Don’t Miss A Moment Of Fun!

Keep checking back to see who our list of awesome entertainers will be for this year.  To see what our schedule was like last New Year’s Eve, see the schedule of events and map of destinations.  Details for this year will be posted as soon as they are available.  You will not want to miss a single moment of First Night Harrisonburg Fun.

Entertainers We Are Glad Are Coming Back This Year

Strong Water is an up and coming Folk/Americana band from Harrisonburg, VA. With a energetic and rich sound built on strong male and female vocals, driving acoustic/electric guitar parts, melodic fiddle lines, tasteful drum/percussion parts and filled out by banjo and bass guitar, this band has been entertaining audiences from MD to NC and everywhere in between with their eclectic range of original songs and covers.

Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Band formed in 1994, have successfully hosted their own Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival every year since 2001 in Buena Vista, VA on the fourth weekend of September. This notable event attracts acclaimed bluegrass bands and bluegrass music lovers from many corners of the U.S., Canada, and even overseas. The band is known for their smooth vocal blends, stirring performances, and irrepressible humor.

The Walking Roots Band is an Acoustic-Americana, folk, bluegrass-y, roots music group. Mixing a variety of musical tastes and influences, they employ guitars, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, violin, acoustic and rich vocal harmonies in their original songs and arrangements. A combination of humor, reflection, storytelling, joy, hope, love and good, clean fun. .

Brian Buchanan is a Country/Americana singer/songwriter who performs a mix of traditional country and original music. Brian has won international acclaim for his strong, traditional country sound and songwriting. Brian’s newest album is entitled “Truth” which Americana Rhythm Music Magazine calls “Classic Americana”.

The Magic of Brian Bence: Brian includes music, comedy, and of course amazing magic to provide a fun filled interactive show that is sure to be memorable. See silks, coins, cards, puppets, and even a talking drawing board come to life and provide wonderment and amazement in each performance.  (If the weather is nice, Brian will perform on the street around Court Square.)

Explore More Discovery Museum Children’s activities are planned from 6:00 till 9:00 pm at Explore More Discovery Museum. A special bubble wrap dance party will take place at 9:00 on the street in front of the museum. Parents will need FNH17 buttons to enter unless they have a family membership to the Museum. Location address;150 South Main St., 6:00 til 9:00.

Dancing with Karen Social dance includes standard ballroom dances like Waltz, Fox Trot, and Cha-Cha; dances that have endured because they are fun and everyone. Social dance includes the hot and sultry West Coast Swing, the sexy Salsa, the energetic Lindy, and the exotic Argentine Tango. Location address, 77 E. Market St. (Schedule pp.10 & 11) FNH17 Buttons required for admittance.

Dance & Company resident performing company. The Shenandoah Contemporary Dance Theater, will be showcasing dance repertoire in a FREE performance at the studio, 115 S. Main St, 5:00 to 7:00 & 7:00 to 9:00. FNH17 Buttons required for admittance.

Bob Adamek’s Harrisonburg High School Bands. Bob always presents young energetic performers, talented and gifted bands with a great future ahead. 

Face Painting Party by Sarah Zaidman. Each child gets a unique design complete with glitter and gems! Location: Harrisonburg Homes Team @ Kline May Realty, 83 South Main St, 6:00 til 8:30.

Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers & The Shenandoah Valley Minstrels Band welcome you to the pleasure of dancing in the style your ancestors once enjoyed; popular dances of the 1700’s and 1800’s. No dance experience necessary. Join in for good family fun. New Location: New City Hall Atrium

ACME Swing Mfg. Co. Thank you, FNH, for the opportunity to entertain the First Night Community! ACME means first rate musicians who love when folks just come to listen, even better if you come to dance we swing like crazy in that circumstance.

The Hatcher Boys is a family bluegrass band consisting of, Dad and his 3 sons. Michael is “Dad” and plays guitar and sings lead. Dane is 23 and plays guitar and mandolin. Spencer is 20 and plays the 5-string banjo. Connor is 17 and plays the upright bass. The foursome alternate between singing lead and harmony.

Mike Deaton’s Rhythm Playground. This is part musical performance, part show-and-tell, and part audience participation. Mike will showcase a few drums and percussion instruments from different parts of the world. All ages are welcome to join in for some community music making with simple hand-held instruments. In 2007 he performed for Desmond Tutu. Mike enjoys helping others create art, music, & JOY.

The Barefoot Puppets, back by popular demand, children’s favorite. Barefoot Puppet theater has been building and performing original and award-winning works since 1997 by founder and director, Heidi Rugg. They tour nationally creating new works for young audiences and their families.

No Strings Attached is a Harrisonburg based improv comedy troupe that performs for fun and for charity. There are twelve members with a wide variety of backgrounds and of varying impressions of reality, or lack thereof. They act, sing, and make you laugh. We’re always working on new ways to entertain both our audiences as well as ourselves.

John C. Wells Planetarium Want to inspire and excite your budding scientist or engineer? Don’t miss this opportunity to visit JMU’s state-of-the-art Planetarium . Show times and shows will be announced soon.

NEW Performers Coming This Year

Dwight Martin at OASIS Harrisonburg’s local fine art and  craft store for and by local artisans.  Dwight is Singer Songwriter & Performing Artist featuring “Hits from Past to Present”.

John Schmid, founder and director of Common Ground Ministries.  Based in Berlin, Ohio, with a focus on prisons in the Ohio Corrections System.  John has a unique blend of country/folk/gospel, and a touch of the contemporary music with a touch of humor, true life stories, a love for people, and a wide selection of songs.

Everyday People takes its name from the Sly and the Family Stone tune of the same name. Formed in 2001 by neighbors in the town of Port Republic it is an apt name as not only does the 8 piece band play horn driven 60’s and 70’s soul, funk and R&B but all of the members are regular working folks living in the Shenandoah Valley.

Good Company is a six-member a-Capella group based out of the Shenandoah Valley.  They began rehearsing together in the Fall of 2013 and have enjoyed singing a wide variety of music since then.  is a six-member a-Capella group based out of the Shenandoah Valley.

Blue Crew Dance Company is The Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation’s youth performance Dance Company.

Mosaic Handbell Ensemble’s mission is to provide an opportunity for advanced ringers to improve their skills, to perform for various audiences, and to support hand bell education through community outreach programs.

More performers to be named soon.

Don’t Miss A Moment Of Fun!

Check out the schedule of events and map of destinations below and plan out your evening in advance so you don’t miss a single moment of First Night Fun.