Fun, Food & More at First Night!
Alpacas of Breezy Hill Ranch Alpacas are very gentle creatures and they hope you’ll stop by to wish them a happy New Year! Owners Lisa and David Proulx will have alpaca products to buy such as hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks. NBT Bank Parking Lot, all night.
Balloon Gal Jenny has a decade of experience teaching both art and cooking to kids. Her favorite part of being a balloon artist is the smile she brings to children’s faces. This vendor charges $5 per balloon animal. Lake Avenue School, Gym #2 all night.
Jojo’s Fabulous Faces Add a bit of color and sparkle to First Night with beautiful, unique designs! Locally owned and operated. Fun for children and adults! This vendor charges $5-$10 per face design. Lake Avenue School, Gym #2 all night.
Forever Flowers sells beautifully preserved roses for you to give your loved one when the clock strikes twelve! City Center (Hilton Gallery), all night.
Reggie’s Veggies from Greenwich New York, sells donuts and macaroni & cheese to keep you going throughout the night. Adirondack Trust Drive through, all night.
Ziti Dinner sponsored by the PNECC youth programming provides a baked Ziti meal with a salad, beverage and dessert for $8 adult, $4 youth and $.50 kids. Presbyterian-New England Church, 4pm - 8pm.
First Night Posters are for sale at Crafters Gallery, the Bouchard Art Gallery in the Post Office, the Hilton Gift Shop, the City Center Merchandise table and Saratoga Arts. Posters with art by Sharon Bolton are $15 for the small size and $20 for the large size.
Merchandise Tables for all of the city center bands as well as Saratoga Arts will be set up in the Hilton Hotel Gallery (where audiences exit from the main hall of the City Center).
LAST MINUTE VENDOR ADDITIONS!
RAIS, Recovery Advocacy in Saratoga, will have a "Tree of Hope" decorated with doves, stars and mittens labeled with the first names of people who have recovered from addiction, are trying to recover, or who have devoted themselves to the fight against the disease. Saratoga Visitor's Center, all night.
The Buffalo Brass Machine is a Buffalo, NY based ensemble founded by a group of University at Buffalo students who all met while playing in the school's marching band. They are a high-energy group, applying a traditional New Orleans brass band style to a variety of pop and jazz tunes. Catch them in front of the Saratoga Arts building near the main bus staging platform all night long.
If you find yourself at the Lake Avenue School make sure to try some of Harvey's chowder!
Introducing the First Night 2016 Performers
Headlining the night~
Capowski with musical roots in the 1980's springs from the “antifolk” era of New York City. Capowski’s musical influences cover a wide range, including R.E.M. and the B-52’s, whose sometimes-bassist, Gang of Four’s Sara Lee, recorded a duet track with Capowski for his 2013 album Drinking the Sea. While that album introduced Capowski’s abilities as an introspective and dark lyricist, his second album, Wild Animals, released earlier this year, features a largely electric sound—in keeping with its title. Capowski’s live trio features Robert Capowski (guitar and vocals), Jeff Sohn (bass) and Jamie Hurst (drums). Saratoga Arts Gallery: 7pm, 9pm & 11pm
Cello Voce is upstate New York musicians Brian Donat (cello) and Holly McCormack (voice) combining their years of professional, international performance experience across a wide variety of classical and non-classical genres to create a warm, expressive sound in this highly original collaboration of soprano and cello. You won’t hear sounds quite like this from anybody else. Church of St. Peter Parish Center: 9pm & 11pm
Chris Ruggiero's One Man Variety Show is non-stop entertainment. Whether he's juggling knives on a unicycle or executing seemingly impossible tricks and stunts, nothing is off limits in the show! Thousands of audience members have been left in a state of laughter and amazement as Chris has brought the show to stages across the globe. Saratoga Arts Dee Sarno Theater: 9pm & 11pm
Corbie Mitlied, Psychic, Tarot and Past Life Expert is showcased in Robert Schwartz’s breakthrough series, YOUR SOUL’S PLAN and YOUR SOUL’S GIFT. With 40 years’ experience, Corbie’s abilities include Tarot, spiritual road/karma readings, intuitive counseling, past life retrieval and analysis, mediumship, and spirit guide conferences. She will be doing past life readings "gallery style" for First Night Saratoga. Empire State College, Meeting Room #105: 7pm, 9pm & 11pm
Deena Chappell’s influences—which include The Beatles, Doo-wop, Bill Monroe, Billie Holiday, Tom Paxton, Leonard Cohen, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and Janis Joplin—stretch almost as wide as her vocal range. When you attend a live performance of this talented, unique artist, you may be hard pressed to squeeze her into any one genre. But with her captivating voice and her witty and wise songwriting, a performance by Deena Chappell always makes you glad you came. Adirondack Trust Bank: 6pm, 8pm & 10pm
Diana Domingo began belting out tunes at the age of five, singing along to Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Gladys Night and Michael Jackson records and performing musicals under the direction of her father, Buck Monari. After moving to Los Angeles and studying music under such talents as Grammy award winning vocalist Darlene Koldenhoven, Diana came back East to become the Studio Manager and Head Voice Coach at Open Voice Studios before opening her own studio, Center For Song, in 2012. Her influences range from Nina Simone and Billy Holiday to Amy Winehouse and Adele. NYS Military Museum: 6pm
Grafton Street Trio is named for the famous pedestrian walkway in Dublin, Ireland, where street musicians entertain passers-by. Our repertoire is dominated by traditional Irish tunes performed on uilleann bagpipes, fiddles, guitar and mandolin. We also enjoy playing tunes from the New England and Quebecois repertoires. Grafton Street Trio performs traditional tunes for contra dances and events in the Saratoga and Capital District region as well as eastern Vermont. Saratoga Springs Post Office: 9pm & 11pm
Grit N Whiskey is a Saratoga Springs-based modern country band. The members of this six-piece are known for their strong vocals, high energy and danceable country music. Performing live music for five years together, Grit N Whiskey has played shows throughout the New York area. See Grit N Whiskey in person and you'll understand just how much the band members love music and enjoy entertaining a crowd. First Baptist Church: 7pm, 9pm & 11pm
Homespun Dance, presented by Tamarack, invites you to come kick up your heels to live fiddle music. Enjoy a tradition of community dancing and music handed down from generation to generation. We play music and get everyone involved – from ages 2 to 102 — especially those who have not danced before, in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites: circles, squares, contras, as well as a few international folk (Irish, Dutch, Russian, Israeli, French, African, and more) dances. The toe-tapping music consists of reels, jigs, polkas, hornpipes, and waltzes. Besides fiddle, instruments in a family dance could include banjo, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, clarinet, guitar, piano, recorder, accordion, dulcimer, percussion, and more. While participation in the dancing is encouraged — and it’s hard to sit still — it’s fun to just listen to the music and watch too! Lake Avenue School Gym #2: 7pm & 9pm
Matthew Carefully aka Matthew Loiacono has been a long-time fixture in the Capital Region music scene. From supporting roles in groups with musicians George Muscatello, Bryan Thomas and Winterpills to leading roles in Rosary Beard and The Kamikaze Hearts, he continues to make solo music under the moniker Matthew Carefully. Though Matthew restlessly changes the instrumental palette with which he delivers thoughtful, emotive compositions, one can always expect to be engaged, challenged and delighted by one of his live performances. Temple Sinai: 6pm & 8pm
Michael Ray began in the performing arts at the age of nine as he entered the world of magical entertainment. Later, in college he was motivated to enter the unusual world of hypnotism. He studied the theories and applications of psychology. Combining these theories and applications with his natural ability to entertain, he has been very successful in bringing his show to an ever expanding market throughout the United States and Canada. Today, hypnosis is being used in the medical field for therapy, healing, smoking and weight control, controlling the flow of blood and as an anesthetic during major surgery. Interest in the strange and bizarre is at a high level. Hypnosis is definitely of interest to many people now. Many unique features have been incorporated into his hypnotic presentation, which makes it a "one of a kind" performance and makes Michael the premier hypnotist around! Empire State College, Rotunda: 6pm, 8pm & 10pm
Peter Oundjian is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter originally from Connecticut. He began singing and writing music while attending high school in Toronto. His style lends itself foremost to Radiohead and Nick Drake, with a grungy garnish. In his spare time, Peter actively tries to write songs that don't suck and enjoys watching the Toronto Maple Leafs “play” hockey. Saratoga Arts Gallery: 6pm, 8pm & 10pm
Phil Henry with Gary Moon craft old-school story songs so rich and sweeping you’ll wish you wrote them yourself. A formally trained musician, Phil Henry builds strange, beautiful chords and a big acoustic sound. His new CD,Aberdeen, features the Phil Henry Acoustic Trio and a dozen characters and stories. “Vivid lyrical imagery that captures the imagination,” says Vermont’s Seven Days publication. Saratoga Visitor's Center: 7pm, 9pm & 11pm
Racing City Chorus is a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), an organization that participates in choruses and quartets to sing a cappella music worldwide in the barbershop style. The chorus performs throughout Saratoga Springs and the Capital Region. It was chartered in Saratoga in 1956 and is currently celebrating its 60th year. Presbyterian New-England Congregational Church: 8pm & 10pm
Ramblin’ Jug Stompers fuse together junk-yard jazz, back-porch blues, rollicking ragtime, blistering bluegrass and ornery old-timey music, the veteran acoustic quartet of Bowtie, Cousin Clyde, Mister Eck and Wild Bill conjure up a very tasty, toe-tappin' amalgamation of vintage Americana sounds. Call it 78 RPM Music for the 21st Century. Just don't call 'em late for breakfast... Hampton Inn: 7pm & 9pm
Rusticator is an acoustic band with an Americana spirit. The four-piece group consists of acoustic guitar, fiddle, upright bass, and stripped-down percussion, creating an energetic blend of original songs and sing-along covers. Inspired by jam-bands, bluegrass, and alt. country, Rusticator's influences stretch far and wide. Their debut album Waiting for the Dawn was self-released in May 2015. Expect to be charmed by thought-provoking originals plus covers from your favorites—including The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, The Band and Bob Dylan. NBT Bank: 6pm & 10pm
Saratoga Youth Symphony was founded in 2012 by three dedicated musicians in New York’s Capital Region: Sue Nazzaro, Ubaldo Valli, and Ellen Madison. The symphony orchestra was founded on the belief that great music should be available to all students and that the musicians of the orchestra should be able to share their love for music with each other, and within the community. Under the leadership of Music Director Katie Gardner, the SYS provides an orchestral experience for talented student musicians ages 18 and under. Members of the Youth Symphony represent more than two dozen schools throughout the Capital District. The SYS continues to build upon its reputation for musical excellence while maintaining its commitment to music education and community activities. Church of St. Peter Parish Center: 6pm & 7pm
Scott Jameson Magic is the show audiences are calling “Superb!”, “A blast!”, and “Heartwarming fun for the whole family.” Join this magician and juggler for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and a member of the audience will unlock telekinetic abilities. Lake Avenue School, Gym #1: 7pm & 9pm
Shane Guerrette is a fresh 18-year-old singer-songwriter with big dreams and an ever-expanding fan base, whose future as a performer looks quite promising. Drawing on modern influences from artists such as Ed Sheeran and John Mayer, Guerrette also pays tribute to familiar greats—from Jimi Hendrix to Dave Matthews. Still, hearing Guerrette’s music is all you need to see that the up-and-coming singer-songwriter has blended his influences of electric and acoustic rock to form a style that is uniquely his own. Lifestyles of Saratoga: 6pm
Stories Told is the acoustic and vocal duo of award-winning songwriter Gary Moon and Alice Jenkins. Stories Told originated in the Saratoga Springs arts scene. While their vocal styles are unique as solo artists, their harmonies blend perfectly whether they are performing original songs, contemporary folk-pop hits, or classic folk standards. Saratoga Visitor's Center: 6pm, 8pm &10pm
The Storycrafters, Barry Marshall, and Jeri Burns, PhD, have been working together since 1991, and have been storytellers for even longer than that. They perform and teach their art form in schools, libraries, and other venues all over the US and the British Isles. Jeri and Barry believe in the time-tested wisdom of traditional stories, and share that wisdom with today’s audiences. They strive to honor world cultures by telling the old stories in respectful ways, often integrating the musical instruments, songs or dances indigenous to that region. The Storycrafters have been recognized nationally and locally, from the prestigious Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award and Parents Choice Awards, for their storytelling recordings, to Artists of the Year in their county. Their family radio show, “Just Imagine” has been showered with awards from the NYS Broadcasters’ Association. Publishers’ Weekly describes them as ‘top-notch family entertainment. Presbyterian New-England Congregation Church: 6pm & 7pm
Weisstronauts are a Boston-based instrumental rock outfit that is difficult to pigeonhole into a single genre. Featuring three lead electric guitarists, the band weaves sometimes-bizarre, always-accessible (and occasionally humorous) melodies and harmonies over a rhythm section that can turn from surf to spy to country to psychedelia on a dime. With five critically-acclaimed full length albums and several EPs to their credit, The Weisstronauts' music has been featured on NPR, college and commercial radio, and in several independent films. Church of St. Peter: 8pm & 10pm
Windfall was formed in 2015, seven years after Steve and Collette met. Instantly hitting it off, they initially performing together with their blues band, covering areas in New York, Massachusetts and Vermont. Steve and Collette each bring many years of experience to Windfall and play a variety of styles including Blues, Southern Rock, R&B, as well as their originals. Powerful vocals and high energy make for a fun evening. Temple Sinai: 9pm & 11pm
Yankee Holler are a local roots rock favorite. Named “Best Local Indie Rock Band” in the 2015 Metroland Reader’s Poll, their lineup consists of guitarist Matt Aumand, vocalist Michael "M.T." Dickerson, drummer John Docherty, and bassist Jeff Kehoe. Their debut album Calm Can Kill received excellent reviews from critics such as David Malachowski and airplay on stations like 88.3 WVCR & 97.7 WEXT. Recently, the band appeared on Episode #224 of CRUMBS Cafe. They specialize in both covers and classic-sounding originals. Their mission: to highlight the heart, soul, wit and grit inherent in roots music that all too often gets left on the cutting-room floor of recording studios. Saratoga Springs City Center, Meeting Room #1: 6pm & 9pm
SPAC’s 50th Anniversary First Night Fireworks
The sky lights up with a dazzling firework finale to 2015 at in Congress Park. Saratoga Arts invites you to join Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen as we ring out the city’s Centennial Celebration and ring in 2016 with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 50th Anniversary First Night Fireworks! A perfect viewing area is provided with street closures at the intersection of Spring and Putnam Streets, near the carousel. The First Night Saratoga fireworks display is presented by Saratoga Arts in partnership with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), and with support from Northstar Fireworks.
20 YEARS OF FANTASTIC MEMORIES
20 YEARS OF FAMILY FUN
20 YEARS OF YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC
Make plans for a New Year's Eve getaway!
...at one of Saratoga's amazing restaurants
in one of our fabulous partner hotels The Saratoga Hilton, The Embassy Suites, The Fairfield Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs, Hyatt Place Saratoga / Malta, or Union Gables
FIRST NIGHT SARATOGA 2016 - an evening filled with live music, dance, comedy, magic and midnight fireworks!
First Night will keep you warm! All of our venues are inside, heated, and with free (and warm!) bus service thanks to CDTA, you don't have to worry about getting cold on your way to all the best First Night performances.
Saratoga Arts is proud to partner with the Saratoga Springs Centennial Committee to present a public premiere of a short video celebrating the end of the 100 year anniversary of our city. The video will be shown in the Saratoga Arts Theater lobby during First Night from 6pm to midnight.
A special thank you to Safelite Auto Glass who has just joined us as a sponsor for First Night 2016.