Welcome to New Year’s Needham Dec 31 2019!
A Day & Night of Music, Dance and Laughter!
Jon Stetson – Mentalist and Comedian!
Some people thought there were audience plants. Come find out for yourself.
Jon steps inside people’s heads. He knows what you’re thinking. Don’t believe it? Well, he already knew that. Jon has performed for three U.S. Presidents, The King of Sweden, The Royal Family of Monaco, and has appeared on several major Television Networks.
POWERS HALL, 7:00 PM
The Kemp Harris Band!
Powerful and moving blues, soul and gospel. Kemp honed his powerful, intimate performance style in Cambridge’s coffeehouses, developing into a magnetic frontman who has shared stages with artists such as Koko Taylor, Gil Scott-Heron, and Taj Mahal. He has composed original music for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, established a songwriting residency at Boston’s Wang Theater, and recently delivered a series of master classes at Berklee College of Music on the subject of Artists as Activists.
POWERS HALL, 4:15 PM
Joy Reo Trio
The Joy Reo Trio is a cabaret jazz band in metro Boston that features soulful, sassy and classy songs that range from 1920s show tunes to 1940s jazz standards and 2010s pop hits. Vocalist Joy Reo is accompanied by the marvelous Molly Flannery on piano, and the divine Diane Heffner on clarinet and saxophone. Flannery has a distinctive fluidity on the piano, with her melodic improvisations, and an ability to groove in jazz, Latin, and Brazilian idioms. Heffner’s versatile and sensitive touch on tenor sax and clarinet is founded on a lifelong career in classical and jazz performance. Reo delivers lyrics with range and resonance to make audiences laugh, dance and smile. Tune in to their repertoire of torch songs, tender ballads, and comedic show tunes!
UNITARIAN CHURCH, 6:30 PM
Seth Glier – Singer / Songwriter
Grammy Nominated Singer Songwriter Seth Glier averages over 200 shows a year, and shared stages with artists such as James Taylor, Mark Knopfler, The Verve Pipe, Edwin McCain and Ani DiFranco. He has appeared as a mainstage artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY) and the Kerrville Folk Festival (TX). USA Today compared Seth to Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.
UNITARIAN CHURCH, 8:00 PM
Zoë Lewis — “Band in a Body”
Originally from the UK she now resides in Provincetown and plays vintage jazz, jump jive, Latin grooves, swing, international folk and funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons!
UNITARIAN CHURCH, 9:00 PM
at Powers Hall,
11 piece dance band,
You will dance. Resistance is futile. Soul City aims to bring the best of classic and modern Soul, along with Top 40, funk, and other dance music, to events across New England. Soul City is long-established New England institution, keeping dance floors across the region packed for almost 31 years. Soul City boasts an impressive line up, with four-part vocals and an impressive four-piece horn section in the area. Expect Classic Soul and R&B hits of the Motown Era, right up to choice selections from today’s Top 40 playlist.
POWERS HALL, 9:30 PM
You and your friends and family will welcome 2020 happily movin’ and groovin’! Don’t miss it!
Tom Nutile Big Band
THE TOM NUTILE BIG BAND New England’s first-call bands for dances, black-tie galas, outdoor concerts and parties. This 17-piece ensemble, with a male and female vocalist, has performed at the DCU Center, Hanover Theatre, Museum of Fine Arts, the Ritz-Carlton and Scullers Jazz Club. With a repertoire that includes hits from the golden era of swing as well as modern pop, soul and rock favorites, this band has delighted audiences of all sizes, from intimate dinner parties to a total of more than two million people at the opening events for the Big Dig in Boston. Noon-time Powers Hall.
POWERS HALL, NOON-TIME
Needham Concert Society
Come celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Needham Concert Society in a program of exciting and joyous chamber music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Grieg and Dvorak and Bach. Performers to include Bayla Keyes, violin; Peter Zazofsky, violin; Ronald Lowry, cello; Paul Glenn, bass; Soomi Lee, piano; David Tierney, harpsichord.
CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 7:30 PM
Face Painting — Get Your Paint On!
The Painting Place – owned by Needham’s own Samara Helfman – will offer face painting. Just need a $5 button.
She will also bring mugs for kids/adults to have the option to paint at a charge of $20 per mug – plus a free packet of hot cocoa for each mug paint! The price is inclusive of all supplies and firing to ensure the mug will be dishwasher, food and microwave safe! The Mugs will be ready about a week after New Year’s Needham to be picked up at the Wellesley location just 3 miles up the road.
The Painting Place
380 WASHINGTON ST.
TOWN HALL, FIRST FLOOR, 11AM – 4PM
Henna — temporary body decoration !
The art of henna has been practiced for over 5000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa and the Middle East. People all over the world have adopted the ancient traditions of adorning their bodies with the beautiful temporary natural artwork created from the henna plant.
Henna by Deepa’s Beauty Salon of Norwood, courtesy of New Year’s Needham.
$5 Button required
TOWN HALL, FIRST FLOOR, 1PM – 3PM
The Jazz Punishers quirky name is representative of the band members\’ sense of humor and lightheartedness about the music they love, playing a blend of classic jazz standards, many with a fresh twist, contemporary jazz, and even some R&B. We\’re a versatile and lively jazz quartet with our special guest vocalist. Jason Macres, Saxophones Jim Zaroulis, Keyboards and Piano Ed Spargo, Bass Steve Bankuti, Drums Marcia Macres, Vocals.
BAPTIST CHURCH, 5:00 PM
Needham Community Theatre
Needham Community Theatre (NCT) has been performing shows in the community continuously for 60 years. Throughout our history, hundreds of residents of Needham and surrounding towns have been a part of our productions. We look forward to many more years of high quality community theater productions, and we welcome your support!.
BAPTIST CHURCH, 6:00 PM
Meeting Across the Water
Exploring gospel and American roots music from the 1850s to the present, including black gospel street tunes from the mid-1900s and post-World War II music, along with band members\’ original folk and gospel tunes. The band\’s music springs from the band \’s deeply-held belief that African-American and white spiritual traditions can inspire and connect with each other. MATW concerts are joyful , uplifting, audience-involving celebrations and explorations of the human condition.
BAPTIST CHURCH, 7:30 PM
The Lance Martin Band
This is a flute led jazz/funk band out of Boston metro. The Lance Martin Band has been together in Boston since 1982. Always with an awesome personnel, this band has performed with the intent to whip an audience into a frenzy. The combination of jazz, funk & R&B is called Physical Jazz, which is the title of lance\’s latest CD. The music and the flute performances will hopefully dispel any preconceived notion on how a jazz flute should sound.
BAPTIST CHURCH, 9:00 PM
Schedule of Events
• Music: Blues, Jazz, Rock, A Cappella, R&B, Folk, Rock and more.
• Children’s performances
Buy a Button
Buttons on sale at the following locations:
• Roche Brothers & Sudbury Farms
• Needham Park & Rec Commision
• Needham Public Library
• Needham Town Hall
• Volante Farms
• The Charles River YMCA
• Hearth Pizzeria