Our 2019 family-friendly performers
We had a roster of amazing musicians and performers for our 2019 event.
At Town Hall, 6 Prospect Street, 6 PM and 8 PM
The Equalites are a staple in the Pioneer Valley reggae scene, performing roots, rock, reggae and soul in the region for over 25 years. In that time the band has had many different steady members, and the current incarnation has been together for going on five years and has a sound that moves people to the dance floor ‘n’ more. With four-part harmonies and excellent songwriting, sizzling guitar work, deep percussion, and a deep pocket of bass ‘n’ drums…this is truly “a great band with killer reggae groove.” The music is at once reggae, roots music, blue beat, has jazz sensibilities, and much more!
At Town Hall, 6 Prospect Street, 7 PM and 9 PM
“Daniel Does A Back-roll” — Waiting for the cat, moving an inordinate pile of books, dying of thirst, and attempting a backward tumbling roll, his desire for comfort falls drastically short and his efforts exacerbate into an inordinate melee.
Daniel performs in the universal style of the great clowns with contemporary comic and dramatic influences, verbally and nonverbally. He’s toured the six Georgspalast variete theaters in Germany, played the roles of Sgt. Cadwallader in “The Unexpected Guest” and Ellard in “The Foreigner,” and Eugene in the award winning short film, “Eugene.” With a degree in Theater from Hampshire College (MA) he trains at the Celebration Barn (ME) with Dody DiSanto, Avner Eisenberg, and Aitor Basauri, each derivative of Lecoq.
At First Universalist Church, 31 N. Main Street, 6 PM and 8 PM
Sweet Euphoria is Topo Hakkinen on guitar and Sandy Murcell on ukulele and vocals. They perform locally at venues such as The Blind Pig in Athol, the Gardner Ale House, and Red Apple Farm. This acoustic duo plays an array of rock n’ roll songs, performed with electric energy that will keep you engaged and entertained!
At First Universalist Church, 31 N. Main Street, 7 PM and 9 PM
Scott Savoy is an Orange resident who plays regularly in the area, including at the Brew Barn in Phillipston, Gardner Ale House, and the Blue Print in Westminster. Scott started playing guitar when he was seven and taught himself how to play listening to old Elvis 45s. He is an accomplished songwriter, writing his first song, “Decisions of Life,” when he was thirteen, continuing songwriting throughout his teen years. Having recently rejoined the local music scene after raising a family, you’ll find him playing covers including country, pop, folk, and classic rock. You can find out more at his profile on reverberation.com.
At The Dance Studio, 34 N. Main Street, 6 PM and 8 PM
Lifelong Orange resident and close-up magician Peter Niall is eager to delight audiences at his first Starry Starry Night performance! He can be found entertaining people of all ages at birthday parties, schools, and corporate events. Come join him for an interactive magical experience that will leave you astonished and awestruck.
Trevor the Games Man
At The Dance Studio, 34 N. Main Street, 7 PM and 9 PM
Genre: Children’s Entertainment, Games
Trevor brings us “Giants & Giraffes * Dragons & Detectives,” an uproarious participatory stage show for kids. There will be Stiltwalking, Cooperative Games, jokes, comedy, laughter, FUN! The first half is The Aerial Delights Show, a participatory, up-in-the-air extravaganza of tricks and skills featuring wind whistlers, ribbon dancers, the color- changing Chameleon Stick, and all sorts of other FUN stuff…all done up on stilts! It’s 100% participatory, the audience is doing something all the way through. Volunteers from the audience, count down to blast off, kids call out various things in several categories for him to do, animal and sports impressions, too. And don’t forget the Ketchup Trick!
The second half is Game Time! Everybody wins! No losers, no elimination, everyone has FUN! We’ll start off with large group games for the entire audience together, then brain games, stand-up partner games, and more, including: Who’s the Leader?, Hula Hoop Basketball, Amateur Detective, Samurai Warrior (don’t lose your head!), Quick Draw!, and ending with The Fastest Game in the World!
At Mission Covenant Church, 53 Pleasant Street, 6 PM and 8 PM
Veteran singer-songwriter Richard Chase is well known in these parts and has earned the respect of audiences near and far with his superbly crafted songs and accomplished musicianship. His songwriting is fresh and intimate, revealing a fearless introspection that passionately reaches out to the listener. From untraditional ukelele originals to epic piano driven ballads and some vintage guitar in between, there is sure to be something for everyone! Whether you are moved to dance, tap your feet, or hum along with a tune that you know (or will soon recognize), you will not be disappointed. Chase’s songs fill that place inside us all that is nourished by good music. A perfect fit for this much loved local celebration!
The Can Collectors
At Mission Covenant Church, 53 Pleasant Street, 7 PM and 9 PM
Genre: Popular music
The Can Collectors are a quirky trio comprised of Carolyn Salls, Julie Johnson, and Christopher Robichaud. They are all local folks who have been part of the music scene for decades via vocals and a myriad of instruments. The Can Collectors’ instruments involve a bass guitar, acoustic guitar, foot tambourine, and a steel drum and who knows what else is lying around…and a love for harmonies. There is music for everybody because they love it all…BUT this band does most requests on the spot!!
The Inside/Out Dance Company
At United Methodist Church, 104 S. Main Street, 6 PM and 8 PM
The Inside/Out Dance Company performs with emotional depth, physical power, and crowd-pleasing fun. Based at The Dance Studio in Orange, the company’s members are dance ambassadors, performing concert length choreography of ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip-hop.
Tim Van Egmond
At United Methodist Church, 104 S. Main Street, 7 PM and 9 PM
Genre: Music, Storytelling
Widely known for his spellbinding talent and engaging warmth, folksinger and storyteller Tim Van Egmond will perform tales and songs of the season and the holidays ranging from the rib-tickling to the heartwarming. The program will include lively New Year’s tales explaining why the rabbit has a short tail, why the sea is salty, and how the Baker’s Dozen became thirteen, a sign of generosity. For some of the songs the audience will not only sing along, but move along, such as “You Push The Damper In” (celebrating wood heat and smoke). Tim will be accompanying himself with guitar, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, and limberjack (a wooden puppet that taps out a rhythm dancing on a paddle board).Tim Van Egmond will perform tales and songs of the season and the holidays ranging from the rib-tickling to the heartwarming. The program will include lively New Year’s tales explaining why the rabbit has a short tail, why the sea is salty, and how the Baker’s Dozen became thirteen, a sign of generosity. For some of the songs the audience will not only sing along, but move along, such as “You Push The Damper In” (celebrating wood heat and smoke). Tim will be accompanying himself with guitar, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, and limberjack (a wooden puppet that taps out a rhythm dancing on a paddle board).
Country 5 Band
At Central Congregational Church, 93 S. Main Street, 6 PM and 8 PM
Genre: Country music
Country 5 is a country band in the Gardner, MA area. All of the members have deep musical roots that trans-cend to their performances. The group consists of Marc LeBlanc, Rheal Allain, his wife, Lisa, Roger LeBlanc, Wayne Kellogg, and Joe Paquette. The group’s sets include classic coun-try, some new country, and Acadian music of which they are most proud.
At Central Congregational Church, 93 S. Main Street, 7 PM and 9 PM
Genre: Acoustic oldies
The Glovers, a local father-son group from Athol, play a mix of oldies from the ’60s to the ’90s. Their sound is an acoustic mix of guitars, keyboard, ukulele, mandolin banjo, and flute. They also do many three-part harmonies. The Glovers are regular performers at the King Phillip Restaurant in Phillipston.
Stage on Main Warming Station, 17 S. Main Street, 7 PM and 9 PM
Genre: Music, Rap Artist
Isaac “Izzy Raw” Chiasson is a 24-year-old American Rapper/Singer/Songwriter from Athol, Massachusetts. Best known for his Single “Faded” that was released with accompanying visuals shot and edited by Lil Alien Boi Productions, an independent film company based out of Lowell, MA. In 2012, Izzy teamed up with Angel Event Solutions to present “Dreamfest,” an 8-hour concert in which the proceeds were donated to the Orange Public Schools to prevent the music programs from being cut. He has performed at shows in Springfield, Worcester, Southbridge, Turners Falls, Boston, Hampton Beach, Providence, and Seattle (to name a few) and has worked with big industry names such as Concert Crave and Funk Volume. His first official mixtape, “The Mass Ave Project Vol 1” was released for free on YouTube and Soundcloud in early 2019, along with a number of Singles, and has continued to climb in views to this day.
As a father of three, working full-time, as well as mentoring aspiring artists, it would seem nearly impossible to continue to successfully grow and expand in such a difficult industry…yet somehow, he continues to build his career in music, and has accumulated quite a following in the meantime. His slogan “wereallyoucheadoe,” which is heard on many tracks, and screamed out multiple times throughout his shows is a tribute to Kyle Evan Porlier, Izzy’s best friend, who passed away at 20 years old due to a personal tragedy. Find Izzy on YouTube, Soundcloud, and Instagram @izzymusicofficial, on Snapchat @izzyraww, and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/izzymusicofficial.
To be considered as a performer for the 2020 Starry Starry Night event, please send an email with a description of yourself or your group or act along with a website and/or videos to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.