First Night venues, performance schedules help plan the night

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 | 6:48 p.m. CST; updated 8:24 p.m. CST, Wednesday, December 28, 2011

COLUMBIA — On New Year’s Eve, First Night Columbia participants can attend multiple events in 12 designated venues with admission buttons. A few free events are also scheduled.

Although it will depend on the weather, approximately 8,000 to 10,000 people are expected to participate in this annual event, said Karen Ramey, superintendent at Columbia Parks and Recreation and a board member for First Night. Last year, around 8,000 people came to the event in “terribly cold, rough weather,” Ramey said.

"The weather is looking good for Saturday, so we could top that number," Jane Accurso, director of the event, said.

The weather for this Saturday is expected to be in the upper 50s with lows in the mid-30s, according to The Weather Channel. Both Accurso and Ramey recommended dressing in layers for the night.

Accurso said all stages are dedicated to the local art community as the event promotes two themes — “Make Some Noise!” and “Local Explosion!”

“We have amazing talents here in Columbia,” Ramey said.

Ramey said one of the highlights of the celebration this year will be People’s Republic of Klezmerica, a band that performed in Columbia several years ago. The members will reunite this year in Columbia.

Along with People’s Republic of Klezmerica, Ramey said other performances at Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts will have some of the best performances.

Magic and dance performances and fireworks were some of the most popular performances from last year, Accurso said.

Many events for children are also scheduled. Calvary Episcopal Church will host a free children’s art area, “Create and Celebrate,” for three hours. The Daniel Boone City Building will also hold a children’s dance party.

For teens, First Christian Church will be host to teen bands, and a teen dance party will be held.

Two free buses will run from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. along the venue locations, and each route will take about 10 minutes, Accurso said.

Ramey recommends checking out the performances and venues and planning the night ahead of time.

“Have a plan — who you want to see and where you want to see,” she said.

The following is the list of venues and performance schedules where buttons are required (starred locations sell buttons):

*Daniel Boone City Building (Children’s shows) — 701 E. Broadway

Community Rooms 1 and Room 2

  • 7 to 7:45 p.m. — Wild Science Experiments (“Nitro Joe”)
  • 8 to 9 p.m. — Videology Children’s Dance Party & The Hulagans
  • 9 p.m. — Citywide Drum Line & Rhythm Band

City Building Plaza — Performance

  • 9:15 p.m. — Children’s Procession to Courthouse Square (led by Morgan Matsiga)

*First Christian Church (Teen venue) — 101 N. Tenth St.

  • 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. — First Night/Last Chance (four teen bands)
  • 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. — Videology Teen Dance Party and The Hulagans

*First Presbyterian Church (Rock Venue) – 16 Hitt St.

  • 7 to 7:45 p.m. — Violet Vonder Haar and the Undercurrents (ASL provided)
  • 8 to 9:30 p.m. — The Goldbugs (power pop, alt-country twang, rock; ASL provided)
  • 9:45 to 11:30 p.m. — Artie’s Univibe (classic rock; ASL provided)

*Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts – 203 S. Ninth St.

  • 7 to 7:45 p.m. — Missouri High Steppers
  • 8 to 9 p.m. — Sutu Forte and The Beethovens
  • 9:15 to 10 p.m. — Dawn Weber and the Electro Funk Assembly
  • 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. — People’s Republic of Klezmerica (ASL provided)
  • 11:30 p.m. — People’s Procession to Courthouse Square (In front of Missouri Theatre)

United Missouri Methodist Church — 204 S. Ninth St.

Auditorium (2nd floor)

  • 7 to 7:30 p.m. — Illusionist: Children’s Show (Jeff Copeland; ASL provided)
  • 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. — Ironweed Bluegrass Band
  • 9 to 10 p.m. — People’s Republic of Klezmerica (dance)
  • 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. — Dawn Weber and the Electro Funk Assembly (dance)

Community Room (1st floor-north)

  • 7 to 8:15 p.m. – Together With Drumming (Sally Burnley)
  • 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. — Columbia Shape-Note Singers
  • 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. — Swampweed Cajun Band (dance)

Music Room (1st floor-south)

  • 7 to 8:15 p.m. — Music Students (Haley Smythe Leal, Hera Lynn Scher Zagier, Evan Gerhart)
  • 8:15 to 9 p.m. — Anand Prahlad (poet, musician, folklorist, educator; ASL provided)
  • 9:15 to 11:15 p.m. — Compass Songwriting Circle (ASL provided)

These are the venues where free events are scheduled:

Boone County Courthouse Square — 705 E. Walnut St.

  • 9:30 p.m. — Children’s Finale: Jeff Copeland (magic, fireworks)
  • 11:30 p.m. — Finale Begins (ASL provided)
  • Midnight — Fireworks

Calvary Episcopal Church — 123 S. Ninth St.

Community Room

  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — “Create and Celebrate” Children’s Art Area

Columbia Art League Gallery — 207 S. Ninth St.

  • 7 to 10 p.m. — Exhibits and Sales


  • 7 p.m. — Melissa Purvis (Celtic harp)
  • 8 p.m. — Doc Howard Marshall (old yime Missouri fiddling)
  • 9 p.m. — Joel Zemmer (clawhammer banjo)

United Missouri Methodist Church — 204 S. Ninth St.

Chapel-Spiritual Renewal 2011 (1st floor-north)

  • 7 to 9:30 p.m. — Meditation and Reflection

Lobby activities

  • Festive Photo Bench — Bring your camera
  • Accessories from Maude Vintage

The schedule and the map can be also found at the First Night website,

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