FIRST NIGHT SARANAC LAKE
FIRST NIGHT® SARANAC LAKE 2016 PERFORMERS, DECEMBER 31, 2015
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Food and beverages are not permitted in any sites, except where sold at on-site concessions
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Adirondack Shakespeare Company have some diabolical fun with the characters we all love to hate! Join Iago, Richard the Third, and a host of other evil-doers for an exploration of what makes theater's most delicious characters tick. http://www.adkshakes.org
6 & 7 p.m., Saranac Lake Library, 109 Main Street
Beatle Magic, Tribute Band formed in 1999 in Western New York, have, through sheer hard work and determination, become one of the most sought-after Beatles tribute bands on the East Coast. Boasting strong vocals, meticulous musicianship, and a commitment to the accurate reproduction of the Beatles' music, costumes and personas, Beatlemagic is the Beatles tribute band no Beatles fan will be able to resist. Beatlemagic painstakingly recreates the aura and sound of the Fab Four through numerous phases of The Beatles' phenomenal career, from their beginnings on The Ed Sullivan Show, to the mania at Shea Stadium, songs of the Magical Mystery tour and a trip down Abbey Road. The band is: Russ Thomas as John Lennon, Nelson Starr as Paul McCartney, Mike Kiel as George Harrison, and Chris Mattioli as Ringo Starr. http://www.beatlemagic.com
9, 10 & 11 p.m., Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main Street
Carriers of the Words - Kontiwennenhawi: What began in the 1980s, when female members of the Swamp family first organized the Women's Singing Society of Akwesasne, has become an important cultural group for the Mohawk people. In Haudenosaunee culture, singing societies, until recently all men, are charged with the responsibility of giving assistance and support to those in the community who have suffered a loss of some sort. A major goal of this group has been to help to keep the Mohawk language alive through song. Whether sung for traditional ceremonies in the Longhouse, for social occasions in their community and beyond, or for teaching their own children, most of the songs are written and performed in Mohawk. These women believe that through their songs they honor Mother the Earth, Grandmother the Moon, grandparents from every generation, and the Great Law of Peace. With as many as 14 women and girls and a core group of six or eight, they perform traditional songs and new compositions by their leader, Theresa Bear Fox. http://www.bearfoxmusic.com
7 & 8 p.m., Historic Saranac Lake Museum, John Black Room, 89 Church Street
Ring in the New Year with Plattsburgh's Premiere Improv Comedy Troupe. Completely Stranded, featuring Merritt Billiter, Jason Borrie, Andrew Ducharme, and Tanner Jubert, perform in the style of the hit television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? creating on-the-spot characters and situations from the wacky, unpredictable suggestions of the audience. Playing games such as “Party Quirks,” “Film, Theatre, and TV Styles,” and “Sound Effects,” Completely Stranded will deliver an evening of fully improvised comedy and side-splitting laughs created without a script. This fun-filled, laugh-out-loud group will provide entertainment the whole family will enjoy. For more information, check out Completely Stranded on Facebook at
8, 9 & 10 p.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 136 Main Street
Performing The Pirate, The Princess & The Pea, Crabgrass is an award-winning touring is an award-winning touring puppet theatre founded in 1982 by Jamie Keithline and Bonny Hall from Halifax, Vermont. They have twice been awarded the prestigious Citation of Excellence from the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionette (UNIMA-USA), the highest honor in American puppetry, in 2001 and again in 2005. They have given many thousands of performances in schools, libraries, museums, and arts festivals, and have performed at over two dozen regional, national and international puppetry festivals reaching over 100,000 people throughout the United States. Come see a pirate and a princess each searching for hidden treasure. The princess stays one step ahead of the pirate with every clue. Join Crabgrass Puppet Theatre on a thrilling voyage chock full of sea monsters, sharks and side-splitting action! http://www.crabgrasspuppets.com
6 & 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 63 Church Street
Crowfeather had its humble beginnings in a thrift store, where Sarah Curtis and Shaun Kittle decided to mash everything they adore about music into a sonic maelstrom of unpredictable vibrations. After recruiting two horn players from Saranac Lake, Chris Morris & Peter Curtis, and a bassist, Andrew Parent from Plattsburgh, this unlikely troupe of experienced musicians has since forged ahead and created original songs which are as genre-bending as they are danceable and as thought-provoking as they are energetic. Sometimes jazzy, funky or rocking, and oftentimes an amalgamation of all three, Crowfeather has something to offer anyone who still believes there is pleasure to be found in the unexpected. http://www.facebook.com/crowfeatherband
9, 10, & 11 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 63 Church Street
Eddy and Kim Lawrence will ramble off their 130-acre homestead in Moira to perform their witty acoustic roots music, written by Eddy. Kim plays upright bass, and Eddy plays guitar. The two have received critical praise in publications like The Village Voice, Acoustic Guitar magazine and Sing Out. Eddy has eight solo albums to his credit, but these days he's best known for performing as a duo with Kim. For more information, check out http://www.snowplowrecords.com
9 & 10 p.m., Historic Saranac Lake Museum, John Black Room, 89 Church Street
High Peaks Opera, based in the Tri-Lakes, presents programs that combine the exciting vocal pyrotechnics of opera with the wackiness and wit of operetta and the familiar tunes of Broadway. Featuring international (and local) favorite bass-baritone George Cordes, his wife, pianist Elizabeth Cordes, and their talented guest performers, including the return to the North Country of mezzosoprano Beth MacLeod Largent. Don't miss this musical tour de force! http://www.highpeaksopera.org
6 & 7 p.m., St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 27 St. Bernard Street
Jeff Boyer is a proven crowd pleasing performer engaging, amusing and educating audiences for over 21 years. He’s been excited about bubbles and physics since he was a kid. Studying acting at SUNY Watertown and the Boston Shakespeare Company brought his skills and calling into focus. Jeff moved into performing for family audiences in 1993. He’s enjoyed being part of ensemble casts and being a one man show including musical theatre, drama, comedy, science and magic performance. He started Jeff Boyer Productions in 1999 and has been wowing audiences internationally with bubbles, science, and comedy ever since. Jeff began creating bubble shows in 2005. His experience with school groups led him to raise audience participation to a new level. The evolution of this unique inclusiveness and interactive art separates Bubble Trouble from other bubble shows, thrills audiences and builds lasting community among performing arts center’s patrons.
8 & 9 p.m., Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main Street
Joey Izzo is a multi-instrumental composer and performer. He has just recently graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Music Production and Engineering and is looking to bring his brand of melodic and emotive music to wherever it may be needed. He is currently working with Tangent Music as a composer and engineer writing for a couple upcoming TV releases, performing with a number of Boston artists, and is writing a solo album that will be released Spring 2016. His First Night performance will feature a wide variety of the many different musical flavors he has experienced and produced while at Berklee. Look forward to an exciting and inspiring performance!
8 & 9 p.m., St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 27 St. Bernard Street
Mohawk storyteller, Kay Olan, will tell stories that have been passed down through the oral tradition of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). They are timeless, thought-provoking, meant for all ages and exemplify some of the many types of stories that are part of the culture and traditions of the First Peoples of the Northeast.
7 & 8 p.m., Adirondack Carousel, 2 Depot Street
Le Groove, a six-piece band comprised of seasoned local musicians from the Tri-Lakes, offers classic jazz, blues and swing sounds, with some Latin undertones. The smooth combination of keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, horns and vocals evokes both vintage and modern sounds conducive to dancing and easy listening. Band members include Karen Baker - keyboards, Redia Kael Spada - vocals, Mike Joyce - guitar, Rick Weber - percussion, Dan Spada - bass, and special guest Wayne Davision on saxophone. Le Groove’s goal has been to develop an eclectic repertoire incorporating American standards, latin, blues and swing selections, with an emphasis on strong, tight arrangements. Influences range from the cool style of Peggy Lee’s "Fever" to the classic sound of Dave Brubeck’s "Take Five", and a wide variety in between, each infused with Le Groove’s own musical twist. One comment that is heard repeatedly following performances is that the listener never knows what to expect next. We like that!
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8 & 9 p.m., Will Rogers, 78 Will Rogers Drive
Painted Sol features a lineup of familiar North Country faces. Mikey Portal, Colin Dehond and Kyle T. Murray are the instrumental foundation of the group, while 'Hot Tune' Hannah Doan elevates this sultry ensemble with her smoky vocals. Together they produce a unique blend of funky soul, slow blues and Rock 'n' Roll.
10 & 11 p.m., Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Avenue
Tall County is the name of a mythical jurisdiction somewhere between upstate and downstate New York. It’s also the name of a real band: a trio whose members live in the Hudson Valley and the Adirondacks and play whatever stringed instruments are within reach. They (Liz and Ned Rauch and Colin DeHond) just finished their first full-length album of original songs, Featherweight, which they recorded in Saranac Lake with Beehive Productions. It is full of fiddle, guitar, upright bass, ukulele and singing and burnished with flashes of rummage-sale keyboard, mandolin and, even, a little brass. Their EP, Shine, was released to worldwide (well, familial, at least) acclaim in 2013. Prior to that, DeHond and the Rauches made a pair of quite enjoyable records with the Brooklyn-based string band Frankenpine. DeHond also performs with fellow First Nighters Painted Sol. http://www.tallcounty.com
7 & 8 p.m., Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Avenue
The Birch Boys fuse '60s pop songs with bluegrass instrumentation. Saranac Lakers Brady Callan, Peter Crowley, Joe Dockery, Barb Curtis, and Andy Walkow pick and sing.
9 & 10 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 57 Church Street
Towne Meeting, always a crowd pleaser, is known for their powerful vocal harmonies and engaging performances. Oriented in folk, their music branches out into many other genres, from Americana to acoustic rock, and even sometimes flirts with country. Described as “the complete package with a wonderful sound and a terrific sense of humor,” Towne Meeting has been enthusiastically received throughout the region for several years. Band members include Dennis Hulbert, vocals and guitar; Miles Moody, vocals and guitar; Gary VanCour, vocals, guitar, ukulele, and percussion; Rich Sutphen, vocals, guitar, and mandolin; and John Kains, vocals and bass.
7 & 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 57 Church Street
Woody Pines is no stranger to fans of the new folk music coming from all corners of the USA. Alongside artists like Old Crow Medicine Show and Pokey LaFarge, Woody Pines continues to forage thru the secret world of old 78ʹs and to write new chapters in the Anthology of American Music. Integrating sounds from Leadbelly to Bob Dylan, from Woodie Guthrie to Preservation Hall, Woody Pines belts out songs of fast cars, pretty women and hard luck with a distinctive vintage twang. The distinctive viper sound is brought together with Skip Frontz Jr. on the upright bass, Brad Tucker on the vintage electric guitar and vocal harmonies, and Woody plays the National Guitar, Harmonica and Floor Tom, singing in a voice sounding uncannily like a young Willie Nelson.
7 & 8 p.m., Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main Street
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