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First Night Monterey 2020

In by 3, Out by 9!

Making it an early night? These 35 performances all conclude before 9 PM; many, even earlier. Enjoy the celebration and be home before 9:30!

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Classic Rock Band FIELDS OF EDEN will have you on your feet dancing and singing from the first note!

. Fields of Eden featuring Kiki Wow and the Wowettes is a classic hits dance covering all time favorite hits from the last three decades. This fun loving group delivers timeless songs covering artists like ELP, Todd Rundgren, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, John Mayer, Verve Pipe, Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, Chris Isaac, Santana, The Pretenders, over 300 songs strong... a mixed bag of music with something for everybody. This band has audiences tapping, dancing and singing along from the first song on. The fun is contagious with this very tight band that will have audiences tapping and singing along from the first song on!
Site 20: Serra Ballroom, Conference Ctr. Times: 6:15 - 6:45 | 7:00 - 7:30

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ANDREA'S FAULT has brought smiles to Central Coast audiences for years!

Swinging guitar, bass and drums provide the backbone for this fine vocal group performing a wide variety of great songs; jazz standards from Bessie Smith to Sinatra, and early rock from Nat King Cole and Elvis to Motown. This winning combination has brought big smiles to Central Coast audiences for decades. Andrea Carter, Darrin Michell, and Rick Chelew.
Site 27: Colton Rooms, Conference Ctr. Times: 6:30 - 7:00 | 7:15 - 7:45 | 8:00 - 8:30

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New to First Night, THE CHARITIES BAND brings a melting pot of groovy sounds to Monterey!

With funk and soul being an anchor to their sound, The Charities' music also touches on Motown, jazz, disco, R&B and rock'n'roll. They enjoy playing live the most, where the energy between audience and band builds into an experience that cannot be expressed in the studio. Consisitently performing gives the band opportunity to improvide more often, blending their influences in an organically unique way for the audience to experience. This bunch of pals has assembled to bring the world a musical vision that calls out to the listener to shake their booty and enjoy life!
Site 13: Bonifacio Stage, Alvarado St. Times: 6:30 – 7:15 | 7:30 – 8:15

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Perennial FNM favorite BLACK IRISH BAND opens the night with their highly entertaining Folk, Americana, and Celtic Pub-Rock!

Formed in 1989 in the historic Gold Rush Town of Sonora, Ca. The Black Irish Band presents the songs of the working people from the 19th Century to the present. A large compliment of Maritime, Railroad, Celtic, American and original music that brings to life the adventures of the people who built the world on which we now live. Listen to the stories, sing along, and take a musical trip through history with the Black Irish Band. Happy New Year!
Site 26: Steinbeck 3 Ballroom, Conf Ctr. Times: 6:15 - 6:45 | 7:00 - 7:30 | 7:45 - 8:15

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Hear the thunder of the drums! SHINSHO MUGEN DAIKO opens First Night Monterey with traditional Japanese drumming.

Experience the exquisite physicality of these Taiko Drummers as they perform traditional Japanese drumming, incorporating elements of martial arts. Shinsho Mugen Daiko, founded in 1999, is a group of drummers who are interested in studying the art of Japanese drumming. Taiko, which means "big drum or big drums," have been played at festivals, religious rituals, the theater and orchestras of the Imperial Palace. The founding director, Ikuyo Conant, emphasizes cultivation of energy, self-awareness and social and personal harmony in Taiko drumming.
Site 1: Pacific Street Stage Times: 3:00 - 3:30 | 3:45 - 4:15 | 4:45 - 5:15

Take a memorable trip around the Celtic world with PAULETTE LYNCH AND CELTIC ROADS

Paulette Lynch and Celtic Roads -- Take a memorable trip around the Celtic world with First Night Monterey founder Paulette Lynch on hammered dulcimer and special musical guests...be prepared to join in on percussion and vocals from time to time!
Site 28: Stevenson 1, Conference Ctr. Times: 6:30 - 7:00 | 7:15 - 7:45 | 8:00 - 8:30

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KUZANGA MARIMBA brings us high-energy dance music from Zimbabwe.

Kuzanga plays traditional and contemporary music from Zimbabwe on wooden 7 marimbas of different sizes, including a bass marimba that is over 6 feet long and 5 feet high! Hosho (gourd rattles) and vocals punctuate the marimba harmonies. Intricate rhythms and interlocking melodies create a happy sound that appeals to people of all ages and abilities. The music is suitable for both dancing and listening.
Site 8: MIIS Irvine Auditorium Times: 6:30 - 7:00 | 7:15 - 7:45 | 8:00 - 8:30

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Enjoy the classical sounds of the MONTEREY SYMPHONY BRASS QUINTET!

Music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods along with ragtime, standards from the Great America Songbook, waltzes, marches, and even a little jazz!
Site 9: Monterey Center for Spiritual Living Times: 6:30 – 7:00 | 7:15 - 7:45 | 8:00 - 8:30

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New to First Night, join THE OLD TOWN QUARTET in an evening of spirited Contra Dance!

Like dancing to live music? Want to go to a dance and not have bring your own partner? Contra Dancing is great for all ages and is great exercise to boot! Contra dancing is a form of traditional American set dance, with its roots in the French and English country dancing of the 17th and 18th centuries. The dance figures themselves, which are simple and easy to learn, are similar to those used in traditional square dances -- for example, do-si-do and swing your partner.
Site 20: Serra Ballroom, Conference Ctr. 8:00 - 8:45

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NA HAUMANA brings the spirit of Aloha to First Night!

Na Haumana recognizes their foundation in tradition. Today, they evolve with creativity and testing, experimenting in music and dance movement, teaching culture and dance from the Polynesian and Micronesian Islands. Their piece, Aloha ‘Aina, pays homage to the respect and preservation of Hawai'i land and culture to perpetuate her aloha for generations to come.
Site 23: Steinbeck 1, Conference Ctr. Times: 7:00 - 7:30 | 7:45 - 8:15

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Learn folk dancing with GREEK VILLAGE DANCERS OF THE MONTEREY PENINSULA!

The lively and vibrant Greek Village Dancers will perform vigorous, intricate, graceful folk dances of Greece, wearing authentic costumes. Audience participation is welcome: simple dance steps will be taught. Opa!
Site 12: Alvarado Street/Galleria 6:15—6:45 pm

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FLASHPOINT ENTERTAINMENT will entertain you with their LED light shows incorporating dance and juggling!

This power trio has a Modern Circus type act focusing on dance with LED illuminated prop manipulation, juggling and eye popping colors. You will be wondering how did they do that! These light artists and street performers juggle to music, dance to lights and have a circus type fun act! A show stopper in the street! Look for their STEGATRON Art Car! The Art Car (is it a car?) is a post-historic pre-apocalyptic robot dinosaur from the future! Music, lights, this car has it all!
Site 14: Alvarado St. Illumination Artists Times: 8:15 - 8:45

Bellydancers

Bellydancers from LA-TI-DAH DANCE COMPANY will put smiles on your faces!

La-Ti-Dah Dance Company is a provisional belly dance troupe performing American Tribal Style belly dance. Performances are always family-friendly, colorful and perfect for adding mystery, artistry and joy to your New Year's eve! Playing finger cymbals, they are costumed in a glamorous style that evokes cultures along the Silk Road.
Site 23: Steinbeck 1, Conference Ctr. Times: 8:30 - 9:00

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GUITARS NOT GUNS will perform a selection of music ranging from children's classics to contemporary rock and blues.

Guitars Not Guns is a non-profit program that provides instruments and instruction free of charge to foster kids, at risk youth and other children in a classroom setting with qualified teachers. Each student is assigned a beginner guitar when they come to the first class. They may take their guitars home with them and are asked to practice 30 minutes each day; instructors volunteer their time. The Guitars Not Guns Band is made up of students , age 7-17, who meet at the Marina Teen Center.
Site 16: Wells Fargo Stage , Alvarado St. Times: 6:15 - 6:45 | 7:00 - 7:30

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Local dance troupe DI FRANCO DANCE PROJECT will present a fun-filled program of dance!

The DiFranco DanceProject, Dianne Lyle's company of dancers, ranging in age from 8 through 17 years, will offer a fun-filled, eclectic and exciting program of dances, inspired by cultures from around the globe.
Site 12: Galleria, Alvarado Street Times: 6:45 - 7:15 | 7:30 - 8:00 | 8:15 - 8:45

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ACAN MARCHING WINTER PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE is composed of standout students from the AUSD after-school drumline teams!

Joshua Alfaro, Founder of the Alisal Community Arts Network, thinks big. Even the acronym provides inspiration: Alisal CAN! The AUSD Marching Drum Line is a performing group composed of standout students from the AUSD after school drumline teams. The groups are sponsored by ACAN, which holds classes for over 1500 youth in East Salinas, Greenfield and Gonzales. Come hear them play!
Site 16: Wells Fargo Stage, Alvarado St. Times: 7:45 - 8:15 | 8:30 - 9:00

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The dance team from THE DANCE CENTER will present a program of dance.

The Dance Center team dancers will be showcasing their group and medley dances, ranging from jazz, contemporary, lyrical, acrobatic, tap, ballet and more. Students ages 2 years to adult are warmly welcomed into a creative atmosphere of passionate mentorship at The Dance Center where classes include ballet, pointe, hip-hop, tap, jazz, contemporary, acrobatics, and musical theater.
Site 23: Steinbeck 1, Conference Ctr. Times: 6:15 – 6:45

Just Dance

You're the star! BEST BUY PRESENTS "JUST DANCE!" VIDEO GAME

Step to the beat and get into the rhythm as you play the Just Dance video game! From Baby Shark to Frozen 2 to Ariana Grande to Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber —get ready to dance!! You're the star! There's something for all ages. Presented by Best Buy.
Site 15: Best Buy Stage, Alvarado St. Times: 6:30 – 9:15

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