The Gibson Brothers, a world-renowned bluegrass band from northern New York, will headline First Night Saranac Lake this coming New Year's Eve.
Since 2006, First Night Saranac Lake has been ringing in each new year with an all-ages celebration of the arts in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. It features 18 performers at 10 venues, mostly within easy walking distance from each other in downtown Saranac Lake. The event goes from 6 p.m. to midnight, ending with a unique snowflake drop and fireworks. Performers include kids acts, comedy and a wide range of music.
The lineup also includes Hudson Valley reggae band The Big Takeover, veteran bluesmen Phil Wiggins and George Kilby Jr., Americana twins The Brother Brothers, stand-up comic Moody McCarthy, contortionist Alakazam, rockabilly band Miss Tess and the Talkbacks, classical music from the Ouluska Pass Chamber Music Ensemble, improv comedy team Completely Stranded, swing jazz septet Crackin Foxy, High Peaks Opera, indie-pop combo Famous Letter Writer, witty folk songwriter Eddy Lawrence and his wife Kim, flamenco guitarist Maria Zemantauski, the clown and balloon comedy of LoonWorks, family folk sing-alongs with The Rustic Riders, and guitar-fiddle duo Steve Langdon and Addison Bickford.
The Gibson Brothers are one of America's favorite bluegrass bands -- and in New York's North Country, one of the favorite artists of any kind. Brothers Eric and Leigh Gibson grew up in Ellenburg Depot, a dairy farming town close to the Canada border. They began performing as teenagers in the 1980s and recorded the first of their 14 albums in the early 1990s. The awards they have won are too numerous to mention here.
They pick up electric guitars on their new record, "Mockingbird," which veers into 1970s-era country and rock. It was produced by Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys, The Arcs) and will be released Nov. 9.
The band headlined Saranac Lake's first First Night on Dec. 31, 2006; its fourth, in 2009; and now the 13th. They will perform two 45-minute sets at the Harrietstown Town Hall, starting at 10 and 11 p.m.
An admission button for adults (19 and older) costs $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show. A teen button costs $10, and children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.
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