First Night Morris County is almost upon us. Organizers have lined up dozens of entertainment opportunities at about 20 venues throughout Morristown for the family-friendly, no-alcohol, town-wide celebration of the new year.
We're also including printable PDFs of the full First Night program, the schedule, and the map—so you might want to keep those handy if you won't have an electronic device to check out on the big night (those printable guides also come courtesy of organizers). For even more information directly from First Night organizers, see their website.
Here's what's in store. Festivities begin around 7 p.m. on Dec. 31, and wrap up with fireworks on the Green. For additional stories on First Night Morris 2013:
- First Night Morris 2013 Preview
- First Night Morris Battle of the Bands
- Click here to read more about the First Dine program, now in its second year
1. Morristown High School — Auxiliary Gym
- Barynya: Russian Music and Dance (9:45 and 10:45 p.m.): Since 1991, Barynya, the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia has been presenting Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Russian Jewish, and Roma Gypsy traditional dancing, music, and virtuoso performances on the balalaika, domra and garmoshka. Barynya has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian Institute, the United Nations, and the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC - for audiences including Mikhail Gorbachev, President George H.W. Bush, Barbara Walters, Elton John, and the Rolling Stones. Founder/artistic director Mikhail Smirnov served as a judge on NBC’s hit dance show, Superstars of Dance in which Barynya dancers performed their acrobatic Cossack dance in competition.
- Let’s Get Wild with Rizzo’s Reptiles (7:15 and 8:15 p.m.): Ever wondered what a blue-tongued skink looked like? Or what it felt like to wear a frog? Rizzo’s Reptiles New Jersey brings people of all ages together to appreciate and learn about our natural world through reptile and live animal presentations. Here is a delightful opportunity to meet live lizards, snakes, frogs, turtles, and mammals - under the watchful eye of a seasoned animal handler. The love of wildlife is universal and hands-on participation is the greatest teacher. Experience the wonder and joy that nature has to offer.
2. Morristown High School — Atrium Lobby
- Children's Fun Festival (7:30 to 11:30 p.m.): Watch the juggler defy gravity. Wear a hat made of balloons or take home a balloon “dog.” Meet a magician or costumed characters from children’s classics, get your face painted with butterflies, or visit with the beloved Cow Lady. These wonderful “street performers” will be based in the High School Atrium (upstairs entry) but you may encounter them around the school this night. Children of all ages should come and join the fun!
3. Morristown High School — Auditorium
- Rio Clemente, “The Bishop of Jazz,” and Friends (9:45 and 10:45 p.m.): A consummate jazz musician who has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and NJPAC, Rio holds his audiences spellbound with the sheer brilliance of his improvisations, his unique fusions of classical passagework with jazz. As composer and pianist on the title track of Miss Amy’s CD, My Precious One, Rio shared in the spotlight of its 2006 Grammy nomination! Jam with the acclaimed jazz pianist and friends, as they captivate the audience with their own special blend of jazz standards and original tunes.
- Féraba: West African Dance, Drumming and Tap (7:15 and 8:15 p.m.): Founded in 1995, this unique, award-winning multi-ethnic performance group fuses traditional sounds and movements of West Africa with American tap dance, hip-hop and jazz. With performances worldwide, on international radio and TV and at Lincoln Center, Town Hall and venues throughout USA, Europe and West Africa, Féraba explores the universal language of rhythm and its ability to promote tolerance and cultural understanding. Performers include Irene Koloseus, Andy Algire, Chikako Iwahori, Yalani Bangoura, Ibrahima Kolipe Camara and Sekouba “Pablo” Dembele. Fabled dancer, Gregory Hines states, “I am so impressed. I have never seen anything like this!”
4. Morristown High School — Main Gym
- Fusion Core: Drum and Bugle Corps (9:45 and 10:45 p.m.): Thrill to the exciting rhythms and formations of this all-age ensemble dedicated to excellence in the field of competitive drum and bugle corps. Requiring physical strength, musical ability and finesse to create exciting choreographed musical and visual experiences, Fusion Core joins other drum corps which compete worldwide and are televised annually on networks such as ESPN and via satellite in movie theatres across the country. Founded in 2006, Fusion Core scored second place in the 2008 Class A championship before winning the 2010 DCA Class A championships. As of the 2012 season, Fusion Core has entered into the prestigious Open Class competition.
- Salsaoco Dancers: From Cali, Colombia to the World (7:15 and 8:15 p.m.): In 2009, Paula Ortiz and Julian Castro founded the dance company Salsaoco. It now includes 10 professional and experienced Colombian-style as well as ballroom & Latin dancers from New Jersey. Their style is high speed and musically precise, exploding with energy, incredibly fast foot patterns and jaw-dropping lifts. In addition to performances that engage, involve and electrify audiences, the group shares their expertise at dance events around the county, promoting their unique style and dynamic dancers. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!
- David Glukh International Ensemble: Klezmer/World Music Fusion (9:45 and 10:45 p.m.): With its distinctive instrumentation of piccolo trumpet, accordion, violin, bass and percussion, this highly polished ensemble of Juilliard graduates has performed worldwide to critical acclaim. Its repertoire includes traditional klezmer along with special “fusions” between klezmer and other traditions - Irish, Gypsy, Classical, Latin, Jazz, Georgian, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Macedonian, Israeli, Hassidic, Russian, Funk, Tango, Flamenco, Indian, and improvisational world-beat. Performing at NY’s Lincoln Center and Merkin Concert Hall, LA’s Skirball Center, at celebrity events at the Plaza and Waldorf, the ensemble has also collaborated with SONY Classical Recording Artist, Violinist Lara St. John, and with jazz great Dave Douglas.
- Yass Hakoshima: Master of Mime (7 and 8:15 p.m., St. Peter's Parish House): This award-winning mime artist and founder/director of the Yass Hakoshima Movement Theater has performed internationally for 3 decades, creating stage movement for plays, films and television. His work synthesizes multiple performing arts, fusing East and West, and combining the traditions of mime, the mystery and fatalism of Japanese theatre and the expansiveness of modern dance. In The Kaleidoscope, Hakoshima explores his unique dimension of communication, with a fascinating program of 5-6 scenes incorporating Japanese themes and allegories as well as imaginary and hilarious situations. As the NY Times states, “To watch Yass Hakoshima perform is to be captured and captivated.”
- Sweet Plantain Quartet: Blending Classics, Latin Music and Jazz (9:45 and 10:45 p.m., St. Peter's Parish House): Bridging the genre and generational gap, they’ve toured Russia, collaborated with Grammy award-winning composers, performed with Jon Faddis, Tito Puente, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, and Smokey Robinson, among others, and trained at top conservatories. Artfully fusing the western classical traditions in which they were trained with the hip-hop, jazz improvisation, and Latin rhythms on which they were raised, these virtuoso musicians (from the Bronx, NJ and Venezuela) are at once contemporary, urbane, multicultural and truly fascinating.
- The New Philharmonic of New Jersey (7:15 and 8:15 p.m.): If you love fine orchestral music, join Conductor Leon Hyman and The New Philharmonic of New Jersey for a concert to ring in the New Year in style! The New Philharmonic continues its exciting collaboration with the Westfield Symphony under the auspices of Musica Morristown. This fine chamber orchestra, performing for 36 years, will present a program of classical and holiday favorites. Celebrate with The New Philharmonic and start the year with joy!
- The Feinberg Brothers: old-style bluegrass (7:15 and 8:15 p.m.): Don’t let their age fool you. Brothers Rourke and Patrick Feinberg each studied classical piano and violin before turning to bluegrass fiddle, guitar and mandolin. With performances at bluegrass festivals, radio broadcasts, and traditional country music shows, the band also features outstanding veterans like fiddler extraordinaire/guitarist (and dad), Ron Feinberg, who appeared with Bill Monroe, and the virtuoso banjoist, Terry McGill, of The Banjo Newsletter fame, who wrote the Mel Bay banjo instruction manual and received national airplay for his solo recording Straight Drive. Bassist Keith Edwards, who also recorded with many famous bluegrass musicians, completes this dynamite group.
- Mr. Fish’s Phenomenal Physics (9:45 and 10:45 p.m.): John James Lepiarz, a.k.a. Mr. Fish, is a longtime, internationally known professional circus performer, who toured for 7 years with the Big Apple Circus and appeared on HBO’s “Great Circus Performances of the World.” In Phenomenal Physics, he performs astounding tricks that actually have scientific explanations. Using boomerangs, bubbles, bull whips, balloons and eggs, Mr. Fish demonstrates velocity, friction, inertia, sonic booms, aerodynamics, arches and more. A humorous and exciting performance for all ages!
- Greg Giannascoli: Mallet Master (9:45 and 10:45 p.m.): The blinding speed and precision of this marimba/percussion artist have won him top honors at numerous, prestigious international competitions. Giannascoli performed at Carnegie Hall, internationally and on CBC, NPR radio and PBS TV. On the Juilliard faculty, he leads master classes at top conservatories and has recorded five acclaimed solo CDs. Splendid Music Magazine wrote, “Giannascoli’s performance…was nothing less than astonishing, both in terms of artistry and virtuosity… a startling display of clarity and precision,” while Classical New Jersey stated, “Here is music played so well it would capture and hold anybody’s attention indefinitely.” Giannascoli is truly the mallet master.
- WindSync: Peter & the Wolf meets Dr. Seuss? (7:15 and 8:15 p.m.): Called “Innovative, unconventional and exciting” (Houston public radio) and “revolutionary chamber musicians” (Houston Chronicle), this prizewinning young ensemble is thrilling audiences with their unique approach to classical music. No stuffy formalism here. These musicians dance and act on stage while simultaneously playing their instruments! Their creative and engaging interactive performances and adventurous programming inspire audiences of all ages and critics praise performances that expand woodwind quintet repertoire with works written just for the group. With an “extraordinary ability to connect” to audiences “in a powerful and meaningful way,” WindSync will utterly entrance you with their “take” on Peter & the Wolf.
- The British Invasion Tribute: More than just The Beatles (9:45 and 10:45 p.m.): What better endorsement for a British Invasion Tribute band than opening for Ringo Starr?! If you love classic 60s rock, don’t miss this group’s note-perfect performances! Their flawless British Invasion repertoire (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues, etc.) is matched by their “The American Response” (The Monkees, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, etc.). Band members Robert Murdock, Lee Scott Howard, Jeff Alai and Jon Wolf have performed with Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - at the Stone Pony, on the Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman, and, of course, in Morristown!
- Anthony Salazar, Illusionist (7 and 8:15 p.m.): Anthony Salazar’s award-winning skills combine amazing magic with side-splitting comedy. His talent has taken him around the world, performing for thousands everywhere from the USA to Australia and New Zealand. Called “Stunningly Amazing and Hilariously Funny” by The Atlantic City Weekly, Anthony has performed in nearly every casino in Atlantic City, and headlined at Elaine’s Famous Dinner Theatre when Elaine’s was voted one of the top five dinner theaters in the country by the Travel Channel. His shows are a carefully blended combination of magic, comedy, and audience participation that will keep any audience on the edge of their seats.
8. Mayo Performing Arts Center (Second Floor Lobby)
- Art Upstairs (all night): Featuring works by artists of the New Jersey Watercolor Society. www.mayoarts.org/artupstairs.htm
- Ana Gligvashvili and James Rosenblum: Piano 4- and 2-hands (9:45 and 10:45 p.m.): Don’t miss this electrifying young husband/wife duo. Ana, a native of Telavi, Georgia, graduated from Tbilisi State Music Conservatory and has won multiple international competitions/prizes. She was a recent soloist with Rishon LeZion and is currently pursuing her masters at NYC’s Mannes School with Victor Rosenbaum. James is a Yale graduate who trained at Aspen and privately with Arkady Aronov (Manhattan School) and Julian Martin (Juilliard), among others. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and, as a concerto soloist under conductor Charles Neidich. They will perform solo works by Chopin, Liszt and Ravel and duets by Debussy and Brahms.
- Harmonium Choral Society (7 and 8:15 p.m.): Winner of the prestigious Chorus America’s 2009 Education Outreach Award, this premier vocal ensemble is renowned for its richly diverse programming and high artistic level. This year, the group marks Dr. Anne Matlack’s 25th Anniversary as Artistic Director. Celebrating with 3 major concerts as well as special appearances throughout the year, Harmonium once again performs at First Night® Morris, showcasing an exciting variety of new and old choral works by Jackson Berkey, Claudio Monteverdi, Felix Mendelssohn, Eric Whitacre, and John Lennon, along with a diverse selection of Swedish and Nigerian carols and classic holiday favorites.
- David Jack: Sesame Place’s Music Man (9:45 and 10:45 p.m.): One of America’s foremost children's recording artists, David Jack has been charming audiences for years. A children’s performer with that rare appeal to both kids and their parents, he brings originality, upbeat humor and a refreshingly hip musical energy to his concert audiences nationwide. Frequently appearing on TV and radio, David appeared twice on NBC’s TODAY Show and has also performed twice at The White House. However, he is probably best known for his eleven years of performing an exclusive daily performance engagement at the Philadelphia area's largest theme park, Sesame Place. His music is distributed through iTunes and Amazon.com.
- Meet the Musicians: Dennis Kobray as a friend of Scott Joplin (7:15 and 8:15 p.m.): Travel back to the dawn of the 20th century with actor, pianist and storyteller, Dennis Kobray who brings Scott Joplin's complex, joyous music to life. A pioneering African American composer and pianist, Joplin developed ragtime, whose syncopated rhythms set against a steady beat became one of the main roots of jazz. The classically trained Joplin envisioned blending ragtime with European classical musical forms. He composed operas, marches and waltzes and nearly 60 ragtime works such as The Maple Leaf Rag (first piece to sell 1 million copies of sheet music) and The Entertainer which remain popular today.
10. Masonic Lodge — Upstairs
- The Kolkata Duo: North Indian classical sitar and tabla (9:45 and 10:45 p.m.): Featuring Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury (sitar) and Dibyarka Chatterjee (tabla), The Kolkata Duo embodies the rich tradition of North Indian classical music (Hindustani Sangeet). Products of the ancient yet vibrant guru-shishya prampara, the master-disciple pedagogy, Indrajit is a disciple of sitar maestro Pandit Subroto Roy-Chowdhury, while Dibyarka is the son and disciple of Pandit Samir Chatterjee, a renowned tabla maestro and cultural emissary. The complexities and subtleties of Hindustani Sangeet make it difficult to believe that this music is entirely improvisational. Yet, the music presented by the Duo is unplanned, unrehearsed and purely based on spontaneous, reciprocal inspiration. Savor these intricate, intriguing sounds.
- Marshal Manlove: Comedy Hypnotist (7 and 8:15 p.m.): People speaking “Martian,” talking into their shoes and similar scenes are part of the unique and fabulously funny shows performed by comedy hypnotist, Marshal Manlove. A certified hypnotherapist, founder of First State Hypnosis in Delaware and former local sports television show host, he brings a witty, zany twist to his performances, skillfully planning a journey through participants’ minds while enthralling and amusing the audiences. Even the most skeptical among us quickly appreciate his skill and humor. With clients ranging from colleges and communities to corporations, he has “left them laughing” throughout the USA and internationally.
11. Masonic Lodge — Downstairs
- Face Painting Concessions: Painted Faces, Living Art (7 to 9 p.m.): At a Transformations event every face is a surprise -- every face is a unique work of art. Transformations Facepainting is the ultimate in participatory performance art in which each person we paint becomes the show. Children, teens and adults are transformed into animals, fantastic creatures and mask designs inspired by cultures from around the world. Each person we paint becomes a living work of art. A world of faces comes to life. You will be amazed. For adults and children age 3 and up. The safe, comfortable theater make-up washes off with soap and water. Come and be transformed!
- Laryssa Krupa and Nova Chamber Ensemble (9:45 and 10:45 p.m.): A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Leon Fleisher and Fernando Laires, world-class pianist Laryssa Krupa (widow of piano virtuoso Alexander Slobodyanik) has performed with orchestras, in solo recitals and chamber ensembles - throughout North America and Europe. As audiences here and abroad have discovered, Krupa brings rare artistry, exceptional polish and great power to her performances. At First Night, she will present a fascinating program of elegant and exciting piano chamber music with her colleagues on cello and clarinet in the Nova Chamber Ensemble.
- Solid Brass Lite (7, 7:45 and 8:30 p.m.): A sextet from the one of premier brass groups in the country, Solid Brass Lite includes some of the area's finest musicians, who have performed at Lincoln Center (with the Metropolitan Opera, the NYC Opera, the NYC Ballet) as well as on Broadway. Solid Brass has recorded, toured internationally, appeared on PBS-TV and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Welcome the New Year with this one-of-a-kind, critically acclaimed brass ensemble as they perform music spanning 6 centuries, from the Medieval to the Beach Boys (and everything in between). A First Night favorite.
- Ed Alstrom and The Mighty Organ (9:45 and 10:45 p.m.)
In his program, The Mighty Organ, Alstrom will put the Morristown Presbyterian Church’s magnificent 4000-pipe Austin organ through its paces with virtuosic works by Bach, Franck, Widor, Ives, and others. A church organist/choir director (Westfield) and recitalist, Alstrom also maintains a busy career as a multi-instrumentalist/composer/arranger in pop, rock, jazz, blues, cabaret, and Broadway, performing with the likes of Bette Midler, Chuck Berry, Leonard Bernstein among others. At “First Thursdays” (Rahway), he regularly plays the restored 1934 “Mighty Wurlitzer” Theater Organ from NYC’s Rainbow Room, co-hosts radio programs (WFDU-FM), and is Yankee Stadium’s weekend organist since 2004.
- Gods of Jazz Guitar: The Frank Vignola Duo with special guest, Bucky Pizzarelli (7:15 and 8:15 p.m.): What more could a jazz guitar fan want? Special guest, jazz legend and Hall-of-Famer, Bucky Pizzarelli - who has performed with Doc Severinsen (The Tonight Show), Les Paul, Benny Goodman and at the White House for multiple presidents - joins guitar wizard Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo for a night of jazz magic. Vignola has toured/recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, Queen Latifah, Ringo Starr, Madonna, Mark O’Connor, and Les Paul, playing 250 shows in 11 countries last year alone. With “monster” technique, sly humor and astonishing musicianship, Vignola and friends are a jazz connoisseur’s delight.
- The Grover Kemble Trio: Interactive Jazz (9:45 and 10:45 p.m.): Providing exciting jazz entertainment to the metropolitan area for over four decades, Grover’s unique ability to connect and entertain his audience sets him apart from many jazz performers as he continually seeks to engage his listeners with both "call and response" and sing-along “scatting" methods of audience/performer interaction. His repertoire includes 40's/50's jump/swing, vaudeville, calypso, originals, and jazz interpretations from pop artists of today. Accompanists Regan Ryzuk (piano) and Tim Metz (bass), seasoned veterans of the tri-state jazz scene, provide excellent instrumental support in Grover's endeavor to involve the audience in an interactive jazz performance.
- Carla Ulbrich: Comedy Folk Singer/Songwriter (7:15 and 8:15 p.m.): With a serious love of wordplay and a keen observational eye, Carla Ulbrich is primarily known for her humorous songs about such topics as wedgies, Waffle Houses, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the “F” Word. Her biggest musical influences? Sesame Street, camp songs, and commercial jingles for beer and breakfast cereal. The Professional Smart Aleck has toured the US and England, and has appeared on ABC, USA Network, the BBC, Dr. Demento, and Sirius XM Radio. She has released 5 CDs and a book of humorous essays about overcoming catastrophic illness.
- Dan Levinson and his Swing Wing (9:45 and 10:45 p.m.): Dan's musical associates include Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis and Dick Hyman. Though based in New York City, he has performed in Brazil, Japan, Iceland, Latvia, and eighteen European countries. Since 1993 he has been a member of Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, with whom he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. He has recorded over 100 CDs, including nine under his own name and can be heard on the soundtracks of various films including Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, as well as the Grammy Award-winning HBO television series Boardwalk Empire.
- The Warren Vaché Trio (7:15 and 8:15 p.m.): Supremely accomplished, versatile and rare, Vache has been astounding audiences worldwide for decades with his superb cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn stylings, recording with the likes of Benny Goodman, Rosemary Clooney, Gerry Mulligan and such contemporaries as Jon Faddis, Bill Charlap, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He has performed at every major jazz venue and festival throughout the world from The Blue Note to Carnegie Hall and is a charter member of the Juilliard Program for Jazz Studies. With 35 albums recorded under his own name, Vaché has been featured in countless movies, stage appearances, clubs and concerts here and abroad.
16. Morris County Administration — Atrium Gallery (Floors 2 to 5)
- Fall/Winter 2012-13 Exhibit (all evening): Embracing varied subject matter and media, 260 artworks highlight the creative energies of 12 artists on the four floors of the Gallery. View works by Robert Gagauf, Dennis Joseph Yanoski, Pam Hasegawa, Laurie Harden, Dorrie Rifkin, Nina Nemeth, Jyoti Godhani, and Natalia Margulis. Art quilts by Viki Craig and Wannetta Phillips along with the mobiles of John Tetz grace the stairwells.
17. Morris County Administration — Freeholders' Meeting Room (5th Floor)
- Moody McCarthy (Comic) (9:45, 10:30 and 11:15 p.m.): If you missed him on Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Star Search (you did), come see Moody McCarthy live. Moody has distinguished himself with crafty material that's appropriate for all ages. Weaving sly jokes with a dash of crowd-work, his likeability shines in any setting. Moody McCarthy has been a stand-up comic for two millennia, pretty impressive for a guy under 1000 years old. Moody began his career in upstate NY in the 1900s and then moved to New York City and lived in his sister's basement, until she found out. Now he's above ground, and funnier than ever.
- Me Pluribus Unum: Felicity Jones campaigns to become Queen of the United States (7:15 and 8:15 p.m.): This hilarious stump speech by the wanna-be Queen of the United States of America is a perfect antidote to election year politics. In Me Pluribus Unum, Felicity Jones argues that an absolute monarchy is so much easier than democracy (no thinking, no questioning), unwittingly making the case for the benefits of democracy and civic engagement. Vain, manipulative, delusional and very funny, she ultimately realizes the inherent paradox: one cannot be queen of the greatest nation if you take away everything that makes it great. It’s not ME pluribus unum but E pluribus unum: out of many, one.
18. Morris County Administration — Room 526 (Fifth Floor)
- The Early Music Players: Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier - Early Music of America (7:15 and 8:15 p.m.): Travel back to Colonial America, where music was an important part of everyday life. From a predecessor to our national anthem to political songs, ballads, dance music and more, this program appeals to young and old. Since 1972, The Early Music Players have been performing Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music (in costume with reproductions of historical instruments), and have been featured on WNET Channel 13, on NJN’s “State of the Arts," the “Mozart to Motorhead” radio program and WNYC. They have recorded for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill educational recordings and produced three of their own CDs.
- 100 Years Titanic: Survivors and Their Stories (9:45 and 10:45 p.m.): Traveling Literary Theater's fully costumed presentation will inspire and move the spirit with true accounts from those who survived the sinking of the fabled Titanic 100 years ago. The largest ship the world had ever seen, the Titanic was a study in superlatives and considered “unsinkable”. Its collision with an iceberg and subsequent sinking was considered the greatest maritime disaster of its day. Experience intimate details through amazing, heartfelt accounts from those who survived the disaster and boarded the ship, the Carpathia on the morning of April 15, 1912.
19. Morris County Administration — Entrance Area
- George Esparza: Phydeaux's Flying Flee Circus and Wahoo Medicine Show (7 to 9 p.m. & 9:45 to 11:45 p.m.): Step right up to the "Golden Age" of humbug and quackery. Hang onto your wallets and lend a skeptical ear when Flea Meister, George Esparza, is hot on the trail of "Pigeons" waiting to be plucked. This charlatan has been called many things by the "fleeced," (some less than kind). Those who have been taken in by his street corner flimflam, cheer the show as a highly entertaining combination of comedy, illusion and PT Barnum hyperbole. The show is good old fashion fun, complete with a genuine miniature circus and plenty of Snake-Oil for everyone. Honest!
20. Hyatt Morristown — Terrace Ballroom
- Random Test Reggae Band: Roots, Rock, Reggae! (7:15 and 8:15 p.m.): For over a decade, Random Test Reggae Band has been rocking the NJ Shore with music heavily coated in Caribbean traditions. With members drawn from throughout the Caribbean, the band plays authentic reggae and calypso rhythms in true West Indian fashion. Paying tribute to pioneers in reggae and scoa music, Random Test has graced stages throughout NJ and beyond, playing such venues as The State Theatre (New Brunswick), the Patriot Theatre (at the Trenton War Memorial), and the Stone Pony. So, channel Bob Marley and dance in the aisles to the lilting, joyous music of the Caribbean with Random Test Reggae.
- Songs of the Fall: with bluegrass royalty, Stetson Adkisson and Cia Cherryholmes (9:45 and 10:45 p.m.): Extraordinary banjo skills, haunting voices, roots and bluegrass music that is pure, raw, soulful, poignant and sincere…all this and more come with this remarkable duo, Songs of the Fall. Direct from Nashville, this talented young couple enthralls audiences with music uncluttered with electronics or overproduction. Captivating audiences with his real-to-life style, Stetson has performed widely in the West. As the lead singer and banjoist of the internationally acclaimed band Cherryholmes, Cia garnered 5 Grammy nominations over that band’s 12 year career! Now, she teams up with her new husband, Stetson, bringing their combined talents to audiences as Songs of the Fall.
21. Fireworks Display on the Green
- Fireworks run for 15 minutes, starting at about 9 p.m., and then again at midnight.