St. John's Episcopal Church
Katherine First & Kitchen Party
Katherine First & Kitchen Party likes to "bring that Cape Breton good-old kitchen party to wherever you are." Come enjoy a mixture of Celtic, old timey, and bluegrass music. This band has a high-energy sound and encourages audience participation. A few surprises will wend your way as they love to include special guests.
2-2:45 and 3-3:45 at St. John's Episcopal Church
Johnny Memphis Band
"Let the furniture fall, let the chairs have a chance, let the highboy relax, let the ottoman dance," goes the bridge to "Murphy Bed," one of the singular songs by the Johnny Memphis Band. This electro-acoustic, rock 'n' roll quintet sings about more than just home furnishing. Their diverse, single-stream repertoire includes originals like the Japanese philosophy blues ("Wabi Sabi Baby,") Northampton infrastructure rockabilly ("Truck Eating Bridge,") and classic country ("Every Other Day at a Time.") The band features Johnny Memphis (lead vocals, mandolin,) Katherine First (fiddle,) Dave Pinkerton (electric guitar,) Paul Hartshorne (bass, guitar and sax,) and Jason Smith (drums.)
4-4:45 and 5-5:45 at St. John's Episcopal Church
Now's the Time Jazz Sextet
Now's the Time is the band for bop, swing, and funky soul music. Their repertoire features sophisticated but groovin' arrangements of American songbook classics and gems from great jazz composers like Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk and Lee Morgan. The sextet features Perry Friedman (piano), Michael Goldman (clarinet), Chris Koh (drums), Jay Markham (trumpet), John Powers (bass), and James Steinberg (sax.)
7-7:45 at St. John's Episcopal Church
Western Massachusetts singer-songwriter Sean McMahon gave birth to his art-rock alter ego Workman Song during a 5-year sojourn in Brooklyn, NY. Acclaimed for his unique Jeff-Buckley-by-way-of-Dylan vocal, McMahon delivers unusual storytelling, and quirky revivalism in his live shows. The seasoned performer returned to his Northampton, MA homeland in mid-2016. With two acclaimed EPs under his belt, "Lamb" (2014) and "Ion Zelig Vol. III" (2015), McMahon is presently at work on his full-length debut with bandmates Marc Seedorf (Seth Glier) and Monte Arnstam (Outer Stylie).
8-8:45 at St. John's Episcopal Church
Katie Clarke and the Green River Band
Katie Clarke is back with the Green River Band she led from 2004-2009. Celebrated as one-third of the Boxcar Lilies harmony trio, Katie is known for her stellar song-writing and warm alto voice. She delves deep into bluegrass, folk and country. Her music appeals to hipster 20-somethings and to older folks who grew up on Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. The Green River Band features Katie Clarke on guitar with John Alphin on mandolin, Gail Hegeman on bass and a revolving cast of Pioneer Valley musicians who join the fun.
9:15-10 and 10:15-11 at St. John's Episcopal Church
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All First Night performances are family-friendly, but these are especially suitable for younger children.