Supporting the Arts on First Night

All Entertainment Review — First Night Chatham 2016  (12/31/2015)

This page lists all the Performances and Special Events of First Night Chatham 2016 -– December 31, 2015. This is a prior 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


 
A Good Question
A dynamic instrumental trio of local student musicians on piano, guitar,flute, and saxophone. Dylan Routhier and Keb Hutchings-McMahon, who debuted last year, are joined this year by Bryden Williams on saxophone. Keb plays acoustic and electric guitar, and Dylan performs 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.
Orpheum Theater at  7:00 PM
 
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.
Community Center Aerobics Room at  2:00 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
 
Another Tequila Sunrise - Eagles Tribute Band
Another Tequila Sunrise is America’s Most Authentic Eagles Tribute band. 60’s & 70’s rock - great sounds, great vibes - lots of memories of the times.
Monomoy Middle School Auditorium at  8:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Auditorium at  9:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Auditorium at  10:00 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  3:00 PM
St. Christopher's Church at  4:00 PM
Photo by Russell Gusetti
 
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 cappella 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, limberjacks, and other surprises including demonstration of Appalachian clog dancing, French Canadian footwork, and Tap. Their performance is appealing to all ages, 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 holidays and performing at his 6th First Night Chatham. Asa is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, attended the San Francisco Conservatory under the tutelage of David Tanenbaum, and will graduate from the Eastman School of Music in May with a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance. He has plans to attend graduate school in the Fall.
St. Christopher's Chapel at  8:00 PM
 
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
 
The Cape Cod Sax Quartet
The Cape Cod Sax Quartet is composed of Cape Cod's most well-known saxophonists: Berke McKelvey, Bruce Abbott, Maurice Soque, Ryder Corey, and Nicholas Suchecki, merging seasoned professionals with rising talents. A sax quartet consists of the four main saxophones: soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, and bari sax. The group has performed with many Cape-based artists including the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, and the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet, and have also played with internationally renowned artists such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and the Artie Shaw Orchestra.

With no rhythm section, a sax quartet exhibits skills in intonation, communication, balance, blend, and independence. Throughout their shows, they teach the audience about the history and mechanics of the various saxophones. Not only will you enjoy the music played by an ensemble you have most likely never heard or seen before, you will also learn something!
Orpheum Theater at  4:00 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
An encore 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 Wednesday evening, Dec 30th, and does require a button.
Methodist Church at  7:30 pm on December 30
 
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
Monomoy Middle School Auditorium at  4:00 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
 
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.
Monomoy Middle School Small Gym at  7:00 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
 
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
 
Four Guys in Tuxes Swing Band
Dance the Night Away! goes back in time with a return to the venue that was called the “Depot Road School” when The Dreamers started playing a “Big Band Sound for Smooth Dancing” at First Night 1993. That sound comes back to the Elementary School gym with the Four Guys in Tuxes Swing Band – a name familiar to First Night audiences brings an eight-piece swing band for your dancing enjoyment.
Elementary School Gym at  8:00 to 11:30 PM
 
Freddie and the Romantics
On Dec 31st, 1991, Freddie and The Maybellines played in the Chatham School gym for the first ever First Night Chatham. For First Night's Silver Jubilee, the same room is now the Chatham Community Center gym, and Fred is back with Freddie and the Romantics. The music that was retro 50's and 60's then is even more retro now, but just as much fun.
Community Center Gym at  8:00 to 11:30 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
 
George Gritzbach Band
A high-energy R&B dance band strongly rooted in the blues, funk, and New Orleans, The George Grtizbach Band plays inventive takes on classics and a healthy helping of innovative originals. Gritzbach’s smoky vocals, steamy harmonica, and shimmering guitar make the air sizzle with excitement.
St. Martin's Lodge at  8:00 to 11:30 PM
 
The Halcyon Duo
The Halcyon Duo specializes in making classical music, especially modern and contemporary works, accessible to all audiences. This husband-and-wife flute and piano duo is noted for its stunning ensemble work and powerful interpretations. Their vast repertoire reaches from the Baroque to cutting-edge avant-garde compositions, including the award-winning works of the duo's pianist, Roberto Pace.
Congregational Church at  10:00 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.
Monomoy Middle School Small Gym at  8:00 PM
Photo: John Markus
 
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.
St. Martin's Lodge at  4:00 PM  (Button-free)
St. Martin's Lodge at  5:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Chev Hardy
Chev Hardy is a jazz vocalist who evokes the greats - Ella, Sarah, and Billy holiday, singing lots of Cole Porter.
St. Christopher's Church at  9:00 PM
 
Billy Hardy & Beth Sweeney
From elegant slow airs, spirited marches and hornpipes, to lively jigs and reels, Billy and Beth perform music from the Scottish, Irish, French Canadian, Bluegrass, and Appalachian fiddle traditions. Cape Cod based and performing together for over 20 years, their instruments include fiddle, piano, and banjo, with songs in Irish Gaelic. Billy Hardy is a long-time member of the Cape Cod Fiddlers.
Methodist Church at  4:00 PM
 
Improvisational Live Storytelling
Join storyteller Miss Darby for her improvisational, live storytelling experiences that entertain both young and old. Come see her tell each unique story and have it brought to life by local illustrator Meadow Hilley. Darby Hobbs has also created two children's books, "Max and Pirate No Teeth" and "Grand Mere and the Empress of the Cove". Illustrator Meadow Hilley is the editor of The International Educator newspaper.
Community Center Aerobics Room at  3:00 PM
 
Java Jive
With exceptional vocals, two keyboard set-ups, and two trumpets, Java Jive takes pride in delivering each song the way it was originally recorded. Java Jive is Chuck Garrett, Don Richard, and Carolynne Brown. Their music is a mix of Current Hits, Classic Rock, Motown, Disco, Swing, 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  2:00 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  8:00 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
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.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  8:00 PM
Community Center 2nd Floor 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
 
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.
Congregational Church at  11:00 PM
 
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.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  3:00 PM
Community Center 2nd Floor at  4:00 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.
Methodist Church at  3:00 PM
Methodist Church at  5:00 PM
 
Ross MacVicar & Friends
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  12:00 to 4:00 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
 
Tom Madden
Tom Madden was part of Java Jive for many years, and is now on his own, singing standards from many eras. He enjoys bringing a smile to the members of his audiences and keeping some humor and levity in all of his performances. Songs you may hear include hits from Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble, The Temptations, Harry Belafonte, Sting, Train, Rascal Flatts, Dean Martin, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, The Platters, The Drifters, Josh Groban, John Denver, Joe Cocker, Paul Simon, and many others....
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  4:00 PM
 
Malik Magic
Wonderful magic for the young and young at heart.
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  3:00 PM
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  5:00 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)
 
Voice Studio of John Murelle
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah!
The voice studio of John Murelle presents a program of Disney songs. John Murelle, director; Chris Morris, music director.

Watch a terrific video this group of talented kids created as a special preview of their First Night Chatham performance. (Click to view)
Congregational Church at  6:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Nancy & Dave - Jazz All-Stars
With their smooth, tight harmonies and jazzy up tempo interpretations of American Songbook standards, Dave and Nancy Wilber bring a dynamic dimension to their music. They have performed and recorded locally with musicians ranging from Boston's White Heat Swing Orchestra to local favorites Roy McArthur and Eddie Higgins. For First Night, they will be backed by three of Cape Cod's best musicians: Fred Boyle on keyboard, Ron Ormsby on base and Bart Weisman on drums.
Congregational Church at  2:00 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!
Congregational Church at  4:00 PM
Congregational Church at  5:00 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.
St. Christopher's Chapel 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!
Eldredge Public Library at  4:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
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  5:00 PM
Community Center 2nd Floor at  7:00 PM
 
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  10:00 PM
St. Christopher's Church at  11:00 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
 
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  7:00 PM
Photo: David Jordran
 
South Cape Ice Sculptures
Four Cape Cod ice sculptors, including Chip Koser, carve beautiful sculptures from large blocks of ice. See four different ice sculptures at First Night locations: at the Cape Cod Five bank (548 Main Street), beside the Chatham Town Offices (549 Main St), on the Comunity Center lawn (702 Main St), and at the Middle School (425 Crowell Rd). In 2011, Chip and his team took home a bronze medal at the World Ice Art Championship held in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Community Center Front Lawn at  12:00 to 4:00 PM  (Button-free)
Cape Cod 5: Front Lawn at  12:00 to 4:00 PM  (Button-free)
Monomoy Middle School Lawn at  12:00 to 4:00 PM  (Button-free)
Town Hall Lawn at  12:00 to 4:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Sparrow Blue
Sparrow Blue is the songwriting duo of Katy Boc and Todd Nickerson, on Acoustic Fiddle and Guitar. Katy and Todd began writing songs together after discovering a mutual love for American roots music. It wasn’t long before they began performing as a duo, featuring their own original songs as well as covers by their favorite roots, bluegrass, and country musicians.
Orpheum Theater at  10:00 PM
 
Tim Sweeney and Randy Patterson
Tim Sweeney and Randy Patterson get to the heart and soul of things with their blend of country, rock, bluegrass and blues, performing a varied and crafted setlist of music they love. Both Tim and Randy are singers, multi-instrumentalists, award-winning songwriters, and seasoned professionals that love what they do – and it shows. They get rave reviews from audiences at the Cape Cod's finest musical venues and events. Acoustic to electric, they are told often that they sound like more than two people.
Holy Redeemer Church at  7:00 PM
 
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
 
We Are the Men
A “Male Voice Choir” in the European choral tradition. Under the direction of Welsh vocalist Chris Roberts, who established the group in 2008, this all male choir has members from all over the Cape. The group’s accompanist, Cathy Bonnett, was the musical director of the Coast Guard Base Chapel choir. The group will perform in both Welsh and English singing spirituals, patriotic selections, hymns, and Broadway show selections.
Congregational Church at  1:00 PM
Congregational Church at  3:00 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 theater. 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.
St. Christopher's 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.
Monomoy Middle School Small Gym at  9:00 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



Special Events

Photo: John Markus
 
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 Aerobics Room 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
Photo: Jane Murray
 
Countdown Cod and Fireworks on the Oyster Pond
The Countdown Cod is scheduled to drop as First Night Chatham counts down to the exact moment of 2016 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
 
Family Fun Center
A new center for family fun all afternoon! The Community Center Gym will host great family activities including:
Rock’n’Roll Racing is a mini-Nascar racetrack.Race your friends and others as you drive the car from the side of the track with a steering wheel and throttle.
Community Center Gym at  1:00 to 5:00 PM
Have a sweet time playing a life size version of the Candy Land game. Be the first to the castle as you pass through the Peppermint Forest, meet Queen Frostine and her ice cream sea, and try to avoid The Villain of Candy Land, Lord Licorice.
Community Center Gym at  1:00 to 6:00 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
The Canon Hill Band will perform this year at the Teen Center. Drop in to warm up, see friends, and enjoy free pizza and drinks, and listen to local high school students Ben Hayden on drums, guitarist/vocalist Logan Tichnor, and Vaughn Yerkes on bass. They can be frequently be seen busking on Main Streets of Chatham and Harwich in the summer, and they are the youngest band ever to be selected to play the Harwichport 'Music Stroll'.
Community Center Lower Level at  7:00 to 11:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Just For Middle School Teens
Chill with friends from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Methodist Church lower level. New this year: Rock’n’Roll Racetrack!! Ongoing games will include Wii, XBOX 360 and Poker Tournament.
Methodist Church Lower Level at  7:00 to 10:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: John Markus
 
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
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 – led by the Cape Cod Chronicle
Join the raucous fray! Help celebrate the Cape Cod Chronicle’s 50th anniversary. Chronicle staff and families will lead the Noise Parade.

Make noise any way you want. A police escort leads the parade and no one 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
Special Appearance by Fire Engine Tower Ladder 189

Chatham Fire Department’s newest equipment, Tower Ladder 189, will hoist our photographer to take the Town Photo.
Important! Please use front gate only !

Come with your family and friends and pets to pose for the First Night Town Photo. Kick off First Night with a walk to the Lighthouse - just be sure to be there by noon! Don't forget: come down Main Street, not across Bridge St. this year.

The photo will be available at the local CVS store for purchase. A panorama deep-zoom 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 seeing your lovely smile up close.
Chatham Lighthouse Grounds at  Noon  (Button-free)