First Night Saratoga – the family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration that takes place in Saratoga Springs – is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and the organizers have planned a jam-packed evening of entertainment, fun and fireworks.
The Thursday, December 31 festivities begin with the First Night 5k roadrace at Skidmore College at 5:30pm, and wrap up with the the Saratoga Performing Arts Center 50th
Anniversary First Night Fireworks display. In between, you’ll find 30 venues throughout the city offering a night full of live music, dance, comedy, magic and even a few psychics to predict what’s in store for you in 2016.
Headlining the 20th anniversary bash will be veteran omni-popsters NRBQ led by madcap keyboardist and founding member Terry Adams. NRBQ is scheduled to play at the City Center’s Main Hall, along with Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys and Harold Ford’s The Spirit: A Tribute to Johnny Cash.
There were far too many exciting performers at the recent Saratoga First Night in Saratoga Springs to mention… but people who wandered into the Arts Center on Broadway got a rare treat. Here is a 13-minute medley of “Me & the Devil” / “Too Little” / “Shoe Song,” served up by Holly & Evan, with a special boost from Ted Hennessy:
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Nippertown chief photographer
Welcome to 2012!
New Year’s Eve in Saratoga Springs has become quite the Nippertown tradition, and for music fans, there’s certainly no shortage of things to do. It’s a non-stop cavalcade of some of our finest homegrown musical talent – jazz, rock, Celtic, country, blues, zydeco, folk, bluegrass and more. Just about every kind of musical style was in the air somewhere around town during the annual First Night Saratoga celebration. All total, there were more than 70 performances and happenings taking place at nearly three dozen different performance venues.
Obviously, we couldn’t get to all of them, but here’s a sampling of what Nippertown chief photographer Andrzej Pilarczyk saw during his trek through the final moments of 2011:
First Night Saratoga was blessed not only with exceptional performers, but also with clear night skies and good weather. This made the sidewalk inviting for the many storefront window shows and the handful of street performances on Broadway.
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