Information for 12/31/2017 Performances is being updated daily
9 – The First Baptist Church* – Sanctuary – 95 High St. near Miller St. 6:00-6:45pm, 9:00-9:45pm & 11:00-11:45pm. The award winning Ameranouche trio features “Gypsy, Flamenco & Swing” music. The melodic virtuosity of guitarist Richard “Shepp” Sheppard, the vehement rhythm chops of guitarist Jack Soref & the dulcet low end of upright bassist Michael K. Harrist. The award winning Ameranouche (pronounced uh-Mare-uh-noosh) is the premier gypsy jazz trio in the United States and a veteran of the Newport Jazz Festival. The name is derived from two words: American and Manouche, the gypsy tribe of guitarist Django Reinhardt. The rip-roaring ensemble is a super force of hot acoustic jazz, mixed with soul, flamenco, and bebop influences. Played on traditional French jazz guitars, the music is rhythmic, vigorous, and elegant. Whether they’re playing a musette waltz from 1930 or a funk-inspired original tune, Ameranouche is the sound of gypsy jazz in the 21st century. Visit the Ameranouche website
9 – First Baptist Church Sanctuary* – High St. near corner of Miller St. – 8-8:45pm & 10-10:45pm. Jonesville is a Mid-coast acoustic duo. Ann Brindle is a classically trained vocalist & Barry Brindle a street-learned guitarist & vocalist. Together they will take you on a lively musical journey from Adele to Zeppelin.
1 – The Boathouse* – 34 Commercial St. at Front St. & the harbor – 9 -10:30pm – The Right Track is all about creating grooves that gets crowds moving. Their signatures are a smooth soul sound, funky rhythm action, tight harmonies and great song selections that people of all ages will love. The eleven members from up and down the Midcoast feature the funkiest horn section north of Boston. The Right Track had a blast playing for Belfast Summer Nights this year, and is excited to celebrate New Year’s with this wonderful town!
6 – The First Church UCC* – Sanctuary – 104 Church St. at Spring St., next to Police Station – 5:45pm. The Belfast Bay Fiddlers are a group of amateur musicians devoted to playing & sharing traditional fiddle music & include lead & rhythm players on fiddles, mandolins, recorders, whistles, guitars & banjos. You will be delighted by a lively performance of fiddle tunes in the New England contra dance tradition. Visit the Belfast Bay Fiddlers website.
The Blue Hill Brass have been entertaining audiences for over 25 years with their Brilliant Brass Entertainment that features music of the past 5 centuries. The performances by accomplished Maine musicians, Curt Brossmer & Allen Graffam on trumpets, Stephen Norris on trombone and Dr. Paul Greenstone on tuba are exciting, memorable and FUN!
Bob Lloyd – Magic, Juggling & Illusion – Bring your Enthusiasm & he’ll perform a Fabulous show!
F1 – The Boathouse* – 34 Commercial St. at Front St & the harbor – 7:00-8:30pm. Captain Obvious the 4 piece Rock & Blues Band that people just want to dance to…no matter how much they may try to resist the urge! With the first chords of any Classic Rock tune they play, the feet start tappin’ and hips start moving – shaking – swaying & yes convulsing toward the dance floor. Come & help lead off the New Year’s By The Bay Dance Party Celebration with Captain Obvious & band members: Matt Ellis-Bass, Tom Joseph-Guitar & Vocals, Eric Sanders-Drums & East Coast renowned but reclusive Jeff Smith-Guitar. Check out their Facebook page.
Ellacappella celebrates its 16th anniversary in 2018! From modest beginnings as friends singing around a campfire they have grown into a dynamic and exciting act which continues to delight fans across the nation with their unique style, arrangements, multilayered harmonies and spunk.
Belfast Free Library*- Abbott Room 106 High St. near Miller St. – Jennifer Armstrong is a Storyteller, Singer, Instrumentalist, Poet & published Author. She has been writing, singing & making music with fiddle, banjo, bagpipe & words for over 40 years. She has been performing & educating in schools, has been heard on NPR, has a show on Belfast Community TV and hosts the Belfast Pie & Story Festival each Fall. “I live and work on Gypsy Rose Farm. We have chickens, ducks, turkeys, milk goats, one horse and a barn cat. I sometimes feel I have stepped into the folk songs I learned from my parents when I am milking the goats or herding the turkeys into the pen. I write songs about farming, life’s mysteries, love and gratitude.”
The Crosby Center* – Main theater – 96 Church St., between Miller & Spring Sts. – 8:00 – 8:45pm & 10:00 – 10:45pm. – The Leaky Boot Jug Band is a Belfast-area group of musicians who’s repertoire of bluegrass, old-timey, blues and Americana tunes has been known to be infectious. With harmonies that soar, and a driving groove the band has been well received in both concert and dance venues and voted Best Band in Waldo County for 2017.
8 – Belfast Free Library* – Abbott Room – 106 High St. at Miller St. 9:00-9:45pm & 11:00-11:45pm. The Lowdown features singer-songwriters David Dodson and John & Rachel Nicholas, with Michael Nickerson on stand-up bass. A good sense of fun, two guitars, bass, percussion and three-part harmonies highlight The Lowdown’s memorable and unusual songs.
7 – UU Church Sanctuary* – 37 Miller St., between High & Church Sts. – 7:00-7:45pm & 9:00 – 9:45pm Mes Amis performs original, acoustic Gypsy Jazz. With diverse rhythms, intricate melodies and dynamic interplay between the members, these guys are having fun and it shows. Featuring Steve Lynnworth on lead vocals and guitar, Shane Ellis on clarinet and saxophone, Harry Richter on rhythm guitar and Ezra Rugg on upright bass. Visit the Mes Amis website for more information.
The Mid-Coast Ukes is a community ukulele group of anywhere from 8 to 25 players, based in Belfast, ME. It was founded by Frets Halligan and is now directed by Jeff Weinberger. The group is open to all aspiring uke players, singers and other musicians and practices weekly. Their set this evening is the result of learning new songs over the last year that are fun, engaging and entertaining to all. Come join us for a fun filled song fest. We’ll be playing your favorites that you know by heart and will include some audience participation & hope you’ll come & sing-a-long’
5- First Church Hall, 2nd.flr. – Entrance Spring St. door at corner of Court St., behind the church building – 5:00-5:45 & 6:00-6:45pm. John Cameron, keyboard, guitar & vocals and Sandy Cameron, vocals, the duo has been performing together for over 40 years. They will be performing favorites from the 60’s to the present.
5 – First Church UCC Hall, 2nd.flr. – Entrance at Spring St. corner of Court St., behind the church building- 7:15-8:00 & 8:15-9:00pm. The Pinwheel Brothers are a local Waldo County trio with roots in the Belfast Bay Fiddlers & Dandelion Wine. Originating as a group about 5 years ago, members are Vic Tredwell-bass, Ben Hatfield-vocals & guitar and Phil Mancini-vocals & mandolin, banjo & guitar. Their music is a mix of originals by all 3 members, plus folk, acoustic rock & bluegrass. You may have enjoyed them at the Palermo Bluegrass Festival, Common Ground Fair, Bangor Folk Festival and local farmers markets. Learn more at: http://www.facebook.com/pinwheel.brothers
1 – The Boathouse*, 34 Commercial Street at Front St. & the Harbor, 5:15-6:45pm. Steel band music is enjoyed around the world and features sounds from calypso to soca to jazz. The music of this unique, non-electronic instrument is inviting and infectious and makes people of all ages want to “jump up” and dance…come experience the vibes of Trinidad and feel the beat!
9 – First Baptist Church- Sanctuary, 95 High St. near Miller St., 7-7:45pm, 9-9:45pm & 11-11:45pm. Awarded “Best Bluegrass Band” for 2009 & 2011 by the Maine Academy of Country Music, The Katahdin Valley Boys have been thrilling audiences in Maine & northern New England with traditional & contemporary Bluegrass & Gospel music, including original tunes. The band’s hard driving sound, features tight harmonies & smooth solos and the band is also unique in that each of the 4 band members share lead singing. The band includes: Ken Brooks-guitar, Jeff Folger-banjo, Dan Simons-mandolin & Steve Bixby-bass.
The Crosby Center-small theater – Church St., between Miller & Spring Sts. – 5:00-5:45pm. Poetry Readings with a Winter Theme – Belfast’s Poet Laureate for 2017-2018, Thomas Moore, who is a teacher, multi-award winning poet and published poet, will read some of his poetry, joined by a celebratory group of poetic luminaries and previous poet laureates rounding out the festivities. All readers & listeners are welcome.
8- Belfast Free Library* – Abbott Room, 106 High St. at Miller St. – 8-8:45pm & 10-10:45pm. Meteora plays an ecletic array of original songs and folk ballads from a wide repertoire of world music, as well as traditional tunes, songs and original arrangements. Meteora, a duo made up of renowned local musicians, Kat Logan & Will Brown.