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Festival of the Arts in Downtown
Charlottesville New Year's Eve

First Night Virginia is an annual “community celebration of the arts” that began in Charlottesville in 1982 and is the second oldest First Night in the country. 2018 will be the 36th annual festival of the arts with many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall.

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Austin Ellis
4:00, 6:30 and 9:00 pm
Paramount Theater
Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow

The Fleets -- also known as Tyler Fyre and Thrill Kill Jill of the Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow -- are "with it," an expression in carnival circles meaning they're members of a scene that harks back to the early days of Barnum & Bailey and Coney Island, where side acts accompanied the high tops and lured rubes to spend more cash to watch astounding feats, bearded ladies and snake charmers.

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Eric Jones Magic
5:15, 7:45 and 10:15 pm
Paramount Theater
Eric Jones Magic – Prestidigitator

Regarded by his peers as one of Magic's Rising Stars, Eric Jones has made quite a name for himself in the world of close-up magic. Armed with cunning sleight of hand and a charming personality, he will astound you with his digital dexterity. Eric creates intimate miracles with the magic quite often taking place in your hands. When Eric performs, cards fly, coins multiply, and audiences cheer.
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Zuzu's Hot 5
6:30, 9:00 and 11:30 pm
at Omni Ballroom
Zuzu's Hot 5

Fresh Prohibition-Era Jazz! Part Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, and Flapper — that’s Zuzu’s Hot 5. New Orleans Jazz: It’s Alive! Thumpin’ strings send your body into an unstoppable rhythm. Thrill to the call of the trumpet and the trombone’s response. Zuzu’s vocals transport you. The Hot 5 provides stomps, rambles, lowdown blues, rollicking Dixieland and pop ballads from the most tumultuous and creative era of American music.
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