First Night Saratoga, 2017
As one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country, First Night is the most affordable, accessible, family-friendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year's Eve in the region.
On Saturday, December 31st join over 15,000 revelers as Saratoga Arts hosts over seventy regional and touring performing groups in thirty venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs. Starting with the 5k roadrace at Skidmore College at 5:30pm, culminating with the fireworks in Congress Park at midnight and packed full of live music, dance, comedy and magic in between, this event will be a highlight of your outgoing year.
Our mainstage this year is an homage to local grown groups. The evening will kick off with nostalgic favorite, The Figgs, followed by returning favorite Sirsy, who played standing room only crowds last year. Headlining the evening is the Wild Adriatic who is following up their spring European tour and summer crosscountry jaunt in the US with a new CD due out just after the new year. Expect to get the jump on some fresh new grooves from this internationally acclaimed rock trio as they usher in 2017.
Our WEXT stage features the ever popular Ramblin Jug Stompers who will take the stage to play some toe-tapping favorites that have earned them a steady following in the 518 area. They are book ended by up-and-coming folk-roots group Living Roots Trio and the mutli-instrumentalist pop-rock sensation that is Darling Valley.
Saratoga Arts is proud to provide a showcase opportunity for young performers as well, including the seventeen year old award-winning Elvis impersonator Matthew Boyce and his band the Suspicious Minds, and talented nineteen year-olds Arianna Stewart, Maddy Hicks and Shane Guerrette all with big opportunities ahead of them.
A full range of genres are represented, from country-rock (Grit N Whiskey, Crow Ridge) to retro coverband and tribute artists (Big Fez and the Surfmatics, Harold Ford) to Django Reignhardt jazz (Nisky Dixie Cats, Hot Club of Saratoga) to Irish infused groups (Kevin McKrell, Grafton Street Trio). There is something for everyone!
If you are in need of some good humor this New Years Eve, try visiting our local improv troupe Mop & Bucket Company, always good for a laugh and a staple of our New Years Eve programming. Or check out any of our individual stand up comedians like Dwayne Murphy Jr. who was recenlty a semi-finalist at the Boston Comedy Festival or award winning local singer-songwriiter Erin Harkes who has also happened to work every major club in NYC and Toronto as a comedian.
First Night 2017 is a Night of Magic and we have plenty of performers ready to boggle your mind. Jon Stetson, one of the most well-known mentalists in the United States, will read thoughts with unbelievable accuracy and comic hypnotist, Michael Ray will bring the most suggestible of us up on stage for some ridiculous New Years hijinks. Patrick Davis will amaze with feats of levetation and up-close magic and at Empire State College we have more divinators than ever before (tarot, runes, psychic mediums), providing you insight into what's in store for the coming year.
Get moving this new year's with the smooth Latin rhythms of Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra and the the funky swing of NitroJive. Saratoga Savoy will be joining us as well for anyone who wants to learn a few new turns on the dance floor!
... AND MORE!
30TH ANNIVERSARY DISCOUNT
In honor of our 30th Anniversary we are partnering with Price Chopper to offer a discounted rate on buttons. At Price Chopper locations, Saratoga Arts and online we will be selling buttons for $15 from December 1st through December 25th. After December 25th our discount ends, and buttons will be priced at $20 through New Year's Eve. So come and visit us early!
Saratoga Arts (View)
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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