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 energetic, up and coming Folk/Americana/Blue Grass band. They use acoustic/electric guitar, melodic fiddle lines, tasteful drums/percussion, and bass guitar. Location: Court Square Theater 7:00 & 9:00.
Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Band Bluegrass Band is known for their smooth vocal blends, stirring performances, and irrepressible humor. 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: Asbury Sanctuary, 6:00 & 8:00. (Weather permitting, Brian will perform on the street around Court Square.)
Explore More Discovery Museum plans children’s activities 6:00 til 9:00 pm. The traditional bubble wrap dance party takes place at 9:00. 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.
Bob Adamek will again bring a unique band: The Gryzzle, made up of mostly music majors from James Madison University, combines rich jazz harmonies, hip hop lyrics and artfully crafted song writing. The band has performed extensively since forming in the spring and has already amassed a surprisingly deep song catalogue. Location: Muhlenberg Activity Center, 7:00 & 9:00.
‘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: Muhlenberg Activity Center, 8:00 & 10:00.
Face Painting Partyby 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 till 8:30.
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, City Hall Atrium, 409 South Main St.9:00 & 10:00.
The Hatcher Boys is a family bluegrass band. Michael is “Dad” & plays guitar. 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. Location: Asbury Slaven Hall, Handicap accessible on the south side, 7:00, & 9:00.
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 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.
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, City Hall Chambers, 409 South Main St.: 9:00 & 10:00.
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?
NEW Performers Coming This Year
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.
John Schmid, founder and director of Common Ground Ministries. John provides a unique blend of country/folk/gospel, and a touch of contemporary. John is easy to listen to and his message reaches everyone through humor, true life stories, a love for people, and a wide selection of songs Location: Showker Hall, 7:00 & 9:00.
Everyday Peopleis an 8 piece band playing 60’s and 70’s soul, funk and R&B. So if you like to dance and enjoy music that puts a smile on your face, c’mon out and join the party! Location: Court Square Theater 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.
Blue Crew Dance Company is the Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation’s youth Dance Company. The company is composed of dancers ages 13 through 18, designed for students enrolled in dance classes. Location, City Hall Atrium, 409 South Main St.7:00 & 8:00.
Mosaic Handbell Ensemble presents an eclectic and entertaining mix of music from many genres – pop, jazz, folk, classical, sacred and seasonal. Enjoy watching true collaboration as 10 ringers play 100 bells and chimes with “Many Hands: One Voice.” Location, City Hall Chambers, 409 South Main St.: 7:00 & 8:00.
BALL DROP: The ball drop begins at 11:58 PM. At 11:15, 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. FNH18 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. FNH18 Buttons required for admittance.
See the schedule of events and map of destinations below.