Memorial Hall

Mark Nomad

Master slide guitarist Mark Nomad has been playing the blues since the 1960s, everything from acoustic delta blues to the blues spirituals to his own blues tunes. Inspired by Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman, Nomad's "effortless technique goes hand-in-hand with an instinctive feel for the blues," said the Boston Phoenix.

2-2:45 and 3-3:45 at Memorial Hall

Austin and Elliott

Austin and Elliott tap into traditional folk with a modern outsider's sensibility. With thought-provoking lyrics and driving guitar, Chris Elliott's original songs run the spectrum from genuine beauty to scathing irony. Add Lisa Austin's cutting harmonies and powerful hand drum and the tension is dramatic. This is one dark but catchy duo. Two voices telling vivid tales of love gone wrong and death done right.

4-4:45 and 5-5:45 at Memorial Hall

Art Steele

Art Steele is a one-man blues band par excellence. This guy can play sweet rhythm guitar, pepper in tasty leads and sing the stuffing out of a tune, all at the same time. Just like the blues, Art has been around forever. Let the good times roll this First Night with Art Steele and his vintage guitar.

7-7:45 and 8-8:45 at Memorial Hall

Northampton Poetry Slam

Marianne Moore once described poetry as "imaginary gardens with real toads in them." Come discover what has been growing in the Pioneer Valley poetry gardens at the Northampton Poetry Slam. Whether it's academic poetry, slam, spoken word, or haiku this group presents the best in local linguistic inspiration. Northampton Poetry has been hosting an open mic every Tuesday since 2012.

9:15-10 and 10:15-11 at Memorial Hall

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All First Night performances are family-friendly, but these are especially suitable for younger children.