First Night Saratoga 2016
For 2o years, First Night Saratoga has been the go-to event for families ringing in the new year. As we planned for our 20th anniversary, we asked hundreds of people what they wanted to see and hear and this year's program is a reflection of that.
We have brought in the best from all over the spectrum of arts; musicians, dancers, magicians, and even a few psychics! We worked with dozens of venues and nearly one thousand volunteers and performers to bring you the biggest First Night Saratoga event the region has ever seen. The evening starts with 1,500 people running in our First Night 5K and ends with SPAC's 50th Anniversary First Night Fireworks display by Northstar Fireworks in Congress Park.
The new year welcomes many reasons to celebrate the arts in Saratoga Springs, as it also marks the thirtieth anniversary of Saratoga Arts who is proud to bring you not only First Night Saratoga, but dozens of other programs that bring the arts to every corner of the region and reach over 100,000 people annually.
Headlining the evening is the iconic NRBQ (New Rhythm and Blues Quartet) who will share the mainstage with returning favorites HaroldFord with his acclaimed Johnny Cash tribute and Jim Gaudet's award-winning bluegrass ensemble. Right next door, the internationally touring rock duo Sirsy, who played standing room only crowds last year, will take the stage to bring in the new year. Our WEXT stage features up and coming local female folk-rock artist, MaryLeigh Roohan, paired with the roots-rock ensemble Yankee Holler and soul-inspired funk of JV & the Cutters- the best of the 518 this year in all different flavors.
Saratoga Arts is proud to provide a showcase opportunity for young performers as well, including the fourteen year old pop savant Talia Denis illuminated by a stunning laser show and the sixteen year old award-winning Elvis impersonator Matt Boyce and his band the Suspicious Minds. A full range of genres are represented, from country-rock (18 Strings of Trouble, Red Haired Strangers) to Ska/Reggae and 60s retro (The Robanics, Big Fez and the Surfmatics) to dixieland jazz (Nisky Dixie Cats, Hot Club of Saratoga) to real-deal folk (Phil Henry, Michael Jerling) to the hip classically infused strains of CelloVoce. There is something for everyone.
If you are in need of some good humor this New Year's Eve, try visiting our local improv troupe Mop & Bucket Company, always good for a laugh and a staple of our New Year's Eve programming. Or check out Chris Ruggerio's one man variety show- an act that you can't help but smile for with a thrilling feel-good mixture of stand-up comedy and daredevil juggling.
We have a venue entirely dedicated to the Mind Arts with tarot card and rune readers as well as a certified psychic, Corbie Mitleid, who willprovide "gallery-style" past life readings. Comic hypnotist, Michael Ray will bring the most suggestible of us up on stage for some ridiculous New Year's hijinks and the nationally recognized actor and magician, Josh Lozoff, will rivet the audience with his mind-bending act, "Life is Magic", in one moment making a drawing come alive just by pointing; in the next predicting an audience member's choice even before she knows them herself.
The Arthur Murray Dance Studio will open its' doors all evening providing a different type of group instruction every hour from Salsa to Swing, no partner necessary. If you have kids and want the same active fun, but a little less structure the Turtle Clan Dancers will be leading ceremonial winter dances from the Ojibwe and Abenaki tribes and the Homespun Dancers will brighten the night with live folk music and guided square and line dances from the American tradition.
For a complete list of Saratoga Arts' First Night Saratoga 2016 performers visit: www.saratoga-arts.org/firstnight/artists
over 30 venues in Downtown, Saratoga Springs, NY (View)
Broadway and Surrounding Streets
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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