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Last Ham Standing

William Noel - Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Last Ham Standing

Live Comedy Interactive Improv Games - at The Haven Sanctuary 9:00 and 11:30 pm

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In the same vein as the hit television series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, the professional performers of Last Ham Standing play interactive improv games incorporating audience suggestions and participation to create a live comedy experience for people of all ages!

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Springob and Troyer

William Noel - Monday, December 26, 2016

Springob and Troyer

American Acoustic Rock Duo - at Christ Church - Meade Hall 6:30, 7:45 and 10:15 pm

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Springob and Troyer is an Americana/rock duo out of Brooklyn, New York. With interchanging vocals, guitar, and trumpet lines providing a unique backbone for their original tunes, the pair also comes armed with an irresistibly eclectic array of cover songs from artists such as Chuck Berry, Simon and Garfunkel, and Cake. The duo spent summer and fall 2016 paddling down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to Memphis in a canoe, playing shows along the way. They wrote an album of songs inspired by the adventure, due for release in early 2017.

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Abbey Road

William Noel - Monday, December 26, 2016

Abbey Road

Music of the Beatles Concerts - at Omni Ballroom Large 9:00 and 11:30 pm

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Abbey Road...The Ultimate Beatles Party Band!...brings a high energy show and will take you back to the feel-good years of the British Invasion when the sounds of Liverpool crossed the Atlantic! Get ready to dance and sing to some of the greatest pop-rock music ever written!

The band began in spring of 1996 at the request of the Charlottesville Waldorf School in Charlottesville, Virginia. The school was having a fundraiser in combination with a entertainment variety show. They asked Paul Olko to put together a band to act as the grand finale of the event. Out of this request Paul(aka George Harrison and lead guitarist) put together a Beatle band called Beatles Revisited that did five Beatle songs to be the finale of the show.

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Jim Gagnon

William Noel - Sunday, December 25, 2016

Jim Gagnon

Music, Stories and Group Participation - at Omni Ballroom 3:00 pm and at City Space 5:30 pm

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Jim is a well traveled musician, storyteller, and performer extraordinaire. He is also an educator, performing in schools, resorts, and festivals around the world. Jim is fascinated by the diversity and the wisdom of the native cultures, especially in music and stories. He inspires a renewed appreciation of nature and culture, through the performing arts, workshops, and craft making projects. He is on staff at Jim Donovan’s Rhythm Renewal, and currently is an Artist in Residence in Albemarle County. He is also an instrument maker and recording artist, whose music has been used for film, yoga classes and several dance projects. (Free downloads on our music page) Jim’s favorite quote, from Africa, ”If you can speak, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance.”

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Eve Watters

William Noel - Sunday, December 25, 2016

Eve Watters

Harpist, Vocalist, Storyteller - at First United Methodist Church Sanctuary 3:00 and 4:15 pm

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With Celtic harp, storytelling, and an array of instruments, Eve Watters celebrates timeless tradition with new spirit and sparkling style, to resonate with all ages. Tales-with-a-twist interlace with ancient airs, songs in a dozen languages, and historic harps, Native-style flute, concertina, banjo, autoharp, pennywhistle or dulcimer.

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Austin Ellis

William Noel - Saturday, December 24, 2016

Austin Ellis

Singer Songwriter from NBC the Voice - at The Paramount Theater 5:30, 7:45 and 10:15 pm

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Austin captivates listeners with his powerful voice and by his warm acoustic style. Influenced by the soulful delivery of John Legend and laid back strumming of Jack Johnson, Austin Ellis invites audiences to relax and enjoy the music.

By the time Austin got asked by NBC in 2014 to be on Season 6 of The Voice, he had already written and produced two studio albums by himself before deciding to audition. Austin, after being chosen by Maroon 5's Adam Levine during the blind auditions, was partnered with Josh Kaufman to create one of the season's most memorable moments by singing the hit "Happy" by Pharell Williams. The training and coaching Austin received during his experience on the show has taken his talent and career to an even higher level!

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Eric Jones Magic

William Noel - Friday, December 23, 2016

Eric Jones Magic

Prestidigitator - at The Paramount Theater 4:15, 6:30 and 9:00 pm

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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 for you and your guests, with the magic quite often taking place in your hands. When Eric performs, cards fly, coins multiply, and audiences cheer.

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Moonlight Circus

William Noel - Friday, December 23, 2016

Moonlight Circus

Community Acrobatics Troupe - at Key Recreation Center 4:15, 7:45 and 9:00 pm

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Back by popular demand, Moonlight-Circus performances always delight and amaze! Concieved in 2012, we continually strive to create a night you will never forget. While we are all local to central Virginia, our performers come from a wide array of backgrounds and skills, all joining together for the love of circus. Working together, we inspire each other to continue to explore and and take flight in ways we never imagined--we invite you to share this journey with us. We are grateful to call the City of Charlottesville our home and cannot wait to share another magical evening with you as a part of First Night Virginia 2017!

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Mira Vocal Ensemble

William Noel - Friday, December 23, 2016

Mira Vocal Ensemble

Songs to Drive the Cold Winter Away - at First United Methodist Church - Chapel 3:00 and 5:30 pm

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Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, MIRA is a vocal ensemble that focuses primarily on the rich polyphony of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, particularly of the English and Flemish schools. MIRA also explores Medieval music, folk songs, and works by more contemporary composers such as Benjamin Britten, whose compositions reflect the style of earlier periods.

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The Goodlife Theater

William Noel - Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Goodlife Theater

The Recycling Pirates Puppet Show - at Christ Church - Meade Hall 3:00, 4:15 and 5:30 pm

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A rollicking puppet musical about pirate characters created from trash. Led by Captain Jack Sparetire, they sail the urban seas looking for things that can be recycled, reused, reduced and repaired. A great way to teach children about the need and ease of recycling. Jeanne Wall provides the sparkle and Joe Pipik is a veteran puppeteer. They got together in 1994 and founded Goodlife Puppet Theatre. We are excited to have them this year as they have performed at the Kennedy Center and the Wolftrap Theatre. Family Fun!

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