2018 is the 21st ANNIVERSARY of WATCH NIGHT!

 

 




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FREE & Family Friendly!

7 PM* – MIDNIGHT

West Broad Street – 100 Block • 7 PM-midnight

*Tours of the Historic Falls Church Episcopal begin this year at 5 pm and end at 7 pm.*

Watch Night – Big Night in The Little City of Falls Church is held downtown – spanning a four block area that begins on the 100 Block of West Broad Street which is closed to traffic that evening. Lots of live music, interactive amusements and activities, inflatables, and more for all ages, 6 live bands and more musicians, caricaturist, balloon artist, puppet shows and more. Scores of volunteers contribute time and talent to organize and help the businesses, churches, and organizations who donate their space from 7*  pm up until midnight.

Free Shuttle Bus every 30 minutes from East Falls Church Metro Station to all venues, running from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Big Night in the Little City Watch Night is unique not only for featuring amazing local talent, but also because of the enormous volunteer network that makes it possible. Highlights include:

•6  Live bands • Indoor and Outdoor venues . Free Tours of the Historic Falls Church with costumed guides begin earlier this year at 5 pm – Roots Music • 19 piece Orchestra with Swing Dancing •  Karaoke • Refreshment Stand by Unity Club with the free popcorn• Caricaturist • Face Painters • Balloon Artists •   Free Popcorn, Hot Chocolate, and Soup while supplies last • Rock Wall Climbing 32′ H. • Adrenaline Rush Obstacle Course . Fire Rescue Obstacle Course .  4 Climber Rock Wall – Tiger Belly Moon bounce for small children • Fire pits and Fireplaces for warming • NYE Novelties (retail) . Food and snack carts . Walking Watch Night Menus •  Free balloons for hats and countdown wave •   Lots of restaurants in the 4 block area. Snack carts and more!

ALL FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

Have your photo taken at the 16 ‘ L x 6’ High LOVEwork sculpture with your loved ones at Watch Night at the corner of Washington and Broad Streets (Rts 29 and 7) to have an momento of Watch Night! Use or find HashTags on social media. #LOVEWNFC, #LOVEWN, #LOVETheLittleCity

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Sudden M Pac – Main Stage @ 10:30-Midnight – Lead vocalists includes, André Jackson, Shelton Price, and Jon Carlyle all talented vocalists who contributes to the sound and feel of the group.

In fact, fans look forward to André lending his potent baritone vocals to a Teddy Pendergrass song. His rendition of classic tunes once performed by the O’Jays, The Temptations, and TP definitely has the female fans swooning as he adds a bit of romance in the air. This year marks 20 years that Andre has worked for the Department of Recreation and Parks. When André is not performing with SMP he can be found on a global stage with former lead singer of the Temptations, Glenn Leonard and his Temptations Revue.  Recently, Andre returned from a 2 week mini tour of Europe, collectively, performing in Germany, Switzerland and France.

Shelton wasted no time making an impression on the fans. Anyone who knows Shelton can account for his passion for performance, showmanship and live entertainment every time he hits the stage. Known for winning over a crowd with his sultry, smooth vocals and getting the party started with Frankie Beverly and Maze’s “Before I Let Go” or “Got to Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye fans can’t help but to get out of their seats.  Shelton, when not performing with SMP, can be found gracing the stage with Skip Mahoney and the Casuals.

Jon, the guy with the golden voice.  For a while now, Jon has been SMP’s MC, opening the show with his energetic announcements and percussion play.  Now he is proving to be more than just a MC by lending his vocal skills to the group. You can catch Jon singing a few classic hits like, Miss You and Word Up, and making SMP that much more entertaining.

Sudden M Pac Band members include, Michael “Skeeter” Hines (Drummer), he holds a reputation amongst his peers for ‘keeping it in the pocket.’ While fans cannot turn a blinds eye to the wicked bass players alive, Dave Greenidge. Not many R&B bands can boost about unconventional instrumentation but SMP can when they talk about the multi-talented “Uncle Mike” Michael Hicks who plays lead guitar. If you’re looking for melody, boy do we have a keyboardist for you. He is a bad, bad, man…. Shut your mouth, I’m just talking about Barry Brady.  Where there’s music, there is the youngest entertainer of SMP, CJ. This young man has soul and he knows how to use it.  Singing and playing percussion.  Andre’s job just might be in jeopardyJ.

LEESBURG PIKE BAND

The LEESBURG PIKE Band is new to Watch Night but not to Falls Church!

Leesburg Pike is a five-piece bluegrass band from Northern Virginia. Its members combine years of musical experience – from bluegrass and country, to classic rock and classical – connected together by a deep love for the songs and harmonies of traditional bluegrass.
Wade Casstevens, Bass
A native of North Carolina, Wade has been plying his musical trade since the age of seven. Starting with piano, he progressed through trombone, bass, and the church choir until he landed on guitar as a teenager. He’s been playing in backyards, bars, churches, and dingy basements ever since. When he’s not trying to sound like a cross between Lester Flatt and Norman Blake, he works in real estate and tries to keep up with his wife and three kids.
Page Duppstadt, Banjo
A Maryland native, Page transferred from Alabama to the DC area in the mid seventies with his Federal employer intent on basking in DC’s rich bluegrass scene. Jam sessions at Bethesda’s Red Fox Inn, Centreville’s Partners Two and the Indian Springs Bluegrass Festival connected him to many developing young pickers, including Dan Shipp. Stints with Benny and Valle Cain, one of the earliest lineups of Appalachian Reign and the group, Winterwood, all advanced his proficiency as a driving banjo stylist. His close friendship with Billy Wheeler, the banjoist for Cliff Waldron, not only abetted Page’s banjo proficiency, but introduced him to his future wife, Billy’s sister, Sharon. Besides playing banjo, Page remains fascinated with the history, construction and sound of Gibson’s pre-WW2 banjos.
Dan Henderson, Fiddle
Dan Henderson grew up mainly in the Boston area studying classical violin from age 6 to 21. He played in the area’s top youth orchestras and toured internationally to Japan and Spain as a youngster. During this time Dan performed with some musical greats including Leonard Bernstein, Yo-Yo Ma, John Williams, and Bobby McFerrin. Dan graduated from Oberlin College where he was one of a few non-conservatory students to play in the orchestra. In the late 1990’s Dan discovered Bluegrass and fell in love, and after working with celebrated fiddler Jason Carter of Del McCoury Band at Delfest Academy in 2015, fully transitioned from to bluegrass fiddle. Professionally, Dan works in the world of technology start-up companies. He lives in Falls Church, VA with his wife and two daughters and a whole bunch of animals.
Dan Shipp, Mandolin
Dan grew up surrounded by bluegrass in Southside Virginia, but didn’t start playing until he moved to the DC area. A basement band that made pretty good three-part harmonies became None of the Above, which played through the 70’s at restaurants, clubs, concerts and festivals in the DC area, and was the first band with a regular gig at a little bar in Shirlington called the Birchmere. At the same time he was singing with the University of Maryland Chorus, which performed with major orchestras in Washington and London. After some time off for families and careers, NOTA returned in the early 2000’s as the Gray Brothers.
Chris Teskey, Guitair
Guitarist Chris Teskey, originally from Connecticut, has made the DC area his home since 2011, when he accepted the position of Senior Music Producer at WAMU in Washington. Chris produced radio programs in Connecticut at WPKN, and worked producing Celtic music recordings at Green Linnet Records before starting Mad River Records in 2006. Chris is now Program Director for Bluegrass Country Radio in Washington, and is happy to be playing with Leesburg Pike in the bluegrass music capital!

 

 

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Lead Sponsors

 

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Venue Sponsors

 

Drs. Melanie Love and Mark Miller

Falls Church News Press

Sisler’s Stone

The Falls Church Episcopal

The Falls Church Presbyterian Church

The Virginia Tourism Corporation

Tori McKinney – Rock Star Realtor

 

Host Supporters

A & A Auto Service

Andrew & Mary Anne Painter of Falls City Threads

Burke and Herbert Bank

Dr. Gordon Theisz

Foxes Music Company

The Oshinsky Family Partnership

VIGET

Contributors

Clay Cafe’ Studios

Clare and Don’s Beach Shack

Cue Recording. LTD

Ireland’s Four Provinces

 

Friends of Watch Night

Marybeth Connelly, Gary LaPorta, Phil Duncan, Rosemary Ziskind

 

See the full list of Sponsors. Here!

WATCH NIGHT – uniquely Falls Church

By on December 29, 2015

WATCH NIGHT, Falls Church’s New Year’s Eve celebration is pleased to announce THE KENSINGTON FALLS CHURCH as a new Lead Sponsor of the 20th Annual Watch Night Falls Church, joining the City of Falls Church and The Little City CATCH Foundation.

 

The premise of this 20th annual community event is that it is free and family friendly, fun for all ages; made possible by the many community groups, organizations, businesses, and churches that volunteer time, talent and donate funds, materials, space and energy to make it all happen.  Watch Night is currently the only community event in the downtown business district.

 

This year’s 20th Annual Watch Night features many bands and a wide variety of musical performances: Roots, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Big Band, and Motown Sound. WN is for those who are seeking a fun, free family event.  A free Watch Night Shuttle runs from the East Falls Church Metro Station (7 pm to 1 a.m.). There is lots of free parking (E. Broad Sts at The Falls Church and Falls Church Presbyterian Church) – see website map- with family friendly venues – Watch Night Falls Church is the place to be on NYE.

 

Watch Night offers free balloons and popcorn, hot chocolate and other goodies throughout the evening including lots of amusements and music:  rock wall climbing, bungee jumps, fun obstacle courses for the whole family and many other colorful inflatable amusements for all ages, puppet shows, dancing, karaoke, Main Stage Live Music, featuring Sudden M Pac, Alpha Dog Blues Band, and Eastern All Star Jazz Quintet.

Caricaturists, Facepainters, Balloon Artists, and Puppet Shows are featured at the Falls Church Presbyterian Church along with Cowboy Hay and Northern Lights Big Band Orchestra.

There are lots of great photo opportunities, including LOVE letters which will return to The Crossroads in front of George Mason Square. The LOVE letters are a program of the Virginia is For Lovers campaign conducted by the Virginia Tourism Council.  Warming stations include outdoor fireplaces, fire pits that are provided by Sisler’s Stone.   Volunteers will be on hand throughout the venues and even to take photos with the visitor’s own phone or camera at the LOVE venue.

Watch Night 2017 will also include “I wish I could….” Chalkwalk sponsored by Falls Church Arts as well as new foodvendors and musical performances.

Be part of it all and join us at Watch Night Falls Church, a great New Year’s Eve experience for all ages!

 

 

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F.C.’s ‘Watch Night’ Helped by Local Businesses

By on December 28, 2015

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‘Watch Night’ in Falls Church

By on December 30, 2014

This is not your typical New Year’s Eve bash—it’s better! Happening for the 15th year in a row, the City of Falls Church will host their “Watch Night New Year’s Eve Celebration” tonight. Named as the “coolest New Year’s Eve event” for families in the D.C.

The Little City of Falls Church Knows How to Throw a Party: Free, Open to All

By on December 30, 2014

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17th Annual ‘Watch Night’ on New Year’s Eve Will Teem With Activity

By on December 29, 2014

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Falls Church Guide to ‘Watch Night’ New Year’s Eve: Ringing in 2014 • fallschurch.patch.com

By on December 28, 2013

Live music, entertainment, activities for all ages on tap. Thousands will gather in the City of Falls Church Tuesday night to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Photo courtesy of Watch Night. Are you ready for the 16th annual Watch Night New

Brisk, Clear is Forecast for New Year’s Eve ‘Watch Night’ Fête in Falls Church

By on December 28, 2013

New Web Site Set To Help Enjoyment Of Many Events. www.watchnightfallschurch.com The weather forecast is for brisk but no precipitation this New Year’s Eve in Falls Church for Watch Night, the free New Years’ Eve festival held in downtown Falls Church. Everyone