2015 Countdown

Events will be on schedule dec 1st - click on event to see details
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3:00 and 4:15 pm The Haven Sanctuary /
Charlottesville Ballet
Nutcracker Excerpts

This special performance by the Charlottesville Ballet is designed for young children and their families. After the artists twirl through excerpts from the holiday classic The Nutcracker, viewers can meet and greet the dancers and learn more about the company.

3:00 and 4:15 pm Old Metropolitan Hall /
Kid Pan Alley

Kid Pan Alley's Mission is to inspire and empower children to work together to become creators of their own music and to rekindle creativity as a core value in education.




5:30 pm Old Metropolitan Hall /
Paul Reisler & Heather Mae Foard

Paul Reisler, the founder of Trapezoid, Kid Pan Alley, and Paul Reisler A Thousand Questions featuring Howard Levy will be joined by vocalist Heather Mae for a concert of his original songs and instrumentals.



3:00 pm and 4:15 pm Christ Church Meade Hall
Youth Orchestra of Central VA

The Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia seeks to provide quality instruction and varied performance opportunities in full orchestral, ensemble and chamber music for the young people of central Virginia.



6:15 and 7:30 pm Christ Church Meade Hall /
Blue Ridge Irish Music School

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching the living art of Irish traditional music and fostering a dynamic environment for it in Central Virginia and beyond. Our objective is to teach people that music can be a part of the fabric of everyday life, family, and community.

8:45, 10:00, and 11:15 pm Christ Church Meade Hall / Bent Theatre

Bent Theatre’s team of spontaneous, hilarious performers will take audience suggestions and create comedic scenes on the spot. Since 2004 we have made it our responsibility to keep Central Virginia laughing.  With each new year, our group becomes bigger and more ambitious, but at the same time, we hold true to our mottos and beliefs:  "You Say It, We Play It"

3:00 until 7:00 pm Virginia Discovery Museum /
Creation Station

A hands-on children's museum where families are encouraged to explore together through the exhibits on the arts, sciences, humanities, history, and nature. Visitors of all ages are free to touch, play, and explore while at this museum.



5:30 and 6:15 pm First United Methodist Church - CHAPEL /
Play On Hits of the 70's

Play On! is Charlottesville's all-volunteer, not-for-profit, community theater.  We are dedicated to being a welcoming, supportive place where members of our community can join together to create theatre.





3:00 and 4:15 pm First United Methodist Church - CHAPEL /
Play On Broadway & Disney Hits

Play On! is Charlottesville's all-volunteer, not-for-profit, community theater. We are dedicated to being a welcoming, supportive place where members of our community can join together to create theatre.



3:00 and 4:15 pm City Space /
Darrell Rose Drum Fun

This Master Afrikan Drummer, has shared the stage along the way, with many of the greatest musicians, of our time,. Dr. Rose welcomes you, to come and join his stage, on this festive occasion; experience the wisdom, feel the freedom.


7:30 and 8:45 pm First United Methodist Church - CHAPEL /
First Night Jazz

First Night Jazz features music from The Great American Songbook, performed by a swinging, high-energy quartet, led by well-known local jazz drummer Jim Howe. Joining him on stage will be the internationally acclaimed vocalist Stephanie Nakasian, accompanied by legendary bebop pianist Hod O'Brien and virtuoso Lexington bassist Peter Matthews.


6:40 until 7:00 pm Old Metropolitan Hall /
Singer Song Writer - Blue O’Connell

Blue O’Connell is a Certified Music Practitioner, singer/songwriter and guitarist who happens to be profoundly deaf. Blue's Hearing Article Her debut CD, "Choose the Sky” is part miracle, part hard work and an inspiring achievement.

7:30 until 7:50 pm Old Metropolitan Hall /
Singer Song Writer - David Tewksbury

"Locally-grown soulful indie folk" rooted in the fusion of art/album rock, jazz, folk and r&b of 70's radio, before stations had "formats"...



7:55 until 8:15 pm Old Metropolitan Hall /
Singer Song Writer - Rose Farber

Singer Song Writer - Rose Farber has been singing and playing music in and around the Charlottesville area since the early 1980's.  She has a passion for swing, an admiration for Louis Armstrong, sings and plays bass with The Lovell Coleman Band, and entertains with her husband in a duet called Rhythm and Romance.  You will enjoy her spirit and her fun filled music.

8:45 until 9:05 pm Old Metropolitan Hall /
Singer Song Writer - Susan Munson

Singer Song Writer - Susan Munson lives in Charlottesville and is involved in many musical projects. She is a regular at The Local’s Monday songwriter’s night and as a member of Jeebus, she writes many of their songs.  Susan sings in the Grateful Dead cover band Alligator and an offshoot of that, Unlimited Devotion. She also lends her voice to Ho Jo Fro.

9:10 until 9:30 pm Old Metropolitan Hall / Singer Song Writer - Frank Bechter

Frank was incubated in the cosmic swamps of Missouri, seeping and crawling uphill to Virginia's blue ridge. These last two years he's been playing his music in Charlottesville, Lovingston, Scottsville, and elsewhere, and joining his friends playing theirs.  

10:00 until 10:20 pm Old Metropolitan Hall / Singer Song Writer - Nikki Chambless

Folk Singer - Originally from Molino, Florida but now located in Scottsville, Nikki Chambless is a singer/songwriter with a laid-back vocal style similar to Dar Williams but pop-like rhythms of Jewel.






10:25 until 10:45 pm Old Metropolitan Hall / Singer Song Writer - Ben Eppard

Singer Song Writer - Ben Eppard "Momma was a farm girl. Dad's family was from the mountains – part of which is now the National Park. I'd like to think those two things shaped my sense of place. And that place shapes my writing," says Ben Eppard. His songs employ percussive finger-style guitar and a penchant for story-telling.


6:15 until 6:35 pm Old Metropolitan Hall / Singer Song Writer - Jason Burke

I am a singer/songwriter based in Charlottesville, VA. My music is a blend of 60s/70s inspired rock and California country.  Sometimes it's soft, sometimes it's high-energy. It's always fun.  My EP, "JUST A COUNTRY DOWN", is due in Spring 2014.




6:15 and 7:30 pm First United Methodist Church - Main Sanctuary / JeffersonLand Chorus

We are barbershop singers affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society. We are located in Charlottesville, Virginia and perform in venues in the Central Virginia area.







6:15 and 7:30 pm Christ Church Sanctuary / The Broken Glass Conspirators

The Broken Glass conspirators is made up of two high school students, Meg Foster and Cazzie Olko. Together they play a selection of their favorite soul, blues, and jazz songs ranging from The Beatles to Louis Armstrong and even Amy Winehouse. The Conspirators sing and play with soul, passion, and desire giving this powerfully soulful music the justice that it deserves.

6:15 and 7:30 pm Light House Studio / Light House Studio PRESENTS

Light House Studio presents a selection of family friendly award winning short films including animations, documentaries and music videos. Light House Studio is a nonprofit filmmaking center dedicated to teaching students self-expression through filmmaking.

Each show is limited to only 30 individuals - please arrive early to secure your space.


8:45 and 10:00 pm First United Methodist Church - Main Sanctuary / Albemarle Pipes & Drums

Performing, teaching and preserving the music and culture of Scotland and the British Isles through the music of the Great Highland Bagpipes and Drums. Based in Charlottesville, VA, the band performs both locally and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.






5:30 until 6:00 pm downtown mall /
Processional on the mall

First Night Virginia is a time for hugs, handholding and togetherness. This will be illustrated beautifully from 5:30 to 6 p.m., as merrymakers of all ages create a human parade during the processional along the Downtown Mall.





4:15, 6:15, and 7:30 pm  Grace Covenant Church
Lincoln's Bodyguard

Authentic in period attire. Unique first person interpretation starting with the meeting of Lamon and Lincoln, through their times on the 8th Judicial Circuit, the Republican National Convention, the train from Springfield, Illinois to the inaugural in Washington, the sneaking of Lincoln through Baltimore, the years of the Lincoln presidency, the Lincoln assassination and the Lincoln funeral train.

8:45, 10:00, and 11:15 pm Grace Covenant Church
Ragged Mountain String Band

Ragged Mountain String Band plays traditional old-time fiddle tunes and banjo songs from Appalachia, suitable for dancing or listening. High Energy Old-Time Fiddle and Banjo Tunes, Impassioned Songs of Life, Love, Lust, Loss, and a Lot More from the Mountains of the Virginias and Carolinas.



8:45 and 10:00 pm Christ Church Sanctuary
The Deane's

We have been playing and singing bluegrass gospel music for about 20 years. Eddie Deane, provides vocals and plays banjo, Tina Deane vocals, Larry Deane vocals and mandolin, Jordan Deane mandolin and vocals, Chris Kite rhythm guitar and vocals, Debra Kite vocals, Skip Coffman dobro, electric, and steel guitars, Kenny Kerns upright bass, and Keith Samuels vocals, piano, harmonica, and dobro.

6:15 and 7:30 pm The Haven Sanctuary /
Hamner Theater

A center for the performing arts in central Virginia. The Hamner aims to involve the community in every aspect of performance, and offers training programs in all aspects of theater production, including acting, playwriting, lighting, sound & set design, stage managing & directing.





8:45 and 10:00 pm The Haven Sanctuary /
World Beat

WorldBEAT: From the simple belief that music is the universal language. Charlottesville, Virginia legendary musicians Andy Rowland and Darrell Rose came together for an evening, sharing their beautiful families and their diverse musical styles. A whole new genre of music had emerged. Its new rhythm gives a sense of healing and a little of something inside us at peace.




3:00 until 7:00 pm Key Rec Center /
Monkeys in the House - John Hadfield

John Hadfield is an award-winning singer songwriter and former circus performer who graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Russian language and chose to do his graduate work at the Ringling Bros. Clown College. He has performed at Disneyland, The White House, the National Theater, The Royal Lichtenstein Circus, The Ringling Bros Thrill Circus, the Philadelphia and the China International Children’s Festivals and Magic Land in Bangkok Thailand.

7:30 until 11:15 pm Key Rec Center /
Electric Teen DJ Dance Party

Presented by Party Masters of Central Virginia there will be a variety of music played by a DJ for over 3.5 hours of non-stop entertainment for the teenager in your family. Their experienced and professional DJs know how to set the mood and keep the excitement going the whole night. They are a fully-insured premier DJ, sound & light, and entertainment company. Located conveniently in Charlottesville.





4:15, 6:15, and 7:30 pm Carver Rec Center - Multipurpose Room /
A World of Magic - The Amazing Marco

"A World Of Magic" with MARCO ( a.k.a. Zephyr the Magician) is an exciting fast paced show filled with colorful eye-popping magic and illusion. The audience will delight in the Magic, Mystery, and Mayhem that ensues as the Amazing Zephyr takes them on a journey into A World of Magic! Shows feature vignettes with magic, music, comedy and audience participation. Truly a family show for all ages!





3:00, 4:15, and 6:15 pm Carver Rec Center
The Gym
/ Virginia Acrobatics

Watch as a human circus dazzles with acts of strength, skill and spectacle! This review will feature "Cirque du Soleil"-style acrobatics suspended mid-air with aerial silks, sling, and lyra...and more. Exciting, mesmerizing, and captivating for kids and adults alike!






3:00 until 7:00 pm Omni Ballroom /
Sentimental Journey

The Sentimental Journey Band is a true and classic Big Band carrying on the tradition of the great dance bands of the Swing Era with music for dancing and listening pleasure. Playing in the style of, and in many instances the original songs of the Miller, Dorsey, Goodman, Count Basie and other great bands, this professional seventeen-member band with vocalists brings back the Romance of the Dance from the golden days of the Big Band when Swing was King.


7:30 and 8:45 pm Omni Ballroom /
Fatty Lumpkin & The Love Hogs

Fatty Lumpkin & The Love Hogs are a rock and blues band based in Lexington, Virginia. The band was formed in 1994 by original members Michael George, Ray Cohen and John Vita. Since that time, the band has rocked Southwest Virginia, going through several breaks and line up changes, but their goal of being a regular working band never changed. The band believes this is the best line up in its history and they are ready to rock and roll wherever the music takes them.



10:00 and 11:15 pm Omni Ballroom /
Abbey Road

Come to the Cavern in Liverpool and meet the Beatles through the band AbbeyRoad. You will experience the frenzy that that made Beatle music famous. AbbeyRoad will play from the early Beatles repertoire and get the crowd dancing, clapping, twisting, shouting and shaking. Experience the fun on this New Year's eve with your friends and family by singing along to the most endearing tunes of several generations by the band of the century as declared by Rolling Stone magazine


3:00, 4:30, and 6:15 pm Paramount Theater /
James Munsey Comedy Hypnosis

An insanely FUNNY, brilliantly performed experience, this HIGH-ENERGY, FAST-PACED show is something that has to be seen to get a realistic view of the power of the mind. James will lead the audience through an upclose look at the truth of hypnosis and the power of the mind with experiences by volunteers that will have them become star performers, ride in their favorite car, or........ There is guaranteed laughter for young or old in this memorable show in the historic Paramount Theater.

8:45 and 10:00 pm Paramount Theater /
Nick Arnette Comedy

Nick Arnette - The Feel Good Funny Guy - Nick brings a depth and identity with his observations on human behavior with a twist of humor you can relate to for a combination that will have you laughing out loud. He has performed for Microsoft and Motorola, worked with such comedy greats as Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfield, performed at the Improv, Catch a Rising Star and the Comedy Club. This is going to be an AWESOME opportunity to laugh and feel good about life as you greet the New Year in the historic Paramount Theater.


On the Hour and Half Hour
6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00 pm

Albemarle County Court House
Spirit Walk

Come commune with the shades of an earlier age at the Spirit Walk. The Spirit Walk is a 30-minute guided moonlight tour of Historic Charlottesville, in which the participants encounter the apparitions of the town's previous inhabitants.

Each tour is limited to only 25 individuals - please arrive early to secure your tour space.

Ring in the New Year with the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society at McIntire Buildng 200 Second St. NE, and view a new display: The Great War. Come and learn about Albemarle County’s and University of Virginia’s role as we mark the Centennial of World War I. The Open House is 3:00-6:30 pm. To premiere on First Night.


starts at 11:15 pm three venues /
count down to new year's

Starting at 11:15 Countdown the New Year at your choice of three events

  • Come Experience Abbey Road
    at The Omni Ballroom
  • Ragged Mountain String Band
    at Christ Covenant Chruch
  • Bent Theatre
    at Christ Church Meade Hall

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