SCHEDULE of EVENTS

NOON

Noon to 1:30 pm
Public House

Where the Wild Things Move (Workshop)

Led by Kate & Bruno of Arts & Above, this family friendly movement workshop uses props to build alertness, open minds, recreate spaces, and overcome obstacles. Open to all ages and experience levels.

Noon to 1:15 pm
Southgate Mall

Southgate Mall

Hat Parade

Join us as we kick of Missoula's city-wide celebration. Children are invited to decorate a hat for the parade. Hats and supplies will be provided, though pre-made hats are invited to walk in the parade. Prizes for the most creative hats will be awarded, and enjoy cookies and juice as you watch. Hat making begins at noon, and the parade will begin at 1 pm.

Noon to Midnight
Roxy Theater

Kung Fu Movie Marathon

Free admission from noon to midnight to the Kung Fu Movie Marathon with a First Night Button.

Noon to Midnight
University Center
Game Room

University Center Game Room

Free with First Night Button

2:00 PM

2 pm to 11 pm
Carousel

A Carousel for Missoula

Free rides with First Night Button

2 pm to 5 pm
Murphy ~ Jubb Fine Art

Watercolor Demo with Kendahl Jan Jubb & Live Music

Murphy ~ Jubb Fine Art will present a watercolor demonstration by Kendahl Jan Jubb in the gallery from 2 pm to 3 pm. A live music concert will follow the demonstration featuring, among others, venerable song smith Stan Anglen.

2 pm to 8 pm
Currents Aquatic Center

Free Admission to Currents Aquatic Center

Enjoy a free swim with a First Night button from 2 to 8 p.m. Celebrate 2019 with a wild ride on a waterslide! Try out the Wibit floating obstacle course from 2 to 4 p.m. or warm up in the sparkling spa!

2 pm to 3 pm
University Center
Ballroom

Fencing Demo Class

Curious about the sport of fencing? Join us for an opportunity to try your hand at some sword play as you ring out the old year. This is a hands on workshop for ages 6 to 96. Bring the family or your friends and learn the basics of fencing moves. After a brief introduction to fencing basics, we will dress you in full regulation gear and give you a chance to spar with real competition swords. Fencing is a unique and challenging sport. Come find out why!

2:30 pm to 4 pm
UM Recital Hall

Pura Vida Community Choir & Kid's Choir

PURA VIDA Community Chorus and Kid's Choir under the direction of Josh Farmer is an all ages community music extravaganza! Join us as we present pop choir music ranging from the Beatles to Aerosmith. Make a joyful noise and sing along as we unite the community in song, expression, and freedom of creativity!

3:00 PM

3 pm to 6 pm
University Center
Atrium

Print It A Go Go

Bring us your light colored T-shirts! The ZACC printshop staff and interns will help attendees screen print a "First Night 2019" image on it. Visitors can also participate in a collaborative stamp project themed, "Print it a Go Go 2019". They can also stamp their masterpieces on paper to take with them.

3 pm to 6 pm
University Center
Atrium

Face Painting with SPARK! Arts Ignite Learning

Come SPARK! your imagination by getting your face painted, and turn into the superhero, mystical creature, or animal you've always wanted to be! Made possible by the fine folks at Painting with a Twist. Also, SPARK! will be providing fun crafts and art activities while you wait for your turn.

3 pm to 4 pm
University Center
Theater

Rhanda Johnson & Easy Living

Enjoy a variety of music including some of the all time great jazz standards, originals, and a few band favorites that make the living easy. Bruce Allen on bass, Ron Meissner on guitar, Ed Stalling on drums, and songbird Rhanda Johnson on vocals.

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Break Espresso

Jazz Graffiti

Jazz Graffiti is Missoula's multi-generational jazz ensemble, made up of guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, and both tenor and alto saxophones. The group performs a lively mix of classic and contemporary jazz. Combining some of Missoula's young jazz musicians with several veteran players, Jazz Graffiti is adept at a variety of styles.

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Southgate Mall

Missoula Taekwondo Center Demo Team

Our group of all ages martial artists performs in the Missoula community throughout the year demonstrating a wide variety of dynamic skills that we hone through years of martial arts practice. There will be technical skill demonstrations by groups and individuals, board and brick breaking and dramatic self defense skits.

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
University Center Ballroom

Turning the Wheel ROMP: Community, Movement, Play

Turning the Wheel Missoula has been building vibrant, healthy community through movement games and creative experiences for more than 15 years. We will create a safe, playful and friendly environment that will guide participants to connect with each other, release stress, and find their source of joy and curiosity.

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
UM Dennison Theatre

Flamenco Montana

Experience your flamenco moment to start the New Year! The dance, song, and heart of Southern Spain are here for you tonight. With Flamenco Montana, Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre, and Chutzpah!

4:00 PM

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Free Cycles
732 S. 1st St. W.

Iron Art Workshop

More info and registration ($25) here.

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Missoula County Fairgrounds

Glacier Ice Rink

$5 Admission & Skate Rental with First Night Button.

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Missoula County Fairgrounds

Jeanette Rankin Peace Center: Peace Sign Luminaria

New Year's Eve is as good a time as any for resolutions. Come share your resolve for world peace with the Jeanette Rankin Peace Center peace sign luminaria. Luminaria are paper bags, sand, and candles - each one glowing like a lantern. You can bring your own luminaria or make one on site with your own message for peace in the new year. JRPC provides the materials, you provide the peace.

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
UM Recital Hall

The Mime: Christian Ackerman

Christian Ackerman has worked with a number of special events and has been performing his one man show mime gig for over 20 years with First Night Missoula. He does mime routine to music and yes, gets stuck in a box from time to time. He does the robot, break dances, and much more. His comedy is for all ages.

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
University Center
Theater

Captain Wilson Conspiracy

The Captain Wilson Conspiracy plays original jazz. We focus on our own compositions and use them as a spring board for improvisational explorations through the entire spectrum of acoustic and electric textures. Every performance is an opportunity for something never before heard to happen, a dynamic journey for performers and audience members alike.

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
University Center
Commons

Songs of the Dawn Priests: History of the Crow People

The history of the Crow People is closely tied to the Montana, Wyoming, Northern Colorado, Southern Alberta, and Saskatchewan landscape. Franco Littlelight shares this history through storytelling, song, poetry, music, and images. Using oral traditions and anthropological perspectives the origin story of the Crow People unfolds from the mythic wellspring to the separation of the Sioux and Hidatsa, from life along the Yellowstone to the heartbreaking separation from the Yellowstone Valley marking the end of the Buffalo Days. Made possible by Humanities Montana.

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Union Hall

Aran Buzzas

Aran Buzzas is a singer/songwriter from Missoula, MT who plays homegrown Montana folky tonk! Traditional and outlaw country sounds are mixed with a dash of Irish folk music in Aran's songs, which deal with real life themes on an entertaining and relateable way, often with a regional backdrop, and characterized by aggressive rhythm guitar, strong vocals, and lyrics both amusing and heartfelt.

5:00 PM

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Break Espresso

All City Jazz

The Missoula All City Jazz Ensemble is a new project leading high school students through an intensive program featuring master workshops and visits from nationally acclaimed artists led by UM professor Rob Tapper. Join us in welcoming these talented students to the stage.

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Southgate Mall

Greek Folk Dance Class

Participants will learn folk dances native to Greece accompanied by fascinating recorded music. This workshop is appropriate for beginner and intermediate level dancers.

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
UM Recital Hall

Five Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines & the Rocky Mountainaires

The Five Valley Chorus is made up of joyful women who love to sing and perform four part a cappella harmony - an original American art form, called barbershop harmony. When the chords are true they ring producing one or even two or more tones in the chord. It's a true pleasure to share our joy and music with our audiences and we look forward to seeing you at First Night. Our friends the Rocky Mountainaires, the local men's barbershop chorus, will appear with us too.

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
University Center
Ballroom

Full Grown Band

Full Grown Band creates a sweet selection of danceable covers and delightful originals, served up with a juicy combination of horn riffs, multilayered vocals and a soulful foundation of rock solid rhythm.

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
UM Dennison Theatre

Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre Co.

Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre Company presents repertoire from our artistic director, staff instructors, and international guest artists who have visited us this past year. Ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and tap are all on this program performed by the dancers from RMBT. Happy New Year from all of us at RMBT!

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
University Center
Atrium

UM Circus Club: Performances & Workshops

Free with First Night button. More information and register for workshops here.

5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Masonic Temple
3rd Floor Ballroom

Arts & Above: Experience 3.0

Free with First Night button. More information here.

6:00 PM

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
UM Recital Hall

Montana A Cappella Society

Established in 2003, the group performs primarily in Western Montana, but has traveled from coast to coast as well as the International Choral Festival in Cork, Ireland. The Society performs music from the last 600 years.

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
University Center
Commons

Playing with the Band

Two new youth bands are hitting the First Night scene thanks to Playing with the Band, a program of Tangled Tones Music Studio. See Eclektyk Roots and Tambourine Queen debut the skills they learned from professional musicians through the program. More info about Tangled Tones can be found here.

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
University Center
Theater

John Floridis Trio

The John Floridis Trio combines a deep respect of well written songs with an adventurous jazz inspired spirit of improvisation, and the result is an energetic blend of groove based, bluesy, folk rock.

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Union Hall

JW Teller

Missoula by way of Jackson, Mississippi singer songwriter JW Teller has a low, breathy-sweet vocal quality that wraps around your consciousness like a warm woolly blanket, his guitar strumming through acoustic melodies that, on record, he pairs with the lightest of instrumental trimmings; the tube-pitched hum of harmonica, twangy dropping notes of slide guitar, occasional swells of keys, the found-sound creak of a porch door opening.

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Missoula Senior Center

Missoula Folklore Society

The Missoula Folklore Society will lead all comers in fun, easy to learn group folk dances. If you can walk and smile at the same time you can contra dance. A caller teaches the dance and then calls the cues as the dancers dance. All ages welcome. Great Irish music by Skippin a Groove.

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Southgate Mall

Zootown Flutes

Zootown Flutes, a community flute choir, have been performing together for two years. They will be joined by the Montana Flute Club for a statewide gathering of flutists.

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Break Espresso

Michael & Keleren Millham

Guitar and voice at the edge of the songwriting tradition: with unstuffy virtuosity, Michael and Keleren Millham merge the worlds of classical, pop, folk, and world music into a passionate, yet accessible, blend of sophisticated soundscapes and ethereal melodies. Their performances are both energetic and soothing - and always uplifting.

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
University Center
Ballroom

Western Union

Combining some of the best country and jazz musicians in Western Montana, Western Union plays classic country, country swing, and western swing for your dancing pleasure. Louie Bond, DR Halsell, David Horgan, Beth Lo, Kimberlee Carlson, and Rich Brinkman have been playing together since 2013.

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
UM Dennison Theatre

Celtic Dragon Pipe Band

Missoula's own Celtic Dragon Pipe Band echoes down the years from Scottish glens and Irish loughs. Come and celebrate the end of the year with the pipes, drums, and the Missoula Highland Dancers. Give the new year a launch worth remembering.

7:00 PM

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Dana Gallery

Lakebottom Sound Series: Free Sessions

Free with First Night Button. Full details available here.

7:30 pm to midnight
Free Cycles
732 S. 1st St. W.

Indie Rock Showcase & Iron Pour

Free with First Night Button. Full details available here.

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Public House

Homegrown Comedy Presents: Horse Fight

Free with First Night Button. Full details available here.

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
University Center
Commons

Basses Covered

Slip on your dancing shoes! Grab a dance partner and move to the beat of Basses Covered's three part harmonies covering rock, folk, doo wop, country, and jazz classics.

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Union Hall

The Acousticals

The Acousticals are three of Western Montana's premier bluegrass musicians, performing all original music composed by the group.

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
University Center
Theater

Bill Mize

Grammy winning guitarist Bill Mize's critically lauded fingerstyle compositions are fluid and intricate, and their delivery masterful. The links to his Tennessee roots are unmistakable, but so are the elements of the far wider musical realm he inhabits; the mixture is as intoxicating as Tennessee moonshine - with a twist.

8:00 PM

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
University Center
Ballroom

Big Sky Mudflaps

The Big Sky Mudflaps are celebrating 43 years of performing together. Since 1975 their unique sound - a lively blend of rhythm and blues, swing, rock and roll, - has won them national acclaim. The band has earned praise from the New York Times, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Esquire Magazine, and many other national publications.

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Southgate Mall

Montana Horn Club

Founded by Zach Cooper in 2015, the Montana Horn Club brings together Montana's top community members, University students, and Symphony hornists.

8:30 pm to 10:30 pm
UM Dennison Theatre

First Night Spotlight

Free with First Night Button. Full details available here.

9:00 PM

9:00 pm to midnight
Broadway & Pattee
Parking Lot

Burning Mini Van

Party Party. Part Catharsis.
We are building a wooden mini van. On New Year's Eve we gather, contribute any regrets or guilt, and let it go in a giant flaming catharsis. Together we will let go and burn the van. Thanks to Flanagan Motors

9:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Union Hall

Pinegrass

Missoula's bluegrass variety show Pinegrass is celebrating its 30th year of entertaining Western Montana. Come hear the good time blend of folk, bluegrass, celtic, and country that has kept Pinegrass going for decades.

9:00 pm to 10:00 pm
University Center
Commons

Carlson Meissner Quartert

Kimberlee Carlson, Ron Meissner, Pete Hand, and Ed Stalling have been playing classic jazz as a quartet in Western Montana since 2012. If you are a fan of classic, hard driving jazz with smooth ballads this band fits the bill.

9:30 pm to 10:30 pm
University Center
Ballroom

Salsa Loca

Salsa Loca is one of Montana's hottest latin music ensembles. Made up of some of the area's finest musicians, Salsa Loca specializes in the irresistible rhythms of Cuba and Latin America - Bolero, Cha Cha, Mambo, Samba, and beyond. This is some of the best party and dance music in the world. Featuring the fiery horn combination of Leon Slater on trumpet, Chuck Florence on saxophone, and percussionists Bob Ledbetter and Cody Hollow. Completing the line up are Beth Lo on bass and David Horgan on guitar and piano.

10:00 PM

10:00 pm to midnight
Union Hall

Lochwood

Lochwood, a collection of five of the most experienced bluegrass musicians found in Western Montana, includes Richie Reinholdt on guitar, Chad Fadely on mandolin, Steve Taft on banjo, John Parker on bass, and Taylor Buckley on fiddle. They play hard driving traditional acoustic bluegrass at local venues and regional bluegrass festivals. They have just finished their debut album, "The Village Bear".

10:30 pm to midnight
University Center
Commons

Drum Brothers

For over two decades, Drum Brothers have been presenting high energy performances that celebrate a diverse mix of world instruments and sounds.

11:00 PM

11:00 pm to midnight
University Center
Ballroom

Ed Norton Big Band

The Ed Norton Big Band is a 17 piece group specializing in classic American swing music. The band's repertoire includes tunes from the great bands of the swing era, including Duke Ellington, alongside more modern jazz masters such as Charlie Parker, swing dancers of all ages will hear their favorites. Nothing swings like a genuine big band, and the Ed Norton Big Band swings with the best of them.