First Night Burlington is known far and wide for the breadth, depth, and quality of its programming – programming that is robust, inventive, and expansive, particularly given the very affordable, family-friendly pricing on Adult, Student, and Kids buttons. This year’s First Night celebration is no exception. We’re particularly excited about our “headliner” performances, which are all ticketed performances at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. These include a reunion concert by longtime Vermont favorites Kilimanjaro, the internationally acclaimed jazz/blues fusion artists; three performances by perennial First Night favorites Circus Smirkus; two shows by jazz master Ray Vega and his Son de Los Montes band in the intimate confines of FlynnSpace; and A Celtic Celebration, featuring the McFadden Academy of Irish Dance accompanied by the crackerjack Irish music outfit Rowan, with special guests Scottish folk-rockers Prydein and the international award-winning Catamount Pipe Band.
Other First Night performances of note this year include the band FLYNN, featuring singer-songwriter Myra Flynn backed by saxophonist Dave Grippo, keyboardist Andric Severance, and Bobbie Duncan of A Band Called Death. The Bluegrass Gospel Project, always a sellout at the First Congregational Church, will return. Must-see newcomers include Mauritanian-Senegalese singer, songwriter, and guitarist Daby Toure, the Gaviria/Andreas Guitar Duo, and Eclectica and Frevo, adventuresome contemporary classical quartets featuring longtime players from the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.
Watch this space in the weeks ahead for more details about these stellar performances and the more than 80 additional performers and activities that will surely make First Night 2017 “A Night to Remember” for everyone.