FIRST NIGHT SARANAC LAKE
FIRST NIGHT® SARANAC LAKE 2015 PERFORMERS, DECEMBER 31, 2014
Check back November 2015, for our new line up.
Please Note: Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and all sites will be emptied before the next audience is allowed in.
As many performances take place in houses of worship, please pay proper respect.
Food and beverages are not permitted in any sites, except where sold at on-site concessions
Adirondack Shakespeare Company presents a funny, fast-paced, and energetic original play featuring scenes, sonnets, and songs on the theme: "the course of true love never did run smooth." Professional actors perform selections from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, and more! Adirondack Shakespeare Company is dedicated to producing world-class quality theatre that is unburdened by spectacle and technology, but rather focuses on what matters most: the play. More information can be found at
6 & 7 p.m., Saranac Lake Library, 109 Main Street
Adirondack Wind Ensemble performs a quasi-Vienna-Philharmonic New Year's concert, half a day early and half a world away. On the program will be light classical music including some Viennese waltzes, polkas, and other season-friendly music.
8 & 9 p.m., St. Bernard's Catholic Church, 27 St. Bernard Street
Back Porch Society is based out of Keene Valley, NY. They are composed of Russ Cook on vocals, guitar and mandolin, Carrie Haviland on vocals and percussion, Brad Hurlburt on guitar, banjo and percussion, and feature guest appearances
by Andrus Nichols on vocals and percussion. BPS plays a combination of original material and reinterpretations of blues, string band, and country standards. BPS is known for their foot stompin' energy and intimate performances. You can follow BPS on Facebook and Reverbnation. Look for their debut album, which is being recorded in Saranac Lake at Beehive Studios, to be released January 2015.
7 & 8 p.m., Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Avenue
The Barn Cats play Old Time fiddle music as well as bluegrass, blues, swing and traditional Irish music. Members include Addison Bickford of Rainbow Lake, on vocals and fiddle as well as guitar and keyboard. He has had the privilege of being a part of innumerable bands over the years leading him inexorably on toward the Barn Cats. Brady Callan, hailing from the big city of Vermontville, sings and plays resonator guitar and Mandolin. He's had a beard since the age of 5. Saranac Laker Joe Dockery sings and plays percussion and guitar. He has been playing drums since the 6th grade and began playing guitar 10 years ago. Russ Mulvey, from Wilmington, is Bluegrass, Irish, Jazz Bass player, sometimes singer or guitar player and all around bohemian. They might throw in a set or two of square dancing, so be sure to dust off your dancing shoes!
8 & 9 p.m., Will Rogers, 78 Will Rogers Drive
Cello Voce is an exciting new duo featuring upstate New York musicians Brian Donat (Cello) and Holly McCormack (Voice), who combine 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 seldom-heard collaboration of soprano and cello.
6 & 7 p.m., St. Bernard's Catholic Church, 27 St. Bernard Street
Completely Stranded: 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.
7 & 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 57 Church Street
Eight 02 describes their sound as "accessible fusion," a blending of the best elements of both smooth and fusion jazz. The group formed in the spring of 2011 and began recording in their project studio in Vermont. Their approach struck a chord with listeners when their first self-titled EP release, Eight 02 hit #5 on the Smoothjazz.com charts in 2013. Jazz Times columnist, Brian Soergel's predicted that, "Eight 02 is destined to become the next big thing in fusion." This grabbed the attention of producers and jazz fusion icons, Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip, and Paul Brown. Check out www.eight02jazz.com to hear the results of Eight 02's February 2014 collaboration with Lorber and Haslip.
10 & 11 p.m., Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Avenue
The Fighting Jamesons deliver a traditional style of Celtic music with an aggressive and energetic modern approach. Formed in 2009 in the tradition of legendary Celtic acts such as Flogging Molly and the Pogues, the Fighting Jamesons have quickly developed a strong national presence thanks to their updated versions of classic Irish and American folk songs, as well as a growing catalog of original tunes. They've shared the stage with legendary Irish rock acts such as the Dropkick Murphys, the Saw Doctors, and the Young Dubliners, and earned headlining slots in venues and festivals nationwide. Since releasing their self-titled debut album (produced and engineered by Capital Records recording artist Mark Padgett, "Mae"), they have stormed on to the live scene as one of Celtic Rock's most sought-after groups.
10 & 11 p.m., Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main Street
Kay Olan, Mohawk storyteller, 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.
8 & 9 p.m., Artists' Guild, 52 Main Street
Lewis & Clement Expedition: Adirondack native Josh Clement has been singing and playing guitar in the North Country for over 25 years. He honed his craft playing in numerous garage bands with fellow Adirondack musicians. Together they explored the entire map of rock and roll, each endeavor allowing Clement to grow as a musician and performer. He has three full-length all-original albums under his belt and has played hundreds of shows for thousands of people. Today Clement translates his years of experience into a highly energetic acoustic show that is best described as diverse rock and roll with attitude. From Hank Williams to The Beatles to Talking Heads to Black Sabbath his live shows are like no other. There's something for everybody! Clement is never satisfied until his audience is smiling, dancing, and having a good time. Josh Clement is currently performing acoustic shows with bass player and longtime musical partner Walt Lewis. Connect on Facebook:
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7 & 8 p.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 136 Main Street
Mamie Minch is a Brooklyn based blues guitarist and singer who sounds like she is coaxing her 1930s resonator steel to play songs that've been stored in it for decades. She sings and plays pieces by great blues artists like Bessie Smith, John Hurt and R.L. Burnside along with her original tunes. She loves visiting Saranac Lake and has played HoboFest with her electric trio and as part of the Roulette Sisters.
9 & 10 p.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 136 Main Street
Martha Gallagher captivates and delights with songs, stories and in-the-moment inspirations. Drawing on daily life experiences, from the grand to the mundane, she creates an experience that tickles our funny bones, touches our hearts and fills us with a joie de vivre. A marvelous celebration of life - a perfect way to send off the old year and sing in the new!
8 & 9 p.m., Historic Saranac Lake Museum, John Black Room, 89 Church Street
Moody McCarthy is a stand-up comedian who lives in New York with his wife and step-dog. Moody has made numerous TV appearances, highlighted by scintillating sets on The Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Moody was born "Matthew" in Syracuse, NY, into a boisterous household with six siblings. (Somebody had to get a nickname, and it was him.) Moody began doing comedy in 1992 after his music and astronaut careers stalled. He soon distinguished himself as an original and was hired by Syracuse's top radio show to cover sports and write jokes, two of his loves. After six years of performing regionally Moody traded square footage for more comedy opportunities and moved to New York City. This millennium has been good to Moody: he's been featured on Last Comic Standing; Star Search (the 2003 reboot); America's Got Talent; and Gotham Comedy Live. He's a regular at some of the best clubs in the land, and has performed on three continents. Moody's material is described as smart and universal without being trite. Couple that with a disarming stage presence & in-the-moment chops, you'll see why he's earned the admiration of his peers for his ability to "go up cold", and turn a dormant setting into a lively comedy room. From pubs to county clubs to corporate outings, he will brighten any event.
9, 10 & 11 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 57 Church Street
Movin' On, Based out of Plattsburgh N.Y., the four piece, live music entertainment group Movin' On, consisting of: Chad Rabideau on electric and acoustic guitar and vocals, Gabrielle Rabideau/vocals, Pat Yelle bass guitar and vocals and Tim Benway on drums, is a cover band that performs new and old country, southern rock, fifties and a little blues, styles of music. Several originals, with more in the works, leads them to offering their own unique show of strictly collaborated material in the near future. Providing a vast array of artists and groups makes accommodating just about any party and your choosing Movin' On for your entertainment needs, easy. Having appeared at numerous clubs and venues in New York and Vermont, with a combined fifty plus years' experience in the performing art and being together for ten plus years, the group has stood the test of time and has proven with their friendship and accomplishments that they just want to make music.
7 & 8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 63 Church Street
Near North is a trio from Northern Vermont bringing their own brand of lean rock music with a touch of jangle and whispers of Americana. Their hard-earned and energetic performances have garnered descriptions ranging from "heat-seeking, searing and gritty" to "ethereal, impassioned and sinister." Their new EP On The Rafters was released on vinyl earlier this year and is earning them attention beyond their Northern VT home.
10 & 11 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 63 Church Street
Roy Hurd is a dynamic performer and a world class singer songwriter. In the years he has been performing Roy has played his brand of mountain music for enthusiastic audiences nationally and has developed a following unparalleled in the Adirondack Mountains. Roy's song Adirondack Blue has become a modern-day Adirondack anthem, and his recordings are regional best sellers. Roy's newest CD Wayward Son, his 14th recording, shines bright with his soul and craft. Roy has developed two Arts in Education programs for Elementary schools. His "Walk on the Mountain" storytelling, music, woodland skills program has delighted children and presented them with the concept of earth morals for the past 20 years. His "Rhyme Without Reason" songwriting program has given young people a first-hand experience in the songwriting process.
8 & 9 p.m., Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main Street
The Royal Noise combines the ideals of the old school funk fusion era with the energy of the modern jam/dance bands. With not only a master of their instruments but the sensibility to play them together in new exiting ways, The Royal Noise will keep every pair of feet within earshot moving all night long. Formed in 2010 in Savannah, GA and given a breath of fresh air with the move to Philadelphia, PA in early 2014 the Royal Noise has visited towns from northern NY to southern FL and everywhere in between. On a nightly basis they push themselves as well as their listeners with new music and a new approach to instrumental funk! http://royalnoise1050.wordpress.com/
8 & 9 p.m., Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main Street
Stephen Gratto & Sons are not your typical performers. High school physics teacher and principal by day, Stephen moonlights as a physical comedian and much, much more. His performances are fast-paced and exciting displays of many classic vaudeville and circus skills including juggling, unicycling, rope walking, object balancing, and many other feats of daring, bravery, and side-splitting foolishness. The high point of each performance is invariably the audience participation. Almost every portion of the Stephen Gratto Variety Show involves audience volunteers, both young and old. This continual interaction keeps everyone involved and laughing. Stephen is truly a jack of all trades and a master of many. Stephen is now joined in his show by his three sons, Schuyler (age 16), Gabriel (age 13), and Christian (age 10). They have become a true "family circus" creating an act "of the family, by the family, and for the family." http://www.gratto.net
6 & 7 p.m., Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main Street
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