Jon Stetson
Mentalist / Comedian
YES, Jon is back because last year 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. 7pm Power Hall. Learn More

Tanglewood Marionettes:
Dragon King
An underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore, Tanglewood Marionettes’ latest production tells the tale of a wise Grandmother who journeys to the bottom of the sea to seek the Dragon King. With colorful sea creatures, an exciting adventure, and all the visual splendor that audiences have come to expect from a Tanglewood Marionettes production, The Dragon King is a heart-warming tale that will thrill young and old alike. 12:30 and 2:30. St Joes Kennedy Gym. Learn More

Countdown Party at Powers Hall with Soul City
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 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.
The party is 9:30-12:30
(AGE 21+ ONLY)
$35 through Dec. 28th.
$40 after Dec. 28th.
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Zoë Lewis – Band in a body!
Singer-songwriter extraordinaire, she’s released 10 cds of original music, penned 2 musicals, toured with Judy Collins, Richie Havens, The Indigo Girls, her songs have won numerous accolades and have appeared in films, on Broadway and in commercials. World traveler, story teller, multi-instrumentalist, her boundless energy is hard to ignore! 9pm Unitarian Church. Learn More

Charles River Ballet
Come see Needham’s classical ballet school, Charles River Ballet Academy, perform classical dances from Sleeping Beauty, Graduation Ball, and Giselle, as well as original choreography to the music of Pachelbel, the Annie soundtrack, and Paul Simon. Forty-five local students of CRBA age 8-18 will perform in our 11th annual New Years Needham show. With beautiful costumes, classical music, and impressive dancing, come be inspired by the dedication, artistry, and talent of ballet students from our community. 3:15pm Powers Hall. Learn More

The Jazz Punishers
The Jazz Punishers quirky name is representative of the band members’ sense of humor and lightheartedness about the music they love to play. We play a blend of classic jazz standards, many with a fresh twist, contemporary jazz, and even some R&B. We’re a perfect fit for functions and celebrations where a sense of sophistication sans snootiness is desired. Our genre: Nouveau classic jazz with contemporary spice. 5pm Baptist Church. Learn More

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. 4:15 pm Powers Hall. Learn More

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. Learn More

Diane Edgecomb - Storyteller
Warm-up your heart and your imagination with these wintertime tales of magic and fun. Diane's interactive tales range from the lyrical Grimms tale of Snow White and Rose Red to folksy New England escapades transforming a winter’s day into a time of delight for the whole family. A featured storyteller on NPR and winner of the National ORACLE award for storytelling excellence in the Northeast, Diane transforms into the characters in her tales bringing them to vibrant life. 12:30 and 1:30 Needham Library.
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The Lance Martin Band
Combination of jazz, funk & gospel is called Physical Jazz, dispel any preconceived notion on how a jazz flute should sound. The Lance Martin Band has been performing since the early 80s and has some of the most accomplished musicians in the industry. 9pm Hearth Pizzeria Learn More

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. 8pm Unitarian Church. Learn More

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
(Ages 18+)

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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

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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
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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
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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
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Countdown Party
at Powers Hall,
11 piece dance band,
SOUL CITY.

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!

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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

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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

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NEW MUSIC VENUE

Baptist Church Music Venue

Jazz Punishers

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

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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

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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

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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

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Schedule of Events

Great activities the whole day for young, old and everyone in between!

• Music: Blues, Jazz, Rock, A Cappella, R&B, Folk, Rock and more.

• Dance

• Theatre

• Magic

• Children’s performances

…and more!

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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

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Please Donate!

We are a Non-Profit, made up entirely of volunteers like yourself. NO FUNDS COME FROM THE TOWN!

Your gift makes this day possible for all to enjoy. Thank you.

New Year’s Needham is very grateful to our Benefactors:

Thank you also to our many other Sponsors! Learn More

Road Race 11am, Jan 1, 2020

Start your year off on the right foot with the Needham Running Club’s New Year’s Day 5K run. This run will benefit the YMCA, New Year’s Needham and the Community Center of Needham. Food, sports drinks, and water at race end.

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HUNGRY

974 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492
www.hearthpizzeria.com
Open until 10:00pm

This year we are proud to have The Hearth Pizzeria as a new venue offering an OPEN MIC from 2pm to 5pm and then a full night of bands from 6pm till 10pm. Please stop by, grab some of their fabulous/fresh food, and enjoy the music.

74 Chapel St, Needham, MA 02492
https://www.frenchpressbakery.com
Open until 7:30pm

“I can attest to quality and perfection of Jay and his artisans in the Beet Salad I get every time I visit this delightful spot in Needham.”
     – Artie Crocker, Needham resident