"NY's Biggest New Year's Party
North of Times Square"

IT'S BACK! 

Saratoga's Famed 
>>>  FIRST NIGHT  <<<
returns with a new name;
and a new spirit!

 
New Year's Eve
The Great Venue Hop
Plus Fireworks
GA Badge = All Shows
VIP + Upgrades Available

Bonus:  Pre-Fest Show!

New Year's Day
The 5K Road Run
Gospel Brunch
Fun Day Activities


LocationS
Downtown Venues
Saratoga Springs, NY
Dates & Times
SATURDAY
December 31, 2022
1:00 PM - Midnight+

+
SUNDAY
January 1, 2023
11AM - 4:00 PM


PRICING

$25: All-Access 
$20: @ Adv (Limited)

$100 VIP Package (Limited)
$75 VIP @ Adv (Very Limited)

KIDS: Free (< 16)
 5K Entry: $ TBD
NEW YEAR'S EVE
THR GREAT VENUE HOP
* Wide Variety *   * Dozens of Acts * 
* All Venues @ Downtown *
* GA = Entry to All Shows *

* $25 / $20 (Adv) * 
* Food & Drink @ Many *
 * VIP Packages $100 / $75 (Adv) *
     * Reserved Headline Seats: +$10 * 

SAVE $ + SAVE VENUE SHUTOUTS w/ ADVANCE PURCHASE

CHECK BACK AS WE  ADD ACTS
VENUES x TIMES:  DEC 10
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HEADLINE SHOW
Cowboy Junkies
​​​​TORONTO, ON
Alt-Country / Slo-Blues
CANADIAN LEGENDS
18 Studio/5 Live Albums
Juno Awards: 2x
Canadian Hall of Fame
Original Members
In 1988, Cowboy Junkies proved that there is an audience waiting for something quiet, beautiful and reflective. The Trinity Session was like a whisper that cut through the noise -- and it was compelling. It stood out in the midst of the flash and bombast that defined the late 80's. The now classic recording combined folk, blues and rock in a way that had never been heard before and went on to sell more than two million copies.

"The Trinity Session is in the great tradition of albums that establish a mood and sustain it so that it seems like one continuously unfolding song. The mood in this instance is hypnotic and introspective – an intense, melancholic longing that blends the elemental emotions of country music and the blues with the poetic world-weariness of the Velvet Underground." Rolling Stone

With Cowboy Junkies’ most recent album, All That Reckoning, the band once again gently shakes the listener awake. Whether commenting on the fragile state of the world or on personal relationships, this new collection encourages the listener to take notice. It also may be the most powerful album Cowboy Junkies have yet recorded
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“Over 30 years into their career, Cowboy Junkies are in peak form, adding another inspired, alluring album to their repertoire
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Associated Press

“Impressed; as vital as anything they've done.”
NPR 

“Margo Timmins is, quite simply, the best singer in the lifespan of whatever we might choose to call this genre of music.”
Americana Highways

Photo by Heather Pollock
HEADLINE SHOW SPECIAL GUESTS
THE SAMPLES
DENVER, CO
Indie / Alternative - rock

A visit to any random 1990's college campus would no doubt yield the sounds of the Samples flowing thru the air. There lies the reason they are credited as the founding act of the so-called Dorm Rock genre of that era.

Their early reggae-meets-Dead, FM-friendly sound drew comparisons to The Police. But by their second album No Room, the Samples were staking their own ground as a leading act in the emerging indie- and alt-rock movements -- and in the process helping launch the still-thriving Colorado music scene.

Thirty years, a dozen albums and hundreds of shows later, Sean Kelly leads the Samples into the City Center Ballroom as part of the Fest's featured headline show.
DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO
SEATTLE, WA
Old-School Jazz - Funk

The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio delivers the lost art of “feel good music.” The ingredients of this intoxicating cocktail include a big helping of the 60's organ jazz stylings of Jimmy Smith; a pinch of the snappy soul strut of Booker T. & the M.G.’s and then sprinkles-in Motown, Stax, blues, and cosmic Jimi-style guitar. It’s a stewing, brewing concoction

The band features organist Delvon Lamarr, a self-taught virtuosic musician, dynamo Jimmy James on guitar who eases through Steve Cropper-style chankinh, volcanic acid-rock freak-out lead playing and slinky Grant Green style jazz. Acclaimed NW drummer Julian MacDonogh recently joined the DLO3 party.

We might be looking at a big dance party ringing-in the year.
THE DEAD ZONE
DEADGRASS and FRIENDS
HUDSON VALLEY, NY
Garica-Isnpired Acoustic & Electric

Grammy-winner C Lanzbom leads his popular cast of the lower-Hudson's crack players into the Fest's DEAD ZONE room for a night of  creative interpretations of songs made famous by the Dead, JGB, Old and in the Way and other cosmic cowboys.
HALFSTEP
518, NY
A Grateful Tribute

The early show here belongs to regional Dead faves HALFSTEP, and they bring their expanded big band format into the Dead Zone for a rare sighting. Get their before they hit the stage, and make a request: one which they might even deliver!    
REGGAE PARTY
MIGHTY MYSTIC
JAMAICA + BOSTON, MA
Modern Reggae
Let's get thE Fest started early: friday night!
Featuring the reggae sensation
MIGHTY MYSTIC!

Mystic is considered a leader in the U.S. reggae scene and considered as one of the more prolific artists to develop outside of Jamaica.

He has gripped the genre with ferocious conviction and an uncanny ambition worthy to be mentioned among the greats. Mystic stormed the USA from native Jamaica in 2006 with his first international hit “Riding on the Clouds.”

But it wasn't until his first album “Wake up the World” (2010) that he became a household name. Here is a unique spin on classic reggae blended with hip hop & rock that catapulted him to the forefront of today’s Reggae Revival.

Mighty Mystic is the younger brother of current Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness. When asked how that impacts his craft, Mystic answers: “Andrew has a job and so do I. Impact or not, we both have our own mission to complete”

Putnam's own House Boss SLY FOX will assemble an ALL STAR BAND of this area's best players to kick the night off @ early. More event fun TBA.

YES:  badge holders get admittance here as part of all Fest tix.
FEATURED SINGER-SONGWRITER
JEFFREY GAINES
PHILADELPHIA, PA
Alt Folk-Rock
Jeffrey Gaines brought a unique, original voice to the sea of singer/songwriters that emerged in the 1990s.

Born and raised in Harrisburg, Gaines became interested in singing while in his teens, joining local acts. After high school, he turned down cover band offers, moved to Philly and proceeded to release his self-titled 1992 debut. Critically praised far and wide, it included the fast hit "Hero In Me" -- and put him on the musical map as an introspective folk-rock artist.

Two albums later, Always Be (2001) contained a stripped-down cover of Perter Gabriel's hit "In Your Eyes," which became a concert staple. A later live version went huge, and remained on the Top 40 Chart for twenty-two weeks. Dozens or late-night TV appearances, major tours and high profile benefit contributions have followed.

In 2018, 15 years after his last effort, Gaines returned with album 6, Alright.
BLUES JUKE JOINT
Peter Parcek Band
Boston, MA
NOMINATIONS
Blues Artist of The Year: 2022 New England Music Awards
Blues Artist of The Year: 2021 + 2022 Boston Music Awards
Best Band, Best CD, Best Song: 2022 Independent Blues Awards
Best Album: 2021 Blues Music Award 
75 Modern Blues & Blues Rock Artists You Must Hear: 2021 

Peter Parcek’s daring, incendiary and soulful style is a distinctive hybrid. He weaves rock, gypsy-jazz, country, folk, and blues-- especially blues-- into a tapestry of melody, harmony and daredevil solos that push those styles to their limits without sacrificing the warmth of his own personality.

Peter calls his approach "soul guitar," an appellation that alludes to his playing’s depth of feeling and character, as well as its deepest roots in classic American music. But Peter’s sensibilities are equally attuned to the future.
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"Peter Parcek is one of the most criminally underrated blues guitarists despite having earned the BMA nominations" (Glide Magazine)

"... an intense instrumentalist who delivers modern sounds that hint of the Delta and more" (Chicago Blues Guide)
George Fletcher Blues Band
ALbany, ny

AWARDS
NYS Blues Hall of Fame x 3
Winner: Capital Region Blues Network Best Band 2021
Blues Foundation: Int'l Blues Challenge

Up first in the early slot act in the Blues Juke Joint is one of the northeast's premiere and most popular blues acts, The George Fletcher Blues -- upstairs in the Saratoga City Center.

George Fletcher is a third generation professional musician.
He is a 2012 inductee into the New York Blues Hall of Fame as a "Master Blues Artist."
His former band, George Fletcher's Foldin' Money was likewise inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame in 2013 as a "Great Blues Band."

Keyboardist Sonny Speed is likewise a NYS Blues Hall of Fame inductee in his own right.

Keeping in the Fest's spirit, the band will go heavy on their catlog of original works, Special guests are not out of the question!
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THE COUNTRY MUSIC PARTY
Kevin Richards
Country kickers
Line Dance lessons and and practice by the 518 's Mr Country, Kevin Richards.

Two sessions, before and after the first band: Grit N Whiskey. So you will have a live act with which to put your new skills to work!
Jenny Grace Band
rising country star
NASHVILLE, TN
Jenny Grace embodies a similar country persona of the country bad asses from the past century. Having grown up middle class with a rebel soul, Mama definitely tried.

Right out of the gate with her hit song Driving With the Top Down, followed up with a British CMA nomination and a string of show stealing support dates, Jenny Grace and her sharp bandmates are charted on a course to being the Country Music's Next Big Thing.
Grit-N-Whiskey
MODERN COUNTRY
The long-running and popular Grit-N-Whiskey will start the party with selections from their deep playlist of the modern country hits which you love to dance to.

  North Country Music Awards 2017 Winner.       .
CELTIC PUB at THE PARTING GLASS
MAGGIES CLAN
UPSTATE NY

High-energy Celtic rock will be thrown-down by this seven-piece powerhouse.  The focus is on clever and hard-hitting originals, along with samplings of  traditional Irish and Scottish classics.  No prisoners will be taken here; making Maggies Clan the perfect closing act at the world famous Parting Glass Pub.
TRISKELE
EIRE
Triskele not only revitalizes the Gaelic language, but weaves history and traditions about growing up in Ireland, delivering a deeper appreciation and understanding of Irish/Celtic history.  Fans enjoy hearing songs sung with the unique qualities of the female voice. Not only can these ladies sing but they are also talented multi-instrumentalists.
THE JAZZ LOUNGE
KEITH PRAY QUARTET
Keith Pray is a versatile saxophonist and organist, who explores the boundaries of mainstream jazz, the blues, avant-garde and gritty funk as a performer, bandleader, composer and educator.

Keith has traveled from the west coast to Europe making music of many styles with hundreds of gifted musicians including some of the giants of the business. For eight years he resided in New York City performing with artists from multiple disciplines including, jazz, R&B, blues, Latin and big band. He has released six albums under his name, most recently Universal Blues on his label PrayNation Records .

Over his career Keith has taught saxophone at SUNY Oneonta, jazz history and arranging at Schenectady County Community College and currently directs the high school bands in the Schenectady City School District and the SUNY Albany Jazz Ensemble. Keith is an in demand jazz educator, having conducted many all-counties, masterclasses, clinics, directing the Proctors Summer Jazz Institute for 9 seasons and most recently co-founding All Ears Jazz, which develops jazz education workshops. Besides his own recordings, Keith has recorded for dozens of artists

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"Make no mistake about it Keith Pray is a voice with which to be reckoned with. He has it all and leaves it all here, a brilliant convergence of chops, insight, honesty of sound and superb writing skills. This confluence packs a solid, creative punch.  A knock out." (Jazz Times)
EMERGING TALENT
CAIT DEVIN
UTICA, NY
alt-Pop + GUiTAR SHREDS

Singer songwriter, musician, model, interviewer for Guitar World and host of IG Live CommuniCait.

Though primarily alt pop, her roots are in contemporary, rock, and more, exposing her to a wide range of audiences & listeners. At the age of 16 Cait began booking in NYC and Nashville without management, and has gained exposure on KISS FM, iHeart Radio, Wish USA, News Channel 12, 95X Radio, and many more.

Due to suffering from a rare nerve condition, Cait's story was shared nationally on media outlets. This lead to the start of her Youtube series "Shredding for Hope" with Bradley Hall Guitar to benefit There with Care. In total, the series has racked up almost one million views.

Some players Cait recruited include Jinxx of Black Veil Brides, Jen Majura of Evanescence, Joel Hoekstra of White Snake, and almost 100 high profile guitarists. Guitar.com featured Cait as "the guitar community's most charitable new player."

One of her most recent endeavors is selling out the Viper Room in Hollywood CA - her first west coast show.This will be her first appearance in Saratoga, timed as a launch of wider 2023 touring plans.
CLARE MALONEY & THE GREAT ADVENTURE
NYC, NY
ROCK N ROLL
Clare Maloney is one of the most distinctive, powerful and emotive voices in rock & roll today.

The internationally renowned singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has shared the stage with members of The Dead, Starship, Allmans Brothers Band, Hall & Oates, the E Street Band, NRPS and more.

Before transitioning to rock, Clare trained extensively and toured as an opera singer, appearing times at the great concert halls of the world

Since 2018, she has been the vocalist for The Englishtown Project, and more recently has toured nationally as a vocalist and guitarist with The Airplane Family.

The Pandemic presented a chance to form The Great Adventure, who played their first show in 2021 to a sold out crowd at The Bitter End. The band features a rotating cast of adventurers from America's jam + roots-rock communities.

The band released a series of singles in early 2022 to rave reviews. Relix Magazine called their first single, "Legend Lives On," a "stunning debut."

Their debut album,was released on December 9.


DISCOVERY ACTS
KEVIN KELLY
Los Angeles, CA
Rebel songwriter

Actor. Playwright. Director. Show Host.
The Storytelling Troubadour

LA's Great Mystery of 'Where the Hell is Kevin Kelly?' has been solved.

After three years of being MIA, the tortured soul once deemed as "the Chronicler of LA's Soft White Underbelly" re-emerges in a surprise public appearance. Adding to the confusion is that it's on the East Coast, in the pleasant NYS 'burgh of Saratoga. What gives? All bets are off.

From CBGB's to Whisky A Go Go and in the lonely cafe's, dive bars, and clubs across America, there was Kelly, furiously strumming his acoustic guitar, stomping stages until the place shakes in hypnotic glory. Then it all stopped. Now he's back. We hope.

A Kevin Kelly show cannot be forgotten. It's not necessarily pretty, nor is it necessarily musically perfect. Think Tom Waits meets Lou Reed meets Nebraska-era Springsteen.

Kelly paints a vivid picture of truth, both his and ours. And he does it in his own inimitable way. Kevin Kelly is the traveling musical poet troubadour we've been seeking all these years.
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THE CLASSIC ROCK PARTY TENT
18 STRINGS OF TROUBLE
UPSTATE NY
18 Strings of Trouble go 'full band', breaking out their rare Neil Young & Crazy Horse performance. Set for the early slot in the big heated tent at the Ice House, the boys will crank up the  rockin' side of Neil and his longtime electric mates Crazy Horse. No lookalike or soundalike tribute here; instead we'll get a guitar-driven show of loud American rock.    
SON OF A GUN
homeTown saratogA
Son of a Gun takes the late slot here under the Tent, and will deliver both the classic rock favorites that defined the music of the past four three decades AND will show-off their emerging original-music chops. With a just-completed CD, this trio is sure to please in what will be a dance party meets album release night of fun.  Get down with them.
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A DANCE FLURRY TAKEOVER: TRADITIONAL DANCE & MUSIC
more, more!
We are still adding VENUES, GENRES & PERFORMERS.
Yes: even MORE fun is coming.
Keep checking here thru the Summer & Fall.

KIDS & FAMILY Attractions
(Saturday & Sunday Afternoons = Coming Soon)
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