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13 Days of First Night Virginia - Day 3

Drake Van de Castle - Sunday, December 21, 2014
Experience Barbershop Style A Capella Harmony

We are excited to have The Jeffersonland Chorus in the Christ Church Meade Hall space this year because it is a more intimate space for their wonderful singing style. Jefferson land Chorus is a group of barbershop style singers affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society. The barbershop style  is 4-part A Capella Harmony with lead, bass, baritone and tenor voice parts. The close harmony this provides is part of what gives rise to their unique sound.

Jeffersonland Chorus have 2 shows 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 -  Volunteer

13 Days of First Night Virginia - Day 2

Drake Van de Castle - Saturday, December 20, 2014
Come experience a new space for First Night Virginia at the Commonwealth Reserve just off the Downtown Mall across from Commonwealth Skybar.

Get ready for an imaginary journey from the farm to the coast of Greenland to the desserts of Africa and back. Your vehicle will be the songs you sing about the animals you meet along the way. Experience some very cool puppets with lots of audience participation. Goodlife Puppet Theatre provides all the transportation on this global journey. Jeanne Wall provides the sparkle and Joe Pipik is a master artist and they got together 20 years ago 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.

Crooning with Critters Puppet Show has 3 shows at 3:00, 4:15, 6:15.

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
Go for  Free -  Volunteer

13 Days of First Night Virginia - Day 1

Drake Van de Castle - Friday, December 19, 2014

13 Days of First Night Virginia - Day 1 - History Comes Alive

Old Metropolitian Hall on the Downtown Mall takes a trip back in time with some interesting perspectives from important historical figures when Mr. Jefferson and Lincoln's Bodyguard come to First Night Virginia this year.


Mr. Thomas Jefferson of Albemarle County, Virginia, shares a “living history” characterization, and a  performance that offer an entertaining glimpse into the comments and attitudes of one of America’s most influential, yet controversial, “Founding Fathers.”

Lincoln's Bodyguard provide a unique first person interpretation from Lincoln's time on the 8th Judicial Circuit, to his inaugural in Washington, on to the sneaking of Lincoln through Baltimore, and finally to the Lincoln assassination and more.

Mr Jefferson's Recollections has shows at 4:15, 6:15, and 8:45
Lincoln's Bodyguard has shows at 7:30 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: Buy Wristbands
Go for  Free -  Volunteer

Nick Arnette

Drake Van de Castle - Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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.

There will be two shows 8:45 and 10:00 pm at the Paramount Theater.

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. 2014 is the 32nd 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

James Munsey

Drake Van de Castle - Monday, December 30, 2013
An insanely FUNNY, brillantly 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

There will be three shows 3:00, 4:30, and 6:15 pm at the Paramount Theater.

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. 2014 is the 32nd 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

Abbey Road

Drake Van de Castle - Sunday, December 29, 2013
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

They will perform two shows at 10:00 and 11:15 pm at The Omni Ballroom

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. 2014 is the 32nd 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

Fatty Lumpkin & The Love Hogs

Drake Van de Castle - Saturday, December 28, 2013
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.

There will be two shows 7:30, and 8:45 pm at The Omni Ballroom

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. 2014 is the 32nd 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

Sentimental Journey

Drake Van de Castle - Friday, December 27, 2013
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.

They will perform from 3:00 until 7:00 pm at The Omni Ballroom.

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. 2014 is the 32nd 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

Virginia Acrobats

Drake Van de Castle - Thursday, December 26, 2013
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!

There will be three shows 3:00, 4:15, and 6:15 pm at Carver Rec Center - The Gym.

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. 2014 is the 32nd 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

The Amazing Marco - A World Of Magic

Drake Van de Castle - Wednesday, December 25, 2013
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!

There will be three shows 4:15, 6:15, and 7:30 pm at Carver Rec Center - Multipurpose Room.

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. 2014 is the 32nd 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