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First Night Morris County ushers in 2021 with live and virtual shows

Join First Night Reimagined This New Years Eve

MORRIS COUNTY, NJFirst Night Morris County 2021 continues its 29-year tradition of ringing in the new year with a magnificent family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration.

Due to some creative viewing adjustments for the pandemic, this year’s lineup will showcase 100 artists in 40 performances in dance, theatre/comedy, music — rock, jazz, blues, and classical — visual arts, world cultures, children’s programs, a film festival and so much more. A dazzling Light Up The Night Virtual Show at 9:15pm and midnight countdown will welcome in the New Year. Shows are presented in live, streamed and on-demand formats.

Three levels of First Night Morris County admission offers different combinations of access, as well as a Friday Night Film Festival.

Some of the top performers include:

  • Champion Irish Fiddler Brian Conway and guitarist/singer John Walsh (streaming, on demand).  Widely considered one of the best Irish fiddlers of any style, Conway is a leading exponent of the tastefully ornamented Sligo fiddling style made famous by the late Michael Coleman. Irish-American guitarist, singer and producer John Walsh joins Conway in performance for First Night Morris County.
  • Jason Hudy’s Mesmerizing Magic (streaming, on demand).  Magician Jason Hudy delivers mystery, intrigue, and comedy in every cutting edge show, as he draws you into the intricate world of illusion.
  • Comedian Joe Larson (live). Joe will tickle your funny bone and have you smiling all night. His popular blog, “Man with A Baby,” is read and enjoyed by many, and online sketch comedy pieces with “Grandma’s Favorite” are a YouTube favorite.
  • Award-winning harpsichord virtuoso Andrew Rosenblum (streaming, on demand).  Noted for his “…beautiful shaping of phrases, his sense of color and inflection, his incisive rhythmic impulse, and his fabulous technique…,” Rosenblum has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center among others.
  • Frank Vignola Hot Jazz Trio with bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrott (streaming, on demand). Frank Vignola is one of the top guitarists in the world according to the legendary Les Paul. With his virtuosity, extraordinary versatility, sly humor and incomparable musicianship, he shares the stage with longterm touring partner, dynamic rhythm guitarist Vinny Raniolo and Nikki Parrott’s irresistible voice.
  • The British Invasion Years Band (streaming, on demand).  No time machine is needed as this popular First Night band takes you back to the 1960s. Classic rock lovers will thrill to this group’s note-perfect performances of music from The Beatles to The Beach Boys.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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