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Performing Artists FNM 2014

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Classical to Jazz, Blues to Rock, Hip-Hop to Folk, we've got it! FNM 2014 has a complete line-up to delight the entire family. Click the links below the performer's photos to visit their website. Preliminary details, program and times subject to change.

BL=Blues | CH=Childrens' | CL=Classical | DA=Dance | FK=Folk/Celtic/Americana | FM=Film | JZ=Jazz
LT=Latin | RCH=Rock/Country/Hip-Hop | WM=World Music

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony - Colton Lawn

Site 1: Colton Lawn - Free

3:00 - 3:15 PM

The opening of our 19th Celebration begins with the beat of many drums from traditional to the recycled! Join us as the drummers call to us to begin the Celebration! Bringing us together as we open First Night Monterey 2013! Please join us on Pacific Street at Colton Lawn.

Twilight Procession

Twilight Procession

Alvarado Street, from Portola Plaza to Pearl Street

5:30 PM

Join us as we process down Alvarado Street from Portola Plaza towards Pearl Street. The Procession starts at 5:30PM. First Night Monterey is first and foremost about community, so we hope you will join us in the Twilight Processional as we feature, artists, stilt walkers, dancers, giant puppets, marching moms and many other local friends and neighbors. Parade route begins at Portola Plaza down Alvarado Street (wrong way) towards Pearl.

Along Came Betty(JZ)

Site 26: Carleton Hall

9:00 - 9:30, 9:45 - 10:15, 10:30 - 11:00

For our 21st anniversary, we are happy to be welcoming back a First Night favorite, Along Came Betty. Described by the press as one of the best jazz bands ever to come out of Monterey, this quintet plays jazz in the hard-bop style of the 50s and 60s. Along Came Betty played at the 2013 Jazz Festival and are not to be missed if you are a jazz fan.

Ashé and the Global Rhythm Collective(WM)

Site 15: Alvarado Street Wells Fargo Stage

7:00 - 7:30, 7:45 - 8:15, 8:30 - 9:00

Start your New Year with a bang! A world-class ensemble of drummers and dancers from across the globe interweaving African, Latin, soul, jazz, Caribbean, Brazilian with spoken word and passionate dance performances.

Ash Dance - Groove Like Bollywood! (WM/DA)

Site 10: Alvarado Street Galleria

3:45 - 4:15, 4:30 - 5:00 PM

The Ash Dance group brings the glamour and spectacular dancing of India's favorite Bollywood movies to the streets of Monterey. Enjoy their exotic and captivating rhythms.

Amanda West and Pete Solomon (FK/WM)

Site 7: Monterey Museum of Art

3:30 - 4:00, 4:15 - 4:45, 5:00 - 5:30

Santa Cruz's Amanda West and Pete Solomon bring their blend of world music, jazz and folk sounds to the Monterey Museum of Art. Join them for a thought-provoking afternoon of original songs that they describe as "Philosophical Folk Fusion".

A Park Avenue Studio of Belly Dancing (DA/WM)

Site 19: Conference Center Serra Ballroom

8:15 - 9:00 PM and at various other venues throughout the celebration!

Classic belly dance with an American flair! Stylized synchronized dances of both traditional and modern styles. They are always a crowd favorite - the audience is encouraged to join in the fun, so don't be shy!

Black Irish Band (FK/WM)

Site 14: Golden State Theater

7:30 - 8:00, 8:15 - 8:45, 9:00 - 9:30 PM

A long-time favorite at First Night! This group from the historic Gold Rush country captures the spirit of the Irish, Scottish, Italian and American folk music and always leaves the audience shouting for more.

Just Dance

Best Buy Presents "Just Dance!" (with Wii)(DA)

Site 14a: Alvarado Street near Golden State Theater

6:45 - 10:45 PM

Step to the beat and get into the rhythm as you play the Just Dance Wii game! From Katy Perry tracks to Gangnam style- get ready to dance!! You're the star! Presented by Best Buy.

Carmel Academy of Performing Arts - Team CAPA (DA/CH)

Site 19: Conference Center Serra Ballroom

3:30 - 4:00, 4:15 - 4:45 PM

High-energy dancers age 5 to 17 perform jazz, hip-hop and contemporary dance styles to various musical genres. Pure entertainment from these emerging young dancers!

Chris Cain Band (BL/RCH/DA) (Finale Performer)

Site 14: Golden State Theater

10:00 - 10:45 PM + GRAND FINALE at 11:15!

Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues-soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of the classic bluesmen of the past. With his four-piece band, he will raise the roof of the Golden State Theater and send you dancing into the New Year!

Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men (RCH)

Site 13: Alvarado Street Rabobank Stage

6:30 - 7:15, 7:30 - 8:15 PM

A rock and roll band born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains! Songwriters Jamie and Kellen Coffis boast a repertoire of songs based around simple and honest lyrics and catchy hooks that bring to mind classic rock bands.

Fireside Collective (JZ)

Site 24: Conference Center Ferrante Room

9:00 - 9:30, 9:45 - 10:15, 10:30 - 11:00 PM

All the members of the Fireside Collective are music students from CSUMB and MPC. Formed in 2011, this lively combo plays an up-tempo mixture of jazz, blues and funk that is just right for seeing in the New Year.

Greek Dancers of Monterey

Greek Village Dancers of the Monterey Peninsula (DA/WM)

Site 10: Alvarado Street Galleria

6:45 -7:15, 7:30 - 8:00, 8:15 - 8:45 PM

These lively and vibrant dancers will perform intricate folk dances wearing stunning authentic costumes. Audience participation is welcome and simple dance steps will be taught. Opa!

Grumbling Ginger (FK/RCH)

Site 25: Conference Center Colton Rooms

6:30 - 7:00, 7:15 - 7:45, 8:00 - 8:30 PM

Experience the atmosphere of a British folk club right here in downtown Monterey. Grumbling Ginger perform original acoustic folk-rock with a Celtic twist that First Nighters love. Join them for an evening of songs, storytelling and humor. Grumbling Ginger play original acoustic folk-rock with a Celtic twist that First Nighters love, and tonight they will be performing songs from their new CD "Smooth the Rough".

I Cantori di Carmel (CL)

Site 26: Carleton Hall (Monterey Center for Spiritual Living)

6:30-7:00, 7:15-7:45, 8:00-8:30 PM

From Classical to Jazz, from Pop to Broadway, I Cantori di Carmel chorus has entertained the Monterey Peninsula with the finest in choral music for 30 years. We are proud to welcome them to First Night's 21st celebration.

Kuzanga Marimba(WM)

Site 23: Conference Center Steinbeck Forum

8:45 - 9:15, 9:30 - 10:00, 10:15 - 10:45 PM

Get up out of your seat and dance to the ecstatic traditional music of Zimbabwe! With colorful costumes, wooden marimbas, drums and gourd shakers, Kuzanga will entrance fans of all ages and provide a feast for the senses.

Las Ramas

Las Ramas Flamenco (DA/WM)

Site 23: Conference Center Steinbeck Forum

6:15 - 6:45, 7:00 - 7:30, 7:45 - 8:15 PM

Experience the excitement and passion of traditional Spanish Flamenco. This acclaimed group is making a welcome return to First Night to delight you with their vibrant music, dance and traditional costumes.

MC Lars with Marina Teen Center (RCH)

Site 3: Pacific Street Colton Lawn

3:30 - 4:00, 4:30 - 5:00 PM

Site 24: Conference Center Ferrante Room

6:30 - 7:00, 7:15 - 7:45, 8:00 - 8:30 PM

Carmel native MC Lars has a unique voice in hip-hop and has performed at First Night since the very beginning. His rhymes are intelligent, thought provoking and funny. Lars is this year'™s First Night Artist in Residence and has been working with the Marina Teen Center to let local teenagers make music. Hear the results exclusively at First Night!

Mike Beck & Bohemian Saints (RCH/DA) (Finale Performer)

Site 19: Conference Center Serra Ballroom

9:15 - 10:00, 10:15 - 11:00 PM + GRAND FINALE at 11:15!

All-American rock music from one of our most popular local bands. Mike Beck is a Monterey native, a singer-songwriter and a real-life working cowboy! With his band the Bohemian Saints, he serves up high-energy, danceable music that will have you rocking in the New Year!

Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team

Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team & Monterey Bay Healing Tao (DA/WM)

Site 10: Alvarado Street Galleria

9:15 - 9:45, 10:00 - 10:30 PM

Celebrate the New Year and lift your spirits with traditional Chinese lion dancing. This dance team performs traditional Chinese Tai Chi Chuan and Lion dances to the exciting rhythms of drums, cymbals and gongs.

Monterey Peninsula College String Ensemble (CL)

Site 26: Carleton Hall

3:30 - 4:00, 4:15 - 4:45, 5:00 - 5:30 PM

The MPC String Ensemble, directed by David Dally, is a community orchestra of string players (violins, violas, cellos & basses), which performs great classical works of music. They will perform selections from the Dohnanyi "Serenade," Shostakovich "Sinfonia for String Orchestra," and the Bruckner "Adagio" from the string quintet.

North Pacific String Band (FK)

Site 25: Conference Center Colton Rooms

9:00 - 9:30, 9:45 - 10:15, 10:30 -11:00 PM

Red-hot bluegrass and traditional style string band music from five young guys with an infectious sense of fun and an impeccable ear for a tune. They played at this year's Jazz Festival and are bound to get your toes tapping with their music and harmonies.

One A-Chord (RCH/DA)

Site 19: Conference Center, Serra Ballroom

6:15 - 7:00, 7:15 - 8:00 PM

Founded in 2010, Monterey's own One A-Chord brings the sounds of Island reggae to the peninsula. Blending Hawaiian and Polynesian sounds with reggae groove, One A-Chord is guaranteed to bring good vibes to your New Year's Eve celebration.

Rock Paper Scissors (RCH)

Site 13: Alvarado Street Rabobank Stage

8:45 - 9:30, 9:45 - 10:30 PM

Popular local band previously known as the Wharf Rats will have Alvarado Street groovin' in the New Year with a selection of your favorite classic rock tunes from the 1960s to the present day. Now featuring popular local singer Linda Arceo on vocals.


Sambahemians and Samba Légal (FK/WM)

Site 15: Alvarado St. Wells Fargo Stage

9:30 - 10:00, 10:15 - 11:00 PM

Dance to the beat of Afro-Brazilian rhythms, Caribbean calypso and Brazilian folk samba. Drum ensemble the Sambahemians will bring a Carnival atmosphere to New Year’s Eve in Monterey. DeFarnco Dance Project joins the group to perform to the Caribbean sounds!

Shinsho Mugen Daiko (WM)

Site 2: Pacific Street Stage - Opening Ceremony

3:00 - 3:30, 4:00 - 4:30, 5:00 - 5:30 PM

Hear the thunder of the drums as they call us to begin the countdown to 2013. Experience the exquisite physicality of these Taiko Drummers as they perform traditional Japanese drumming and open the festival.

Spector Dance(DA/CH)

Site 23: Conference Center Steinbeck Room

3:45 - 4:15, 4:30 - 5:00 PM

SpectorDance and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute collaborated on Ocean, a multidisciplinary work that brings together science, dance, music, and film. The piece explores changing ocean chemistry, the food web, storm patterns, and how we might become better stewards of our beloved ocean.

Yala Lati (WM)

Site 24: Conference Center Ferrante Room

3:30 - 4:00, 4:15 - 4:45, 5:00 - 5:30 PM

Yala Lati is an inspirational women's choir from Santa Cruz, offering spiritual and folk music from a diverse range of traditions and faiths. With their beautiful a capella harmonies and uplifting messages, the songs of Yala Lati will leave you in a positive frame of mind to begin your New Year.

Young Filmmakers: Monterey Bay Teen Film Series (FILM)

Site 14: Golden State Theater

4:30 - 5:15, 6:30 - 7:00PM

Young filmmakers explore their voices, their dreams and their environments. This year's program features films in which teenagers create light bulbs for slums from repurposed plastic bottles, where students create hip hop jams about the pleasures of belonging to the Chemistry club, and where students fight the pressures to give up on their dreams of studying art in school. All of the locally made films were created in workshops that will continue through an ongoing partnership of CSUMB with the Philip Glass Center for Arts, Science and the Environment.


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