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First Night Monterey 2020

First Night 2020 Performers!
Your First Night Monterey Button includes admission to over 65 performances throughout the night in multiple downtown Monterey venues!

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Finale Band CAROLYN SILLS COMBO will transport you to an era when country swing ruled the airwaves!  **NEW FOR 2020**

2018 Ameripolitan Award Winner for western swing group, the Carolyn Sills Combo puts on a fun and upbeat show of original music that reminds listeners of classic country and western styles. Just released, their album Return to El Paso ranked #10 on the Alt-country charts.
Site 20: Serra Ballroom, Conference Ctr. Times: 10:15 - 11:00 | **FINALE** 11:15 - 12MN

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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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Monterey's SENSORY TRiBE will lift your spirits and leave you with a smile on your face!

Sensory TRiBE brings Collaborative Reggae Fusion Music with a message, an exhilarating blend of good vibes, reggae, soulful rhythms and cheerful music collaboration. The band is a harmonious fusion of six diverse voices: Samra Asrat, Glenn Bell, Zack Benbich, EL Kallpa, Sean McGill, and Nathan Osterman. Sensory Tribe has performed the Winter Warm Up Battle of the Bands at The Catalyst Atriu, Colton Hall Evening Music Series, the Monterey Museum of Art and the West End Celebration. With multiple members writing original music for the band, their performance promises fresh tunes that will make you dance and feel the vibe!
Site 13: Bonifacio Stage, Alvarado St. Times: 8:45 - 9:30 | 9:45 - 10:45

Local guitarist Rick Chelow and Brooklyn musician Elise Leavy span the GENERATION GAP!  **NEW FOR 2020**

Great harmonies from longtime local favorite Rick Chelew (guitar) and 21 year-old Brooklyn New Yorker Elise Leavy (songwriter, singer, accordionist, pianist, guitarist, a painter of musical portraits) who is currently back home for the holidays! Expect to hear some early country/bluegrass classics as well as favorites from the likes of Joni Mitchell, Gillian Welch, Townes Van Zandt, Tim Hardin, Leonard Cohen and Mose Allison, as well as original songs from both Elise and Rick.
Site 27: Colton Rooms, Conference Ctr. Times: 9:00 - 9:30 | 9:45 - 10:15 | 10:30 - 11:00

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With a unique spin on Blues and Bluegrass, DIRTY CELLO is cello like you've never heard before!

From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello, led by vivacious cross-over cellist Rebecca Roudman, brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Good Times Santa Cruz says "...what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman's playing- it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument." From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin' bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!
Site 26: Steinbeck 3 Ballroom, Conf Ctr. Times: 8:45 - 9:15 | 9:30 - 10:00 | 10:15 - 11:00

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THE CHARITIES BAND brings a melting pot of groovy sounds to Monterey! **NEW FOR 2020**

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. Consistently performing gives the band opportunity to improvise 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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Don't miss the return of MC LARS, Indie artist and literary post-punk rapper!

MC Lars is the creator of post-punk laptop rap and lit-hop, which he has extended and powered into a fusion of rap, punk, rock, ska, pop and other genres. He is post-modern -- combining his music with powerful and present lyrics, and packing concert venues worldwide with raps about everything from the iGeneration to Guitar Hero to Edgar Allen Poe to Game of Thrones, the Simpsons and cyberbullying. He speaks to and for people of all ages, lifestyles, and perspectives, and is a story-teller, covering love, life, loss, confusion, and hope. He does so with energy and wit, joined with a strong sense of humor and perspective. Playing First Night most years since 1998, Lars is back from New York to celebrate the New Year in his home town. Don't miss it!
Site 8: MIIS Irvine Auditorium Times: 9:00 - 9:30 | 9:45 - 10:15 | 10:30 - 11:00

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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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ANDREA'S FAULT has brought smiles to Central Coast audiences for years! **NEW FOR 2020**

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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Dancing-in-the-streets fun! SAMBA LEGAL plays rhythms from Bahia and Rio de Janeiro.

Most of the members of Samba Legal have been playing their brand of Brazilian rhythms for the better part of two decades in the Monterey area. Samba Legal (meaning cool or hip) plays at major events throughout the year like First Night, Parade of Lights, Good Old Days and West End. Often accompanied by the Samba Legal dancers, in full regalia, to help usher you into the spirit of Bahia.
Site 16: Wells Fargo Stage, Alvarado St. Times: 9:30 - 10:00 | 10:15 - 11:00

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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  **NEW FOR 2020**

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 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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Also new this year, ROBERT TURNER & KEVIN O'NEAL TRIO WITH LYNDON ROCHELLE bring their award-winning sound to the stage!  **NEW FOR 2020**

Grammy award winning trio. Robert Turner has worked with Ronnie Laws, Dr. Dre and Stevie Wonder to name a few. Kevin O’Neal has worked with The Bus Boys, received a Grammy with Outcast, and drummer Lyndon Rochelle earned a Grammy with Esperanza Spalding. The trio is currently recording a new album at Capitol Studios. Among some original tunes, they will be performing great standards such as New York New York, I Left My Heart in San Francisco , La La Land, Auld Lang Syne, etc.
Site 9: Monterey Center for Spiritual Living Times: 9:00 - 9:30 | 9:45 - 10:15 | 10:30 - 11:00

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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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Join THE OLD TOWN QUARTET in an evening of spirited Contra Dance!  **NEW FOR 2020**

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 | 9:00 - 9:45

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THE PETERSON TRIO returns to First Night after rave reviews!

Led by guitarist Gabe Peterson, the trio presents original interpretations of the great jazz standards and gypsy jazz melodies. The trio received wonderful reviews from their appearance at last year’s First Night Monterey and other signature events of our region such as The Barnyard’s Ferrari Social. They also got rave reviews at new events including the Carmel Sunset Rotary Club Aim for Youth Mental Health Art Exhibition and Reception at the Sunset Center in October.

Site 28: Stevenson 1, Conference Ctr. Times: 9:00 - 9:30 | 9:45 - 10:15 | 10:30 - 11:00

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NA HAUMANA brings the spirit of Aloha to First Night!  **NEW FOR 2020**

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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Welcome the New Year with MONTEREY BAY LION DANCE TEAM symbolizing the arrival of prosperity and good luck!

This evening the Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team (MBLDT) performs Chinese Lion Dance to usher in our 2020 New Year Celebration… Lion Dance combines martial arts postures and footwork with elaborate costumes in performing synchronized percussion rhythms, and precision dance movements. The Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team is proud to serve a broad culturally diverse community bringing visual, cultural form together in capturing people’s imagination, symbolizing humanity, and reflecting change.
Site 12: Galleria, Alvarado St. Times: 9:00 - 9:30 | 9:45 - 10:15 | 10:30 - 11:00

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AZAHAR FLAMENCO DE MONTEREY will bring us to the southern cities of Spain where Flamenco was born!

Azahar Flamenco de Monterey is a local flamenco dance ensemble. The group has performed at many events throughout Monterey County since its formation in 2014. The ensemble performs lively and colorful group and solo numbers which feature traditional and contemporary flamenco dance in a variety of forms, such as sevillanas, rumba, gypsy tango, and fandango. The group's director and founder travels annually to Spain to study, returning with knowledge to ensure the authenticity of the performances. You will be mesmerized by the colorful costumes, fast turns, rhythmic footwork, and passionate music!
Site 23: Steinbeck 1, Conference Ctr. Times: 10:00 - 10:45 | 10:45 - 11:15

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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 | 9:00 - 9:30 | 9:45 - 10:15


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 | 9:15 - 9:45

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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


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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