Supporting the Arts on First Night

All Entertainment Review — First Night Chatham 2017  (12/31/2016)

This page lists all the Performances and Special Events of First Night Chatham 2017 -– December 31, 2016. 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


 
Alex the Jester
This clown from the medieval tradition is a poet in action and his comedy transcends language and age group. He speaks Grammelot and shows many emotions with his face, tone of voice and body language. Alex takes his audience on a journey. You will enter the world of the wise fool, where crazy sounding gibberish makes perfect sense. You'll laugh at that rare sliver of humor that is understood around the world. Get involved in his interactive humor, and by the end of the show, everyone will feel a little bit closer to one another.
Elementary School Gym 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
 
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
 
Brewster Bayside Skippers
Since 1993, the Brewster Bayside Skippers have been promoting the sport of jump rope while teaching the value of self-motivation, physical fitness and teamwork. Started by Coach Paul Mullin and now coached by John Hammond, the team has grown from a handful of elementary students into a team of national and international champions. They have jumped in parades all over the Cape, and have also had 3 members jump in a group in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2013 and 2015.

The team had 14 top ten finishes and 15 top 20 finishes at the 2015 National Competition. The team returned to the National Competition in 2016 and placed in the top 5 for four speed events (including two 3rd place finishes), and the top 10 for five additional speed events. In the individual freestyle events, there was one top 5 placement and two top 10 placements.
Community Center Gym at  3:00 PM
Community Center Gym at  4:00 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
 
Cape Cod Jazz Quartet
The Cape Cod Jazz Quartet is comprised of four of Cape Cod's top Jazz Musicians with Bruce Abbott from Brewster on sax & flute, Fred Boyle from South Yarmouth on piano, Ron Ormsby on bass from Centerville, and Bart Weisman on drums from Orleans. This group has appeared at concerts and private events across Cape Cod and they are joined by Steve Ahern on trumpet & flute from Florida during the summer months to form the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet. The group has accompanied vocalists Dane Vannatter and Siobhan Magnus (from American Idol) and recorded two CDs including one with Dane Vannatter.
Orpheum Theater at  1:00 PM
 
The Cape Cod Sax Quartet
The Cape Cod Sax Quartet 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 Conservatory CJazz Concert
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 Friday 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 Clancy on fiddle and mandolin, son John Clancy on bass, Pat on piano and accordion, and Mike Melanophy on button accordian. The music includes tunes from the middle of the last century which were played on Sunday afternoons in the front room of the Clancy home in the small village of Charlemont, County Armagh. It was there that Eugene and Pat took up their instruments to perform the repertoire of Irish folk music.
Holy Redeemer Church at  8:00 PM
Holy Redeemer Church at  9:00 PM
 
Colum Cille Pipes and Drums
Colum Cille 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
 
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.
Orpheum Theater at  11:00 PM
 
Dylan & Keb
Keb and Dylan have a unique sound - a melodious flute and guitar, as well as a rich, bold piano and guitar. Their styles range from classical to rock, to blues, to improv, to funk, to alternative. Keb and Dylan have been playing together for five years, with plenty of musical inspiration left. The two started playing out on the streets of Harwichport and Chatham, and as they advanced through the musical hierarchy, were offered many gigs around Cape Cod. They have played many gigs together, as well as open mics and private parties.

Their repertoire of music consists of many different styles and artists for example: the Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and many others. They take requests for most styles of music and enjoy making music out of all genres.
Orpheum Theater at  7:00 PM
 
Shaun England Band
With a voice and tone evocative of Leonard Cohen and poetic verses that relate to all of our experiences, Shaun England creates soulful music with a deep sense of tradition that stems from his roots of playing with many of New Englands finest musicians.
St. Martin's Lodge at  8:00 to 11:30 PM
 
Baron Fenwick
Baron Fenwick is the seventeen-year-old son of James and Lisa Fenwick. He has played piano for 11 years and has become a very talented musician. His piano professors have included University of North Carolina School of Arts professor, Clifton Matthews, Appalachian State University professor, Bair Shagdaron, and celebrated pianist, Susan Starr. Over the years he has had the honor to win first prizes at the 2009 NC Symphony Concerto Competition Senior Division and in 2009 he had the great honor of being awarded the first annual Leonard Bernstein Excellence Award at UNCSA. He has been the featured soloist with the Western Piedmont Youth Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.
Congregational Church at  5:00 PM
 
Four Guys in Tuxes Swing Band
Dance the Night Away! continues with the return of the Four Guys in Tuxes Swing Band, playing a “Big Band Sound for Smooth Dancing”. A name familiar to First Night audiences brings an eight-piece swing band for your dancing enjoyment.
St. Christopher's Parish Hall 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 break from the cold with their warm and rich music.
St. Martin's Lodge at  5:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Jackson Gillman
“Stand-Up Chameleon” Jackson Gillman magically transforms himself into a wide array of eccentric characters through his many talents as mime, actor, songsmith and storyteller. As adept with children as he is with adults, his interactive performances are seasoned with skillful dialect, song, dance, mime and sign language. Shining through Jackson's wit and extraordinary versatility is his bemused, warm-hearted honesty. Jackson's humor evolves from finding that which is funny in human beings trying to be human and often tripping over their own being in the attempt.
St. Christopher's Chapel at  1:00 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.
St. Christopher's Chapel at  3:00 PM
 
George Gritzbach Band
The George Gritzbach Band is back to give you a healthy dose of Original House Rockin' Roots R&B. A high-energy dance band strongly rooted in the blues, funk, and New Orleans, The GG Band plays inventive takes on classics and a healthy helping of innovative originals. Gritzbach’s smoky vocals, steamy harmonica, and shimmering guitar make the air sizzle with excitement.
Community Center Gym at  8:30 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  4:00 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.
Elementary School 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  3:00 PM  (Button-free)
St. Martin's Lodge at  4:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo by Ray Drueke
 
Chev Hardy
Chev Hardy is a jazz vocalist and lover of “well-aged” pop, whose rich contralto weaves effortlessly through her repertoire of blues, pop and jazz standards. She has performed at venues both on and off the Cape, including The Mews Restaurant and Tin Pan Alley in Provincetown, Mooncusser's Tavern in Harwich Port, Birdland's in NYC, and the annual “Yule for Fuel” event at WHAT in Wellfleet. She has also appeared in plays and cabaret performances at Provincetown Theater.

Chev will be accompanied by Dylan Routhier on piano and Doug Ricciardi on bass.
Congregational Church at  10:00 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  5:00 PM
Photo: Rebecca Newton
 
Beau Jackett
Beau Jackett is a Cape Cod native and has been performing locally for most of his life. An accomplished actor and singer, Beau was most recently seen in Peregrine Theatre Ensemble's The Full Monty in Provincetown. He was named a Cape Cod Times favorite actor in 2010 and 2014 for his performances in Our Town, Cabaret, and Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical. Beau will be sharing some of his favorite pieces to help celebrate the new year.
St. Christopher's Church at  9:00 PM
 
Bradley James - The Boston Piano Kid
Bradley James, also known as the “Boston Piano Kid”, is 13 years old and has performed for several years in the Boston area. He plays from his heart and brings his emotions to life through the keys. In addition to the piano, Bradley also performs on the Tenor Saxophone, Ukelele, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals and is also learning the Accordian. In 2015 he was voted Boston's Top Instrumentalist by the Young Performer's Club and was the Grand Prize winner at the New England Talent Agency Showcase in Music and Acting.
Congregational Church 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.
Elementary School Gym at  9:00 PM
Elementary School Gym at  10:00 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
 
Keltic Kids
The Keltic Kids are a young award winning Celtic music band from Cape Cod, and have played all over the Cape. Jonathan Ford is a twelve year old fiddle and tin whistle player from Harwich. Bailey Ford is a ten year old piano player and Irish Step dancer from Harwich. Gavin Rice is a thirteen year old banjo, bass, and mandolin player from Brewster. Fern Tamigini-O'Donnell is a twelve year old fiddle player and vocalist from Wareham. Lili Hay is a twelve year old fiddle player from Wellfleet. Ashley Dawn is a thirteen year old fiddle player from Acton. Alex Birdsey is a thirteen year old fiddle player from Orleans.
St. Christopher's Chapel at  2:00 PM
Photo: David Jordran
 
Chip Koser
Ice sculptor Chip Koser carves a beautiful sculpture from large blocks of ice. In 2011, Chip and his team took home a bronze medal at the World Ice Art Championship held in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Cape Cod 5: Front Lawn at  12:00 to 4:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Bryson Lang
Bryson Lang has entertained thousands around the world with his creative, high-energy, family-friendly Comedy – Juggling act. His show combines technical juggling skills with original comedy into a unique and unforgettable act. His audiences will see a likable, energetic personality performing captivating routines that mix audience participation, comedy, ball bouncing and spinning, fire-juggling, giant beach balls, improv, glo-in-the-dark objects, and always a few surprises.
St. Christopher's Chapel at  4:00 PM
St. Christopher's Chapel at  5:00 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  1:00 PM
Methodist Church at  3:00 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
The MAD Jazz quartet members are Dan Sullivan (saxophone and flute), Rod McCaulley (Bass), Michael Dunford (Drums), and Alan Clinger (Guitar). Each of the musicians has a unique musical history, but for all of them, their passion is jazz. The style of their music is Mainstream Jazz which includes Standards, Swing, Blues, Bebop, and some Contemporary pieces. The songs will be presented as the melody, improvisation, and a recapitulation of the melody. We hope it brings feelings of delight to the audience.
Orpheum Theater at  8:00 PM
 
Tom Madden
Tom Madden has been performing on voice, keyboards, guitar, and trombone for over thirty years. He led his own band, Java Jive, for thirty one years. Retiring from this group in January of 2015, he now focuses on performing as a solo artist for senior communities, fine restaurants, and private events.

Due to the diverse musical background of the past thirty five years, his repertoire spans classic songs from the singers like Frank Sinatra and Harry Belafonte, to the hits of Motown and the 60's, to songs that are heard on the radio today from artists like Jason Mraz and Bruno Mars. His theatrical background helps to create a fun filled and engaging performance at each concert. No two shows are ever alike!
Orpheum Theater at  5:00 PM
 
Joe and Sarah Marchio
Joe is the First Congregational Church of Chatham music director and organist, and is also the conductor of the Chatham Chorale. He is joined by his wife Sarah on bagpipes. A unique combination of music and talent!
Congregational Church at  8:00 PM
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)
 
Nancy and Dave & the 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 bass and Bart Weisman on drums.
Orpheum Theater at  2:00 PM
 
Naomi & Adam Dance
Naomi Turner and Adam Spencer, aka Adam in Chatham, both revered for their dancing and teaching expertise, have assembled a diverse and entertaining cast of over 20 singers and dancers. Age 6 to septuagenarian, many of these performers are award winning ballroom competitors, aspiring or retiring professionals, all filled with a passion for performing, dance and expression through theater. Their show will take you from Broadway to the speakeasy of the 1920's, iconic television entertainment and the world of interpretive dance. An exciting and entertaining show for all ages!
St. Christopher's Parish Hall at  7:00 PM
 
The Newtones
The Newtones is a coed student-run a cappella group from Newton South High School in Newton, Ma. The Newtones, which is entirely student-run, sings a variety of genres including pop, folk, contemporary, rap, and more. The group consists of 14 Newton South High School students and performs within the high school, around the Boston area, and competes at regional competitions.
Methodist Church at  2:00 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.
Line Dance Instruction: . Come and learn a few steps and put them to use with the band during the show. Line Dance instruction during North Country’s performance, and during the band’s break. Professional instructor Cathy Hatch will teach you the steps and the moves to keep your boots scootin’ across the dance floor all night.
Monomoy Middle School Small Gym at  8:00 to 11:30 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!
Elementary School Gym at  3:00 PM
Elementary School Gym at  4:00 PM
 
The NoteAbles
Mixed voices sing choral music that everyone loves - standards, pop, and seasonal.
St. Christopher's Church at  5:00 PM
 
James O'Neill
A Cape Cod native, tenor James O'Neill has only been singing for three years, but has garnered considerable attention for his big voice. From “The King and I” to “Shrek:The Musical” to Gilbert and Sullivan and even to Puccini and Vivaldi, James has performed a wide variety of music including classical, opera, and Broadway. Come celebrate First Night with music that will move you.
Congregational Church at  9:00 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.
Community Center 2nd Floor 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!
Community Center Gym at  2:00 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  7:00 PM
Community Center 2nd Floor at  8:00 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!
Elementary School Gym at  5:00 PM
Photo by Joseph Navas
 
Monica Rizzio
No stranger to the east coast music scene, Texas-bred and Cape Cod washashore, Monica Rizzio is emerging as one of the finest singer songwriters that call New England home. For over 10 years she played fiddle and sang with Tripping Lily, a folk acoustic pop band, who toured up and down the east coast. In 2012, Monica left the band to rejuvenate her passion for music and began writing to help cope with the loss of the band and love. Drawing on her East Texas roots, Monica and her Martin guitar bring back the the little girl who loved to barrel race on her horse Bo, and she found her outlaw country sound deep within the folk world. Her debut album, aptly named, Washashore Cowgirl, is completely autobiographical, often times delivered in a fictional approach, sometimes with humor, and sometimes so strikingly honest you can feel the pain in her voice.
Methodist Church at  4:00 PM
 
Saltwater Jazz
Saltwater Jazz members are Dan Sullivan (saxophone and flute), Rod McCaulley (Bass), Michael Dunford (Drums), and Alan Clinger (Guitar). Each of the musicians has a unique musical history, but for all of them, their passion is jazz. The style of their music is Mainstream Jazz which includes Standards, Swing, Blues, Bebop, and some Contemporary pieces. The songs will be presented as the melody, improvisation, and a recapitulation of the melody. We hope it brings feelings of delight to the audience.
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  10:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  11:00 PM
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
 
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  1:00 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  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.
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.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  10:00 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.
Elementary School Gym at  2:00 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)
Community Center Aerobics Room at  2:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
New Year's Eve Make Believe
Come meet a real life princess and a dashing pirate. Take your picture with them or create your own character in our selfie corner.

Play life-sized Candyland - you are the game piece as you move along the giant board following the rules of Candyland. 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. A candy treat at the end, courtesy of the Chatham Candy Manor.
St. Christopher's Parish Hall at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
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 2017 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  12:30 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: Canon Hill Band
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: Laser Tag
Hang out with friends from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Community Center. New this year: Laser Tag. Plus games, and free pizza and drinks.
Community Center Mezzanine 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 Community Center 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
Community Center 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 Orpheum Theater
Join the raucous fray! Help celebrate the Chatham Orpheum Theater’s 100th anniversary. Orpheum staff and families will lead the Noise Parade.

Make noise any way you want. “Light up the Town” this year: bring your flashlights, light sticks, lighted beads or headgear to add light to the noise!

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. Start at the corner of Cross and Main at 6 pm, walk to rotary, then continue on to the Chatham Community Center to see the early fireworks!
Town Hall Corner (Main & Cross Streets) at  6:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Rock 'n' Roll Racing
Rock’n’Roll Racing is a mini-Nascar race track where you drive a car from the side with a steering wheel and throttle. And 9-hole mini-golf is also here in the Middle School Gym.
Monomoy Middle School Small Gym at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
Photo: Brandon Detraglia
 
Town Photo
Important! Please use front gate only !
Show up with your family and friends and pets to pose for the Town Photo. Start First Night with a wave at the camera and a smile on your face. The photo will be available at the Chatham 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 actually seeing your lovely smile up close.
Chatham Lighthouse Grounds at  Noon  (Button-free)