Supporting the Arts on First Night Chatham

All Entertainment & Activities — First Night Chatham 2023  (12/31/2022)


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440 - Gypsy Jazz Quartet
 
440 - Gypsy Jazz Quartet
Toe-tapping Snappy Hot Jazz. 440 presents a rich harmonic blend of violin and clarinet.
"Toe-tapping Snappy Hot Jazz". 440 presents a rich harmonic blend of violin and clarinet which expands the gypsy jazz tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. At a time of year when there is a chill in the air outside, 440's music provides the much needed treat of warmth and beauty through a jazz everyone likes. Featuring a compilation of danceable swing standards and captivating originals by the band influenced by gypsy jazz and Eastern European music.
Orpheum Theater at  3:00 PM
 
All Worn Out Jug Band
Photo: Michael & by Suz Karchmer
 
All Worn Out Jug Band
Performing tunes from the traditional Jug Band songbook, seasoned with old country, folk, gospel and blues.
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.
 
ANOTHER TEQUILA SUNRISE - Eagles Tribute
Photo: Denise Maccaferri Photography.com
 
ANOTHER TEQUILA SUNRISE - Eagles Tribute
ANOTHER TEQUILA SUNRISE is America's premier Tribute to the Eagles.
ANOTHER TEQUILA SUNRISE has been performing to sell-out crowds across the country for over twenty years. The standing ovations and thunderous applause emphasize that this group is the premier Eagles Tribute show in the USA. ANOTHER TEQUILA SUNRISE celebrates the Eagles rich musical heritage — from their pioneering, So-Cal country rock fusion, through their years of hard-hitting social commentary, to their emergence as America's best-selling rock n' roll institution.
Elementary School Gym at  7:00 to 9:00 PM
 
Atwater ~ Donnelly Duo
Photo by Russell Gusetti
 
Atwater ~ Donnelly Duo
A program of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, plus so much more, that appeal to all ages.
Award-winning duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly present delightful programs of American and Celtic folk songs and percussive dance. Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous harmonies and play an astonishing array of instruments including guitar, mountain dulcimer, Irish whistle, harmonica, banjo, limberjacks, and other surprises including French Canadian foot percussion and a thrilling interpretation of Appalachian clogging. Their relaxed performance is appealing to all ages, and with humor and audience participation, Aubrey and Elwood explain song origins to give more relevance to the material. Married since 1989, Aubrey and Elwood have performed throughout in the United States and beyond and their fourteen albums receive international airplay and streaming.
 
Natalia Bonfini
 
Natalia Bonfini
Blues, funk, and soul at her core, Natalia has a natural storytelling ability.
Blues, funk, and soul at her core, Natalia has a natural storytelling ability with her relatable original lyrics accompanied by timeless vocals. With a band of local musicians by her side, they bring a unique and refreshing style to your favorite covers, mashing up genres from soul, to pop, to the classics, and of course the blues. Natalia was a top 50 finalist in American Idol's 20th season and has performed at many notable venues across the country. An award winning songwriter, her single "Before" won the New England Songwriters Competition and received honorable mention in SongDoor's International Competition. Natalia and her band come alive on stage and are a must-see!
 
Brewster Bayside Skippers
 
Brewster Bayside Skippers
Our nationally award winning jump rope team demonstrates a wide variety of impressive skills.
You have to see it to believe it! Come watch our nationally award winning jump rope team demonstrate a variety of skills, including Double Dutch, Double Unders, Single Freestyle, and a whole group routine, amongst other impressive displays! Stick around until the end of the show to interact with the jumpers and give your children the opportunity to jump with these incredible athletes!
 
Bubble Wrap Stomp
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!
A favorite activity of many parents, too! Watch the kids show joy as they break the bubbles and make lots of noise!

From 1PM until there's no more bubble wrap to stomp.
Community Center Aerobics Room at  1:00 to 3:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Giant Candy Land
 
Giant Candy Land
Play a life-size Candy Land game - you are the game piece as you move along the giant board.
Play life-sized Candy Land - you are the game piece as you move along the giant board following the rules of Candy Land. 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. Candy prizes for all courtesy of Chatham Candy Manor.
St. Christopher's Parish Hall at  1:00 to 5:45 PM
 
Cape Cod Fiddlers
 
Cape Cod Fiddlers
Their energetic fiddle performances draw from both international and American fiddle traditions.
Playing Fiddle Together Since 1989! Widely known for their energetic fiddle performances and two recordings on CD, the Cape Cod Fiddlers draw their repertoire from the Irish, Scottish, Shetland Isles, Scandinavian, Cape Breton, French Canadian and American fiddle traditions. Providing music for concerts festivals, dances, wedding, and parties, this fiddle group has become a tradition and an integral part of the community on Cape Cod.
Methodist Church at  7:00 PM
Methodist Church at  8:00 PM
 
Cape Cod Jazz Quartet
 
Cape Cod Jazz Quartet
Four of Cape Cod's top Jazz Musicians play a great variety of jazz standards and originals.
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 from Centerville on bass, and Bart Weisman from Orleans on drums. The Cape Cod Jazz Quartet has appeared at concerts and private events across Cape Cod, accompanied vocalists Dane Vannatter, Siobhan Magnus (from American Idol), Cassandre McKinley, Leslie Boyle, Krisanthi Pappas, and has two recordings including one with Dane Vannatter.
Orpheum Theater at  1:00 PM
 
The Cape Cod Sax Quartet
 
The Cape Cod Sax Quartet
Cape Cod's most well-known saxophonists on soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, and bari sax.
The Cape Cod Sax Quartet is comprised of some of Cape Cod's most accomplished saxophonists: Berke McKelvey, Maurice Soque, Ryder Corey, and Nicholas Suchecki. Individually, the members of the group have performed with both Cape-based artists and internationally renowned artists, including the Cape Symphony, Funktapuss, Chandler Travis, 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!
St. Martin's Lodge at  1:00 PM
 
Cape Cod Ukulele Club
 
Cape Cod Ukulele Club
Local ukulele enthusiasts goal is to have fun and play good music.
The Cape Cod Ukulele Club was formed in 2014 and plays regularly at local residential care facilities. The group is about having fun and playing good music. Harmonicas, kazoos, train whistles, various noisemakers, general silliness, and fits of laughter occur at any practice or show. They have been described as Hee Haw but with ukuleles.
 
Cape Playhouse Preview
 
Cape Playhouse Preview
Join The Cape Playhouse for a sneak peek of our 2023 summer season.
Join The Cape Playhouse for a sneak peek of our 2023 summer season and see why The Cape Playhouse has long been known as "the place where Broadway goes to summer!" We are excited to bring award winning pianist Jon Goldberg to music direct a show full of Broadway hits ranging from Golden Age classics to jazz standards and rock-n-roll favorites!
 
Chatham Railroad Museum, with Special Displays
 
Chatham Railroad Museum, with Special Displays
A special opening of The Chatham Railroad Museum for First Night Chatham features two special displays
A special opening of The Chatham Railroad Museum for First Night Chatham features two special displays : museum volunteers are operating an "O" gauge train; and a special train themed exhibit of all First Night Chatham buttons, from the earliest to the present, are on display.

The Chatham Railroad Museum is located in the restored 1887 railroad depot that served Chatham for nearly fifty years. Enjoy the museum's many exhibits! Travel back to 1915 when the railroad was a hub of activity portrayed by the diorama of the railroad yard. Imagine riding the 1910 wood sided red caboose, located behind the Museum, which is also open.
Chatham Railroad Museum at  1:00 to 4:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Chinese Folk Art Dancers
 
Chinese Folk Art Dancers
Traditional Chinese folk arts such as Dragon Dance, Lion Dance, Taiwanese Drums, Chinese yoyo and Folk Dance.
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.
 
Cirque du Jour
 
Cirque du Jour
The circus comes to Chatham for one of First Night Chatham's most popular entertainments.
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.
 
The Clancy Tradition
 
The Clancy Tradition
A family of accomplished traditional Irish musicians performs vocals and instrumentals to warm the soul.
Lively Irish music, both vocal and instrumental, to warm the soul. Eugene Clancy on guitar and vocals, Rose Clancy on fiddle and mandolin, Max Cohen on vocals, John Alden on bass and Clayton March on fiddle. 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 his brothers took up their instruments to perform the repertoire of Irish folk music.
 
Colum Cille Pipes and Drums
 
Colum Cille Pipes and Drums
Clad in the red and black Cunningham tartan, a wide repertoire provides great music and fun for everyone.
Colum Cille Pipes and Drums, established in 2001 is proud to feature both experienced and student musicians in its performances. Seamlessly blending traditional Celtic tunes and more modern music is sure to excite audiences and encourage future generations of players to give the pipes and drums a try.
 
Community Handbell Ringers
Photo: John Markus
 
Community Handbell Ringers
Handbell ringers are the perfect group to ring in the New Year!
A group of handbell ringers from the Chatham and Harwich Congregational Churches will ring in the New Year, playing patriotic, folk and classic songs.
 
CrabGrass Bluegrass Band
 
CrabGrass Bluegrass Band
Cape Cod's own bluegrass artists! Bass, guitar, mandolin,banjo, fiddle and great vocals.
A First Night Chatham favorite, the CrabGrass Bluegrass Band performs a lively mix of old and new bluegrass music, featuring tight harmonies and driving rhythm. Always energetic and incomparably entertaining, CrabGrass is comprised of Les Beavan - banjo, Chris Miner - mandolin, Dan Fortier - guitar, Ted Mello - bass, and Billy Hardy - fiddle.
Methodist Church at  5:00 PM
 
Face Painting
Photo: Susan Karchmer
 
Face Painting
What child does not enjoy having something fabulous painted on their face?
What child does not enjoy having something fabulous painted on their face?
Elementary School Cafeteria at  1:30 to 4:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Digney Fignus Band
 
Digney Fignus Band
Singer/Songwriter Digney Fignus is renowned for his infectious melodies and energetic performances
Americana Singer/Songwriter Digney Fignus is renowned for his infectious melodies and energetic performances. His latest song “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” delivers a contemporary piece of political satire that will tickle your funny bone and have you singing along before the end of the song!

Starting on the punk scene in Boston in the 1980's with his club Streets, his first hit was “The Girl With The Curious hand”. He has more recently released three CDs of Americana music, and now lives on the Cape and performs regularly around Cape music venues.
 
The Magic of Louie Foxx
 
The Magic of Louie Foxx
The One-Man Side Show: Magic and Comedy
The One-Man Side Show: Magic and Comedy. Louie's one-man show is full of unique magic tricks and skills. Whether making the audience gasp in disbelief as he wraps his head in duct tape to play a game of 20 questions, or making the audience roll with laughter as he tries to cut a banana in half with a bullwhip, you can rest assured this is a show unlike any other!

In addition to amazing magic and hilarious comedy, Louie is a two-time Guinness World Record Holder and was voted the Best Live Entertainment for Families by the readers of the Parent Map Magazine, two years in a row!
 
Peter Gaines on keyboard
 
Peter Gaines on keyboard
Peter plays tunes from The Great American Songbook for your easy listening.
Peter Gaines enjoys playing The Great American Songbook — songs of the the 40s,50s, 60s, and broadway musicals from composers like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Rogers and Hammerstein et al. His talent and his love of music are sure to bring a smile to your face.
Elementary School Cafeteria at  3:00 to 4:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Magic & Beyond with Illusionist David Garrity
 
Magic & Beyond with Illusionist David Garrity
Illusionist David Garrity presents “Magic&Beyond”, an all-ages, one-person illusion show.
Illusionist David Garrity presents “Magic&Beyond”, an all-ages, one-person illusion show that features unique, theatrical and visual magic, audience participation, and comedy. Written like a Pixar movie, there is humor and references for the adults watching as well as the children making this truly an all-ages performance. In this performance, you may see a table mysteriously float, objects that appear and disappear in the blink of an eye and witness a Houdini-style Escape Challenge!
 
Ana Glig and James Rosenblum
 
Ana Glig and James Rosenblum
Ana and James are an electrifying husband and wife classical piano duo.
Husband and wife piano duo Ana Glig and James Rosenblum return to First Night Chatham, presenting an exciting program of four hand piano music by Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak. Ana Glig and James Rosenblum are individually acclaimed concert pianists praised for their “electrifying stage presence.”
 
George Gritzbach Band
 
George Gritzbach Band
The GG Band is back to give you a healthy dose of Original House Rockin' Roots R&B.
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.
St. Martin's Lodge at  7:00 to 9:00 PM
 
Matt Hamilton
Photo: John Connelly
 
Matt Hamilton
Expect an unplugged set of melodic, heartfelt folk, pop and rock music, consisting of both covers and originals.
Matt's audience can expect an unplugged set of melodic, heartfelt folk, pop and rock music, consisting of both covers and originals. Matt is a baritone/tenor and will be playing a few traditional Irish ballads as well. Matt got his start playing music on the street in Chatham when he was 17 years old. He is excited to share an evening with you all.
 
Darby Hobbs
 
Darby Hobbs
Local children's book author, Darby Hobbs reads from her latest book.
Local children's book author, Darby Hobbs reads from her latest book, The Tail of Grace & Kristoff - the friendship and adventures between a unicorn and a pig - from an island shipwreck to the Magic Tree and so much more. The book tells the tale of love, understanding, acceptance, gratefulness, appreciation and abundant spirit. Darby dresses in character with props and surprises for all that attend. She uses Magic, Imagination and Creativity as the baseline for all of her characters. Accompanying her is her sister, Karen Kishibay, the illustrator of the book. If you love unicorns or pigs you will enjoy this event.
 
Greg Johnson and the James Taylor Tribute Band
 
Greg Johnson and the James Taylor Tribute Band
This First Night Chatham favorite will be performing a voice and guitar tribute to James Taylor.
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.
St. Martin's Lodge at  2:00 PM
St. Martin's Lodge at  3:00 PM
 
Jukin' J & the Rockers
 
Jukin' J & the Rockers
Those Cape Crusaders, serve up a whole lotta blues, soul, & rock's roll.
Those Cape Crusaders, serve up a whole lotta blues, soul, & rock's roll, featuring front man singer/harmonicist, J Place's rockin' original tunes. These venerable veterans have performed with many groups on Cape and beyond.

Band members are: Dave Armstrong, Drums (Harwich), Robert Clinton, bass (Harwich), Alex MacLellan, guitar (Orleans), Jukin' J , lead vocal, harp (Plymouth), and Darren King , guitar (Pembroke).

C'mon &. Do The Boogaloo !!!!!
St. Martin's Lodge at  4:00 PM
St. Martin's Lodge at  5:00 PM
 
Julie and Denya: Songs Of The Sea, Folk & Celtic Music and More!
 
Julie and Denya: Songs Of The Sea, Folk & Celtic Music and More!
Julie and Denya perform sea shanties, folk songs, familiar 20th century music and lively fiddle tunes, as well as Celtic and country music.
Julie Charland and Denya LeVine perform sea shanties, folk songs, familiar 20th century music and lively fiddle tunes, as well as Celtic and country music. They play guitar, fiddle, Irish drum, 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 and Southeastern MA with folk and ethnic bands for 35 years. This duo has a zest for life that is contagious!
Town Hall (downstairs) at  4:00 PM  (Button-free)
Town Hall (downstairs) at  5:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Just for Teens: Rock N Roll Racing (7-9)
 
Just for Teens: Rock N Roll Racing (7-9)
All teens are invited to Rock N Roll Racing at the Small Gym in the Middle School from 7-9. Free snacks and beverages too!
All teens are invited to Rock N Roll Racing at the Small Gym in the Middle School from 7-9. Free snacks and beverages too! All high school and middle school students welcome.
Monomoy Middle School Small Gym at  7:00 to 9:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Sue Keller
 
Sue Keller
Ragtime piano, plus a little vintage jazz and vocals, keeps the high energy of First Night Chatham flowing late into the evening.
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.
 
Dan Kennedy
 
Dan Kennedy
Dan Kennedy is an award-winning composer, pianist and recording artist whose Classical Crossover music has been lauded across the country for its style and feeling.
A warm and welcoming Solo Piano concert with returning artist Dan Kennedy. See why he's been streamed 500,000 times and played on 250 radio stations. Hear traditional favorites with a few pop holiday tunes mixed in, plus his originals. His brand new Christmas CD An Enchanted Noël will be on hand. Come one, come all!
 
Larry & Vic
 
Larry & Vic
The duo blends vocal harmonies covering classic songs by well-known artists of many genres.
Larry & Vic, a Cape Cod-based musical duo, are known for their mix of crowd-pleasing acoustic pop and country favorites. The two blend vocal harmonies over classic songs by well-known acts including Paul Simon, the Eagles, America, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, and others. Stop by and enjoy the catchy guitar rhythms and dobro riffs that have audiences across the Cape tapping their toes.
 
Giant Legos
 
Giant Legos
Use giant life-sized LEGOS to create and build robots, club houses, thrones, mazes, rainbows and more!
Build with giant life-sized LEGOS! Create life sized structures like rainbows, robots, club houses, thrones, mazes, and more! Only limit is your imagination. Fun for all ages!
Monomoy Middle School Cafeteria at  12:00 to 6:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Denya LeVine
 
Denya LeVine
Denya LeVine is a fiddler, ukulele player, and singer. She'll be playing fiddle tunes from around the world.
Denya LeVine is a fiddler, ukulele player, and singer. She'll be playing fiddle tunes from around the world and singing from a wildly diverse repertoire that includes Celtic, country, songs of the sea, Motown, campfire songs, little kid songs, and more. She studied classical violin then took fiddle lessons with Seamus Connolly, 10 time "All Ireland" fiddler. She worked at The Fillmore East (rock music theater) in New York City, and lived in Afghanistan, India, Belgium, England and Ireland.
Elementary School Cafeteria at  1:00 PM  (Button-free)
Elementary School Cafeteria at  2:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Zoë Lewis
 
Zoë Lewis
Zoë Lewis delivers vintage jazz, gypsy swing and latin inspired originals on anything from the piano to the spoons!
Zoë Lewis delivers vintage jazz, gypsy swing and latin inspired originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! This virtual “Band in a body” is known for her stories as much as for her music. Originally from the UK, she has made Provincetown her home for the last 28 years. She's traveled to over 70 countries, released 8 albums of original material, toured with Judy Collins, Richie Havens, Nanci Griffiths and the Indigo Girls, has won numerous songwriting awards and written and produced 2 musicals. “A gorgeous writer – so evocative and tender and thoughtful. And a mesmerizing performer” Dominique Browning, NYT.

Get ready for an upbeat and thoroughly entertaining show!

Zoë will be joined by Mark Chenevert on clarinet and other musicians from the 440 Gypsy Jazz Band that preceeds her in the Orpheum! It's going to be a fun jam!
Orpheum Theater at  4:00 PM
Orpheum Theater at  5:00 PM
 
The Lincoln Traditional Jazz Band
 
The Lincoln Traditional Jazz Band
Great toe-tapping jazz from long-time favorites with a new name but the same great sound.
A new name, but the same great toe-tapping jazz. Previously appearing at First Night Chatham as the New New Orleans Jazz Band, this will be the band's fourth appearance at FNC. We will be playing great toe-tapping jazz from the 1920s and 30s, with Jeff Hughes, cornet; John Clark, reeds; Ron L'Herault, trombone; Bob Barta, banjo; Albie Bernard, tuba; and Nick Ribush, keyboard.
 
Liston-Kraft /Weiser Piano Duo
 
Liston-Kraft /Weiser Piano Duo
Exciting performers of “four hands” piano music.
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  4:00 PM
 
Joe and Sarah Marchio & Family
 
Joe and Sarah Marchio & Family
Joe on organ, joined by his wife Sarah on bagpipes, plus sons Thomas and Christopher, on guitar and piano.
Joe Marchio, the First Congregational Church of Chatham music director and organist, is also the conductor of the Chatham Chorale. Joined by his wife Sarah on bagpipes and their sons Thomas, on guitar, and Christopher, on piano, they will present a musical feast of talent!
 
Miniature Golf
Photo: John Markus
 
Miniature Golf
Two mini-golf courses at First Night Chatham, at two separate locations. Who does not love mini golf in December!
Two golf courses at First Night Chatham!
  • A full 9 holes for playing at the Middle School Small Gym – 1 to 6 PM, and
  • A full 9 holes at the Community Center Gym – 1 to 5:45PM.
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 5:45 PM
 
Monomoy Seven
 
Monomoy Seven
Dixieland jazz - swinging improvisations on familiar and not so familiar tunes, and requests from the audience.
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!
St. Christopher's Parish Hall at  7:00 to 9:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Alastair Moock
 
Alastair Moock
One of Boston's best and most adventurous songwriters; every song is a gem.
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Alastair Moock has made a name for himself on the folk and Americana circuit, touring throughout the U.S. and Europe and playing renowned events like the Newport Folk festival. The Boston Globe calls him "one of the town's best and most adventurous songwriters" and The Washington Post says "every song is a gem."
Orpheum Theater at  7:00 PM
Orpheum Theater at  8:00 PM
 
New England Digital Accordion Orchestra
 
New England Digital Accordion Orchestra
The New England Digital Accordion Orchestra is the nation's first-ever digital accordion orchestra.
The New England Digital Accordion Orchestra (NEDAO) is the first-ever and the nation's most unique and versatile musical ensemble!

The NEDAO is truly unique because of its abilities to produce almost every musical instrument sound in existence and, therefore, perform in the fashion of every type of musical ensemble in the field of music. As a result, audiences at NEDAO concerts are treated to a program consisting of a smorgasbord of musical ensembles and genres - Broadway, Hollywood, Classic Rock, Big Band, Country, Swing, Ethnic, Mariachi, Dixieland, Patriotic, Classical, etc.
Methodist Church at  1:00 PM
Methodist Church at  2:00 PM
 
North Country
 
North Country
Playing everything from Classic Country to today’s Top Country music.
North Country will be playing a selection of the best in traditional and contemporary country music. So come and two step your way into the New Year!
Community Center Gym at  7:00 to 9:00 PM
 
Trevor Pearson
 
Trevor Pearson
Fun for all ages! Trevor combines hilarious antics and visually spectacular, award-winning juggling skills.
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!
 
Peking and the Mystics
 
Peking and the Mystics
Vintage vocals of every decade from the 1890s to the 2000s, featuring swing, jazz, doo-wop, and pop music.
Peking and the Mystics, a Boston-based a cappella quintet, is a longtime participant of First Night Chatham. The group will share many of the tunes from its latest recording, Flame. 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.
 
Piano Men: A Musical Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John
 
Piano Men: A Musical Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John
Get up, dance and sing along to all of your favorite Billy Joel and Elton John songs!
Hot off their sold-out run of shows at Cotuit Center for the Arts comes The Piano Men, starring Cape theater favorites Anthony Teixeira, John Connelly and Emma Fitzpatrick, featuring pianist Misao Koyama with The All Star Band! The Piano Men are here just in time to welcome music fans back with a fist raising, heart pounding, high energy show you will not want to miss!!!

Get up, dance and sing along to all of your favorite Billy Joel and Elton John songs! Spanning 50-years in music making, Billy and Elton have sold over 100 million albums while crafting such iconic hits as Piano Man, Big Shot, I'm Still Standing and Rocket Man. Produced and Directed by Michael Dunford, Encore Music Productions.
 
The Placeholders
 
The Placeholders
The Placeholders are a fresh, young, talented band from Harwich & Chatham, playing impressive rock covers from the 60's through today,
The Placeholders are a fresh, young, talented four-piece rock band from Harwich & Chatham. They play impressive rock covers from the 60's through today, with quality harmonies and song arrangements, many featuring the Hammond organ. They're all students of either music or production.

You will be captivated and pleasantly surprised not only with their musicianship but also with the sound and production. The band has played on the Main Street programs of both Harwich and Chatham, and headlined their own TD Bank concert series show at Brooks Park in Harwich.
 
The Reunion Band
 
The Reunion Band
Toe-tapping, happy-feeling, hard-driving traditional bluegrass music.
The Reunion Band will be playing their usual brand of hard-driving traditional bluegrass music, with exciting instrumentals and vocal harmonies! Come hear The Reunion Band in the wonderful acoustic environment of the UU Meeting House. 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. The Reunion Band features veteran Boston-area musicians Richard Brown (mandolin), Dave Dillon (rhythm guitar), Margaret Gerteis (acoustic bass), Laura Orshaw (fiddle) and most recently BB Bowness (banjo).
 
Rock N Roll Racing
 
Rock N Roll Racing
Two great family activities: Rock N Roll Racing, a mini-Nascar race track, and 9-hole mini-golf.
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
 
Jacqueline Schwab
Photo: Wayne Harkins
 
Jacqueline Schwab
A folk and classical improvisational pianist - also Ken Burns accompianist and Chatham resident.
Pianist Jacqueline Schwab's musical sensibilities arose from her immersion in the rich classical and folk music scenes of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's “melting pot” and later in Boston, Massachusetts. She spins musical stories, building bridges to connect listeners to the different cultures and strands forming our American music. Her signature playing infuses the sound tracks of Ken Burns' Grammy-winning Civil War, Baseball, Lewis and Clark, Mark Twain, The War, and others. She has performed at the White House for President Clinton, and, with Scottish singer Jean Redpath, on public radio's A Prairie Home Companion and on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman.
 
Studio Two - The Beatles Tribute
 
Studio Two - The Beatles Tribute
A Beatles tribute to the early years, songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era, the Beatles' club and touring years.
Studio Two is a headlining Beatles tribute band that focuses on the early years, choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era. Studio Two concentrates on the most exciting time in their career -- the club and touring years. Studio Two's performance captures all of the high energy and danceable 50's and 60's Rock n' Roll songs The Beatles helped popularize. All of this is done in period correct attire and equipment. You will be transported in time!
 
Suede
 
Suede
Sassy, smooth and simply intoxicating. Cape Cod's own Suede enchants us, with her New England trio.
Suede - pop/jazz/blues vocalist and instrumentalist -- she tours nationally and internationally and calls Cape Cod home.

NY press says she's like Adele meets Diana Krall meets Bette Midler. Dare her. She was Joan Rivers' opening act. Come see why!

She'll be with her Cape Cod cohorts Fred Boyle, piano; Rich Hill, bass and Michael Dunford, drums.
 
Gregg Sullivan
Photo: Anton Anderson
 
Gregg Sullivan
Versatile guitarist Gregg Sullivan is a former member of Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Gregg Sullivan is a versatile guitarist and veteran sideman originally from Westfield, NJ who now resides on Cape Cod. He's performed and/or recorded with world renown jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears, Roger Daltrey of The Who, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, The Rascals and many more. Gregg has toured throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe playing at legendary venues including: The Hollywood Bowl, Birdland in NYC, B.B. King's in NYC, The Fillmore in San Francisco, The Toronto Jazz Festival, and many others.
 
Toe Jam Puppet Band
 
Toe Jam Puppet Band
Sing and dance along as they entertain with original songs, shadow puppetry, storytelling and just plain old good fun.
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.
 
The UnHoly Mackerels
 
The UnHoly Mackerels
Join The UnHoly Mackerels for a folk rock revival! You may even be inspired to sing along!
Join The UnHoly Mackerels for a folk rock revival! The Macks, who have been covering your world since 2005, are bringing their unplugged line-up to First Night Chatham. Expect acoustic arrangements of popular folk, blues, rock, country, and pop tunes. The band's promise to the audience is that we will sing songs you know. You may even be inspired to sing along!
Town Hall (downstairs) at  1:00 to 4:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
We Are The Men Presents
 
We Are The Men Presents
All-male choral group in the European choral tradition, showcasing the beauty and lasting style of male voices.
Since its formation in 2008 the all-male choral group We Are The Men, MVC, has been pleasing audiences both on and off Cape Cod, as well as internationally, with concerts featuring an eclectic mix of songs both contemporary and traditional sung in a variety of languages — English, German, French, Latin, and Welsh, the mother tongue of Wales where our chorus' founder and director, Chris Roberts, was born. We're very proud of the fact that in 2018 we were invited - as the sole US representative - to participate in the biannual London Welsh Festival of Male Choirs, an event that draws male choruses from around the world to Royal Albert Hall in London, England to participate - as a unified voice of some 600+ men - in a concert that can only be described as “glorious”. And so we carry on, learning new tunes, continuously polishing those we know, with the hope that our audiences will enjoy hearing them as much as we do singing them. Give us a listen - you'll be glad you did!
 
Bart Weisman's Smooth Jazz
 
Bart Weisman's Smooth Jazz
Smooth Jazz Group from a new trio of long-time favorite Cape and First Night Chatham musicians.
Bart Weisman Smooth Jazz Group is a new trio of long-time favorite Cape musicians, with Steve Hambleton on guitar, Ron Ormsby on bass, and Bart Weisman on drums. Performing a Smooth Blend of Jazz, Latin & Pop across Cape Cod.
Orpheum Theater at  2:00 PM
 


Outdoor Activities

Carnival Caper
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Carnival Caper
A costumed road race, sponsored by the Chatham Squire. Register, show off your costume, and race for fun!
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). You can't miss the gorilla in charge. Race registrants get a Tee shirt, and beef stew served at the Squire after the race! Spectators line Main Street to cheer on everyone parading down the road in costume - you can run, you can walk, you can hop, skip or jump!
Outside the Squire at  2:00 to 3:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Fireworks at Veterans Field
Photo: Stanlee Wetzel
 
Fireworks at Veterans Field
Spectacular fireworks at Veterans Field after the Noise Parade, as a special treat for the young and young-at-heart.
Spectacular fireworks after the Noise Parade will be presented as a special treat for the young and young-at-heart. 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)
 
Ice Carving by Chip Koser
 
Ice Carving by Chip Koser
Watch Chip and his team carve a beautiful sculpture from large blocks of ice.
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  Noon until they melt!  (Button-free)
Eldredge Public Library: Front Lawn at  Noon until they melt!  (Button-free)
Town Hall: Front Lawn at  Noon until they melt!  (Button-free)
St. Christopher's Front Lawn at  Noon until they melt!  (Button-free)
 
Noise Parade
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Noise Parade
Make noise any way you want, wear silly hats, flash some lights. Walk to see the early fireworks!
Join the raucous fray! 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. 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)
 
Snowmen Scavenger Hunt
 
Snowmen Scavenger Hunt
Find the snowmen around town and win a little prize!
Search for the First Night Chatham snowmen up and down Main Street, and win a little prize! Especially for the young ones and the young at heart! Start by getting an entry sheet First Night Chatham Headquarters.

Frosty the Snowman is looking for his six snowmen friends who are scattered along Main St. Each snowman is holding stickers. When you find one, take a sticker and attach it to your snowmen scavenger hunt card. When you have collected all six stickers, return with your sheet to First Night Chatham Headquarters for your prize!
Main Street at  1:00 to 5:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Town Photo
Photo: Spencer Kennard
 
Town Photo
Come with family & friends. Buy the photo or see it online. A whole-town event!
Important! Please use front gate only !
Show up with your family and friends and pets to pose for the Town Photo. Start First Night Chatham 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)
 
Mr. Vinny the Bubble Guy
 
Mr. Vinny the Bubble Guy
Kids and adults love Mr. Vinny 's huge bubble and bubble chasing games.
Using giant homemade bubble wands, a sound system full of music, and a lot of funny family entertainment experience, Mr. Vinny get kids and adults involved in bubble chasing games. The program is all about big beautiful bubbles, running-around, and . . . having FUN! Truly best for all ages.
Community Center Outdoors at  3:00 PM  (Button-free)