2018 is the 21st ANNIVERSARY of WATCH NIGHT!








FREE & Family Friendly!


West Broad Street – 100 Block • 7 PM-midnight

*Tours of the Historic Falls Church begin this year at 6 pm and end at 8 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 at 6 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. • Obstacle Course. Fire Truck Obstacle Course . 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.


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


Sudden M Pac


Sudden M Pac – Main Stage @ 10:30-Midnight – Lead vocalists includes, André Jackson, Shelton Price, and Steve Alston 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 or TP definitely has the female fans swooning as he adds a bit of romance in the air. 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.

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.

Steve, has graced the stage as a member of the Dynamic Superiors, and more recently, performed with Special Delivery, singing their classic song, “I Destroyed Your Love”. Steve has stepped in and shown his worth to Sudden M Pac by adding his skills as a legitimate tenor. You can lose yourself is the pure rich tone of his voice as he sings songs from the Temptations, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Eric Benet to name a few. Ladies, stand back because this guy can “SANG”.

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 lines held by, Chris Phelps. 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, we have the best at giving you just that . SMP has the honor of having DC’s greatest Keyboard Player Jeno Meyers (Notably the keyboard player for the Stylistics, Heatwave, Jean Carne and many many more!) few. Ladies, stand back because this guy can “SANG”.



Roger Hart – Band Leader; Tom Muck – Guitar; Steve Reiter – Bass;  Jim Spollen – Drummer

This is a hard driving band playing Chicago style electric blues.  Featuring an eclectic mix of originals and blues standard we will get your feet stomping and your heart singing.

Roger Hart on harmonica and lead vocals fronts the band with Steve Reiter on bass and Jim Spollen on drums providing rhythm and Tom Muck on electric guitar.

Band members  were originally musicians that jammed at the former blues club in the City of Falls Church – Bangkok Blues – where we met and joined together to create the “Alpha Dogs”

Roger, Tom, Steve and Jim are all living in the Northern Virginia area:  Falls Church, Arlington, McLean.  We perform annually at the famous Birchmere  as well as at many local venues

Band Leader Roget Hart said “We are thrilled to be a part of Watch Night 2017 and look forward to a wonderful event.”when he heard they were selected for the 20th Anniversary or Watch Night to play on the Main Stage.


Eastern All-Star Jazz Quintet 







The Eastern All-Stars Jazz Quintet is a five-piece jazz quintet composed of young musicians from Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.  Members of the band have performed at venues in the DC Metro area including The Kennedy Center, Jammin’ Java, The Carlyle Club, and Blues Alley.  This year two of the members were named winners in jazz by the National Young Arts Foundation, and all members were selected to participate in their state’s All-State Jazz Ensemble. The band consists of Peter Haensel, tenor saxophone; Zach Niess, trombone; Elliot Bernard, piano: Matt Holmes, bass; and Emmet Kyle, drums.

Zach Niess, trombonist,  is a senior at Yorktown High School in Arlington, Virginia. Growing up in a musical family he began playing trombone in the fourth grade. He has studied with Timothy Whalen, Craig Fraedrich, Shawn Purcell, and Matt Niess.
As a four year veteran of The National Jazz Workshop All-Star Jazz Orchestra he has shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Charlie Young, Doc Severinson, Graham Breedlove, Terrell Stafford, Alan Baylock, Sal Lazono, Wycliff Gordon, and has performed at Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center, The Jazz Education Network, Essentially Ellington (regional), local jazz festivals, and other venues.  In 2017 Zach was selected to play lead trombone in the Virginia All-State Jazz Ensemble directed by Dennis DiBlasio, and in 2016 at VMEA played the jazz chair under the direction of Jeff Coffin. He attended Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy in 2017, and performed “A Tribute to JJ Johnson and Kai Winding” at the American Trombone Workshop. He is a 2018 National YoungArts Foundation Merit Winner in Jazz Trombone.
Elliot Bernard is a pianist based in Leesburg, Virginia where he is a senior at Tuscarora High School. He has performed in the All-Virginia Jazz Ensemble and is an active member of the National Jazz Workshop All-Star Jazz Orchestra. Elliot hopes to pursue a degree in jazz studies as he attends college the  following year.
Matt Holmes is a bass player from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. He takes lessons privately with Matthew Lewis and Kevin Pace.  He is an accomplished bass player in both the jazz and classical world.  He is the principal bassist in the Charles Washington Symphony Orchestra.  He won the principal bass chair in the West Virginia All State Orchestra in his sophomore year.  In the jazz world, Matt is the sole bass player in both the National Jazz Workshop and All Star Big Band and the Jefferson High School Jazz Ensemble.  He was selected as a 2018 Young Arts Winner for Jazz Bass and was selected for the All National Honor Ensemble Jazz Band.  Matthew has been able to play with Charlie Young, Lauren Sevian, Shawn Pursell, Victor Provost, Kenny Rittenhouse, Howard Burns, and others.  Matt can be seen leading his own ensembles at many venues in the Jefferson County region.
Emmett Kyle is a high school senior at Yorktown High School.  He is an accomplished jazz drummer who has a classical background.  For the past three years he has been the drummer for the National Jazz Workshop All-Star Big Band.  He takes lessons from Harold Summey who is one of the Sunny Rollins’ drummers.  Emmett has had the opportunity to play with many professional artists such as: Ed Soph, Quincy Davis, Terrell Stafford, Victor Provost, Shawn Purcell, James Turillo, Ron Carter, and many more.  When Emmett isn’t practicing music he’s doing something outside.
Peter Haensel is from Falls Church, Virginia, and is one of the top youth saxophone players in the Northern Virginia and DC area.  Peter studies privately with saxophonist Bill Mulligan from the Navy Commodores and has had the opportunity to study with musicians such as Joseph Henson, Xavier Perez, Matt Niess, Alan Baylock, and Dr. Tom Walsh.  Peter attends George Mason High School where he is the lead tenor in the jazz ensemble.  Peter is also the lead tenor saxophonist in the National Jazz Workshop All-Star Jazz Ensemble.   Peter has had the opportunity to also play with musicians including Terrell Stafford, Charlie Young, Shawn Purcell, Kevin McDonald, Sal Lozano and many others. Peter has been awarded a seat in the top state jazz ensemble his junior and senior year of high school, and has been selected to perform at the 2018 Navy Saxophone /symposium where he will play an event that has hosted musicians such as Grant Stewart, Mark Turner, Luis Hernandez, Bull Mulligan, Steve Williams, Miguel Zenon, and Chris Potter.   Peter can be seen playing with his various groups and big bands, as well as a regular at Columbia Station jazz restaurant in Adams Morgan with the Peter Edelman trio


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Band Members




Lead Sponsors:




Atlantic Realty

New Editions Consulting


The Village Preservation and Improvement Society



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 Ann Painter

Burke and Herbert Bank

Dr. Gordon Theisz, Family Medicine of Falls Church

Foxes Music Company

The Oshinsky Family Partnership






Clay Cafe’ Studios

Cue Recording. LTD

Dr. William Dougherty III, D.D.S.


Friends of Watch Night


Gary LaPorta


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

Plans are coming together for Watch Night thanks to volunteer event manager Barb Cram and a number of local businesses. Watch Night is the City of Falls Church’s free New Year’s Eve celebration which includes live entertainment, kids activities, refreshments,

‘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

Free shuttle bus at East Falls Church Metro begins New Year’s Eve at 7 p.m. and goes to all venues every half hour. Lots of free parking. The City of Falls Church will throw its 17th annual New Year’s Eve

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

By on December 29, 2014

Falls Church and area residents can renew “auld” acquaintances (and make new ones) on New Year’s Eve when the 17th annual Watch Night party lights up downtown starting at 7 p.m. The sponsors call it a “Big Night in the

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