together off and on and in various configurations for over 30 years.
St. Christopher's Church at  9:00 PM
St. Christopher's Church at  10:00 PM
 
The Rip-It-Ups
Probably best described as a Traditional Rock & Roll Band — with lots of Blues — Rockabilly — Country Jazz & Soul with Jodi Birchall as the dynamic vocalist. A real Rock & Roll Extravaganza! … for everybody, Young or Old, as the band can play everything from ballads, originals, country AND western to great jazz, blues & rock — always with a lot of energy!
Orpheum Theater at  5:00 PM
 
Monica Rizzio
Monica draws on her country roots and brings together several of the Cape’s most talented musicians in Old Kings Highway. Formerly with Tripping Lily, she focused on song writing after years of performing everything from Folk to Jazz to Americana. Old Kings Highway is a personal journey down the road of exploration. No longer is she looking for her place – she has found her country home on Cape Cod.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  9:00 PM
Community Center 2nd Floor at  10:00 PM
 
Saltwater Jazz
The warm mellow sound of modern jazz — Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington. Piano, guitar, bass and drums and a tribute to their founder, John Randall, will bring in the New Year with style. The group includes Dan Sullivan (tenor sax and flute), Alan Clinger (guitar), Rod McCaulley (bass), and Phil Vitali (drums).
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  10:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  11:00 PM
Photo: Wayne Hankin
 
Jacqueline Schwab
Jacqueline has performed at the White House for President Clinton celebrating Ken Burns' Lewis and Clark series, with singer Jean Redpath, on Minnesota Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion, and on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman. Her performances draw on a wide repertoire – Stephen Foster and Civil War song tunes from North and South, Victorian ballroom dance tunes, Scots and Irish songs and dance tunes brought over by settlers, hymns and spirituals, ragtime – plus Latin waltzes and tango and Billie Holiday blues, as well as contemporary-style Celtic and English traditional music.
Congregational Church at  5:00 PM
 
Tim Sweeney Trio
Featuring Tim Sweeney on electric guitar. With Randy Petterson on electric guitar and electric mandolin, and Roe Osborn on bass, the Fringe offers high-enery reditions of the fabulous songs of the 1960s and 70s in three part harmony. They will boomer rock you with the music of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton and toe-tapping originals. Just try to not sing along!
Holy Redeemer Church at  7:00 PM
 
TIDES Dance Company
TIDES Dance Company celebrates the theme of sandcastles by the sea in dance and song, with TIDES company members and guests of all ages. Renowned dancer Adam Spencer, a champion ballroom and Latin dancer and coach, will be making a special guest appearance with TIDES.

Included in the program will be vocal renditions of Patti Page’s “Old Cape Cod” and Bobby Darin’s “Beyond the Sea” and “Mack the Knife”, featuring Antonia Stephens and JC Stahl. Choreographers Naomi Turner, Pamela Schickler, Emily Mower, and Joanne Sinerate are collaborating with accompanist Frank Toppa to create innovative new works.

Adam Spencer, a native of the U.K., is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Acting, Voice, and Aerial work, and has enjoyed a successful career touring and in film and television, both in Britain and the U.S.
Chatham Drama Guild at  5:00 PM
Chatham Drama Guild at  7:00 PM
 
Toast and Jam
Toast and Jam performs bluegrass based originals featuring crisp three-part harmonies and unique instrumentation. Soulful vocals mix with deep Mandocello rhythms – while lyrics relay modern human sentiment from love songs to social protest themes. But their palette ranges beyond their own compositions to arrangements of swing tunes, and eclectic covers. Julie Charland, Tim Dickey and Laird Boles, and a dozen or more instruments!
Methodist Church at  9:00 PM
Methodist Church at  11:00 PM
 
Toe Jam Puppet Band
The Toe Jam Puppet Band performances are very active, encouraging kids and parents to sing and dance along with the band as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs, masterful shadow puppetry, storytelling and just plain old good fun.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  12:30 PM
Community Center 2nd Floor at  2:00 PM
 
Ashley Wade & Olin Johannessen
Local native Ashley Wade has been a performer at First Night Chatham for almost 20 years, since she was 13 years old. Wade will return with musician husband, Olin Johannessen to present a program of varied styles, sure to entertain everyone in the family. Selections range from beloved standards of jazz and musical theater, to folk songs and spirituals, to Disney medleys and funk! Talented songstress Julie Bray (most recently performed the role of Fantine in Les Misérables at the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans) will join Wade & Johannessen for a special guest appearance.
St. Christopher's Church at  7:00 PM
 
We Are the Men
A “Male Voice Choir” in the European choral tradition, this group of 40 singers perform worldwide music from Welsh choral music, show tunes, and sea chanties to choral pieces that showcase the beauty and lasting style of male voices. Under the direction of Christopher Roberts, a native of Wales.
Congregational Church at  1:00 PM
Congregational Church at  3:00 PM
 
Bart Weisman Klezmer Swing Group
Traditional Klezmer music (also known as Jewish Jazz) and Swing from the 30’s and 40’s, with Carol Wyeth on vocals, Berke McKelvey on clarinet, Alan Clinger on guitar, Ron Ormsby on bass and Bart Weisman on drums. The group has performed across the Cape, opened for the Boston Pops and appeared with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.
Congregational Church at  2:00 PM
 
Martha Whatley and Peter Earle
Come join Peter Earle, Martha Whatley, and Christopher Morris as they sing some of your favorite Broadway tunes! The ever-popular vocal duo returns, with Chris Morris on the piano. Cape audiences love these performers. Peter Earle is the Executive/Artistic Director at The Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans, where he has directed and acted in many of the Academy’s fine productions. Most recently, he directed the mega-hit Les Miserables. Martha Whatley is one of Cape Cod's favorite soloists since moving here in 1977. She divides her time between opera, oratorio and musical theatre. She recently appeared as Anna in the Academy’s production of The King and I. Christopher Morris is a popular accompanist at First Night, as well as the musical director of Academy productions.
Congregational Church at  7:00 PM
 
Russ Wilcox Jazz Group
Russ Wilcox and his ensemble present a unique sound, having a deep foundation in Bebop tradition with an influence of the cool jazz movement pioneered by Lennie Tristano and Lee Konitz that has been compared to that of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. The Russ Wilcox Group is quickly distinguishing itself as one of the top up and coming jazz ensembles in the region.
Orpheum Theater at  7:00 PM
 
Robert Wyatt
A Steinway Artist who has performed throughout the USA and internationally, gathering critical acclaim for sensitive and colorful solo and chamber music recitals, Mr. Wyatt is one of the nation’s foremost Gershwin scholars who is also known for chamber music recitals.
St. Christopher's Church at  8:00 PM
Photo: Marna Bate
 
Yo-Yo People
John and Rebecca Higby are a real life husband and wife comedy duo that specialize in a yo-yo, hula hoop, and unicycle show. They have performed their unique high energy show in 26 countries and hold three Guinness World Records as well as the 2008 World Yo-Yo Champion title. So much fun and such amazing stunts.
Community Center Gym at  4:00 PM
Community Center Gym at  5:00 PM



Special Events

 
Sand Castle Sculpture
Come transport yourself, family, and friends back to the beach, during the heyday of summer in Chatham, as you watch Greg Grady, a famed sand sculptor transform five tons of fine sand into a five foot high sand castle that celebrates this year’s First Night Chatham theme, “Sandcastles by the Sea”.

This sand castle sculpture will be located on the front right side of the Chatham Community Center. Greg will be working from midday December 26th throught December 29th to turn sand and water into a wonderful work of art – all in the dead of winter!

Once completed, the sand castle will remain on display for viewing and photographs through New Year’s Day; stop by any time during First Night 2015 to imagine yourself at the beach with the sun shining while you admire this work of art.
Chatham Community Center Lawn – all day  (Button-free)
 
Bubble Wrap Stomp
A favorite activity of many parents, too! Watch the kids show joy as they break the bubbles and make lots of noise!
Community Center Gym at  1:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Carnival Caper
A costumed road race, from the Chatham Squire to the Lighthouse and back, sponsored by the Chatham Squire. Register outside the Squire starting at 2 pm ($10); Costume judging at 2:30 pm; the race starts at 3 pm (a bit under 2 miles round-trip). Tee shirts and beef stew served at the Squire after the race! Spectators line Main Street to cheer on the runners, walkers, and anyone else parading down the road in costume.
Outside the Squire at  2:00 to 3:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Children's Art Studio
This event is always very popular, so find your way here as soon as possible. Children craft fascinating stuff, each in their own way. Projects are all child friendly and designed with great creativity.
Elementary School Cafeteria at  2:00 to 5:00 PM
 
Countdown Cod and Fireworks on the Oyster Pond
First Night Chatham’s Countdown Cod is scheduled to count down to the exact moment of 2015 from its perch on our crane high over the Oyster Pond park and then signal the set off of a wonderful fireworks display! Come early for the best viewing spot over Oyster Pond at Midnight.
Oyster Pond at  Midnight  (Button-free)
Photo: Stanlee Wetzel
 
Early Fireworks
Special low level fireworks after the Noise Parade will be presented as a special treat for the young First Nighters. The show is at Veterans Field and viewing is from the parking lot and fields behind the Chatham Community Center.
Veterans Field at  6:30 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Susan Karchmer
 
Face Painting
What child does not enjoy having something fabulous painted on their face? Our painters are the best and the line moves really fast.
Monomoy Middle School Cafeteria at  12:00 to 4:00 PM
Photo: Michael Karchmer
 
Horse-drawn Wagon Rides
Buttons are required to hop aboard a horses-drawn buggy with some other folks to enjoy an old fashioned perspective as you drive around town and wave to friends and strangers. Children love it, and we love seeing them enjoy the town!
Main St at Town Hall at  1:45 to 4:45 PM
 
Just For High School Teens
Drop in to warm up at the Lower Level of the Community Center between 7:30 and 11:30. DJ PROTOZOA (Andrew Morris) will be spinning tracks from 8 -11. Complimentary New England Pizza and drinks. Wii, XBOX 360 and “Selfie” Photo Corner.
Community Center Lower Level at  7:30 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Just For Middle School Teens
Chill with friends from 7:30 to 10:00 at the Chatham Elementary School Cafeteria. Ongoing games will include Wii, XBOX 360 and Poker Tournament. Complimentary New England Pizza and drinks. “Selfie” Photo Corner and Henna Tattoos!
Elementary School Cafeteria at  7:30 to 10:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Miniature Golf
This year we have a full 9 holes available for play at the Middle School Samll Gym – 1 to 6 pm and a full 9 holes at the Elementary School Gym – 1 to 6 pm. Who does not love mini golf, especially in December!
Monomoy Middle School Small Gym at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
Elementary School Gym at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
 
Ryder Martin’s Fabulous Trains
A new location this year, at the Atwood House Museum! See a fabulous layout of Ryder Martin's model trains that will amaze and engage kids, Dads, and Moms who always wanted their own set. The Atwood House will on the free shuttle bus route during the afternoon.
Atwood House Museum at  1:00 to 5:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Noise Parade
Join the raucous fray! Make noise any way you want. Police escort leads the parade and no will will be cited for too much noise. Great fun for kids and adults, who often wear silly hats and carry parade puppets. Start at the corner of Cross and Main at 6 pm, walk to rotary, then continue on to the Chatham Community Center area to see the children's fireworks!
Town Hall Corner (Main & Cross Streets) at  6:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Chris Detraglia
 
Town Photo
Important! Please use front gate only !
Show up with your family and friends and pets to pose for the Town Photo. The photo will be available at the local CVS store for purchase. A panorama gigapixel photo will also be posted on the First Night Chatham website. Have fun zooming in to see if you blinked, check out who was there, and just enjoy actually seeing your lovely smile up close.
Chatham Lighthouse Grounds at  Noon  (Button-free)