FIRST NIGHT SARANAC LAKE 2018 PERFORMERS, DECEMBER 31, 2017
First Night Saranac Lake is an all-volunteer organization with a mission to create a family-centered, public celebration that marks the passage of time through music, art, and ritual each December 31st.
Marking the end of one year and the beginning of the next, in a special way, is a human need. First Night offers a shared cultural celebration to mark the passing of 2017 and welcoming of 2018.
First Night Saranac Lake headquarters are located at the Harrietstown Town Hall, Saranac Lake Welcome Center at 39 Main St., Saranac Lake, NY. On New Year's Eve, it will be open 10 a.m. - midnight.
Soulsha brings together musicians from backgrounds in Scottish, West African and funk music for a sound that's simultaneously a party, a revolution and an adventure through different traditions. The band came together through chance meetings and connections in the thriving multi-cultural music scene of Boston. "Being able to come from such different angles and put that experiment in front of an audience is really thrilling," says founding member Elias Alexander (vocals, bagpipes). "Every show we get to watch people's habitual associations vanish, until nothing is left but the pure joy of the music. No more separation." http://www.soulshamusic.com Harrietstown Town Hall - 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Owen Benjamin is a comedian and actor, best known for his blend of stand-up and musical comedy. He has appeared in the movies "The House Bunny" (2008), "All's Faire in Love" (2009), "Jack and Jill" (2011) and "Staten Island Summer" (2016) with the cast of "Saturday Night Live". On television, Owen recently held one of the lead roles on TBS's "Sullivan & Son" and can be also heard on an upcoming episode of "Family Guy." He's performed stand-up on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Chelsea Lately," "Inside Amy Schumer" and "Comedy Central Presents: Owen Benjamin." His first hour-long special, "High Five Till It Hurts," premiered on Comedy Central in 2014. You can listen to Owen analyze why his jokes either work or fail on his podcast "Why Didn't They Laugh," which is ranked in iTunes top 100 and has had guests including Bill Nye, Howie Mandel and Kunal Nayyar. He lives in Saranac Lake. http://www.hugepianist.com/ Harrietstown Town Hall - 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Before becoming the nation's premiere reprisor of Theodore Roosevelt, Joe Wiegand spent 25 years in the rough and tumble world of Illinois politics, managing gubernatorial and presidential campaigns at the height of his political career. He currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and performs in all 50 states and internationally. His TR is based on solid scholarship and delivered with Rooseveltian showmanship. He has been featured in film and television, and on TR's 150th birthday in 2008, he performed at the White House for President and Mrs. George W. Bush.
http://www.teddyrooseveltshow.com/ St. Benard's Church - 7 p.m., 8 p.m and 9 p.m.
To a deaf person, they look like a New Orleans street band. To a blind person, they sound like a rave DJ mashing-up house beats with '60s folk lyrics. This band has pioneered what is possible with accordion, funky pockets of a hyperactive sousaphone player, and banjo that thinks it's a hollow-body guitar. They recently removed drums from their lineup to fully explore the world of electronic dance music, making them DJs on top of all this. The music is always high energy and imaginative.
http://www.primatefiasco.com/ Elks Lodge - 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.
This engaging brotherhood of musicians traces the rich tributaries of Americana: blues, bluegrass, and New Orleans juke joint rhythm & blues. Co-founders Andrew Green and Eben Pariser met at Oberlin College in Ohio, relocated to Brooklyn, filled out their lineup with drummer Tony Montalbano and later bass player Craig Akin, and followed a time-honored tradition by busking in streets, parks and subways. Since then they have toured coast to coast and released four albums between 2009 and 2016.
http://www.rooseveltdimemusic.com/ Pendragon Theatre - 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.
This family band plays a style all its own, an acoustic genre of Americana and bluegrass music. The Atkinsons compose a lot of the songs they perform, which tell the stories of their lives, rooted in Harrisville in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.
http://www.atkinsonfamilymusic.com/ Pendragon Theatre - 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Patrick Ross was born and raised in Canaan, Vermont, on the border of Quebec and New Hampshire. There his Dad taught him how to fish, hunt and play music without reading notes. He wanted to be like him and started learning a mix of outlaw country and French-Canadian folk tunes at about age 6. He was lucky to have begun so young as it was a head start that led him to his first real gig at age 11. He has branched out and has been playing professionally ever since. He and his wife live on a farm in eastern Vermont where the view of the White Mountains is magnificent.
http://www.patrickrossmusic.com/ St. Luke's Church - 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Nate and Kate Marshall present a mix of original and very familiar children's songs with participation, lots of juggling and a few young volunteers. The show is best suited for children ages 2-8 (and their parents). For the past 12 years and through more than 1,500 performances, this Ithaca couple has developed a vaudeville-inspired variety folk duo show featuring cello, guitar, banjo, harmonica, piano, harmony vocals, original songs, sing-along favorites and musical juggling routines.
http://www.nateandkatemusic.com/ First Presbyterian Church - 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Plattsburgh's premier improv comedy group is a First Night favorite. They play theater games made up on the spot using audience suggestions.
https://www.facebook.com/nyimprov/ First Presbyterian Church - 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Roy has played his brand of mountain music for enthusiastic audiences nationally and has developed a following unparalleled in the Adirondack Mountains. From 1990 to 2001 Roy held a staff songwriting position in Nashville, writing for two of the largest publishing companies in the world, SONY Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music. Roy has had songs recorded by Paul Brandt, Jo Dee Messina, David Kersh, Sonya Isaacs, The Oak Ridge Boys, Duane Steele and the Gibson Brothers.
https://www.royhurd.com/ First United Methodist Church - 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Truly eclectic taste and years of classical training have shaped the soundscapes of Black Mountain Symphony, a six-piece band from New York's Capital Region. They sprinkle their live sets with hints of everything from baroque classical and folk-tinged ballads to funk-rock drums and hard-hitting dance numbers. Evocative of such artists as Fleetwood Mac, the Corrs, Yes, Belle & Sebastian, Damien Rice, Guster and the Dave Matthews Band, the group implements the same skill and vision on cover tunes as they do in their own carefully crafted compositions.
https://www.blackmountainsymphony.com/ Elks Lodge - 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
This professional nonprofit theater company delivers high energy, full-throttle performances of the classics to the Adirondack region and the rest of upstate New York. Adirondack Shakespeare's approach breathes new life into the stuffy plays you read in English class, creating exciting new worlds full of imagination and alive with musicality, lyrical virtuosity, and emotional intensity.
http://www.adkshakes.org/Adirondack_Shakespeare_Company_home.html Saranac Lake Free Library - 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
This ukulele-driven ensemble features close vocal harmony and tight instrumental arrangements - hot rhythms and solos against fast swing tempos. The Saranac Lake-based group is inspired by traditional New Orleans jazz but plays with a fresh and joyful energy all its own. Influences include the Boswell Sisters, Annette Hanshaw and Django Reinhardt as well as vaudeville and Hawaiian music of the early 20th century.
http://crackinfoxy.com/ Saranac Village at Will Rogers - 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Every member of this Plattsburgh-based band comes from a family of rich musical heritage. If you are a fan of Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill, George Jones, Dixie Chicks, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, etc., this may be the show for you. Gabrielle and Movin' On have shared the stage with Jimmie Wayne, Mel McDaniel, Rusty Dewees ("The Logger"), Confederate Railroad, Jamie Lee Thurston and Jason Micheal Carroll.
https://www.facebook.com/movin.on.7 First United Methodist Church - 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
This Potsdam-based trio creates a blend of lyrical melody and rhythmic motion inspired by the rich traditions of Latin American musical styles such as rumba and bossa nova. Beth Robinson (cello), Oscar Sarmiento (guitar) and Mark Seymour (percussion) were members of the long-running North Country ensemble Piquant, which played for over a decade on concert stages from Sacketts Harbor to Saranac Lake.
https://www.facebook.com/Caramelo-Trio-141596726011417/ Saranac Lake Free Library - 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
LoonWorks Family Entertainment brings laughter to the Saranac Lake First Night Festival with stories, magic and comedy for all ages. Many audience participation and photo opportunities will take place. LoonWorks consists of Scott Eichholz of Long Island and Maria DeAngelo and Matt Paul of Saranac Lake.
https://loonworks.weebly.com/ Adirondack Carousel - 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
British Columbia native Josée Allard plays original feel-good country music accompanied by the spirited Erik Van Yserloo on percussion. Josée has performed all over the U.S. and Canada and currently lives in Merrill in the northern Adirondacks. She recently released a new CD, "Josée Allard Live," recorded at the Chateaugay Town Hall Theater. Erik lives in Saranac Lake and played 10 years with the Celtic band Inisheer before starting this project with Josée in spring 2017. Joining them will be special guest Neil Wrighthttps://www.joseeallard.com/ St. Luke's Church - 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.