First Night Knoxville held a press conference on Wednesday to announce the schedule for this year’s festival. For the third consecutive year, Einstein Simplified has been asked to appear at the family-friendly event. I feel the best compliment a performer can get is to be invited back to perform again. Our New Year’s Eve shows to ring out 2008 and 2009 were possibly our best of each year. We found it energizing to perform in front of a big crowd, most of whom had never seen us before. Once again we will do two shows in the TVA Auditorium, alternating with ventriloquist Gene Cordova. Gene performs at 7:15 and 9:45. We go on at 8:30 and 10:45. We have to finish by 11:45 so everyone can get out to Market Square for the fireworks and ball drop.
KNOXVILLE Ring in the New Year with First Night® Knoxville, an exciting all-ages celebration of the arts held at a dozen venues in vibrant downtown Knoxville. Now in its fourth year, First Night® Knoxville presents entertainment by some of the best singers, musicians, artists and dancers East Tennessee has to offer.
“There’s truly something for everyone,” says John Craig, president of the Market Square District Association. “Whether you live in the Knoxville area or are visiting from out of town, First Night® Knoxville is a great way to spend New Year’s Eve with friends and family.”
Following the “Home for the Holidays” theme, First Night® will be the scene of multiple reunions of artists who once called Knoxville home. Mark Lamb acclaimed dancer, choreographer and founder of Circle Modern Dance and beloved singer-songwriter Jodie Manross both live in New York City, but they return this year to perform with an array of special guests. This year’s festival also hosts a reunion of Sara Schwabe and the Yankee Jass Band, bringing together vocalist Sara Schwabe of Arizona and Phil Pollard of Virginia for a dose of swing music. Nashville-based singer-songwriter Louise Mosrie lived in Knoxville when she started writing songs. Last year she won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition.
Asheville’s Runaway Circus is back by popular demand, as is Knoxville’s own improv comedy troupe Einstein Simplified.
Festivities begin early with the Children’s Festival, from 3:15 to 6:30 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center, featuring music, puppets, face-painting and arts activities.
Live entertainment continues at 7:15 p.m. in various downtown venues with a wide selection of singer-songwriters, modern dance, jazzy crooners, Americana bands, international acts, circus performers, hip-hop/spoken word artists and more. In addition, the works of local painters will be displayed in several of the venues. Please see the attached schedule for a complete list of artists, venues and performance times.
The night concludes with a countdown to midnight, ball drop and fireworks in Market Square!
First Night® Admission Buttons are only $15 in advance, $20 on the day of, a cost-efficient way to experience every exhilarating minute of this unique New Year’s Eve celebration! Buttons go on sale December 1 at several Market Square businesses, Pilot locations and online at Firstnightknoxville.com. Additional announcements will be made throughout the month.
About First Night® Knoxville
First Night® is a family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year¹s Eve community celebration of the arts. The celebration began in Boston in 1976 and has grown to an event that attracts hundreds of thousands of celebrants each year. Since then the event has expanded to over 100 cities in 30 states across the country, as well as internationally into Canada and New Zealand.
The Market Square District Association held its inaugural New Year¹s Eve celebration in 2007 to great success. In 2008, the event expanded to multiple venues throughout downtown, and 2009′s festival welcomed visitors from eight states. Thousands are expected to christen the New Year at First Night® Knoxville! For more information, visit FirstNightKnoxville.com.
Current Schedule of Events and Performances ~
(more will be announced!)
East TN History Center
3:15-3:45pm Gene Cordova
4:15-4:45pm Sean McCullough & Friends
6-6:30pm One World Circus
Activities between entertainment
• Crafts with Rachel B. Travis
• Balloons with Balloonacy
• Face Painting with Making Faces
7:15-8pm Greg Horne
8:15-9pm Mark Lamb Dance
9:15-10:15pm Levon Walker
10:30-11:45 The Lonetones
East TN History Center
8:30-9:30pm Laith Keilany
10:00-11:45pm Four Leaf Peat
7:15-8pm Sara Schwabe
8:15-9pm Louise Mosrie
9:15-10:15pm Rachel Pearl
10:30-11:45pm Jodie Manross with special guests Mark Lamb Dance, Laith Keilany, and Greg Horne
7:15-7:45pm Shadhavar Bellydance
8:45-9:15pm Runaway Circus
9:30-10pm Shadhavar Bellydance
11-11:45pm Runaway Circus
7:15-8:15pm Gene Cordova
8:30-9:30pm Einstein Simplified
9:45-10:30pm Gene Cordova
10:45-11:45pm Einstein Simplified
TVA Room 2
7:15-7:45pm Knoxville Opera
8:00-8:30pm Circle Modern Dance
8:45-11:45pm Black Sunshine
STREET FIRE PERFORMANCES
Market Square, Krutch Park
Shadhavar Bellydance with fire!
One World Circus with fire!
The Square Room
7:15-8:30pm Johnny Astro & the Big Bang
9:00-10:15pm Taylor Brown & Company
10:30-11:45pm Those Darlins
15 Market Square
9:00-10:15 Sara Schwabe and her Yankee Jass Band
7:15-11:30pm Old Time Jam
Knoxville Visitor’s Center with WDVX
7:15-11:30pm Old Time Throwdown