Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra – MoJO
FREE Admittance 1 The Boathouse– 34 Commercial St. at Front St. 2 – 4pm. We’ll be Swingin’ with the Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra – MoJO. Big Band Jazz sounds, swing standards & dance tunes of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Frank Sinatra & Quincy Jones. Come to dance, come to swing & sway, come to tap your toes, just come to listen to some great sounds we love…Join the Senior Fun & Celebrate New Year’s Eve Early… you swing & sway to “your special tunes”. Refreshments & snacks will be available. Sponsored by Belfast Parks & Recreation. Visit the Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra on facebook
FREE Admission 8- Belfast Free Library*- Abbott Room 106 High St. near Miller St. 2:00-2:45 & 3:00-3:45pm.- Traditional Stories & Songs for Families – 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. Visit Jennifer at: http://www.jenniferarmstrong.com
10 – Belfast Coop Café – 123 High St. opposite Beaver St. – 4 – 4:45 & 5 – 5:45pm. Everett Dumas as a solo performer using percussion & looping for an awesome one man band show-from classic rock to country to blues & his original music, Everett Rocks!! Everett pursued his musical passions later in life at Bangor area open mics, now performing often at local venues, including this past Summer in Belfast at Art’s In The Park. Everett’s music includes down to earth songs about real life events and love. Hear Everett at: http://everett dumas.hearnow.com
6 – First Church UCC Sanctuary* – Church St. at Spring St. 5-5:45pm, The Mid-Coast Ukes is a local group from Belfast and the surrounding area. Come join us for a fun filled song fest. We’ll be playing your favorites that you know by heart. The uke’s love audience participation & hope you’ll come & sing-a-long, we’ll even provide song sheets, so no excuses not to riddle your pipes.
9- The First Baptist Church* – Sanctuary, 95 High St. near Miller St. & diagonal from the Library. 5-5:45pm. & 6-6:45pm. 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.
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 have been performing together for over 40 years. They will be performing favorites from the 60’s to the present.
1 – The Boathouse, 34 Commercial Street at Front St.& the Belfast Harbor, 5:30-7:15pm. 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!
3 – Colonial Theatre – Dreamland – 163 High St. near Main St. Traffic Light 6:00-6:45pm. Linda Buckmaster,- Poet Laureate 2009-2010, will be the Mistress of Ceremony for the “Traditional Celebration of the Passing of the Golden Cape” to the New Poet Laureate for 2017-2018, Thomas Moore. Thomas is a teacher, multi-award winning poet and published poet, who will read some of his poetry during the ceremony. A traditional celebratory reading by six of Belfast’s poetic luminaries and previous poet laureates will round out the festivities, including Karen Spitfire, Ellen Sanders, Elizabeth Garber, Carolyn Locke, Jacob Fricke And Linda Buckmaster.
6- First Church UCC Sanctuary – 104 Church St. near Spring St. 6-6:45pm. & 10-10:45pm. Positive People, a fusion of reggae, jazz, funk and blues, featuring the songwriting of Chris Poulin and Juliane Gardner, the West African rhythms of Jordan Bennison, the funky bass lines of Ezra Rugg and Luc Bergeron on drums.
8-Belfast Free Library – 106 High St near Miller St., 6-6:45pm & 7-7:45pm. Willy Kelly on guitar & vocals, featuring Joe Allard, on bass & vocals and Donna Rankin on guitar & vocals.. “they make great acoustic music & have fun doing it.”
10 – Belfast Coop Café –123 High St. opposite Beaver St. 6-6:45 & 7-7:45pm. The Ann Delaney Jazz Duo is Ann Delaney on vocals & Lincoln Blake on keyboard. Ann has been singing professionally since 1992 & has been performing with jazz musicians in the Midcoast & Downeast regions since 2002. Ann is known for excellence in phrasing & intonation and her repertoire of obscure & harmonically complex standards. Lincoln Blake well known in the midcoast, over the years has performed on his own, shared the stage with a diverse lineup of vocalists & musicians, as well as being a studio musician.
2-American Legion Hall- 143 Church St. at Market St.- 7:00-7:45pm & 8:15-9:00pm. John and Ellen Gawler, with daughters, Molly, Edith & Elsie & Bennett Konesi will bring you an assortment of old and new sounds from many folk traditions. They accompany their warm interweaving family harmonies with fiddles, banjo, cello, guitar & ukulele. Whether they are crooning a quietly poignant ballad or delivering a rollicking fiddle tune, their unique arrangements are especially engaging and often go along with antidotes of historical or humorous content. Although the Gawlers may be best known for their extensive collection of dance tunes in the Scots-Irish and French Canadian traditions their repertoire may include a gutsy Appalachian work song, a ‘Sweet Honey in the Rock’ a capella number, or an amusing ode to every day life. With the CD Golden Thread, to their credit, the Gawlers have earned a beloved place in the hearts of their audiences for their infectious spirit, acoustic magic and sparkling musicianship to the merriment of folks of all ages. Visit the Gawler Family at: http://www.facebook.com/GawlerFamilyBand
3- Colonial Theatre*, 163 High St. near Main St. Traffic Light, 7-7:45pm & 9-9:45pm. Waldo County’s very own Sugarbush! A rollicking soulful trio of musical mamas, they bring a variety of genres into their unique Americana Folk mix. Amy Green, guitar & vocals, Becca Biggs, banjo & vocals and Camille Giglio, cello & vocals came together during the long Winter of 2015 and quickly found a unique sound and a harmonized passion for speaking through music. They have been creating happy fans ever since, presenting originals & one-of-a-kind covers. All grew up in Maine and are Mothers, Homesteaders & Artists making them a great example of the new generation of true Renaissance Women in Midcoast Maine. Preview music by Sugarbush by listening on their website.
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
First Church UCC – 7-7:45pm and 9-9:45pm – A member of the Nipmuc Nation, a self taught crafted artisan who makes a variety of eastern woodland flutes by hand. Hawk is also an accomplished musician and storyteller. His music creates a peaceful experience for each of us… Hawk’s music and words are peaceful, yet powerful…a spiritual experience…reminding us of the gifts life and nature have to offer and inspiring each person to find their own sacredness. Visit www.hawkhenries.com
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.
2 – American Legion Hall – 143 Church St. at Market St. – 7:50-7:55pm. Molly Gawler will be performing one of her original, not to be missed, acrobatic dance routines, with music provided by the Gawler Family Band.
1- The Boathouse, 34 Commercial St. at Front St. & the harbor – 8:00-8:45pm & 9:00-9:45pm. Samantha Lynn & the Little Rodeo Band will be performing a variety of your favorite Country, Pop & Rock tunes, whether you’re listenin’ or kickin’ up your heels! Samantha Lynn vocals & rhythm guitar, Kel Leach vocals & lead Guitar, Gregory Deering vocals & keyboards, Hunter Havel drummer and Jim Pushard vocals & base guitar.
3 – The Colonial Theatre* – Dreamland Stage – 163 High St. near Main St. Traffic Light – 8-8:45pm. & 10-10:45pm. Bob Lloyd – Magic, Juggling & Illusion – Bring your Enthusiasm & he’ll perform a Fabulous show!
6-First Church UCC Sanctuary – 104 Church St. near Spring St. 8-8:45pm. & 11-11:45pm. The Sauternes, are husband & wife, Ezra Rugg, & Jessica Small, with Bob New. The Sauternes combine ambient world flavors with jazz overtones and revive retro lost tunes from the 1920s-1940s. They sound like they’ve been transported from some dustbowl whiskey-drinking lounge from the 1920s, giving you a smoky, atmospheric sound. Ezra layers multiple bass instruments to provide the soundscape, while Jessica lends her silky, mercurial vocals to originals & covers and Bob on pedal steel. www.thesauternes.com
8 – Belfast Free Library – Abbott Room, 106 High St. near Miller St. 8-8:45pm, 9-9:45pm & 10-10:45pm The John Nowak Quartet– featuring John Nowak, trumpet & vocals with Lincoln Blake, keyboard, Maxx Meether, drums, Noah Guerin, bass . John is from a musical family, classically trained & has been performing professionally since he was a child. His passion is “The Great American Songbook” including songs of the 20’s, 30’s & 40’s with beautiful melodies & meaningful lyrics. Since moving to Maine John has been performing with many of the best Jazz musicians in Maine. The quartet will be treating you to a performance of the Jazz Standards you’ve come to love. Visit the John Nowak website
9-First Baptist Church Sanctuary*- 95 High St. near Miller St. 8-8:45 & 10-10:45pm. 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 Wells Gordon on upright bass. Visit the Mes Amis website for more information.
1-The Boathouse, 34 Commercial Street at Front Street, Belfast Waterfront.The Dance Party Celebration rolls on & heats up 10:30-12 midnight to welcome in the New Year with some special Dancin’-Prancin’-Romancin’ To The Blues with Bad Daddy & The Brotherhood. Local & Original. Front man, Bad Daddy-Paul Waring on rhythm guitar, has been a Maine blues stronghold since 2005. There’s a distinctive sound that brings voice and groove to the heartbeat of these feel-good soul-filled tunes. Backed by a 3 piece rhythm unit, the Brotherhood, consisting of Fred Smith, band leader & guitar, Kevin Dodge, bass guitar & Pat Nabozny, drums – provides the backing energy and tone for Bad Daddy’s performance of original blues-rock sets. Bad Daddy is on the Maine scene with a tight and driving blues machine. Exceptional unyielding velvety tube driven tone, Bad Daddy & the Brotherhood are here to deliver style and sound that underscores Waring’s tenor…A chemistry for that sharp and gritty production that sizzles and burns.
American Legion Hall, Church St. near Market St. – 10:00pm.-12midnight – People of Earth features Kristen Burkholder on vocals, Jeff Weinberger on guitar, Alan Boyer on keys, Jason Dean on drums and Mike Whitehead on bass. People of Earth connects our local network of planets with a serious groove: whether R & R, Latin, funk or reggae, its music rocks solar systems down the block. Dancing is inevitable. The music is mostly originals but includes covers from the 60’s through the 90’s ( with a fine catalog of 80’s New Wave). Listen and learn more on their website.