First Night Saratoga Announces Bands for Big New Year’s Eve Celebration
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.
But that’s just a small part of the evening’s festivities which features more than 70 different performing groups, including MaryLeigh Roohan, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Matthew Carefully, Sirsy, Big Fez & the Surfmatics, Michael Jerling, Jack Grace, Yankee Holler, Olivia Quillio, the North & South Dakotas, Grit N Whiskey, Mike Campese, the Hot Club of Saratoga, J.V. & the Cutters and a whole lot more.
Admission buttons cost just $15 and are currently available online. On Tuesday, December 1, buttons will also be available at various brick & mortar locations, including Adirondack Trust Banks, Price Chopper Supermarkets, Saratoga Arts and Stewarts Shops and other outlets. One child age 12 & under is admitted free with each adult button purchased. Buttons are good for admission at all Saratoga First Nights events from 6pm-12midnight on New Year’s Eve.