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.
Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Band Bluegrass Band is known for their smooth vocal blends, stirring performances, and irrepressible humor. Location: Showker Hall, 7:00, 9:00 & 11:00
No Strings Attached is a Harrisonburg based improv comedy troupe. 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. Location, Showker Hall, 8:00 & 10:00.
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. Location: First Presbyterian Sanctuary, 7:00 & 9:00.
Brian Buchanan is a Country/Americana singer/songwriter who performs a mix of traditional country and original music and has won international acclaim for traditional country sound and songwriting. Location: First Presbyterian Sanctuary, 8:00 & 10:00.
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. Location: Court Square Theater, 6:00 & 8:00. (Weather permitting, Brian will perform on the street around Court Square.)
‘Stone Rollin’ is a rhythm, blues, and soul party guaranteed to keep your feet moving and your face smiling!! We are proudly fronted by vocal powerhouse Becca Gogue Porter! Location: Court Square Theater, 7:00, 9:00 & 10:00
ACME Swing Mfg. Co. You do want to dance, don’t you? You move, we groove, it’s what you call symbiotic. Ballads, blues, love songs, we’re all about close listening.Location, Muhlenberg Activity Center, 8:00 till 11:30.
Rainbow Designs Face Painting Each child gets a unique design complete with glitter and gems! Location: Harrisonburg Homes Team @ Kline May Realty, 83 South Main St, 6:00 till 8:45.
Dwight Martinsinger-songwriter-performing artist from Harrisonburg. Dwight plays “Hits from Past to Present” classic rock (e.g. Creedence Clearwater Revival & Lynyrd Skynyrd) country songs, and top 40 (Beatles, Eric Clapton, U2). at OASIS,Location: 103 S. Main St. 6:30 till 9:30
Explore More Discovery Museum plans children’s activities 6:00 till 9:00 pm. The traditional bubble wrap dance party takes place at 8:45. Parents need FNH18 buttons to enter unless they have a family membership to the Museum. Location address; 150 South Main St., 6:00 till 9:00.
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. They tour nationally creating new works for young audiences and their families. Location: Massanutten Library, 6:00 & 8:00.
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. Join in for some community music making with simple hand-held instruments. Location: Massanutten Library, 7:00 & 9:00.
The Hatcher Boys is a family bluegrass band. Dane is 24 and plays guitar and mandolin. Spencer is 21 and plays the 5-string banjo. Connor is 18 and plays the upright bass. Location: Asbury Slaven Hall, Handicap accessible on the south side, 7:00, 9:00 & 11:00.
Clymer Kurtz Band: The Clymer Kurtzes’ songwriting “has a high level of originality: lyrically, melodically and emotionally,” writes former music radio host Mel Lee. “Their vocal harmonies are striking, and their arrangements are fresh…. I don’t think they fit any easy categories, except that of excellence and artistic integrity. Location: Asbury Slaven Hall, Handicap accessible on the south side, 8:00 & 10:00.
Good Company is a six-member A Cappella group from here in the Shenandoah Valley. The performance will be a mix of new pieces AND familiar favorites that the audience will be invited to join in singing. Location: Asbury Sanctuary, 7:00 & 9:00.
The Sachs Piano Duo was formed by husband and wife pianists Dr. Stephen W. Sachs and Mrs. Carolyn R. Sachs in 1985. During the past 28 years, the Sachs Piano Duo has delighted audiences of all ages with a variety of music written for piano duet (one piano, four hands) and piano duo (two pianos, four hands) which is as fun to watch as it is to play, with interesting arm crossings and close hand proximity.
Hotel Madison Trio Jazz features Bishop Dansby on trumpet, Bob Bersson on guitar and vocals, and Jack Greer on percussion. The trio plays a variety of jazz, blues, and Brazilian music with standards by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Jelly Roll Morton, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and others. They will perform three sets of 45 minutes each 6:00, 7:00 & 8:00. Join them in the lobby of the newly build Hotel Madison, 710 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. The hotel has on-site garage parking directly behind the hotel off Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.
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 John C. Wells Planetarium. Shows at 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 PM are geared for families with young children. Shows are 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 are perfect for families with middle school-aged children.
5:00 One World One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
5:30 This is Our Sky
6:00 Earth, Moon and Sun
6:30 Magic Tree House: Space Mission
7:00 Polaris: The Space Submarine & The Mystery of Polar Night
7:30 Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?
BALL DROP: The ball drop begins at 11:58 PM. Around 11:30, DJ Chuck will lead the unique Dance Party from Main Stage on Court Square to the count down to the brave new year 2017. Can we do the impossible this year. Let’s set a record of holding the largest ever dance party on Court square! Over 2,500 may break the record. Can we do it?
Also consider attending either or both of the following.
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. FNH19 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. FNH19 Buttons required for admittance.
See the schedule of events and map of destinations below. (will be posted soon)