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Monday, December 31
 

10:00am

First Night Freebies & Deals at Thornes Marketplace
These deals are good at Thornes Marketplace with your First Night button only on December 31, 2018:
  • Herrell's Ice Cream offers a free hot chocolate (both dairy and non-dairy) from 5 PM to midnight while supplies last
  • 25% off one item at ACME Surplus
  • Share Coffee offers a free cup of hot cider or coffee beginning at 3 PM
  • Keep your feet warm in Smartwool socks from Footbeats.  Smartwool socks are 20% off only 12/31/18.
  • Free cellphone wallet and reusable bag with any purchase at Northampton Olive Oil Company
  • Come to Cedar Chest to receive a free sample packet of some of our best products and enter to win a gift basket
  • Visit Noteworthy and receive a free pen and enter to win a gift box of stationery essentials
  • Visit The Blue Marble to receive a free marble while entering to win a gift basket worth over $60


Monday December 31, 2018 10:00am - 9:00pm
Thornes Marketplace 150 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

10:00am

First Night Northampton Box Office
Locations for purchasing buttons on December 31st are limited. Your best bet is the First Night box office located on the second floor of Thornes Marketplace, open from 10 am until 9 pm with payment by cash/check/credit cards (ATM is available). Or visit http://firstnightnorthampton.org to purchase a button online.


Monday December 31, 2018 10:00am - 9:00pm
Thornes Marketplace 150 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

12:00pm

Paintbox Theatre: Tarzan
Is he really the king of the jungle? Not even close. Tarzan is a friend to all of the youngsters of the true, wild beasts. He teaches the little ones how to swim, and climb, and to avoid danger. So when Tarzan wants to brag, shout, and fly through the jungle, the older ones just play along.


Monday December 31, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Theatre 14 at Smith College 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA, USA

12:00pm

SHOW Circus Studio presents: Shipwrecked!
Pirates and Mermaids and Sharks, oh my!

SHOW Circus Studio invites you to join us to for our annual celebration of the New Year. Our intrepid captain and her first mate run across all manner of sea creatures as they sail the seven seas. Starfish, pirates, jellyfish, crabs and sailors will entertain you with amazing circus performances including partner acrobatics, aerial rope, hand balancing, stilt dancing, partner trapeze and more! Performances by SHOW Circus Studio’s Youth Performance Troupe and teachers are fun for the whole family.

Sponsors
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Peoples Bank

PeoplesBank is a leader in innovation, corporate responsibility, environmental sustainability, and employee engagement. Our three LEED® certified offices are environmentally friendly, and we have financed more than $171 million in wind, hydroelectric and solar energy projects.



Monday December 31, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Academy of Music 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

12:00pm

Arcade Games
Three vintage Arcade Games set to free play provided by the Quarters.


Monday December 31, 2018 12:00pm - 10:00pm
33 Hawley St 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

1:00pm

John Porcino
A Heck of a Way to Stay Warm:
Stories and Songs that Celebrate Winter’s Hidden Light

In this program nationally renowned storyteller/musician John Porcino will spin a patchwork quilt of his most beloved tales and songs to celebrate the new year  and warm up the chilly winter's day. Together we'll enter a world were woolen mittens burst into laughter and snow banks melt to reveal a blooming heart.  Joyful, warm, playful stories and songs that celebrate Winter's hidden light.

About John Porcino

For 35  full time years, John Porcino has been telling stories and singing songs that tickle lifes funny bone and touch the heart.  Each year  he spins some 120  performances and workshops for enthusiastic people throughout the Northeast and beyond:  this year from  "Florida to the New York Island.”  A resident of Amherst, John is an auditioned artist on the Massachusetts Cultural Council Roster and the Massachusetts Touring Roster.  His publications include the book Spinning Tales: Weaving Hope and the recording A Heck of a Way to Stay Warm: Stories and Songs That Kindle Winter’s Hidden Light.  He is director Farm and Wilderness "Family Camp," a founding member of Pioneer Valley Cohousing, and most importantly dad to two fantastic young adults.


Monday December 31, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Forbes Library 20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

1:00pm

Paintbox Theatre: Tarzan
Is he really the king of the jungle? Not even close. Tarzan is a friend to all of the youngsters of the true, wild beasts. He teaches the little ones how to swim, and climb, and to avoid danger. So when Tarzan wants to brag, shout, and fly through the jungle, the older ones just play along.


Monday December 31, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Theatre 14 at Smith College 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA, USA

1:00pm

SHOW Circus Studio presents: Shipwrecked!
Pirates and Mermaids and Sharks, oh my!

SHOW Circus Studio invites you to join us to for our annual celebration of the New Year. Our intrepid captain and her first mate run across all manner of sea creatures as they sail the seven seas. Starfish, pirates, jellyfish, crabs and sailors will entertain you with amazing circus performances including partner acrobatics, aerial rope, hand balancing, stilt dancing, partner trapeze and more! Performances by SHOW Circus Studio’s Youth Performance Troupe and teachers are fun for the whole family.

Sponsors
avatar for Peoples Bank

Peoples Bank

PeoplesBank is a leader in innovation, corporate responsibility, environmental sustainability, and employee engagement. Our three LEED® certified offices are environmentally friendly, and we have financed more than $171 million in wind, hydroelectric and solar energy projects.



Monday December 31, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Academy of Music 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

2:00pm

A-E-I-O-Ukes
After seeing The Mighty Uke, Downtown Joe Blumenthal was not content to rest on his laurels as being possibly the first ever merchant to enable a public library to loan out JOY ITSELF in the form of the uke. Joe then founded AEIOUkes, a group of amateur musicians who get together for monthly sessions at the Northampton Community Music Center to sing and strum songs from Jim Beloff's Daily Ukulele songbooks. AEIOUkes is open to everyone who loves to sing and play ukulele.


Monday December 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Christian Science Society of Northampton 46 Center Street, Northampton, MA, USA

2:00pm

Ellen Clegg
Ellen Clegg, Percussionist, Master Facilitator and Experiential Educator, utilizes drumming to enhance wellness in people of all ages, to find their strength, courage, expression, and wisdom through workshops, retreats, and performance.  With 35 years of experience, Ellen has travelled internationally, integrating knowledge of the drum's healing traditions with proven health strategies of modern scientific uses of group drumming to create community and individual transformation and empowerment.  She has collaborated with numerous dancers and choreographers during her career as a performer, musician, and accompanist, beginning with West African Dance classes in Cleveland, OH and Montpelier VT.  More recently she has collaborated with Jahara Conz, PVPA Dance Department, and world re-known Choreographer Rosangela Silvestre from Bahia, Brazil.


Monday December 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Northampton Friends Meeting House 43 Center Street, Northampton, MA, USA

2:00pm

Katherine First and Kitchen Party
Katherine First & Kitchen Party will bring a high- energy mixture of traditional Americana music calling out for audience participation. You will hear Celtic tunes as well as a multitude of Appalachian influenced music. They bring fiddle, banjo and guitar and an old fashioned good time!
This band is full of surprises, ranging from audiences breaking out into traditional Irish step dancing, to having very young fiddlers join their show! Fun is the name of the game!!!


Monday December 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
St. John's Episcopal Church 48 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

2:00pm

Kimaya Diggs
With influences spanning many genres, Kimaya Diggs melds the folky acrobatics of Joni Mitchell, the jazz stylings of Ella Fitzgerald, the catchy soul of Lianne LaHavas, and yet has something you can't quite put your finger on that makes her entirely unique. Her mastery of her voice is the focal point of each performance, and a transfixing experience.


Monday December 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
The Parlor Room 32 Masonic St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

2:00pm

Lexi Weege
Weege & The Wondertwins area four piece whiskey-tinged group based in Northampton, MA. They combine lush three part harmonies, hot jazz rhythm and retro vibes to create a sound all their own.


Monday December 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Lyman Hall 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA, USA

2:00pm

Mark Nomad
MARK NOMAD’S music has been heard on radio stations all over the world and has been used in commercials and in film. Nomad’s blues have been tempered by years of living and experience; expressed by the plaintive cry of a bottleneck on acoustic guitar or the driving funk of his electric band.

The Nomad moniker was born in Chicago when he sat in with the Jimmy Johnson Band at B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted Street. Nomadbegan playing the blues in the 1960’s and by the 70’s, was sharing the concert stage with many of the biggest names in show business. He was co- founder of the original Little Village. Their debut album is considered a collector’s item and the band was legendary in the Northeast. Nomad penned a jingle for the Subway fast food chain in their early days.  Another composition was used as the theme for WBAB, a major New York radio station, for 10 years. Nomad has performed at venues such as the Bottom Line, House of Blues, Bushnell Memorial, Toad’s Place, China Club, Iron Horse, Palace Theater, New Haven Coluseum and scores of colleges and blues festivals.

Nomad has been acclaimed as a master slide guitarist, a singer-songwriter and a bandleader. Whether performing solo or with his band, Nomad passionately takes the listener on a journey from where the blues have been, to where they’re going."




Monday December 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Memorial Hall 240 Main Street, Northampton, MA, USA

2:00pm

Scott Hall
The Stuntmen Piano Man has completed his 2nd solo album, Scott Hall Tries Technology. He would like you to hear every bit of it. Not just his songs, piano and singing, but the guitars and dobro and mandolin and harmonies and drums and bass guitars played by over two dozen other musician friends who contributed to the recording.

So engineer Mark Alan Miller from Sonelab Studio has removed the lead vocals from the tracks allowing Scott to sing directly and earnestly to you. Add in several other theatrical asides and we present to you the one-of-a-kind, Scott Hall Tries Technology – Karaoke Style!



Monday December 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery 126 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

2:00pm

Sylvia Johnson & Higher Help

Monday December 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
World War II Veterans Association 50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

2:00pm

Welcome Yule
Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration has been warming the hearts of Western Mass. audiences for over 30 years. A celebration of community gatherings held during the winter solstice Welcome Yule, heralds the return of the light with a festive, family show filled with music, dance, songs and stories to drive the dark away. The First Night performance will feature a review of our favorite wassails, carols and dances story from our repertoire, performed by part of our company. We’ll also share a seasonal story and play with the audience. You’re welcome to join in on some songs – there will be words in the program to make it easy. Check us out at www.welcomeyule.org. At the end of our first appearance at First Night in 2016, we had the entire audience standing and singing along with us. It was a very moving experience. Come unite with the Welcome Yule family in a community festival to cheer you through the coldest days of winter and to keep you warm until spring.

  


Monday December 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
First Churches of Northampton 129 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

2:00pm

Ed The Balloon Man's Magic Show
My name is Ed Popielarczyk. I am a professional magician, balloon sculptor, flea circus
ringmaster, and storyteller. I have been entertaining children and family audiences for
over 30 years. My magic show is a comedy show that uses a lot of audience participation. The kids are
the stars because they make the magic happen. I usually have lots of trouble! I don’t just
“do a trick” I tell a story that revolves around each trick. It may be a short story or a
longer one, but each story helps to bring the trick together. Every child who comes on
“stage” to be a helper receives a souvenir! The show is appropriate for ages three and up.
I hope to see you there!!! Ed



Monday December 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Edwards Church 297 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

2:00pm

Funktionlust
Funktionlust now in it’s 15th year is the one and only Improvisation troupe at Northampton High School. The Funks’ incredible creativity and spontaneity has entertained audiences at Arts Night Out, at the Arts Trust building, at Lathrop Community, for non profits like Friends of Children and of course at the high school! Come and watch these improvisers create scenes using your ideas!


Monday December 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Hallie Flanagan Theatre at Smith College 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA, USA

2:00pm

Henry The Juggler
Henry the Juggler (AKA Henry Lappen) is wanted! He is wanted by audiences everywhere for his zany attempts to defy the laws of gravity. He juggles any number of balls, clubs, rings, members of the audience . . . He balances strange items on the tip of his nose. Everything is accomplished wordlessly as Henry uses body language (and road signs!) to express himself. Caution: Henry is known to use innocent bystanders in his act.

Henry the Juggler is a professional. He has been seen by tens of thousands up and down the East Coast - at theaters, schools, libraries and festivals. He has been performing for over 30 years. He studied physical comedy at California's Dell' Arte School and continues his development with classes in tango and yoga. He is an active member of the International Jugglers' Association.


Monday December 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Unitarian Society 220 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

2:00pm

John Porcino
A Heck of a Way to Stay Warm:
Stories and Songs that Celebrate Winter’s Hidden Light

In this program nationally renowned storyteller/musician John Porcino will spin a patchwork quilt of his most beloved tales and songs to celebrate the new year  and warm up the chilly winter's day. Together we'll enter a world were woolen mittens burst into laughter and snow banks melt to reveal a blooming heart.  Joyful, warm, playful stories and songs that celebrate Winter's hidden light.

About John Porcino

For 35  full time years, John Porcino has been telling stories and singing songs that tickle lifes funny bone and touch the heart.  Each year  he spins some 120  performances and workshops for enthusiastic people throughout the Northeast and beyond:  this year from  "Florida to the New York Island.”  A resident of Amherst, John is an auditioned artist on the Massachusetts Cultural Council Roster and the Massachusetts Touring Roster.  His publications include the book Spinning Tales: Weaving Hope and the recording A Heck of a Way to Stay Warm: Stories and Songs That Kindle Winter’s Hidden Light.  He is director Farm and Wilderness "Family Camp," a founding member of Pioneer Valley Cohousing, and most importantly dad to two fantastic young adults.


Monday December 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Forbes Library 20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

2:00pm

FREE PVTA Shuttle Van for FIRST NIGHT NORTHAMPTON 2019
FREE PVTA Shuttle Van for FIRST NIGHT NORTHAMPTON 2019

Give your tired toes a rest on First Night this year by catching the FREE PVTA Shuttle Van as it makes its way around Northampton!

The shuttle runs on a loop between the following locations, starting at the new Northampton Community Arts Building on 33 Hawley St. at 2:00pm and running until 8:00pm
Stop Locations:
Across from Northampton Community Arts Building – parking lot outside 33 Hawley Street
Northampton Courthouse Bus Stop
Masonic St Bus Stop
Salvo House Bus Stop


Thanks to PVTA for generously providing the van and driver!

Monday December 31, 2018 2:00pm - 8:00pm
33 Hawley St 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

3:00pm

Colorway
Independent Music Award winning guitarist, F. Alex Johnson's band, Colorway is an original trio from right here in Northampton, Massachusetts. The band plays rootsy, pop-rock songs infused with inventive, energetic and melodic lead guitar. Colorway's second album, The Black Sky Sequined (mastered by engineering legend Bob Ludwig) was called "One of the finest rock albums of 2015" by Ric Albano (Modern Rock Review) and Diffuser's Chuck Armstrong called the band's single "Come Back July" "impossibly catchy" when they premiered the video in 2015. Colorway has recently opened sold out shows for Foreigner, The Yardbirds, Delta Deep (feat. members of Def Leppard and Stone Temple Pilots), Ian Hunter and Television's Richard Lloyd (who called the band "amazing and inspiring"). The trio was also included in the 2016 Green River Festival which Rolling Stone named a "must see" music fest.

Though the easy way to describe the style of music is rootsy, pop-rock, don't be fooled. The band can jam, and are convincing audiences far and wide that it's possible to extend the boundaries of the traditional four minute song and still have it stuck in your head all day.

The band is comprised of Alex Johnson on guitar and vocals, Matt Clegg on bass and Riley Godleski on drums and backup vocals.

See more at www.colorwaymusic.com on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @colorwaymusic
Some artists Colorway has performed with: Foreigner, The Yardbirds, Ian Hunter, Richard Lloyd (of Television), Delta Deep (feat members of Def Leppard and Stone Temple Pilots), Quinn Sullivan, Matt Schofield, Davy Knowles, And The Kids, Aldous Collins Band, Mammal Dap, The Z3 featuring Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), Flux Capacitor and more.




Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
World War II Veterans Association 50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

3:00pm

Ellen Clegg
Ellen Clegg, Percussionist, Master Facilitator and Experiential Educator, utilizes drumming to enhance wellness in people of all ages, to find their strength, courage, expression, and wisdom through workshops, retreats, and performance.  With 35 years of experience, Ellen has travelled internationally, integrating knowledge of the drum's healing traditions with proven health strategies of modern scientific uses of group drumming to create community and individual transformation and empowerment.  She has collaborated with numerous dancers and choreographers during her career as a performer, musician, and accompanist, beginning with West African Dance classes in Cleveland, OH and Montpelier VT.  More recently she has collaborated with Jahara Conz, PVPA Dance Department, and world re-known Choreographer Rosangela Silvestre from Bahia, Brazil.


Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Northampton Friends Meeting House 43 Center Street, Northampton, MA, USA

3:00pm

Fubuki
Fubuki is a pop-up Japanese drumming show (Taiko) created by ensemble members Olga Ehrlich and Kathy Eichholz of Mountain River Taiko and Abby Kingman of Kozen Taiko. Mountain River Taiko was founded in 2011 by director Olga Ehrlich to bring this drumming form and performing art to the Pioneer Valley and Western Massachusetts. The mission of Mountain River Taiko is to increase intercultural awareness by sharing the joy of playing taiko drums. Kozen is the first taiko ensemble in New Hampshire. Before joining Kozen Abby was a member of Mountain River taiko. Abby stated playing taiko in 2013 and has enjoyed making new friends from around the world through a shared love of the art of taiko. Fubuki represents the first collaboration of these three performing artists in the Pioneer Valley. Meaning “Snowstorm”, Fubuki will be a dynamic and emotionally-charged set of songs including the taiko drums of various sizes, the horizontal bamboo flute, or “fue”, hand cymbals, and much more. Taiko means “drum” in the Japanese language. When used to describe contemporary taiko, it usually refers to the ensemble of players on drums and other accompanying instruments. While the drums themselves have ancient origins in Japan, group taiko playing, referred to as “kumi daiko” is relatively modern, having been popularized in Japan in the 1960’s, and the rest of the world beginning with the famous marathon-running taiko group Za Ondekoza in the 1980’s. Expanding our understanding of peoples who share our Earth is foundational to living in peace and respect, our highest ideal. Working cooperatively in the context of learning taiko music and preparing for performance, or offering workshops in the community, fosters our respect for one another and those with whom we share this dynamic percussive art.

Contact: Olga Ehrlich, Director Mountain River Taiko PO Box 983 Williamsburg MA 01096 (602) 432-5059




Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
First Churches of Northampton 129 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

3:00pm

In The Nick Of Time
Husband and wife team, Nick Deysher and Tracey Freitag have been performing music for kids and families as In The Nick of Time since 2000. They moved to the Pioneer Valley in 2013 when Nick began teaching music at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill. In The Nick of Time has four award-winning albums, and their “Dinosaur Song” video has received over 1 million hits on YouTube. With an eclectic mix of rock, folk, funk, reggae, hip-hop, and country, In The Nick of Time pays homage to a broad range of musical influences, exposing children to many popular genres that they can enjoy with the grown-ups in their lives. Their 2009 Parents’ Choice Gold Medal winning album People, Places and Things features a tribute song to “The Man in Black” called “Alligator Sally,” so it was any easy choice to take on the role of Johnny Cash and June Carter!


Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Forbes Library 20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

3:00pm

Katherine First and Kitchen Party
Katherine First & Kitchen Party will bring a high- energy mixture of traditional Americana music calling out for audience participation. You will hear Celtic tunes as well as a multitude of Appalachian influenced music. They bring fiddle, banjo and guitar and an old fashioned good time!
This band is full of surprises, ranging from audiences breaking out into traditional Irish step dancing, to having very young fiddlers join their show! Fun is the name of the game!!!


Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
St. John's Episcopal Church 48 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

3:00pm

Kimaya Diggs
With influences spanning many genres, Kimaya Diggs melds the folky acrobatics of Joni Mitchell, the jazz stylings of Ella Fitzgerald, the catchy soul of Lianne LaHavas, and yet has something you can't quite put your finger on that makes her entirely unique. Her mastery of her voice is the focal point of each performance, and a transfixing experience.




Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
The Parlor Room 32 Masonic St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

3:00pm

Lexi Weege
Weege & The Wondertwins area four piece whiskey-tinged group based in Northampton, MA. They combine lush three part harmonies, hot jazz rhythm and retro vibes to create a sound all their own.


Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Lyman Hall 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA, USA

3:00pm

Mark Nomad
MARK NOMAD’S music has been heard on radio stations all over the world and has been used in commercials and in film. Nomad’s blues have been tempered by years of living and experience; expressed by the plaintive cry of a bottleneck on acoustic guitar or the driving funk of his electric band.

The Nomad moniker was born in Chicago when he sat in with the Jimmy Johnson Band at B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted Street. Nomadbegan playing the blues in the 1960’s and by the 70’s, was sharing the concert stage with many of the biggest names in show business. He was co- founder of the original Little Village. Their debut album is considered a collector’s item and the band was legendary in the Northeast. Nomad penned a jingle for the Subway fast food chain in their early days.  Another composition was used as the theme for WBAB, a major New York radio station, for 10 years. Nomad has performed at venues such as the Bottom Line, House of Blues, Bushnell Memorial, Toad’s Place, China Club, Iron Horse, Palace Theater, New Haven Coluseum and scores of colleges and blues festivals.

Nomad has been acclaimed as a master slide guitarist, a singer-songwriter and a bandleader. Whether performing solo or with his band, Nomad passionately takes the listener on a journey from where the blues have been, to where they’re going."



Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Memorial Hall 240 Main Street, Northampton, MA, USA

3:00pm

Ragtime Piano with Dick Moulding
Ragtime festival veteran Dick Moulding invites you into the world of ragtime piano music though story and performance.   Discover treasures by Scott Joplin, Joe Lamb, Tom Turpin, Eubie Blake, and more.  You'll "Hear that old piano" like you've never heard before!


Bio:  

Northampton's Dick Moulding is a talented amateur pianist with a gift for bringing to life sheet music of the ragtime era.  He frequently participates at ragtime festivals like the Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, MO and performs locally for a variety of venues including nursing homes, movie theaters and libraries.  Dick is a long-time student of Jeff Barnhart of Mystic CT and  is a member of Meg Kelsey Wright's Piano Connection at the Northampton Community Music Center.



Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Northampton Council On Aging 67 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

3:00pm

Wise Guys

Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Christian Science Society of Northampton 46 Center Street, Northampton, MA, USA

3:00pm

Dance Program #1
FIRST NIGHT Afternoon of Dance at the Academy: Part I at 3 pm

Northampton School of Dance: Little Swing

Pineapple Dance:  Rhythm N Riff

The Dance Company:  Fast Car

Meridian 2:  Found My Vibe

Catalyst Dance Company: Evolving

Pineapple Dance:  Unity Dance Ensemble

Crescent Dancers: Ice Queen

Northampton School of Dance: All My Heart

The Dance Company:  Hallelujah

Pineapple Dance:  The Flying Pineapples

Meridian Performance Company: All of My Friends


Northampton School of Dance:  Lauren Baranowski, Lana Bourke, Sophie Cowperthwait, Sydney Flores, Chelsey Ghareeb, Katelyn Stankowski

Pineapple Dance:  Ella Aldrich, Clara Amaral, Macy Campbell, Maddie Clarkewright, Madison Esposito, Ida Grace Fendell, Emily Grybko, Linden Jimison, Piper Kraus-Fabel, Sophie Lindsey, Raquel Mazur, Madeline Misra, Sarah Nicolson, Daniela Osorio-Castillo, Meredith Pickering, Noa Rhodes, Simone Robinson, Jordan Rose

The Dance Company:  Emily Dumas, Madalyn Ferreira, Bridget Griffin, Erin Hall, Lea Kuselias, Madison Joaquim, Madelyn Moriarty

Meridian 2:  Selah Axelrad, Julia Krivoy-Einhorn, Madison Parr, Kaya Sol Perry, Stellina Simonelli (Sophie Skowronek)

Catalyst Dance Company: Chloe Balch, Madison Baptiste, Anaia Cayode, Isabella Cordes, Samantha Heywood, Caroline Hollander, Anna Huggett, Janavia Miller, Corwynne Peterson, Yoshi Sanders, Meghan Stenwick, Tali Sureck, Tiana Vazquez-Ford

Crescent Dancers:  Deb Zeigler, Jessica Pichette, Penny Sotiropoulos, Emily Gaylord, Karen Traub

Meridian Performance Company: Leah Barondes, Anna Chapdelaine, Abby Friedman-Krantz, Anna Huggett, Danielle Jordan, Tali Sureck, Roxy Welch, Gabriella Wilkerson, Elsa Wood

Sponsors
avatar for Peoples Bank

Peoples Bank

PeoplesBank is a leader in innovation, corporate responsibility, environmental sustainability, and employee engagement. Our three LEED® certified offices are environmentally friendly, and we have financed more than $171 million in wind, hydroelectric and solar energy projects.



Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Academy of Music 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

3:00pm

Ed The Balloon Man's Magic Show
My name is Ed Popielarczyk. I am a professional magician, balloon sculptor, flea circus
ringmaster, and storyteller. I have been entertaining children and family audiences for
over 30 years. My magic show is a comedy show that uses a lot of audience participation. The kids are
the stars because they make the magic happen. I usually have lots of trouble! I don’t just
“do a trick” I tell a story that revolves around each trick. It may be a short story or a
longer one, but each story helps to bring the trick together. Every child who comes on
“stage” to be a helper receives a souvenir! The show is appropriate for ages three and up. I hope to see you there!!! Ed



Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Edwards Church 297 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

3:00pm

Funktionlust
Funktionlust now in it’s 15th year is the one and only Improvisation troupe at Northampton High School. The Funks’ incredible creativity and spontaneity has entertained audiences at Arts Night Out, at the Arts Trust building, at Lathrop Community, for non profits like Friends of Children and of course at the high school! Come and watch these improvisers create scenes using your ideas!




Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Hallie Flanagan Theatre at Smith College 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA, USA

3:00pm

Henry The Juggler
Henry the Juggler (AKA Henry Lappen) is wanted! He is wanted by audiences everywhere for his zany attempts to defy the laws of gravity. He juggles any number of balls, clubs, rings, members of the audience . . . He balances strange items on the tip of his nose. Everything is accomplished wordlessly as Henry uses body language (and road signs!) to express himself. Caution: Henry is known to use innocent bystanders in his act.

Henry the Juggler is a professional. He has been seen by tens of thousands up and down the East Coast - at theaters, schools, libraries and festivals. He has been performing for over 30 years. He studied physical comedy at California's Dell' Arte School and continues his development with classes in tango and yoga. He is an active member of the International Jugglers' Association.


Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Unitarian Society 220 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

3:00pm

Mad Science
For nearly 20 years, Mad Science has been bringing its unique brand of “edu-tainment” to children of Western New England through spectacular stage shows, after-school programs, in-school workshops, parties, activity booths and summer programs. Once again you can ring in the New Year with Mad Science in a one-of-a-kind exploration featuring dazzling demonstrations and interactive fun - and each year there is something new to experience along with all-time favorites! Amazing scientific antics will entertain kids of all ages...but watch out - if they are not VERY CAREFUL - they just might learn something!


Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Studio4 25 Main Street, Suite 444 Northampton, MA 01060

3:00pm

Simsbury Light Opera
SLOCO has performed all but one of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, The Grand Duke. Our repertoire has included The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, Of Thee I Sing by George and Ira Gershwin, Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss and Vagabond King by Rudolf Friml.

 We have sung throughout CT and MA, with the Hartford Symphony, CT Concert Opera, Soni Fidelis, at the Governor’s Mansion, Wadsworth Atheneum’s Festival of Trees and even on CBS This Morning!

 While putting on the highest quality production, our aim is to do so while enjoying ourselves and sharing the camaraderie that comes from being part of the SLOCO “family”.

 Many of our talented singers have gone on to further their careers at the Yale School of Music, Connecticut Opera, Opera North, Commonwealth Opera of Western Massachusetts, Chicago Lyric Opera, New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.

And, for the two years before his untimely death, the venerable Martyn Green, Mr. Gilbert and Sullivan himself, was our artistic director.


Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Theatre 14 at Smith College 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA, USA

3:00pm

Western Mass Raging Grannies
In the tradition of wise woman elders, the Western Mass. Raging Grannies (formed in December 2002), seek to promote global peace, social and economic justice using humor and song. In their signature boas, flowers, buttons and outrageous hats, the Raging Grannies present song parodies, satire and irreverent ditties to raise public awareness of many issues facing us today. The Raging Grannies have delighted audiences throughout the valley, on stage, at demonstrations, on the streets, in coffeehouses, invited or not.


Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
33 Hawley St 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

3:00pm

93.9 The River LIVE Broadcast

Monday December 31, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery 126 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

4:00pm

DJ Quintessential
Joaquin James, aka DJ Quintessential, has always loved music.  By the time he was just 18 months old, Joaquin was regularly selecting the music that played in his home.  And no, he wasn’t requesting music typically adored by children.  He loved R&B, reggae, rap and rock n’ roll.  He got his first mixer on his 8th birthday and there was no looking back.  He began professionally djing when he was only 9, and he has worked some big rooms.  He raised over $1,000 when he auctioned off his services at the gala for the Montessori School of Northampton.  He has also opened for the famous children’s book author, Jeff Kinney at last year’s Meltdown.  He has spun at several stores downtown, including Ode and J. Rich.  He is primarily self-taught but did attend an in-depth program at the DJ Refinery in Bethesda, MD last summer.  DJ Quintessential is available for parties and functions and can be reached at djquintessential@yahoo.com.


Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
33 Hawley St 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

4:00pm

Eli Catlin
Melding Blues, Folk, Country and American Primitive styles, Eli plays and sings with an intensity and honesty that makes for a truly engaging performance.A featured headliner in the 2016 Guthrie Center Troubadour series "This young artist offered up both originals along with some classic blues in his own masterful arrangements for an outstanding performance!"-The Guthrie Center. Eli frequently opens for acts at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton MA including Joe Lois Walker, Room Full of Blues and JD McPherson as well as headlining his own shows. He performs on local and regional radio and television stations.


Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Memorial Hall 240 Main Street, Northampton, MA, USA

4:00pm

Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra
Founded in 2009 by musical director Peter Blanchette, HVGO is a true avant-garde orchestra, comprised of twenty talented, enthusiastic, acoustic and electric guitarists from widely varied traditions. HVGO creates new and beautiful music that could only come from such an eclectic melange, inspiring musicians to work together who might otherwise never collaborate. HVGO captivates audiences with music of significant contemporary and legacy composers whose works Blanchette has arranged to exploit the unique tonal characteristics and strengths of the ensemble. HVGO is a resident performance group at the Northampton Center for the Arts.

HVGO packs venues from classical music halls to rock clubs to outdoor shows at farmers’ markets. Highlights of the HVGO repertoire include Blanchette’s “Fantasy for Oud and Electric Guitar Orchestra,” based on 19th century Armenian oud master Tatyos Eksersyan, Blanchette’s pulsing arrangements of Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56, BB 68, Arvo Pärt’s Fratres (originally for 8 cellos), unforgettable excerpts from Philip Glass’s opera Satyagraha: M.K. Gandhi in South Africa, and uncannily colorful arrangements of Led Zeppelin & Lady Gaga.




Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Sweeney Concert Hall at Smith College 51 College Ln, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

4:00pm

In The Nick Of Time
Husband and wife team, Nick Deysher and Tracey Freitag have been performing music for kids and families as In The Nick of Time since 2000. They moved to the Pioneer Valley in 2013 when Nick began teaching music at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill. In The Nick of Time has four award-winning albums, and their “Dinosaur Song” video has received over 1 million hits on YouTube. With an eclectic mix of rock, folk, funk, reggae, hip-hop, and country, In The Nick of Time pays homage to a broad range of musical influences, exposing children to many popular genres that they can enjoy with the grown-ups in their lives. Their 2009 Parents’ Choice Gold Medal winning album People, Places and Things features a tribute song to “The Man in Black” called “Alligator Sally,” so it was any easy choice to take on the role of Johnny Cash and June Carter!




Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Forbes Library 20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

4:00pm

Johnny Memphis Band
With the Johnny Memphis Band you have entered the world of single-stream rock ‘n’ roll. Boundaries blur. Surprises abound. Original songs like the country soul “Never Been to Memphis” and the bluesy “Wabi Sabi, Baby” dovetail with covers of the island rock of Kid Creole (“Latin Music”) and the Italian swing of Louis Prima (“Angelina.”) The band features Johnny Memphis on lead vocal and mandolin, Katherine First on fiddle, Paul Hartshorne on bass, Dave Pinkerton on guitar and Jason Smith on drums.


Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
St. John's Episcopal Church 48 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

4:00pm

Klezamir
Get an early start on dancing the night away with Klezamir, New England’s dynamic roots rockin’ klezmer band. In the tradition of true klezmorim from time immemorial, Klezamir serves you up traditional klezmer infused with a wide range of other styles plus originals. Coming from the powerful country, rock, R&B, classical, folk, bluegrass, and Balkan dance backgrounds of seasoned luminaries Jim Armenti, Keith Levreault, Joe Blumenthal, Felicia Sloin and Amy Rose, Klezamir will have you dancing in the aisles! Klezamir plays clarinet, vocals guitar, mandolin, flute, piano, nose flute, bass, drums and percussion. 






Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Edwards Church 297 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

4:00pm

Noho Woodwind

Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Northampton Friends Meeting House 43 Center Street, Northampton, MA, USA

4:00pm

On That Note

Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Christian Science Society of Northampton 46 Center Street, Northampton, MA, USA

4:00pm

Pamela Means
"So what sets [Pamela Means] apart...? For starters, Means plays a snarling, energetic guitar. She's got chops - more than the other gentle pickers of her ilk will ever have. Means' voice is hard-wired to her heart: emotional, raw, angry when it needs to be, yet supple and warm as an embrace. The truth may not always be pretty, but Means is a stunningly effective messenger." - Oregon Live, Portland OR

PLAINFIELD! Pamela Means's new solo acoustic recording is here! Pamela Means, singer-songwriter and jazz musician, with "mad guitar-and-vocal skills" (Time Out New York) has toured throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, selling tens of thousands of her seven independent releases along the way. Currently, Means is booking PLAINFIELD cd release shows!

A multi-talented performer, singer, songwriter, composer and producer, Pamela Means's multiple honors include being named Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's "# 1 Most Wanted New Artist," "Wisconsin Folk Artist of the Year," "Wisconsin Female Vocalist of the Year," and her politically provocative album, Single Bullet Theory, was voted 2004's "Outmusic Outstanding New Recording." Pamela Means was twice voted "Best Acoustic Act" of the year in her hometown of Milwaukee, WI; and after setting up shop in the bustling 'burbs of Boston, Mass., Pamela was nominated for an "Outstanding Contemporary Folk Artist" Boston Music Award. Means's latest album, Precedent, elegantly addresses a range of themes from the state of the union to the state of the heart. Curve Magazine calls her "one of the fiercest guitar players and politically-rooted singer-songwriters in the music industry today."

Consistently honing her craft, Pamela Means garnered acclaim with her seminal jazz recording, the "insanely brilliant" (Press Herald, Portland ME), Pamela Means Jazz Project, Vol. 1, in which, "Means takes her rightful place among contemporary superstar jazz vocalists such as Cassandra Wilson and Norah Jones" (Curve Magazine). Pamela Means Jazz Project, Vol. 1 was also named a "Top Ten Album of 2007" (Muruch Entertainment Blog).

From recording her first tape in the living room of Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie, Pamela Means has gone on to share stages with artists including Ani DiFranco, Pete Seeger, Indigo Girls, Joan Baez, Howard Zinn, Angela Davis, Eve Ensler, David Strathairn, Neil Young, Shawn Colvin, Richie Havens, Patty Larkin, Melissa Ferrick, Violent Femmes, Television, The Radiators, Adrian Belew, Leo Kottke and Janis Ian. Pamela Means has performed at notable venues such as the Newport, Falcon Ridge and Clearwater Folk Festival(s), SXSW Music Conference and, internationally, at the eminent Woodford Folk Festival (Australia), Stockholm Pride (Sweden) and Jazz Cafe Alto (The Netherlands). Pamela Means has also composed for and licensed music to PBS, independent filmmakers and folkpoet Alix Olson's multi-award-winning film and CD projects.

With virtuosic musicianship, razor wit and a disarming sense of humor, Pamela Means is building a vibrant and remarkable career, delighting audiences from Anchorage to Amsterdam to Sydney to Stockholm to Honolulu and New York. Thrilled audience members often exclaim they've 'never seen anyone play guitar like Pamela Means!' Plus, Ani DiFranco said to Pamela Means, "you groove so deep, so deep I can't get out. And I wouldn't want to." We guarantee you won't want to either.



Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
The Parlor Room 32 Masonic St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

4:00pm

StompBoxTrio
StompBoxTrio is a Pioneer Valley-based band that reaches deep into the wellspring of vintage American blues, gospel, and soul to bring folks a hip-shaking, foot stomping great time!
The trio is made up of Evelyn Harris on vocals & percussion, John Cabán on steel “Dobro” guitar & stompbox (an analog bass-drum stomper pedal) and David Rodriguez on upright bass & foot tambourine.  

StompBoxTrio came together as a one-off gig project in the fall of 2017, and from the first rehearsal, they found their collective sound, feel and mutual love and admiration for American roots and blues music. The history and tradition of the music was something they wanted to further explore and share with people of all ages for a long time to come.

Evelyn Harris has been a force on the Western Mass / Pioneer Valley music scene for many, many years, though she hails from Richmond, Virginia, where her experiences singing in church fueled her passion for exploring all other genres as well. Classically trained at Howard University, Evelyn was soon supporting herself by working in the DC jazz community, mentored by Hilton Felton and Donald Byrd. Harris’s musical style and her later ensemble collaborations reflect the pull of so many talented musicians playing in the DC area, including Sweet Honey In The Rock. In its infancy, Evelyn found her place and developed as a composer, arranger and lead singer with the group for 18 years, performing with them for the first time in 1974. Evelyn Harris is a powerhouse vocalist, who creates stirring interpretations of every song she touches.

Guitarist, composer, and producer John Cabán has roots that run deep in the blues, funk, r&b, ambient, experimental and world music that has helped inspire StompBoxTrio. His distinctive dobro guitar style brings a rich, lyrical and at times, haunting dynamic to the music. The Western, Mass native spent 20+ years living in Brooklyn, NY where he gigged, toured, and/or recorded with such diverse artists as Richard Bona, KJ Denhert, Alana Davis, Art Neville, Eddie Kramer, Bo Diddley (RIP), Kenny Kirkland (RIP), John Cruz, Gloria Gaynor, Neycha, Gianna Nannini, Dispatch, drum 'n' bass maverick's Boomish, his own electric project, Galvanizer and many others.  
 
David Rodriguez has been committed to the upright bass for over 20 years. Multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, accompanist and teacher, David has been exploring the rhythmic relationships across the US from coast to coast, in Japan and  Europe.  He has connected musically with some of the earth’s finest players, such as Lester Bowie, Josh Roseman, Takeshi Kawabata, and Geza Carr. Having recently relocated from Tokyo to his childhood home of Western Mass, David is an active member of its lively music scene. He is dedicated to both preserving timeless forms and realizing new ones.
StompBoxTrio explores and brings the multicultural depths of 20th Century American roots, blues and soul music into the 21st Century. Please come out to hear, see and experience StompBoxTrio for yourself!


Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Lyman Hall 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA, USA

4:00pm

The Nields for Kids
The Nields––sisters Nerissa and Katryna––have lit up the folk circuit since 1991. For twenty-six years now, the sisters have traveled the country as members of beloved folk rock band The Nields. With 18 albums, major and independent record and publishing deals, performances with 10,000 Maniacs, The Band, James Taylor, and the Indigo Girls, they have lived the Rock & Roll life. Since becoming mothers (each sister has a daughter and a son) they have gone on to broaden their repertoire with children’s CDs, a DVD and a book All Together Singing in the Kitchen: Creative Ways to Make and Listen to Music as a Family. The Nields have been lauded for their gorgeous, lilting, sibling harmonies, their wise, classic, folk/pop songs, their hilarious banter on stage, and their generosity and warmth in performance and engagement with their fans. Their latest album, XVII, celebrates a lifelong career whose aims continue to be a deep faith in community, loyalty, and the power of music to bring joy. They have just released a Christmas album, and are at work on music for a soundtrack to Nerissa’s forthcoming novel, The Big Idea.


Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
First Churches of Northampton 129 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

4:00pm

The O-Tones
The O-Tones (www.theotones.com), play Swing, Soul, Latin, Blues, Motown, and Latin for dancing and listening. The group’s vocals and tenor sax croon on a tender love song, and turn up the heat on the smokin’ Motown tunes.  The guitar solos set each tune on fire. Accompanied by grooving keyboard, bass, and drums, The O-Tones belt it out. They’ve played for many local and regionial audiences around New England in many dance, wedding, and private party venues since 1993. They love what they do and it shows!
 
Personnel:
Mary Witt, vocals & bass
John Caban, vocal & guitar
Kerry Blount, sax and flute
Walt Chapman, keyboard
Pieter Struyk, drums




Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
World War II Veterans Association 50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

4:00pm

A2Z YoYo Team
The A2Z Yo-Yo Team consists of local yo-yo players who have learned the art of the modern yo-yo!  They have graduated from the A2Z Science & Learning Store’s weekly yo-yo classes (Tuesday, Fridays, & Saturdays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm).  A2Z’s yo-yo team consists of all ages and has even played a role in creating a National Yo-Yo Champion!  For more information you can visit www.A2ZScience.com.


Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Studio4 25 Main Street, Suite 444 Northampton, MA 01060

4:00pm

Dance Program #2
  1. FIRST NIGHT Afternoon of Dance at the Academy: Part II at 4 pm


    Eclipse Dance Company: Waves
    Artistic Dance Ensemble: Come Fly with Me
    Legible Bodies: The Poppy Field
    AOM Youth Productions:  Jailhouse Rock & Run, Freedom Run
    Eihwaz Belly Dance:  Sulukule
    Pioneer Valley Ballet:  Ritz
    Crazefaze Dance Crew:  Janet Jackson Mash-Up
    Eclipse Dance Company: Momentary
    Artistic Dance Ensemble: Sunny Side of the Street
    Legible Bod(ies):  Bounce Back

    Eclipse Dance Company:  Krista Leigh Brueno, Angela Gauthier, Michael Konderwicz, Natalie Mayko
    Artistic Dance Ensemble:  Maddie Busolari, Briana Doran, Maya Ferris, Rayna Ferris, Grace Filippi, Emma O’Connor, Maeve Horan Portelance
     
    Legible Bodies:  Lauren Caprile, Raven Cauthon, Marissa Chmiel, Lori Landers-Carvalho, Victoria Morris, Lindsay Restaino, Noel St. Jean-Chevalier, Zazie Tobey, Nicole Zaccari, Marlena Zahm
    AOM Youth Productions:  Summer, Beatrice, Rosie, Ruby, Grace, Sophie, Braelyn, KC, Maren, Michael, Aaliyah, Jamie, Isabella
     
    Eihwaz Belly Dance:  Becca Webster, Nicole Mann, Shelley Kranz
     
    Pioneer Valley Ballet:  Maddie Baptiste, Ariana Clark, Grace Downey, Brynn Goggins, Remy Gutterman, Stephanie Kellogg, Melanie Ostiguy

    Crazefaze Dance Crew:  Rebecca Bustillos, Julia Kurtz, Olivia Riley, Eva Sagan, Rachel Teumim

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Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Academy of Music 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

4:00pm

Simsbury Light Opera
SLOCO has performed all but one of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, The Grand Duke. Our repertoire has included The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, Of Thee I Sing by George and Ira Gershwin, Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss and Vagabond King by Rudolf Friml.

 We have sung throughout CT and MA, with the Hartford Symphony, CT Concert Opera, Soni Fidelis, at the Governor’s Mansion, Wadsworth Atheneum’s Festival of Trees and even on CBS This Morning!

 While putting on the highest quality production, our aim is to do so while enjoying ourselves and sharing the camaraderie that comes from being part of the SLOCO “family”.

 Many of our talented singers have gone on to further their careers at the Yale School of Music, Connecticut Opera, Opera North, Commonwealth Opera of Western Massachusetts, Chicago Lyric Opera, New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.

And, for the two years before his untimely death, the venerable Martyn Green, Mr. Gilbert and Sullivan himself, was our artistic director.



Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Theatre 14 at Smith College 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA, USA

4:00pm

Talking Hands Theatre
WHALE TALES
There’s an aquarium in downtown Northampton tonight, for one night only!  In this musical puppet show, you’ll meet lots of creatures that live in the sea, including a walrus, a seahorse, a hammerhead shark, and many more, brought to life by an array of puppetry styles.  All ages are invited to sing, move, and even bring to life the aquarium’s largest creature: an 18 foot beluga whale!

Artist bio:

TALKING HANDS THEATRE
A one-woman puppet company based right here in the Valley, presenting educational material in fun and memorable ways.  Anna Sobel is also a teaching artist, percussionist, and the mother of two boys, ages 3 and 5. talkinghandstheatre.com






Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Hallie Flanagan Theatre at Smith College 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA, USA

4:00pm

Tom Knight Puppets
Tom Knight Puppets is  a collection of songs and skits for children of all ages - about animals, the environment, food, and books. Favorites include "Alligator Jump," "The Garbage Monster," and Henry the Magician, plus songs from Tom’s most recent CD "The Classroom Boogie!"


Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Unitarian Society 220 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

4:00pm

Womens Martial Arts
IGNITE US, EXQUISITE TRUTH: a performance of Integrative Arts
Ignite us, exquisite truth./ We sing you, shout you,/ weave you, every breath, your fruit/
abundant, your fearless seeds/ we spread. (from “Exquisite Fruit” by Janet E. Aalfs)

LOTUS PEACE ARTS at Valley Women's Martial Arts presents an inter-generational medley of martial arts, interpretive dance, poetry and song by students, teachers and special guests.


Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Northampton Council On Aging 67 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

5:00pm

DJ Quintessential
Joaquin James, aka DJ Quintessential, has always loved music.  By the time he was just 18 months old, Joaquin was regularly selecting the music that played in his home.  And no, he wasn’t requesting music typically adored by children.  He loved R&B, reggae, rap and rock n’ roll.  He got his first mixer on his 8th birthday and there was no looking back.  He began professionally djing when he was only 9, and he has worked some big rooms.  He raised over $1,000 when he auctioned off his services at the gala for the Montessori School of Northampton.  He has also opened for the famous children’s book author, Jeff Kinney at last year’s Meltdown.  He has spun at several stores downtown, including Ode and J. Rich.  He is primarily self-taught but did attend an in-depth program at the DJ Refinery in Bethesda, MD last summer.  DJ Quintessential is available for parties and functions and can be reached at djquintessential@yahoo.com.


Monday December 31, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
33 Hawley St 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

5:00pm

Banish Misfortune
Banish Misfortune is our group of musicians in Western Massachusetts, and we play traditional music from Ireland. Our instrumentation includes fiddle, concertina, mandolin, accordion, flute, bouzouki, whistle and guitar, with which we perform rousing sets of jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes, polkas and airs, as well as the occasional inspired song or accompanied Irish poem. All our members hail from western New England, some having played together for decades.

David Brule (fiddle) is a published local author, fluent in Irish Gaelic and several other languages, who brings his love of Irish poetry to the band. Sean Burke (mandolin, bouzouki), born in County Mayo, Ireland, roots the group’s sensibilities with his genuine approach to the music and remarkable repertoire of heartfelt songs. Tim Donoghue (concertina) is legendary among local Irish musicians, with a keen wit and wellspring of Irish songs tucked in his back pocket, from bawdy to beguiling. Kira Jewett is an acclaimed All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and Principal of Holyoke’s Paulo Freire School for Social Justice. Ellen Redman (flute, whistle, concertina) is a music instructor at Smith College, member of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and founder of Smith’s Wailing Banshees. John Tabb is a renowned accordion player throughout western New England, revered and beloved by all who know him. David Meuser (guitar) is a writing instructor who instills his accompaniment with his lifelong affection for traditional Irish music and culture.

We play every Sunday at the Northampton Brewery, where we've been enthusiastically welcomed for over eight years. The weekly gathering has become a local institution, replete with dancing young children, delighted parents, beaming elderly, and boundless craic. We also play each of the four seasons at the historic, colonial-era Fitzwilliam Inn in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, as well as at many festivals and public libraries throughout our region. (Our complete calendar can be found on our website, www.banishmisfortune.com.) And in 2015, we were voted one of the “Top 5 Bands in the Valley” in the Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam!

"No Strangers Here" is our first-ever recording, comprised of some of our favorite traditional Irish tunes and songs, as well as an accompanied poem by William Butler Yeats, and recorded at Northfire Studio in Amherst, Massachusetts. It’s available at CD Baby.com, as well as at all our appearances.

"There are no strangers here, only friends you haven't yet met." ~ William Butler Yeats




Monday December 31, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Northampton Council On Aging 67 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

5:00pm

Eli Catlin
Melding Blues, Folk, Country and American Primitive styles, Eli plays and sings with an intensity and honesty that makes for a truly engaging performance.A featured headliner in the 2016 Guthrie Center Troubadour series "This young artist offered up both originals along with some classic blues in his own masterful arrangements for an outstanding performance!"-The Guthrie Center. Eli frequently opens for acts at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton MA including Joe Lois Walker, Room Full of Blues and JD McPherson as well as headlining his own shows. He performs on local and regional radio and television stations.


Monday December 31, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Memorial Hall 240 Main Street, Northampton, MA, USA

5:00pm

Green Street Brew
The Green Street Brew has been part of the Pioneer Valley’s a cappella scene for over twenty years. Its 16 members comprise a wide array of vocal and instrumental backgrounds which lends a vibrancy and versatility to the ensemble’s sound. Under the creative leadership of Todd Fruth, the group’s repertoire encompasses a contemporary mix of jazz, swing, pop, folk and blues. The Brew has entertained audiences at First Night for years, as well as at many local venues. They are the hosts and producers of the popular Local Vocal Chord Bowl, an cappella showcase held in the spring.  



Monday December 31, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Northampton Friends Meeting House 43 Center Street, Northampton, MA, USA

5:00pm

Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra
Founded in 2009 by musical director Peter Blanchette, HVGO is a true avant-garde orchestra, comprised of twenty talented, enthusiastic, acoustic and electric guitarists from widely varied traditions. HVGO creates new and beautiful music that could only come from such an eclectic melange, inspiring musicians to work together who might otherwise never collaborate. HVGO captivates audiences with music of significant contemporary and legacy composers whose works Blanchette has arranged to exploit the unique tonal characteristics and strengths of the ensemble. HVGO is a resident performance group at the Northampton Center for the Arts.

HVGO packs venues from classical music halls to rock clubs to outdoor shows at farmers’ markets. Highlights of the HVGO repertoire include Blanchette’s “Fantasy for Oud and Electric Guitar Orchestra,” based on 19th century Armenian oud master Tatyos Eksersyan, Blanchette’s pulsing arrangements of Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56, BB 68, Arvo Pärt’s Fratres (originally for 8 cellos), unforgettable excerpts from Philip Glass’s opera Satyagraha: M.K. Gandhi in South Africa, and uncannily colorful arrangements of Led Zeppelin & Lady Gaga.




Monday December 31, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Sweeney Concert Hall at Smith College 51 College Ln, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

5:00pm

Jerks On The Loose
Jerks on the Loose is the all-star project of three long-time Valley musicians. Katy, Kay & Christine have been singing together for almost two years. Their current work focuses on the works of the great sister band The Roches.






Monday December 31, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Christian Science Society of Northampton 46 Center Street, Northampton, MA, USA

5:00pm

Johnny Memphis Band
With the Johnny Memphis Band you have entered the world of single-stream rock ‘n’ roll. Boundaries blur. Surprises abound. Original songs like the country soul “Never Been to Memphis” and the bluesy “Wabi Sabi, Baby” dovetail with covers of the island rock of Kid Creole (“Latin Music”) and the Italian swing of Louis Prima (“Angelina.”) The band features Johnny Memphis on lead vocal and mandolin, Katherine First on fiddle, Paul Hartshorne on bass, Dave Pinkerton on guitar and Jason Smith on drums.


Monday December 31, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
St. John's Episcopal Church 48 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

5:00pm

Klezamir
Get an early start on dancing the night away with Klezamir, New England’s dynamic roots rockin’ klezmer band. In the tradition of true klezmorim from time immemorial, Klezamir serves you up traditional klezmer infused with a wide range of other styles plus originals. Coming from the powerful country, rock, R&B, classical, folk, bluegrass, and Balkan dance backgrounds of seasoned luminaries Jim Armenti, Keith Levreault, Joe Blumenthal, Felicia Sloin and Amy Rose, Klezamir will have you dancing in the aisles! Klezamir plays clarinet, vocals guitar, mandolin, flute, piano, nose flute, bass, drums and percussion. 






Monday December 31, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Edwards Church 297 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

5:00pm

Opal Canyon (formerly And The Neighbors)
Welcome to Opal Canyon. A new band featuring Debra DeMuth, Dave Houghton, Bob Hennessy, Ray Mason and Jason Smith. The music of Opal Canyon evokes a dreamy place where you want to climb in, sit back and absorb the sounds. It is modern country with a psychedelic escape.
We are releasing our debut record, Beauty and Loss, in early 2019.




Monday December 31, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Lyman Hall 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA, USA

5:00pm

Pamela Means
"So what sets [Pamela Means] apart...? For starters, Means plays a snarling, energetic guitar. She's got chops - more than the other gentle pickers of her ilk will ever have. Means' voice is hard-wired to her heart: emotional, raw, angry when it needs to be, yet supple and warm as an embrace. The truth may not always be pretty, but Means is a stunningly effective messenger." - Oregon Live, Portland OR

PLAINFIELD! Pamela Means's new solo acoustic recording is here! Pamela Means, singer-songwriter and jazz musician, with "mad guitar-and-vocal skills" (Time Out New York) has toured throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, selling tens of thousands of her seven independent releases along the way. Currently, Means is booking PLAINFIELD cd release shows!

A multi-talented performer, singer, songwriter, composer and producer, Pamela Means's multiple honors include being named Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's "# 1 Most Wanted New Artist," "Wisconsin Folk Artist of the Year," "Wisconsin Female Vocalist of the Year," and her politically provocative album, Single Bullet Theory, was voted 2004's "Outmusic Outstanding New Recording." Pamela Means was twice voted "Best Acoustic Act" of the year in her hometown of Milwaukee, WI; and after setting up shop in the bustling 'burbs of Boston, Mass., Pamela was nominated for an "Outstanding Contemporary Folk Artist" Boston Music Award. Means's latest album, Precedent, elegantly addresses a range of themes from the state of the union to the state of the heart. Curve Magazine calls her "one of the fiercest guitar players and politically-rooted singer-songwriters in the music industry today."

Consistently honing her craft, Pamela Means garnered acclaim with her seminal jazz recording, the "insanely brilliant" (Press Herald, Portland ME), Pamela Means Jazz Project, Vol. 1, in which, "Means takes her rightful place among contemporary superstar jazz vocalists such as Cassandra Wilson and Norah Jones" (Curve Magazine). Pamela Means Jazz Project, Vol. 1 was also named a "Top Ten Album of 2007" (Muruch Entertainment Blog).

From recording her first tape in the living room of Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie, Pamela Means has gone on to share stages with artists including Ani DiFranco, Pete Seeger, Indigo Girls, Joan Baez, Howard Zinn, Angela Davis, Eve Ensler, David Strathairn, Neil Young, Shawn Colvin, Richie Havens, Patty Larkin, Melissa Ferrick, Violent Femmes, Television, The Radiators, Adrian Belew, Leo Kottke and Janis Ian. Pamela Means has performed at notable venues such as the Newport, Falcon Ridge and Clearwater Folk Festival(s), SXSW Music Conference and, internationally, at the eminent Woodford Folk Festival (Australia), Stockholm Pride (Sweden) and Jazz Cafe Alto (The Netherlands). Pamela Means has also composed for and licensed music to PBS, independent filmmakers and folkpoet Alix Olson's multi-award-winning film and CD projects.

With virtuosic musicianship, razor wit and a disarming sense of humor, Pamela Means is building a vibrant and remarkable career, delighting audiences from Anchorage to Amsterdam to Sydney to Stockholm to Honolulu and New York. Thrilled audience members often exclaim they've 'never seen anyone play guitar like Pamela Means!' Plus, Ani DiFranco said to Pamela Means, "you groove so deep, so deep I can't get out. And I wouldn't want to." We guarantee you won't want to either.



Monday December 31, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
The Parlor Room 32 Masonic St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

5:00pm

Ray Mason
Ray and his road-worn 1965 Silvertone guitar have been tirelessly touring since 1982. Starting his first band in 1966 and averaging over 100 shows a year, he’s like a teenager with forty-plus years of experience! Between 1983-1990 Ray released five critically acclaimed (cassette only) albums. He followed them with a single on his own Captivating Music label and has appeared on numerous compilations from such labels as Signature Sounds, East Side Digital, Shimmy Disc, Sound Asleep (Sweden), Dren Records and Paisley Pop.

1994 saw the initial release of his first “official” CD (Between Blue & Okay), followed by Missyouville, Old Souls Day, Castanets, When the Clown’s Work is Over, Square Crazy, Three Dollar Man, Idiot Wisdom, Old School, A Man and His Silvertone, Don’t Mess With Our Routine, Like Bugs Chewing on Paper, and the latest The Shy Requester (produced by Henning Ohlenbusch).  Ray has also recorded eight albums as a founding member of the Lonesome Brothers (with whom he appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion” and at the 2007 Newport Folk Festival). He has also recorded with Cheri Knight, the Ware River Club, Lloyd Cole, Cliff Eberhardt, J Mascis, Steve Westfield, Mark Mulcahy, Wolf Krakowski, Dennis Crommett, and many others. Ray has had a tribute CD released by Tarhut Records (Boston/Chicago), with artists Eric Ambel, Charlie Chesterman, Ass Ponys, the Incredible Casuals, Cheri Knight, and many others covering his songs.    Throughout the years he has opened shows for NRBQ, The Band, Fountains of Wayne, the Flatlanders, Laura Cantrell, Amy Rigby, Marshall Crenshaw, Bill Morrissey, Graham Parker, Robbie Fulks, Yo La Tengo, They Might Be Giants, Steve Forbert, Chris Whitley, Nils Lofgren, Warren Zevon, Joan Osborne, Freedy Johnston, Alejandro Escovedo, Geoff Muldaur, Joan Jett, Blue Mountain, the Bottle Rockets, Junior Brown, Marah, Ass Ponys, and James McMurtry—and that’s the short list!

Ray’s tunes follow no trend while keeping an upward slide on the songwriting scale. It’s rock with the roll! One man with his Silvertone!! Kick back and enjoy!!!



Monday December 31, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery 126 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

5:00pm

The Nields for Kids
The Nields––sisters Nerissa and Katryna––have lit up the folk circuit since 1991. For twenty-six years now, the sisters have traveled the country as members of beloved folk rock band The Nields. With 18 albums, major and independent record and publishing deals, performances with 10,000 Maniacs, The Band, James Taylor, and the Indigo Girls, they have lived the Rock & Roll life. Since becoming mothers (each sister has a daughter and a son) they have gone on to broaden their repertoire with children’s CDs, a DVD and a book All Together Singing in the Kitchen: Creative Ways to Make and Listen to Music as a Family. The Nields have been lauded for their gorgeous, lilting, sibling harmonies, their wise, classic, folk/pop songs, their hilarious banter on stage, and their generosity and warmth in performance and engagement with their fans. Their latest album, XVII, celebrates a lifelong career whose aims continue to be a deep faith in community, loyalty, and the power of music to bring joy. They have just released a Christmas album, and are at work on music for a soundtrack to Nerissa’s forthcoming novel, The Big Idea.


Monday December 31, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
First Churches of Northampton 129 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

5:00pm

The O-Tones
The O-Tones (www.theotones.com), play Swing, Soul, Latin, Blues, Motown, and Latin for dancing and listening. The group’s vocals and tenor sax croon on a tender love song, and turn up the heat on the smokin’ Motown tunes.  The guitar solos set each tune on fire. Accompanied by grooving keyboard, bass, and drums, The O-Tones belt it out. They’ve played for many local and regionial audiences around New England in many dance, wedding, and private party venues since 1993. They love what they do and it shows!
 
Personnel:
Mary Witt, vocals & bass
John Caban, vocal & guitar
Kerry Blount, sax and flute
Walt Chapman, keyboard
Pieter Struyk, drums




Monday December 31, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
World War II Veterans Association 50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

5:00pm

Happier Family Comedy
Let's make your happy family HAPPIER with the Happier FAMILY Comedy Show! This troupe of talented improvisers create comedy on the spot, inspired by audience suggestions - and sometimes even participation - in a high-energy, interactive improv comedy show that's funny for the whole family. Perfect for folks 5 years old and up. Ring in 2019 with laughter!


Monday December 31, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Theatre 14 at Smith College 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA, USA

5:00pm

Talking Hands Theatre
WHALE TALES
There’s an aquarium in downtown Northampton tonight, for one night only!  In this musical puppet show, you’ll meet lots of creatures that live in the sea, including a walrus, a seahorse, a hammerhead shark, and many more, brought to life by an array of puppetry styles.  All ages are invited to sing, move, and even bring to life the aquarium’s largest creature: an 18 foot beluga whale!

Artist bio:

TALKING HANDS THEATRE
A one-woman puppet company based right here in the Valley, presenting educational material in fun and memorable ways.  Anna Sobel is also a teaching artist, percussionist, and the mother of two boys, ages 3 and 5. talkinghandstheatre.com






Monday December 31, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Hallie Flanagan Theatre at Smith College 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA, USA

5:00pm

Tom Knight Puppets
Tom Knight Puppets is  a collection of songs and skits for children of all ages - about animals, the environment, food, and books. Favorites include "Alligator Jump," "The Garbage Monster," and Henry the Magician, plus songs from Tom’s most recent CD "The Classroom Boogie!"


Monday December 31, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Unitarian Society 220 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

6:15pm

Fireworks!
Fireworks at 6:15 top off the afternoon and signal the start of the evening entertainment. The City of Northampton hosts a fabulous display that lights up the sky from the roof of the central parking garage. You can see the fireworks from all over town.


Monday December 31, 2018 6:15pm - 6:30pm
E.J. Gare Parking Garage 85 Hampton Ave, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

7:00pm

Austin & Elliot
Based in Montague, “dark and irreverent” (Radio Nowhere) male/female harmony duo Austin & Elliott perform their "fun original take on folk" (CBS Boston's Best Songwriters) on stages around their native Northeast. "Witty and smart" (The Greenfield Recorder), Chris Elliott's original songs run the spectrum from genuine beauty to scathing irony. Chris plays a distinctive handmade Alan Carruth acoustic guitar, which he won in the WUMB-FM Boston Songwriting Contest. With Lisa Austin's bracing harmonies, bass, 6-string banjo, and powerful hand drum, their live shows are praised as "lively" (Recorder) and "memorable" (CBS Boston). According to Metronome Magazine, "their voices meld together perfectly." Come hear songs like “If It Ain’t Broke, Break It,” “Fat Man with a Flower,” “What a Woman Knows,” and “The Low Road (Just Got Lower.)”


Monday December 31, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Northampton Friends Meeting House 43 Center Street, Northampton, MA, USA

7:00pm

Beige
BEIGE. An Original Old School Ska band with a modern dub twist. Full horns- full dance mode. Album: "Medium Length Ostrich Ride" available from:
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/beige3

Steve Westfield, Tom Mahnken, Kevin French, Steven Andrews, Bob Richards, Mark Turcotte, David Trenholm.




Monday December 31, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Studio4 25 Main Street, Suite 444 Northampton, MA 01060

7:00pm

Brooks Williams
At the crossroads of blues and American roots music you’ll find Brooks Williams. The ultimate triple threat, he is at the top of his game as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. Born in Statesboro, Georgia, the town made famous by the classic Statesboro Blues, Williams did his apprenticeship in the small bars and coffeehouses of New York and New England. With each year and each subsequent album his tours took him further and further afield. The result is an unflagging career that goes from strength to strength. Twenty-eight albums later and his tour schedule has never been busier with shows throughout Europe, North America and the UK. He’s ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, and “has a beautiful voice,” says AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” That voice earned Brooks a nomination for Best Male Vocalist by Spiral Earth, one of the UK's most respected roots music publications. He has an impeccable ear for a good cover. His latest album, “Lucky Star” includes a cover of the Walter Hyatt classic, “Going To New Orleans,”  that features a Second Line groove so deep it would make the late Allen Toussaint proud. He also writes songs that are “sophisticated musically, and yet sound immediately familiar – a sign of a skilled songwriter.” (Down At The Crossroads) Check out “Gambling Man,” and “Bright Side of the Blues.” Williams is no stranger to the major stages and festivals, like Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Vienna’s JazzLand, the legendary Guthrie Center, Scotland’s Celtic Connections, Kerrville Festival in Texas, and the UK’s Glastonbury Festival. His music has charted on North America’s FOLKDJ, the EuroAmericana chart and Blues Lists around the world. WUMB-FM in Boston (USA) voted him one of their Top 100 Artists. Besides solo shows, and shows with the “Lucky Star Trio,” in recent years he has collaborated with Hans Theessink, Abbie Gardner, Boo Hewerdine, Sally Barker, and Guy Davis, to name but a few. Praised by Blues Matters, fRoots, Rolling Stone, the Boston Globe and Mojo, Williams is at the top of his game. “Setting new standards and a fresh direction for the blues,” says Blues In Britain.





Monday December 31, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Edwards Church 297 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

7:00pm

Katie Clarke and Larry Leblanc
Katie Clarke and Larry LeBlanc met in 2016 at the Conway Inn bluegrass jam in Western Massachusetts. Katie had just left her group the Boxcar Lilies and hotshot multi-instrumentalist Larry had just moved to Conway from the City of Old Town, Maine. The magic began! Their duo developed a mix of Katie’s soulful originals and choice covers of bluegrass, folk, country, gospel, and old time music and enjoy bringing it to venues around the Northeast.

Katie Clarke began performing music in the Pioneer Valley in 2004 after moving there from California. Playing claw-hammer banjo and guitar, her original music appeals to many audiences from young hipster 20-somethings to older folks who grew up listening to Patsy Cline, the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. Formerly heading her own Franklin County based group, Katie Clarke and the Green River Band, Katie’s musical energy for the many years was focused on the female three part harmony-vocal supergroup the Boxcar Lilies. With the Lilies, Katie traveled the eastern seaboard bringing spine-tingling harmonies and crackerjack songwriting to clubs and festivals, and concert series’, and sharing the stage with a range of acts from folkies like Bill Staines to international bluegrass stars the Seldom Scene. Their second and third CD’s, Sugar Shack (2013) and Knockout Rose(2015), became big folk radio and Americana radio favorites garnering many accolades. In 2016 Katie left the Lilies to pursue new musical adventures closer to home and to spend less time on the road and away from home in her beloved Franklin County.

Larry LeBlanc is a multi-instrumentalist, accomplished on guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo and button accordion and an engaging singer in contemporary and traditional folk, country and bluegrass styles. Over the past 30+ years he has played with numerous bands throughout New England, including the Greasy Mountain Boys, The Kennebunk River Band, the Nevah Band, the Moxie Cove Band, the Acoustic Flight Test, the Peterson Project and others. s a multi-instrumentalist, accomplished on guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo and button accordion and an engaging singer in contemporary and traditional folk, country and bluegrass styles. Over the past 30+ years he has played with numerous bands throughout New England, including the Greasy Mountain Boys, The Kennebunk River Band, the Nevah Band, the Moxie Cove Band, the Acoustic Flight Test, the Peterson Project and others.


Monday December 31, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Christian Science Society of Northampton 46 Center Street, Northampton, MA, USA

7:00pm

The Greys
The Greys are a poetry driven indie rock band with jazz roots from Western, MA. Originally a voice and bass duo created by college friends Cait Simpson and Chris Merritt, the now-quartet writes songs of resilience and strength, as well as about experiences with mental illness. In the past year, drummer Josh Daniel (Hot Dirt, The Leafies You Gave Me) and pianist Mara Penatzer (Mixed Race Mixed Tape) have joined the band and have helped allow growth to new heights. The Greys will release their first full length album in early 2019 following their 2017 release of their EP “The Landing”. They are currently raising funds to do so, and you can find their campaign on Kickstarter.


Monday December 31, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Lyman Hall 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA, USA

7:00pm

The Lonesome Brothers
The Lonesome Brothers formed in 1985, and have been alt-country/Americana favorites since before the terms Alt-country and Americana were coined. The Lonesome Brothers are fronted by Ray Mason on bass and Jim Armenti on guitar and backed by former Blood Oranges drummer Keith Levreault.
Ray and Jim share songwriting and vocal duties and have perfected a warm, comfortable and often humorous style that weaves personal insights, experiences and homespun characters and stories into the fabric of their music. These accomplished musicians share a love of a wide array of music and have played with an incredibly varied roster of players who run the gamut from punk rock and avant-jazz to traditional Yiddish and Klezmer music.

Check Engine is the Lonesome Brothers’ eighth full-length album and it joins the long list of solo records, singles and side projects that make up their well-respected musical catalog.
The Lonesome Brothers’ songwriting, according to No Depression magazine, possesses “elements of Bob Dylan and Neil Young” and employs “an easygoing air, but a sneakily pointed wit.” Amplifier magazine adds that the Brothers’ songs portray their world so effectively that you can actually “smell the barn and feel the old pick-up truck underneath you.”

Jim and Ray played in the Yankee Rhythm Band together from 1981, and formed the Lonesome Brothers in 1985. Ray started his first band, the Gladiators, in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1966. In the early 80s he started the Ray Mason Band, which continues to this day. Ray and Jim have played on recordings by Cheri Knight, Ware River Club, J Mascis, Lloyd Cole, Cliff Eberhardt, Reed Foehl, Steve Westfield, Wolf Krakowski and many others. The Lonesome Brothers appeared on Prairie Home Companion and at the 2007 Newport Folk Festival, and have opened shows for Carlene Carter, NRBQ, Steve Forbert, Billy Jo Shaver, Freedy Johnston, Laura Cantrell, Cry Cry Cry, Junior Brown, the Bottle Rockets, the Flatlanders and many others.




Monday December 31, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
World War II Veterans Association 50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

7:00pm

The Nields
The Nields––sisters Nerissa and Katryna––have lit up the folk circuit since 1991. For twenty-six years now, the sisters have traveled the country as members of beloved folk rock band The Nields. With 18 albums, major and independent record and publishing deals, performances with 10,000 Maniacs, The Band, James Taylor, and the Indigo Girls, they have lived the Rock & Roll life. Since becoming mothers (each sister has a daughter and a son) they have gone on to broaden their repertoire with children’s CDs, a DVD and a book All Together Singing in the Kitchen: Creative Ways to Make and Listen to Music as a Family. The Nields have been lauded for their gorgeous, lilting, sibling harmonies, their wise, classic, folk/pop songs, their hilarious banter on stage, and their generosity and warmth in performance and engagement with their fans. Their latest album, XVII, celebrates a lifelong career whose aims continue to be a deep faith in community, loyalty, and the power of music to bring joy. They have just released a Christmas album, and are at work on music for a soundtrack to Nerissa’s forthcoming novel, The Big Idea.


Monday December 31, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
First Churches of Northampton 129 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

7:00pm

The Northamptones
Led by NHS choral director Beau Flahive, THE NORTHAMPTONES are NHS’s A Capella ensemble.  Formed 18 years ago, they are a very talented and ever-evolving group of students who offer consistently first-rate and complex vocal arrangements.  The TONES have performed at The Massachusetts State House, The Academy of Music, John M. Greene Hall, The Calvin Theatre, Fenway Park and on countless other stages throughout New England.  They are regulars at The Iron Horse Music Hall, giving their annual CD release concert each year.  Come see us there, Wednesday May 22nd!  After hours of rehearsals filled with music and laughter, their contagious energy is sure to light up the stage and warm your hearts.  Come join us for 2 fun-filled shows at The Academy of Music and bring in 2019 with a bang!

This year’s TONES are:
Emmet Anderson, Mary Andrews, Sam Buhl, Riley Cirincione-Lynch, Brendan McBride, Cassidy McDonough, Zachary O’Boyle, Trinity Pirrone, Isaac Porter-Phillips, Kendall Reynolds, Addie Rogers, Eliza Stewart-Smith, Jordyn Vandergrift and Jordy Winsor.

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Monday December 31, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Academy of Music 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

7:00pm

The Pangeans
Pangaea (Pan je ' a), n: The landmass that existed when all continents present­day were joined, from about 300 to 200 million years ago.

THE PANGEANS are a group of seven musicians performing Latin Jazz, Samba, Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Funk and Afro­Beat. The group performs original compositions based on traditional rhythms as well as compositions by Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), Herbie Hancock, Fela Kuti and others. If you like to dance and/or listen to World Music, you'll love THE PANGEANS!

THE PANGEANS are:
BRIAN BENDER (trombone, trumpet, melodica, keyboards, percussion, composer) has formerly performed with O.J. Ekemode and the Nigerian All­Stars, Kotoja (African World­Beat), Ibrahima Camera, Black Rebels (African Reggae), La Perfecta (Salsa/Merengue), Big Bandemonium (Contra Dance band) and the Berkshire Bateria Escola de Samba (Brazilian). He currently performs with the World Beatniks (World Music), Little Shop of Horas (Jewish­World Fusion), The Gumbo Jumbo Dixieland Band (Traditional Jazz), the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble (Jewish), Fiddle Hill (Celtic) and Elixir (Contra Dance Band). Brian has performed in the Cape Verde Islands (West Africa), Egypt, Alaska, France, Germany, Holland, Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy, the United Kingdom and throughout the United States. He has performed at Carnegie Hall as well as the Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton.
JIM VOGEL (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, percussion, composer) has performed and recorded with New Horizon (Reggae), New Roots (Reggae), the Berkshire Bateria Escola de Samba (Brazilian). Jim was a founding member of the acclaimed group Who's Kidding Who? (Funk), with one release on Bullet Records. He currently leads his own Jazz group and performs with Lucky Seven (Caribbean Ska).
ADAM SCOTERA (trumpet, alto saxophone) has performed throughout the Northeast with many ensembles, including Caribbean Sounds, Lydia Lebron y la Connecticut Band, Banda Creacion (Salsa/Merengue), Inner Orchestra (Funk/Soul), and Souled Out. In addition to the Pangeans, he can currently be heard with Shokazoba (Afro­Beat), the Northside Saxophone Quartet, and Big Bandemonium (Contradance). He has extensive experience recording for some of these as well as various local artists. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts.
STEVE CROW (electric guitar) has performed with Ras Moon (Reggae), the World Beat Ensemble, Kevin So (original) and Maeve Hughes (original), to name a few. Leaning towards the funky side, Steve currently leads his own group, the Steve Crow Band, and previously led a band called Inside Out.
BRUCE DOBBINS (congas, Latin and African percussion) is the godchild of Mongo Santamaria and performs regularly with John Sheldon. Bruce is particularly well­versed in traditional Afro­Cuban percussion styles and truly has a style of his own.
PETER KIM (electric bass) has been performing for over 20 years. He has toured the USA from coast to coast and has had the honor to perform and/or record with James Taylor, Tonight Show drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Tony McAlpine (Steve Vai), The Equalites (Reggae), Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention), Jeff Peaver and many others. He has opened up for B. B. King, Wilson Pickett, Johnny Winter and many others.
JEFF HINRICHS (drums) has been in demand as part of the Pioneer Valley music scene since 1978. One of the rare drummers equally versed on the drum set as well as hand percussion, he has performed with many area top bands over the years. He decided to be a musician when, like so many of his generation, he saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show and decided that music would be his path. He has studied with an impressive list of the world's best percussionists, and has earned a BA degree in Ethnomusicology from UMASS Amherst. In addition to The Pangeans, currently he can be found working with Dicey Riley, The Kitchen Party, and the B3s.
www.pangeans.com



Monday December 31, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Hallie Flanagan Theatre at Smith College 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA, USA

7:00pm

Threesies
Valley All-Star musicians

Jim Henry (Tracy Grammer, Mary Chapin Carpenter) – vocs, guitar, mandolin
Chris Brashear (Alice Gerard, Robin and Linda Williams) – vocs, fiddle, mandolin
Anand Nayak (Grammy-nominated producer, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem) – vocs, guitar
Christopher Haynes (Young at Heart Chorus) - keyboards
Kay McKinstry (Jerks on the Loose) - vocs
Jason Smith (Fancy Trash, Johnny Memphis) – drums, percussion
J.J. O'Connell (Spouse, Heather Maloney) – vocs, drums, percussion
Paul Kochanski (Lori McKenna, Ronnie Earl) – vocs, bass, wrangling

united in the Eradication of the Tyranny of 4/4 time in popular song form by celebrating the power and diversity of Three-based time signatures.
The beauty of 3/4, 6/8, 9/8, 12/8 time - waltzes - jigs - strolls - for the Entirety of the Performance!
A Legend-building experience with Special Guests, surprises and Fun!




Monday December 31, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
St. John's Episcopal Church 48 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

7:00pm

Wildcat O'Halloran

Monday December 31, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Memorial Hall 240 Main Street, Northampton, MA, USA

7:00pm

Zikina
The Zikina experience starts with curiosity. If you’re like most audience members, you’ll immediately ask, “What is that he’s playing?” Uganda native Gideon Ampeire draws you in with a variety of traditional East African instruments rarely found in the US, including enanga (zither), adungu (harp), and kalimba (thumb piano)- all of which he builds himself. Once your interest is piqued by the instruments, you’ll quickly discover that there’s so much more to the band beyond basic novelty. Mike Cardozo (guitar) weaves intricate melodic conversations with Gideon and dances through the beat with punchy rhythmic lines. Roston Kirk (bass) and Kade Parkin (drums) weave a sonic landscape that flows seamlessly from intense grooves to joyous dance beats to dreamy textures. Gideon's vocals can cut powerfully through the fabric or float lightly above. It all adds up to something completely new and unique, yet immediately accessible.  Zikina is based in central CT and western MA and is versatile in matching the aesthetic of any outdoor or indoor performance space.


Monday December 31, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Unitarian Society 220 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

7:00pm

The Ha Ha's
The Ha-Ha's are a bombastic bouquet of actors from the Happy Valley (Western Massachusetts) who have been performing the brave art of improv comedy since 2003. They perform monthly at the
Happier Valley Comedy Show and they are available to bring laughter to your event!



Monday December 31, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Theatre 14 at Smith College 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA, USA

7:00pm

The Leafies You Gave Me
Avant-garde, theatrical music cult
The Leafies are a 10 piece band from the not-so-happy valley of Western, MA. An eclectic array of genres covering everything from pop to free jazz to hardcore. Stage shows have been referred to as “Broadway On Acid.” A series of interconnected stories create a unified experience dealing with topics such as organized religion, anxiety disorders, gender roles, castrati, and a little romance.

Think high school drama club meets Zappa.

Props, costumes, and THE GIANT CLAM! Everything is not going to be alright! But Leafies strive to make this world a better place for you and me to live. Join us in our fight against the Happy New Beard's club and help us bring down their senseless homophobia, intimidation, and ridiculous assumptions about gender!


Monday December 31, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
33 Hawley St 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

7:00pm

Tom McCabe
Each New Year’s Eve for the past twenty years or so Tom has regaled First Night audiences with tales of his childhood and his adventures getting to be the “oldish” fellow that he is now. Prepare to laugh, as well as feel a bit nostalgic, as you experience the age-old magic of listening to a well-told tale. This year Tom plans to spins tales based around the his kitchen table, bad hair cuts and a neurotic French poodle named Bijou.


Monday December 31, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery 126 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

8:00pm

Austin & Elliot
Based in Montague, “dark and irreverent” (Radio Nowhere) male/female harmony duo Austin & Elliott perform their "fun original take on folk" (CBS Boston's Best Songwriters) on stages around their native Northeast. "Witty and smart" (The Greenfield Recorder), Chris Elliott's original songs run the spectrum from genuine beauty to scathing irony. Chris plays a distinctive handmade Alan Carruth acoustic guitar, which he won in the WUMB-FM Boston Songwriting Contest. With Lisa Austin's bracing harmonies, bass, 6-string banjo, and powerful hand drum, their live shows are praised as "lively" (Recorder) and "memorable" (CBS Boston). According to Metronome Magazine, "their voices meld together perfectly." Come hear songs like “If It Ain’t Broke, Break It,” “Fat Man with a Flower,” “What a Woman Knows,” and “The Low Road (Just Got Lower.)”


Monday December 31, 2018 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Northampton Friends Meeting House 43 Center Street, Northampton, MA, USA

8:00pm

Beige
BEIGE. An Original Old School Ska band with a modern dub twist. Full horns- full dance mode. Album: "Medium Length Ostrich Ride" available from:
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/beige3

Steve Westfield, Tom Mahnken, Kevin French, Steven Andrews, Bob Richards, Mark Turcotte, David Trenholm.



Monday December 31, 2018 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Studio4 25 Main Street, Suite 444 Northampton, MA 01060

8:00pm

Brooks Williams
At the crossroads of blues and American roots music you’ll find Brooks Williams. The ultimate triple threat, he is at the top of his game as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. Born in Statesboro, Georgia, the town made famous by the classic Statesboro Blues, Williams did his apprenticeship in the small bars and coffeehouses of New York and New England. With each year and each subsequent album his tours took him further and further afield. The result is an unflagging career that goes from strength to strength. Twenty-eight albums later and his tour schedule has never been busier with shows throughout Europe, North America and the UK. He’s ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, and “has a beautiful voice,” says AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” That voice earned Brooks a nomination for Best Male Vocalist by Spiral Earth, one of the UK's most respected roots music publications. He has an impeccable ear for a good cover. His latest album, “Lucky Star” includes a cover of the Walter Hyatt classic, “Going To New Orleans,”  that features a Second Line groove so deep it would make the late Allen Toussaint proud. He also writes songs that are “sophisticated musically, and yet sound immediately familiar – a sign of a skilled songwriter.” (Down At The Crossroads) Check out “Gambling Man,” and “Bright Side of the Blues.” Williams is no stranger to the major stages and festivals, like Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Vienna’s JazzLand, the legendary Guthrie Center, Scotland’s Celtic Connections, Kerrville Festival in Texas, and the UK’s Glastonbury Festival. His music has charted on North America’s FOLKDJ, the EuroAmericana chart and Blues Lists around the world. WUMB-FM in Boston (USA) voted him one of their Top 100 Artists. Besides solo shows, and shows with the “Lucky Star Trio,” in recent years he has collaborated with Hans Theessink, Abbie Gardner, Boo Hewerdine, Sally Barker, and Guy Davis, to name but a few. Praised by Blues Matters, fRoots, Rolling Stone, the Boston Globe and Mojo, Williams is at the top of his game. “Setting new standards and a fresh direction for the blues,” says Blues In Britain.




Monday December 31, 2018 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Edwards Church 297 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

8:00pm

Katie Clarke and Larry Leblanc
Katie Clarke and Larry LeBlanc met in 2016 at the Conway Inn bluegrass jam in Western Massachusetts. Katie had just left her group the Boxcar Lilies and hotshot multi-instrumentalist Larry had just moved to Conway from the City of Old Town, Maine. The magic began! Their duo developed a mix of Katie’s soulful originals and choice covers of bluegrass, folk, country, gospel, and old time music and enjoy bringing it to venues around the Northeast.

Katie Clarke began performing music in the Pioneer Valley in 2004 after moving there from California. Playing claw-hammer banjo and guitar, her original music appeals to many audiences from young hipster 20-somethings to older folks who grew up listening to Patsy Cline, the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. Formerly heading her own Franklin County based group, Katie Clarke and the Green River Band, Katie’s musical energy for the many years was focused on the female three part harmony-vocal supergroup the Boxcar Lilies. With the Lilies, Katie traveled the eastern seaboard bringing spine-tingling harmonies and crackerjack songwriting to clubs and festivals, and concert series’, and sharing the stage with a range of acts from folkies like Bill Staines to international bluegrass stars the Seldom Scene. Their second and third CD’s, Sugar Shack (2013) and Knockout Rose(2015), became big folk radio and Americana radio favorites garnering many accolades. In 2016 Katie left the Lilies to pursue new musical adventures closer to home and to spend less time on the road and away from home in her beloved Franklin County.

Larry LeBlanc is a multi-instrumentalist, accomplished on guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo and button accordion and an engaging singer in contemporary and traditional folk, country and bluegrass styles. Over the past 30+ years he has played with numerous bands throughout New England, including the Greasy Mountain Boys, The Kennebunk River Band, the Nevah Band, the Moxie Cove Band, the Acoustic Flight Test, the Peterson Project and others. s a multi-instrumentalist, accomplished on guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo and button accordion and an engaging singer in contemporary and traditional folk, country and bluegrass styles. Over the past 30+ years he has played with numerous bands throughout New England, including the Greasy Mountain Boys, The Kennebunk River Band, the Nevah Band, the Moxie Cove Band, the Acoustic Flight Test, the Peterson Project and others.




Monday December 31, 2018 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Christian Science Society of Northampton 46 Center Street, Northampton, MA, USA

8:00pm

Mad Habits
Mad Habits is a 3 piece weirdo folk band from Holyoke, MA. They enjoy walks on the beach, snapdragons, birds, and lying about their interests.


Monday December 31, 2018 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Lyman Hall 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA, USA

8:00pm

Rebelle
ReBelle is a skilled and seasoned band with high profile touring experience in West Africa, across the United States, and an immense capacity to connect with live audiences wherever they perform.  They are gentle insurgents, fueled by vision of justice.

In their music and their lives, Rebelle is an intergenerational and intercultural band from Africa and America. The Rebelle story is rich in a foundation of love and powerful musicianship. ReBelle came together when Kalpana Devi and Emmanuel Manou first joined creative forces performing, recording, composing, and touring together in 1994. They completed 4 full length albums between ’93 and 2008, and released many singles including, “Free Mumia”, “Move Together”, “War is Not the Answer” and countless acoustic works. ReBelle plays all original music, sung in many languages including Wolof, French, Creole, English, Sanskrit and Arabic. Their lyrical content melts barriers of hate; conscious sound bites explode points of view and inform new perspectives. ReBelle plays Roots reggae music, and its powerhouse vocalists chant meditations on liberation while the band propels roots reggae soul. The band’s mystical mix of pulsing tribal rhythms, guitar and tight harmonies is internationally acclaimed. In Africa, performances at the Blaise Senghor Institute in Senegal, Reggae Sunsplash in Senegal and Baia das Gatas Festival in Cape Verde exemplified the band’s outstanding success at reaching the hearts and minds of people. At the Baia das Gatas Festival in front of 60,000 people and to an international television audience, the band so moved the people that the audience rushed the stage as the band members appeared. ReBelle is heard on airwaves throughout Africa, Europe, Jamaica, the Americas and the world. In the U.S., along the east coast, from Maine to Florida to California, ReBelle has performed hundreds of concerts at noted festivals, venues and colleges including the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, LEAF, Fire Water Festival, Harmonic Convergence Festival, Vermont Reggae Festival, Bel Chere, LEAF, Ocean State Reggae, Reggae Sunsplash, New England Reggae Festival, sell-out crowds at the Iron Horse Music Hall, Pearl Street Night Club, SOB’s, The Roxy, House of Blues, Guilford College, Amherst College, Smith College and opened for all the greats in reggae including The Wailers, Damien Marley, Toots Hibbert, Israel Vibration, Joseph Hill and Burning Spear to name a few.



Monday December 31, 2018 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Unitarian Society 220 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

8:00pm

The Lonesome Brothers
The Lonesome Brothers formed in 1985, and have been alt-country/Americana favorites since before the terms Alt-country and Americana were coined. The Lonesome Brothers are fronted by Ray Mason on bass and Jim Armenti on guitar and backed by former Blood Oranges drummer Keith Levreault.
Ray and Jim share songwriting and vocal duties and have perfected a warm, comfortable and often humorous style that weaves personal insights, experiences and homespun characters and stories into the fabric of their music. These accomplished musicians share a love of a wide array of music and have played with an incredibly varied roster of players who run the gamut from punk rock and avant-jazz to traditional Yiddish and Klezmer music.

Check Engine is the Lonesome Brothers’ eighth full-length album and it joins the long list of solo records, singles and side projects that make up their well-respected musical catalog.
The Lonesome Brothers’ songwriting, according to No Depression magazine, possesses “elements of Bob Dylan and Neil Young” and employs “an easygoing air, but a sneakily pointed wit.” Amplifier magazine adds that the Brothers’ songs portray their world so effectively that you can actually “smell the barn and feel the old pick-up truck underneath you.”

Jim and Ray played in the Yankee Rhythm Band together from 1981, and formed the Lonesome Brothers in 1985. Ray started his first band, the Gladiators, in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1966. In the early 80s he started the Ray Mason Band, which continues to this day. Ray and Jim have played on recordings by Cheri Knight, Ware River Club, J Mascis, Lloyd Cole, Cliff Eberhardt, Reed Foehl, Steve Westfield, Wolf Krakowski and many others. The Lonesome Brothers appeared on Prairie Home Companion and at the 2007 Newport Folk Festival, and have opened shows for Carlene Carter, NRBQ, Steve Forbert, Billy Jo Shaver, Freedy Johnston, Laura Cantrell, Cry Cry Cry, Junior Brown, the Bottle Rockets, the Flatlanders and many others.




Monday December 31, 2018 8:00pm - 8:45pm
World War II Veterans Association 50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

8:00pm

The Northamptones
Led by NHS choral director Beau Flahive, THE NORTHAMPTONES are NHS’s A Capella ensemble.  Formed 18 years ago, they are a very talented and ever-evolving group of students who offer consistently first-rate and complex vocal arrangements.  The TONES have performed at The Massachusetts State House, The Academy of Music, John M. Greene Hall, The Calvin Theatre, Fenway Park and on countless other stages throughout New England.  They are regulars at The Iron Horse Music Hall, giving their annual CD release concert each year.  Come see us there, Wednesday May 22nd!  After hours of rehearsals filled with music and laughter, their contagious energy is sure to light up the stage and warm your hearts.  Come join us for 2 fun-filled shows at The Academy of Music and bring in 2019 with a bang!

This year’s TONES are:
Emmet Anderson, Mary Andrews, Sam Buhl, Riley Cirincione-Lynch, Brendan McBride, Cassidy McDonough, Zachary O’Boyle, Trinity Pirrone, Isaac Porter-Phillips, Kendall Reynolds, Addie Rogers, Eliza Stewart-Smith, Jordyn Vandergrift and Jordy Winsor.

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Monday December 31, 2018 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Academy of Music 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

8:00pm

The Pangeans
Pangaea (Pan je ' a), n: The landmass that existed when all continents present­day were joined, from about 300 to 200 million years ago.

THE PANGEANS are a group of seven musicians performing Latin Jazz, Samba, Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Funk and Afro­Beat. The group performs original compositions based on traditional rhythms as well as compositions by Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), Herbie Hancock, Fela Kuti and others. If you like to dance and/or listen to World Music, you'll love THE PANGEANS!

THE PANGEANS are:
BRIAN BENDER (trombone, trumpet, melodica, keyboards, percussion, composer) has formerly performed with O.J. Ekemode and the Nigerian All­Stars, Kotoja (African World­Beat), Ibrahima Camera, Black Rebels (African Reggae), La Perfecta (Salsa/Merengue), Big Bandemonium (Contra Dance band) and the Berkshire Bateria Escola de Samba (Brazilian). He currently performs with the World Beatniks (World Music), Little Shop of Horas (Jewish­World Fusion), The Gumbo Jumbo Dixieland Band (Traditional Jazz), the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble (Jewish), Fiddle Hill (Celtic) and Elixir (Contra Dance Band). Brian has performed in the Cape Verde Islands (West Africa), Egypt, Alaska, France, Germany, Holland, Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy, the United Kingdom and throughout the United States. He has performed at Carnegie Hall as well as the Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton.
JIM VOGEL (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, percussion, composer) has performed and recorded with New Horizon (Reggae), New Roots (Reggae), the Berkshire Bateria Escola de Samba (Brazilian). Jim was a founding member of the acclaimed group Who's Kidding Who? (Funk), with one release on Bullet Records. He currently leads his own Jazz group and performs with Lucky Seven (Caribbean Ska).
ADAM SCOTERA (trumpet, alto saxophone) has performed throughout the Northeast with many ensembles, including Caribbean Sounds, Lydia Lebron y la Connecticut Band, Banda Creacion (Salsa/Merengue), Inner Orchestra (Funk/Soul), and Souled Out. In addition to the Pangeans, he can currently be heard with Shokazoba (Afro­Beat), the Northside Saxophone Quartet, and Big Bandemonium (Contradance). He has extensive experience recording for some of these as well as various local artists. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts.
STEVE CROW (electric guitar) has performed with Ras Moon (Reggae), the World Beat Ensemble, Kevin So (original) and Maeve Hughes (original), to name a few. Leaning towards the funky side, Steve currently leads his own group, the Steve Crow Band, and previously led a band called Inside Out.
BRUCE DOBBINS (congas, Latin and African percussion) is the godchild of Mongo Santamaria and performs regularly with John Sheldon. Bruce is particularly well­versed in traditional Afro­Cuban percussion styles and truly has a style of his own.
PETER KIM (electric bass) has been performing for over 20 years. He has toured the USA from coast to coast and has had the honor to perform and/or record with James Taylor, Tonight Show drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Tony McAlpine (Steve Vai), The Equalites (Reggae), Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention), Jeff Peaver and many others. He has opened up for B. B. King, Wilson Pickett, Johnny Winter and many others.
JEFF HINRICHS (drums) has been in demand as part of the Pioneer Valley music scene since 1978. One of the rare drummers equally versed on the drum set as well as hand percussion, he has performed with many area top bands over the years. He decided to be a musician when, like so many of his generation, he saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show and decided that music would be his path. He has studied with an impressive list of the world's best percussionists, and has earned a BA degree in Ethnomusicology from UMASS Amherst. In addition to The Pangeans, currently he can be found working with Dicey Riley, The Kitchen Party, and the B3s.
www.pangeans.com




Monday December 31, 2018 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Hallie Flanagan Theatre at Smith College 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA, USA

8:00pm

Threesies
Valley All-Star musicians

Jim Henry (Tracy Grammer, Mary Chapin Carpenter) – vocs, guitar, mandolin
Chris Brashear (Alice Gerard, Robin and Linda Williams) – vocs, fiddle, mandolin
Anand Nayak (Grammy-nominated producer, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem) – vocs, guitar
Christopher Haynes (Young at Heart Chorus) - keyboards
Kay McKinstry (Jerks on the Loose) - vocs
Jason Smith (Fancy Trash, Johnny Memphis) – drums, percussion
J.J. O'Connell (Spouse, Heather Maloney) – vocs, drums, percussion
Paul Kochanski (Lori McKenna, Ronnie Earl) – vocs, bass, wrangling

united in the Eradication of the Tyranny of 4/4 time in popular song form by celebrating the power and diversity of Three-based time signatures.
The beauty of 3/4, 6/8, 9/8, 12/8 time - waltzes - jigs - strolls - for the Entirety of the Performance!
A Legend-building experience with Special Guests, surprises and Fun!



Monday December 31, 2018 8:00pm - 8:45pm
St. John's Episcopal Church 48 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

8:00pm

Valley Jazz Voices
Valley Jazz Voices, the only jazz choir in the Valley, is an ensemble of singers of all ages who bring the joy of vocal jazz to audiences in western Mass. Under the direction of Jeff Olmsted, Valley Jazz Voices will perform a swinging mix of jazz old and new, accompanied by Ken Forfia on piano, George Kaye on bass and Claire Arenius on drums


Monday December 31, 2018 8:00pm - 8:45pm
First Churches of Northampton 129 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

8:00pm

Wildcat O'Halloran

Monday December 31, 2018 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Memorial Hall 240 Main Street, Northampton, MA, USA

8:00pm

The Ha Ha's
The Ha-Ha's are a bombastic bouquet of actors from the Happy Valley (Western Massachusetts) who have been performing the brave art of improv comedy since 2003. They perform monthly at the
Happier Valley Comedy Show and they are available to bring laughter to your event!



Monday December 31, 2018 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Theatre 14 at Smith College 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA, USA

8:00pm

Tom McCabe
Each New Year’s Eve for the past twenty years or so Tom has regaled First Night audiences with tales of his childhood and his adventures getting to be the “oldish” fellow that he is now. Prepare to laugh, as well as feel a bit nostalgic, as you experience the age-old magic of listening to a well-told tale. This year Tom plans to spins tales based around the his kitchen table, bad hair cuts and a neurotic French poodle named Bijou.


Monday December 31, 2018 8:00pm - 8:45pm
A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery 126 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

8:00pm

Salsa & Latin Dance Night with McCoy and DJ Roger Jr
Come dance to Salsa and Latin Music!


Monday December 31, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
33 Hawley St 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

9:15pm

Diana Alvarez
Diana Alvarez is Xicana singer/guitarist, poet, composer, and video/sound artist based in Northampton, MA. Her poetry chapbook, Consultations with Bruja Juana, was published by Toadlily Press (2009), and two of Diana’s poems appeared in The Best of Toadlily Press (2011).
Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Diana began performing as a bilingual vocalist with a professional hotel and resort lounge band at an early age with the late Linda Flores, who was Diana’s music mentor for over two decades. With Flores, Diana worked as a studio vocalist and performed in a range of music genres, including traditional Mexican standards, jazz/Latin jazz standards, salsa, merengue, country, and pop. In 2000, Diana released a country music single, “Get Into the Pain,” produced by Linda Flores.

Diana is a first-generation-to-college student who earned her BA from Marist College and her MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. After completing her MFA, Diana worked as a higher education professional for six years as the Coordinator of Diversity Outreach/Multicultural Recruitment for both Hampshire College and Mount Holyoke College, where she recruited and created support mechanisms for students of color and international students at both institutions. Diana continues this educational focus on marginalized communities as a College Humanities instructor with Upward Bound Summer Academy/Greenfield Community College and through her doctoral research.
Currently, is a PhD candidate in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and her dissertation, Bridge Artistx: Women, Non-binary, and Genderqueer Artists of Color at the Forefront of Innovative Arts Practice, archives the work of artists Sharon Bridgforth, Magdalena Gomez, Vick Quezada, and Nicole Young through documentary video portraiture. Portraits of these artists, along with original music, poetry, and scripts by Diana will feature into her upcoming multimedia performance, Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera (Holyoke Community College, October 20, 2017).



Monday December 31, 2018 9:15pm - 10:00pm
Memorial Hall 240 Main Street, Northampton, MA, USA

9:15pm

Evelyn Harris and Miro Sprague
Evelyn Harris is a powerhouse vocalist and former member of Sweet Honey In the Rock. She is a Grammy nominated composer whose remarkable instrument creates stirring interpretations of the traditional African-American song canon. Her performance encompasses spirituals, freedom songs, jazz, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, and the blues.

Harris hails from Richmond, Virginia, where she grew up in the church – the same place she started singing. “You started in church,” Harris remarks, and her musical style and her later ensemble collaborations reflect the gospel style. Harris went on to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C., a historically black Institution, where she studied music, majoring in Voice. After her graduation, she joined the then newly-formed black women’s a cappella ensemble group, Sweet Honey in the Rock, performing with them for the first time in 1974.  

Over the course of her eighteen-year stint in the internationally-acclaimed Sweet Honey in the Rock, she not only acted as a singer and member of the group, but her experience informed her growth as a composer and arranger. Harris also co-produced nine of the ensemble’s albums.  In 1988, one of Harris’ original compositions, “State of Emergency,” from the group’s album Live at Carnegie Hall, was nominated for a Grammy Award. The powerful song speaks to the urgency of ending the apartheid in South Africa, a system of racial segregation that ultimately ended in 1994 with the advent of general democratic elections.

Following her retirement from Sweet Honey, Harris decided to step out on her own as a solo performer. “It’s very different from being in a group,” says Harris, “You have to balance your time between craft and business.” Harris’ multiple roles in multiple capacities during her time in Sweet Honey and the Rock have clearly contributed to her success as a solo performer; she now performs around the Pioneer Valley at various venues, sometimes a cappella, sometimes with a trio, usually showcasing her jazz repertoire. Harris certainly hasn’t shirked her commitment to continuing to develop her own musicality, though, as an individual artist: “I’ve gotten better, hopefully, since I left [Sweet Honey in the Rock],” she jokes. “I still study with a voice coach.”

Now, Harris devotes much of her time to coaching others as well, currently the Director of the Ku’umba Women’s Choir through the Northampton Community Music Center. The word “ku’umba” is a Swahili word that means “to create.” Harris’ view of her music is that of wonder and discovery, and notes her commitment to giving back: “Singing is my giving back with thanks and praise,” she notes.  She draws on a variety of different styles as a solo performer, including jazz, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, African-American song styles and gospel, never forgetting her roots but always building upon them.




Monday December 31, 2018 9:15pm - 10:00pm
First Churches of Northampton 129 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

9:15pm

Fancy Trash
Fancy Trash works the line between rock and folk, blending a non-traditional sensibility with the tradition of acoustic instruments to make something unique. Folk-tinged indie rock. Don’t let the acoustic instruments fool you, Fancy Trash is a rock band.

Dave Houghton (vocals, guitars), Paul Kochanski (upright bass) and Jason Smith (drums) explore new ways to bring out the folk for the anti-folk




Monday December 31, 2018 9:15pm - 10:00pm
St. John's Episcopal Church 48 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

9:15pm

Lord Russ solo: Moody Blues Tribute
The most recent Lord Russ release Heir of Mystery has garnered positive reviews, and the single, “Love Song Trilogy,” was voted Song of the Year on WRSI, Massachusetts. Currently, Lord Russ is working on a new album of cover songs slated for release this year. The forthcoming song, “A Simple Game,” has already been praised by it's songwriter, Mike Pinder of The Moody Blues, who said, “It’s a fantastic rendition…I love this version!”

Lord Russ has also been busy writing and recording music for video and film.




Monday December 31, 2018 9:15pm - 10:00pm
Theatre 14 at Smith College 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA, USA

9:15pm

Old Flame
Old Flame is a machine that kills fascists. Formed in the mire of the 2017 presidential election with one unshakable intention: to make their art as an active form of resistance and never cease. Born in the DIY basements, garages and fields of Western-Mass, the indie-rock band spins grit, unapologetic politics, and honey-rasp vocals into a psychedelic punk-rock nostalgia, whose edge is a howling afterglow of raw blues.
 
With one debut EP released, “Wolf in the Heather” (2017) and another one, “Guilt Hooks” looming on the horizon. Old Flame’s debut single, folk-rock strain “Smoke Show,” has been well-worn on the airwaves of WMUA and Valley Free Radio. As one indie-music blogger said: "Love this sound, retro and brand new all at the same time. Toes the line of vintage & psych rock. Addictively good." -Ear To The Ground Music
 
Old Flame is comprised of valley native Emma Ayres (Emma June), Sam Perry (Dios Trio), Ken Birchall and Nate Mondschein (The Rooks).


Monday December 31, 2018 9:15pm - 10:00pm
Lyman Hall 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA, USA

9:15pm

Shokazoba
Shokazoba is a nine piece horn driven funk powerhouse!  They began in 2005 as a Fela Kuti tribute project and now produce original work aiming to inspire greater human awareness through conscious funky fusion jazz with progressive topical lyrics. Shokazoba performs top quality, high energy music designed to move your feet, inspire the mind, and activate our souls!  Shokazoba has been voted "Best of the Valley" five times, nominated "Live Act of the Year" by the New England Music Awards, and recognized with several honorable distinctions by the African Jazz Review.  Please enjoy our music at shokazoba.bandcamp.com


Monday December 31, 2018 9:15pm - 10:00pm
World War II Veterans Association 50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

9:15pm

Shubalananda Kirtan
Shubalananda travels with his friends across the eastern United States leading his unique style of kirtan, which is a sacred call-and-response type of singing that is offered as a devotional practice.
As Shubal says, "You can't sing and think at the same time. Kirtan helps us quiet the mind and experience more peace in our lives."

He is an Aghor Sadhu who offers his kirtan as a gift to his highest self, as well as the community around him. Shubal has studied kirtan and bhajan with many of India’s great gurus and musicians, and, with a voice of experience and masterful musical skill, Shubal allows his Guru’s Shakti to flow through everyone in the room.

Shubal's extensive knowledge of world religion, wealth of teaching stories of the Gods and Goddesses, his experiences with the gurus he has known, and his sense of humor, coupled with his guitar playing and powerful voice, create an evening of great spiritual atmosphere.
During Shubal’s 25 years of leading kirtan, he has shared the stage with Krishna Das, sat in with Wah, played with Bhagavan Das, and toured across the US and Canada with Ma Chetan Jyoti, who was, perhaps, the greatest kirtan wallah.




Monday December 31, 2018 9:15pm - 10:00pm
Hallie Flanagan Theatre at Smith College 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA, USA

9:15pm

Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry
The Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry duo is synonymous with impeccable musicianship, tight harmonies, a diverse repertoire, and the kind of musical chemistry and humorous banter you’d expect from musicians who have been touring together for more than a decade. A typical show features original songs by each artist, including Henry’s "Home to Me," a tribute to the Pioneer Valley; Grammer’s “Good Life,” a in honor of her late father; at least one sassy mandolin/fiddle instrumental; and highlights from Dave Carter’s award-winning catalog (The Mountain, Crocodile Man, Gentle Arms of Eden). From there, the set list could go anywhere. Past set lists have included songs by The Decemberists, Tom Russell, Crowded House, Kieran Kane, Woody Guthrie, Brandi Carlile, and Lucinda Williams. 

ABOUT TRACY: Tracy Grammer is highly regarded in the folk world for her open-hearted, entertaining stories, soothing alto, spirited fiddle, and guitar work that is punchy and intricate. A one-time member of Joan Baez’s band, she has traveled throughout North America, Europe, and Japan playing her own songs and those of her favorite writers, while also paying tribute to songwriter Dave Carter, with whom she performed and recorded from 1996 until his sudden death in 2002. Called “one of the finest pure musicians anywhere in folkdom" by the Boston Globe, and "a national treasure" by Jay Wilensky of The Folk Project, Grammer is a longtime Falcon Ridge Folk Fest favorite and is among the most-played artists on folk radio over the last 20 years. She is celebrating LOW TIDE, her eleventh album and the first ever to showcase her original material.

ABOUT JIM: Jim Henry is an accomplished songwriter and one of folk and Americana’s go-to instrumentalists, just off the road from a three-year stint as a member of Grammy-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter’sband. With an arsenal that includes acoustic/electric guitars, Dobro, and mandolin, Henry adds whatever the songs require – be that rich, ambient textures or sparkling solos – and he does it with an ease that mystifies fellow players in the audience. In addition to performing with Grammer, he also accompanies Eliza Gilkyson, The Boxcar Lillies, Paula Cole, Susan Werner and is a member of Surly Temple, The Threesies, and The Pistoleros locally.

Learn more about Tracy Grammer at http://www.tracygrammer.com 
Learn more about Jim Henry at http://www.jimhenry.net

Monday December 31, 2018 9:15pm - 10:00pm
Edwards Church 297 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

9:15pm

Trailer Park
Trailer Park is a ten-legged rock and roll machine that has been traveling the highways of New England with a carload of saxophones since 1994, always having a good time. During those years they’ve played “barbeque music” at over 1500 shows- sleazy bars, nice clubs, weddings, bar mitzvahs, county fairs, festivals, pig roasts, you name it. They've had the good fortune to open for some great acts like NRBQ, Rat Dog, WAR, Little Feat, and Los Lobos, and even played two shows as Bo Diddley's backing band.
Trailer Park has released 6 albums, and it currently work on a 7th.
Put on your comfortable clothes and let’s dance a bit…

Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Trailer-Park/210545772311957?fref=ts

Bandcamp:
https://trailerparkne.bandcamp.com/


Trailer Park is:
Tom Mahnken, Bass and Vocals
James Robinson Guitar and Vocals
Joe Fitzpatrick- Drums
Greg Lauzon and Rick Page- Saxophones


Monday December 31, 2018 9:15pm - 10:00pm
Studio4 25 Main Street, Suite 444 Northampton, MA 01060

9:30pm

The Suitcase Junket
The Suitcase Junket is Matt Lorenz's internationally touring, throat-singing, slide-guitar playing, one-man-band.  Perched on a pile of homemade junk-drums, tearing away at a salvaged guitar, Lorenz delivers his "SwampyYankee" sound with a strong voice through good songs sung honestly.  He is usually on tour somewhere.  To keep up with him, check out  www.thesuitcasejunket.com



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Monday December 31, 2018 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Academy of Music 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

10:15pm

Diana Alvarez
Diana Alvarez is Xicana singer/guitarist, poet, composer, and video/sound artist based in Northampton, MA. Her poetry chapbook, Consultations with Bruja Juana, was published by Toadlily Press (2009), and two of Diana’s poems appeared in The Best of Toadlily Press (2011).
Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Diana began performing as a bilingual vocalist with a professional hotel and resort lounge band at an early age with the late Linda Flores, who was Diana’s music mentor for over two decades. With Flores, Diana worked as a studio vocalist and performed in a range of music genres, including traditional Mexican standards, jazz/Latin jazz standards, salsa, merengue, country, and pop. In 2000, Diana released a country music single, “Get Into the Pain,” produced by Linda Flores.

Diana is a first-generation-to-college student who earned her BA from Marist College and her MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. After completing her MFA, Diana worked as a higher education professional for six years as the Coordinator of Diversity Outreach/Multicultural Recruitment for both Hampshire College and Mount Holyoke College, where she recruited and created support mechanisms for students of color and international students at both institutions. Diana continues this educational focus on marginalized communities as a College Humanities instructor with Upward Bound Summer Academy/Greenfield Community College and through her doctoral research.
Currently, is a PhD candidate in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and her dissertation, Bridge Artistx: Women, Non-binary, and Genderqueer Artists of Color at the Forefront of Innovative Arts Practice, archives the work of artists Sharon Bridgforth, Magdalena Gomez, Vick Quezada, and Nicole Young through documentary video portraiture. Portraits of these artists, along with original music, poetry, and scripts by Diana will feature into her upcoming multimedia performance, Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera (Holyoke Community College, October 20, 2017).




Monday December 31, 2018 10:15pm - 11:00pm
Memorial Hall 240 Main Street, Northampton, MA, USA

10:15pm

Evelyn Harris and Miro Sprague
Evelyn Harris is a powerhouse vocalist and former member of Sweet Honey In the Rock. She is a Grammy nominated composer whose remarkable instrument creates stirring interpretations of the traditional African-American song canon. Her performance encompasses spirituals, freedom songs, jazz, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, and the blues.

Harris hails from Richmond, Virginia, where she grew up in the church – the same place she started singing. “You started in church,” Harris remarks, and her musical style and her later ensemble collaborations reflect the gospel style. Harris went on to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C., a historically black Institution, where she studied music, majoring in Voice. After her graduation, she joined the then newly-formed black women’s a cappella ensemble group, Sweet Honey in the Rock, performing with them for the first time in 1974.  

Over the course of her eighteen-year stint in the internationally-acclaimed Sweet Honey in the Rock, she not only acted as a singer and member of the group, but her experience informed her growth as a composer and arranger. Harris also co-produced nine of the ensemble’s albums.  In 1988, one of Harris’ original compositions, “State of Emergency,” from the group’s album Live at Carnegie Hall, was nominated for a Grammy Award. The powerful song speaks to the urgency of ending the apartheid in South Africa, a system of racial segregation that ultimately ended in 1994 with the advent of general democratic elections.

Following her retirement from Sweet Honey, Harris decided to step out on her own as a solo performer. “It’s very different from being in a group,” says Harris, “You have to balance your time between craft and business.” Harris’ multiple roles in multiple capacities during her time in Sweet Honey and the Rock have clearly contributed to her success as a solo performer; she now performs around the Pioneer Valley at various venues, sometimes a cappella, sometimes with a trio, usually showcasing her jazz repertoire. Harris certainly hasn’t shirked her commitment to continuing to develop her own musicality, though, as an individual artist: “I’ve gotten better, hopefully, since I left [Sweet Honey in the Rock],” she jokes. “I still study with a voice coach.”

Now, Harris devotes much of her time to coaching others as well, currently the Director of the Ku’umba Women’s Choir through the Northampton Community Music Center. The word “ku’umba” is a Swahili word that means “to create.” Harris’ view of her music is that of wonder and discovery, and notes her commitment to giving back: “Singing is my giving back with thanks and praise,” she notes.  She draws on a variety of different styles as a solo performer, including jazz, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, African-American song styles and gospel, never forgetting her roots but always building upon them.



Monday December 31, 2018 10:15pm - 11:00pm
First Churches of Northampton 129 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

10:15pm

Fancy Trash
Fancy Trash works the line between rock and folk, blending a non-traditional sensibility with the tradition of acoustic instruments to make something unique. Folk-tinged indie rock. Don’t let the acoustic instruments fool you, Fancy Trash is a rock band.

Dave Houghton (vocals, guitars), Paul Kochanski (upright bass) and Jason Smith (drums) explore new ways to bring out the folk for the anti-folk




Monday December 31, 2018 10:15pm - 11:00pm
St. John's Episcopal Church 48 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

10:15pm

Shokazoba
Shokazoba is a nine piece horn driven funk powerhouse!  They began in 2005 as a Fela Kuti tribute project and now produce original work aiming to inspire greater human awareness through conscious funky fusion jazz with progressive topical lyrics. Shokazoba performs top quality, high energy music designed to move your feet, inspire the mind, and activate our souls!  Shokazoba has been voted "Best of the Valley" five times, nominated "Live Act of the Year" by the New England Music Awards, and recognized with several honorable distinctions by the African Jazz Review.  Please enjoy our music at shokazoba.bandcamp.com


Monday December 31, 2018 10:15pm - 11:00pm
World War II Veterans Association 50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

10:15pm

The Fawns
Sunny and sweet and simple, dark and heavy and psychedelic, sometimes somber, sometimes powerful, the melodies and stories of singer/songwriter Lesa Bezo both touch your heart and brighten your day. You can call The Fawns a pop-rock-indie band, but they skip through styles and moods. From atmospheric pieces in the vein of Acetone or even the Cocteau Twins, to straight up pop of Cub, The Cars, The Go-Gos, and Fountains of Wayne, to country twangle in the vein of Kasey Chambers or Neko Case, to jagged rockers a la the Throwing Muses or Saint Vincent. The Fawns and the delicate yet powerful voice of Lesa Bezo have an honest pure sound of their own that is filled with hooks and grooves and nooks and crannies.

The Fawns are proud to call Northampton their home and they are members of the Rub Wrongways Records songwriting collaborative.  For more visit: thefawns.com




Monday December 31, 2018 10:15pm - 11:00pm
Lyman Hall 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA, USA

10:15pm

Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry
The Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry duo is synonymous with impeccable musicianship, tight harmonies, a diverse repertoire, and the kind of musical chemistry and humorous banter you’d expect from musicians who have been touring together for more than a decade. A typical show features original songs by each artist, including Henry’s "Home to Me," a tribute to the Pioneer Valley; Grammer’s “Good Life,” a in honor of her late father; at least one sassy mandolin/fiddle instrumental; and highlights from Dave Carter’s award-winning catalog (The Mountain, Crocodile Man, Gentle Arms of Eden). From there, the set list could go anywhere. Past set lists have included songs by The Decemberists, Tom Russell, Crowded House, Kieran Kane, Woody Guthrie, Brandi Carlile, and Lucinda Williams. 

ABOUT TRACY: Tracy Grammer is highly regarded in the folk world for her open-hearted, entertaining stories, soothing alto, spirited fiddle, and guitar work that is punchy and intricate. A one-time member of Joan Baez’s band, she has traveled throughout North America, Europe, and Japan playing her own songs and those of her favorite writers, while also paying tribute to songwriter Dave Carter, with whom she performed and recorded from 1996 until his sudden death in 2002. Called “one of the finest pure musicians anywhere in folkdom" by the Boston Globe, and "a national treasure" by Jay Wilensky of The Folk Project, Grammer is a longtime Falcon Ridge Folk Fest favorite and is among the most-played artists on folk radio over the last 20 years. She is celebrating LOW TIDE, her eleventh album and the first ever to showcase her original material.

ABOUT JIM: Jim Henry is an accomplished songwriter and one of folk and Americana’s go-to instrumentalists, just off the road from a three-year stint as a member of Grammy-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter’sband. With an arsenal that includes acoustic/electric guitars, Dobro, and mandolin, Henry adds whatever the songs require – be that rich, ambient textures or sparkling solos – and he does it with an ease that mystifies fellow players in the audience. In addition to performing with Grammer, he also accompanies Eliza Gilkyson, The Boxcar Lillies, Paula Cole, Susan Werner and is a member of Surly Temple, The Threesies, and The Pistoleros locally.

Learn more about Tracy Grammer at http://www.tracygrammer.com 
Learn more about Jim Henry at http://www.jimhenry.net

Monday December 31, 2018 10:15pm - 11:00pm
Edwards Church 297 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

10:15pm

Trailer Park
Trailer Park is a ten-legged rock and roll machine that has been traveling the highways of New England with a carload of saxophones since 1994, always having a good time. During those years they’ve played “barbeque music” at over 1500 shows- sleazy bars, nice clubs, weddings, bar mitzvahs, county fairs, festivals, pig roasts, you name it. They've had the good fortune to open for some great acts like NRBQ, Rat Dog, WAR, Little Feat, and Los Lobos, and even played two shows as Bo Diddley's backing band.
Trailer Park has released 6 albums, and it currently work on a 7th.
Put on your comfortable clothes and let’s dance a bit…

Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Trailer-Park/210545772311957?fref=ts

Bandcamp:
https://trailerparkne.bandcamp.com/


Trailer Park is:
Tom Mahnken, Bass and Vocals
James Robinson Guitar and Vocals
Joe Fitzpatrick- Drums
Greg Lauzon and Rick Page- Saxophones


Monday December 31, 2018 10:15pm - 11:00pm
Studio4 25 Main Street, Suite 444 Northampton, MA 01060

11:30pm

Midnight Countdown and Ball Raising
At 11:30PM, it’s time to gather at the Hotel Northampton for the iconic raising of the ball. Dj Trumpy from Hits 94.3FM with Salsa & Latin Dance Night with McCoy and DJ Roger Jr pays homage to our unique COUNT-UP by spinning up-beat tunes that will have you dancing in the streets until past midnight.

Portions of Main Street/King Street/Pleasant Street will be closed to traffic from 6:00pm-1:00am. 


Monday December 31, 2018 11:30pm - 11:59pm
The Hotel Northampton 36 King St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA