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13 Days of First Night Virginia - Day 13 - Showtime

Drake Van de Castle - Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Today is the last day of 2014 and you should consider coming down to the Downtown Mall to be part of the 33rd annual First Night Virginia where you can choose from over 70 options spread out over 9 hours for a memorable Community Celebration of the Arts to wrap up 2014 and to get ready to embrace all the 2015 has to offer you!

You can purchase wristbands at the First Night Virginia Headquarters at the Omni Hotel and at The Paramount Theater of Charlottesville starting at 10am. You can guarantee yourself a seat and a good one at the Paramount where they have reserved seats for $5. You do NOT have to purchase reserved seats as your wristband will allow you access to each of our 17 venues.

Here are some links to explore - learn more about all our exciting offerings:
First Night Virginia Schedule of Performances
The Paramount Website

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. 2015 is the 33nd annual festival of the arts with many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall.

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13 Days of First Night Virginia - Day 12

Drake Van de Castle - Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Paramount Theater has two performers scheduled, Greg Kennedy Innovative Juggler and Brett Leake Comedy Show.

Touring with Cirque du Soleil, Greg Kennedy returns home to Philadelphia in Summer of 2014 to restart his solo career. This is just the latest chapter of his long and adventurous career as a juggler. He has won the Gold medal at the International Jugglers' Association Championships, and  appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Comedian Brett Leake stands apart - or at least sits apart - from his peers. In his youth, the Virginia native was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. But he pushed the disability aside and has become a successful comic, gaining national recognition on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Entertainment Tonight, and the American Comedy Awards.

Greg Kennedy Innovative Juggler shows at 4:15 and 6:15
Brett Leake Comedy Show performs at 7:30 and 8:45

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. 2015 is the 33nd annual festival of the arts with many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall.  
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13 Days of First Night Virginia - Day 11

Drake Van de Castle - Monday, December 29, 2014
13 Days of First Night Virginia - Day 11 - Omni Hotel features Cathy & Marcy, Kokomotions, and Chicken Heads Blues Band. Albemarle County Court House features Sprit Walk and Maplewood Cemetery Tour.

At the Omni Hotel – Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are talented singers, songwriters, instrumentalists, educators and record producers with a repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk, old-time country and swing music. The Kokomotions Band consists of four original members.  They are a New Orleans style rock and funk dance band with some original music mixed in. Chicken Heads Blues Band was declared to be one of the best sounding, well produced blues CDs ever recorded. Coming from the Mississippi Delta to the North Carolina Piedmont, from the Cape Fear River Basin to the Smokey Mountains.

At the Albemarle County Court House – Come commune with Spirits from an earlier time at the First Night Spirit Walk. The Spirit Walk is a 30-minute guided tour of Historic Charlottesville, in which participants encounter the apparitions of the town’s previous inhabitants. Have you ever wondered about causes of death in the 19th century? Join the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society on New Year's Eve for "Unique Endings", a cemetery walking tour focusing on some of the more unusual deaths experienced by the residents of Maplewood Cemetery.

Cathy & Marcy shows are 4:15 and 6:15
The Kokomotions Band performances are at 7:30 and 8:45
Chicken Heads Blues Band plays at 10:00 and 11:15
The Spirit Walk on the half hour, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00
Maplewood Cemetery Tour one tour at 4:15

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. 2015 is the 33nd annual festival of the arts with many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall.  
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13 Days of First Night Virginia - Day 10

Drake Van de Castle - Monday, December 29, 2014
Key Rec Center features Jonathan Austin Magic & Comedy, Virginia Acrobatics, and Latin Dance Party with Cha Cha, Bachata, and Salsa.

Jonathan Austin is one of Richmond's most recognizable figures and, despite his youthful age, one of it's most veteran performers. He's a juggler, a magician and a comic. Virginia Acrobatics Moonlight-Circus is a community acrobatics troupe based in Charlottesville Virginia.  Watch as they perform acts of grace high in the air on aerial silks, display acts of strength balance, and mesmerize you with brilliant dances with light.  Latin Dance Party presents the lead instructor at the Latin Vintage® dance studio in Richmond, VA, Flaco is teaching dance at various levels. Seven years into his teaching career, his approach is still energetic and fun, patient, insightful, and memorable.

Jonathan Austin Magic & Comedy shows at 3:00 and 4:15
Virginia Acrobatics performances at 6:15 and 7:30
Latin Dance Party – Cha Cha at 8:45, Bachata at 10:00, Salsa at 11:15

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. 2015 is the 33nd annual festival of the arts with many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall.

 

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13 Days of First Night Virginia - Day 9

Drake Van de Castle - Saturday, December 27, 2014
Carver Rec Center features Blue Ridge Irish Music School, and Chihamba’s traditional West African drum and dance .

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School is dedicated to teaching the living art of Irish traditional music and fostering a dynamic environment for it in Central Virginia and beyond.  Chihamba – Enjoy a variety of performance in African Culture through music and dance. Chihamba’s drum and dance performances are based on traditional West African pieces. Timeless rhythms bring to life the spirit of the African culture with pure energy and excitement.

Blue Ridge Irish Music School performances at 4:15 and 6:15
Chihamba performs at 7:30 and 8:45

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. 2015 is the 33nd annual festival of the arts with many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall.

 

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13 Days of First Night Virginia - Day 8

Drake Van de Castle - Friday, December 26, 2014
The Haven features Youth Orchestra of Central Virginia, Gorilla Theater, and Hamner Improv.

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. Gorilla Theater is just like it sounds. This is an opportunity for young thespians to dive in to the theater experience as well as share what they know. Shows in this category are 100% safe for all ages with a kid-friendly focus, and are generally adaptations of classic literature.  With Hamner Improv Troupe come be part of the fun and watch your zany suggestions be incorporated into impromptu scenes by the Hamner Improv Troupe, the zanier, the better!

Youth Orchestra of Central Virginia have 2 shows at 3:00 and 4:15
Gorilla Theater performances at 6:15 and 7:30
Hamner Improv have 3 performances at 8:45, 10:00, and 11:15

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. 2015 is the 33nd annual festival of the arts with many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall.
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13 Days of First Night Virginia - Day 7

Drake Van de Castle - Thursday, December 25, 2014

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center features Dr. Levine and The Dreaded Blues Lady and First Night Jazz for their inaugural First Night Virginia event.

 

We are excited to welcome back Lorie Strother and Stephen Levine who comprise Dr. Levine and The Dreaded Blues Lady to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. They play a wide variety of acoustic blues music, but are particularly interested in the early blues styles of musicians such as Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Memphis Minnie, Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt and, well, the list goes on...

 

First Night Jazz features music 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 jazz guitarist Royce Campbell, long-time performer and recording artist Bobby Read on sax, and Charlottesville’s virtuoso Hammond organ player Jonah Kane-West.

 

Dr. Levine and The Dreaded Blues Lady have 2 show at 6:15, and 7:30


First Night Jazz have 2 shows at 8:45, and 10:00

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. 2015 is the 33nd annual festival of the arts with many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall. To purchase your wrist band and to find out more information go to:

 

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13 Days of First Night Virginia - Day 6

Drake Van de Castle - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Prism Coffeehouse Partners with First Night Virginia to bring Americana Music and Bluegrass Gospel to the First United Methodist Sanctuary.

 

We are pleased to welcome back for the 2nd time to First Night Virginia Maryland-based roots duet The Honey Dewdrops, Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, who blend new Americana and traditional folk music, creating inspired songs rooted in the experience of real people. With music that covers the ground-between hand crafted folk songs, Appalachian fiddle tunes, and a cappella spirituals, every song shines with energy and emotion through intimate performances accomplished with a handful of acoustic instruments and tightly layered harmonies.

 

The Deanes have played numerous times at First Night Virginia, as they been playing and singing bluegrass gospel music for about 20 years. Eddie Deane, provides vocals and plays banjo, Tina Deane provides vocals, Larry Deane provides vocals and plays mandolin, Jordan Deane (son of Eddie & Tina) plays mandolin and provides vocals, Chris Kite plays rhythm guitar and provides vocals, Debra Kite provides vocals, Skip Coffman plays dobro, electric and steel guitars, Kenny Kerns plays upright bass, and Keith Samuels provides vocals and plays piano, harmonica and Dobro.

 

The Honey Dewdrops have 2 show at 6:15, and 7:30
The Deanes have 2 shows at 8:45, and 10:00

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. 2015 is the 33nd annual festival of the arts with many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall.

 

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13 Days of First Night Virginia - Day 5

Drake Van de Castle - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

First United Methodist Chapel is excited to feature first time performers singer/songwriters Tom Proutt and Emily G Gary. Known as the duo “Tom and Emily,” they began working together in 2004, and since that time they have recorded both adult and children’s music, contributed to numerous projects, taught, and performed both separately and together. They have also played on NPR radio.

 

Based in Charlottesville, Go Figure is a piano-fiddle duo made up of Janet Muse and Mike Dunn. Playing together since 2004, they offer a lively, lyrical, and exhilarating take on traditional Celtic and American folk music. Over the years, they have delighted audiences throughout Virginia and points beyond. This year marks their third appearance at First Night Virginia.

 

Tom and Emily have 2 shows at 3:00, and 4:15

Go Figure have 2 show at 6:15, and 7:30

 

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. 2015 is the 33nd annual festival of the arts with many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall. To purchase your wrist band and to find out more information go to:
Buy Wristbands
Go for Free

13 Days of First Night Virginia - Day 4

William Noel - Monday, December 22, 2014
Listen to Local Singer/Songwriters

We are excited to feature 8 performers for the Singer/Songwriter Series that will feature sessions with Matthew McAllister, Sam Cregger, Ben Eppard,  Holly Allen, Susan Munson, Frank Bechter, Anne O'Brien, and Jason  Burke. The Singer/Songwriter Series will finish with a mix of artists performing Bob Dylan tunes to bring in the New Year

Singer/Song Writer Series has 5 sets at 6:15, 7:30, 8:45, 10:00, and 11:15

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. 2015 is the 33nd annual festival of the arts  with many family-friendly activities on and around the historic  Downtown Mall. To purchase your wrist band and to find out more  information go to: Buy Wristbands  http://www.firstnightva.org/fnv_store.html
Go for  Free -  http://www.firstnightva.org/membership/volunteer_registration.html