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First Night Virginia 2019 Performances
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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. 2020 will be the 38th 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, 5:15 and 6:30 pm
Omni Hotel Ballroom Large - Salon A & B
Kenya Safari Acrobats

The Kenya Safari Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than 75 years ago in AFRICA. The Kenya Safari Acrobats are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere African Acrobatic touring company of today. World renowned acrobats Of Kenya and Tanzania combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.
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Jon Spears Band
7:45 and 9:00 pm
Omni Hotel Ballroom Large - Salon A & B
Jon Spear Band

The Jon Spear Band performs regularly in the mid-Atlantic area where it has entertained appreciative audiences at numerous outdoor festivals, clubs, and other popular venues since 2012. Known for their award-winning original songs, red-hot live shows, and unique arrangements of blues standards, the band’s first two CDs charted in the US, France, UK and Spain, including the annual top 100 Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues Chart for the past two consecutive years. Jon Spear (guitar and vocals), Andy Burdetsky (bass), John Stubblefield (drums) and Dara James (lead vocals and guitar plus harmonicas).
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Kat Somers Music
4:00 and 5:15 pm
the Front Porch
Kat Somers Music

Kat Somers is a performing artist and singer/songwriter with compositions from indie soft pop and acoustic pop. Kat started playing on the streets when she was 15 years old. She would play for 5 hours straight and take any opportunity she had away from school, marching band and soccer practice to be sharing her music with anyone who would listen. After graduating from college Kat began pursuing her music career full time booking over 35 gigs in under a year, many of them in the summer, and continuing to play on the streets.
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