FNM 2014, "SEA-CHANGES"
Thank you to everyone who came out to First Night Monterey to celebrate New Year's Eve in Historic Downtown Monterey as we danced, performed, created and sang our way into 2014! SeaChanges presented the majesty of the ocean and the issues of pollution through artwork completed this past year by youth and community members and the resolution room challenged all of us to see the change we can make in our individual lives to SeaChanges! By buying a First Night Button, you supported First Night artists and enable First Night ArtWorks! Outreach programs!
THE FIRST ACT for the Young & Young-at-Heart!
Kids' Night Out and the afternoon/early evening activities kicked off at 3 PM with the Opening Ceremony at Colton Lawn on Pacific Street, music, song, drumming, dance, ballet, folk dancing in traditional costumes, face art, balloon magic, art creating, hat making and more! Activities at the Colton Lawn and Monterey Museum of Art on Pacific Street, and the Monterey Conference Center and Alvarado/Galleria activities completed your artful time, culminating with the 5:30 PM Twilight Procession serving as the Kids' Night Out Finale!
THE SECOND ACT: THE MAIN EVENT!
You "Buttoned-up" for 9 hours of entertainment, from Classical to Jazz, Blues to Rock to Country, Hip-Hop to Folk! World dance in the street with international costumed dancers, including Chinese Lion dancers. We danced to the sounds of oldies, rock-n-roll, tropical beats and West African sounds, joined friends dancing with the Wii game "Just Dance!" You bought blinkies and light ups from our kiosks supporting First Night and our art outreach programs. In the Monterey Conference Center, Golden State Theatre and the Church of Religious Science, we enjoyed music, art and community, we danced to the sounds of live bands, rap. Celtic, folk, Flamenco, Jazz and marimba are just a few of the sounds we heard all the way to the New Year! We viewed art exhibits from First Night-sponsored workshops from Greenfield to Salinas and Marina. Download the 2014 Program Guide.
GRAND FINALE - THE COUNTDOWN TO 2014!
The Grand Finale! Our 2014 headliners, two reknowned local bands brought us into the New Year; Mike Beck and the Bohemian Saints with their Americana/Rock and Roll music style, and Chris Cain with his original sound of jazz-inspired blues! Both events featured a countdown to the New Year!
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR FIRST NIGHT VOLUNTEERS
It would not be possible to present FNM without the support of hundreds of volunteers. First Night volunteers this year included teens, military personnel, retirees, service organizations and community members just like you! Click here for more information about volunteering with FNM!