Join us at Midnight for the Grand Illumination at the Old Fauquier Courthouse
In this time-honored tradition, we’ll end the evening with a candlelight gathering at the Fauquier courthouse to welcome in the new year.
Performances at the sites will end between 11:30 and 11:45 PM so that First Night guests can gather at the courthouse in a candlelight assembly of musicians, friends and neighbors. As the courthouse bell chimes in the New Year, we’ll enjoy sing-alongs and special musical serenades.
First Night Warrenton Performer Descriptions 2016
Allegro Community School of the Arts Instructors & Students
Enjoy a musical variety show performed by Scott & Kathy Tester, Allegro Youth Orchestra Instructors and students. Music will range from contemporary vocal music through folk instrumental pieces.
Jeremy Bass is a classical guitarist from Berryville, Virginia who currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky, where he recently completed doctoral studies in guitar performance.
Blue Ridge Barbershoppers
For 31 years theBlue Ridge Barbershoppershave been entertaining Warrenton audiences with four-partacapella.The chorus tunes each chord to "ring" with the surprising resonances of classic barbershop harmony.
Blue Sky Puppets
Presenting “Three Not So Little Pigs,” a puppet show wheresibling rivalry and cooperation are explored in this funny tale of the famous pigs.
Dance Party at Allegro
Come shake it off at our First Night Dance party! (still coordinated by the teen committee).
Dave Vanderveer- Fearless Dave
Dave presents unicycle tricks, bull-whip artistry, and chainsaw juggling with high-spirited humor.
Rousing traditional Welsh folk music on bagpipe, harp, fiddle, guitar, mandolin with songs and ballads sung in English and Welsh; David Rich, Deborah Wenrich, Bob Roser, James Brown, Jodee James and Amy Meyer.
Melissa Weaver Dunning
A capella songs and ballads from
Irish, Scots, English and American traditions;
clear and vibrant unaccompanied singing, and a few tunes on the English concertina.
Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie
Banjo legend Bill Emerson played with bluegrass luminaries like Jimmy Martin and The Country Gentlemen. Bill’s band Sweet Dixie creates pure, high-octane bluegrass music on guitar, bass, banjo, and mandolin.
In a celebration of dance for all ages, the Excell Dancers present an inspiring collection of original choreography in Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Jazz styles.
Theatre Cabaret singers return to Allegro recapping of their successful Christmas on Main Show. Enjoy a variety of music from these local musicians. Hot coffee, hot cocoa and popcorn available all evening for a donation to the Allegro CSA scholarship fund.
Daniel Glenn and Friends
A graduate of Allegro CSA Daniel is a 20 year old classical guitarist who has been playing for more than 12 years. This incredible local talent will be joined by Hannah Hoisington on piano and other local musicians.
This New Jersey based alternative pop-punk singer song-writer will be performing an intimate, acoustic program.
Martinsburg Jazz Swing Dance
For 25 years, the Martinsburg Jazz Combo has been delighting audiences of all ages with its great sound, impeccable performance quality, and high-energy, highly-danceable music. Based out of Martinsburg, WV, the ensemble is made up of instrumentalists and vocalists from across the tri-state region.
The one man band! Music for children & families; folk songs, pop, and rock favorites.
McLaughlin the Magician
A popular First Night favorite; mystery, magic and delight for all ages; a series of illusions by Master Magician, John McLaughlin.
Brendan Mulvihill & Friends
Lively and beautiful traditional Irish music from Master Irish Fiddler Brendan Mulvihill, joined by singer/songwriter Nina Gibson and traditional dancer Shannon Dunne.
This acoustic punk rock band features Dylan Pierce, the guitarist from Route-29.
A four piece Indie/Alternative band with an energy straight from the punk rock playbook set atop a jazzy backbeat.
This alternative, pop-punk band includes Jansen Beals on lead vocals and piano, Dylan Pierce on guitar and backing vocals, Asher Hurt on bass, and Brian Pierce on drums.
Brian is a singer/songwriter from Amissville. His diverse repertoire is influenced and inspired by Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Passenger, James Taylor and Van Morrison.
Simple Gifts is a multicultural celebration! Using fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, hammer dulcimer and more, they’ll play folk tunes from about ten different countries, all presented with warmth and a keen sense of humor.
Bob Swift is a music conservatory graduate with over 40 years success as recitalist and private instructor in voice, pipe organ, harpsichord, and piano.
Those Three Guys
Sweet vocal harmonies and fleet-fingered guitar work in an eclectic assortment of acoustic pop & folk originals and covers put to good use. Everything from The Beatles to Hank Williams to creative Billboard pop covers. Nathan Borger on banjo and vocals, Alex Kerns on guitar and vo- cals, and Willy Steinmetz on percussion, guitar, and vocals.
The Tristan Cooper Comedy Show
The show where everything's made up and the points don't matter! Come enjoy local improvisational actors participate in classic games and let hilarity ensue. Hosted by local actor Tristan Cooper, competitions will include Props, Scenes from a Hat, Party Quirks and more!
Bill Wellington presents Radio WOOF
This delightful storyteller, folk musician, songwriter, and dance caller has entertained audiences throughout America for over 25 years. Radio WOOF celebrates folklore with lively banjo music, funny folk songs, fancy fiddling, and fantastic storytelling.
Educational and entertaining presentation of live and exotic animals with insights into their lives, habits, and habitats.
Harmon’s Hayrides will be offering hayrides up and down Main Street. Hayrides begin and end at the BB&T Bank and are $1 per person. A fun way to see the town!
First Night Photo Booth
Get out your cameras and snap your selfie or group shot at our photo booth in front of the post office. Lots of New Year’s themed props to use. Share your pictures on social media using #firstnightwarrenton
Refreshments, Hospitality and Cool Books available at:
Warrenton Bible Fellowship Hall, The Book Cellar, Deja Brew Café, Allegro Cellar Door, and Great Harvest Bread Company. Ask your friendly volunteers for more details.