Our 2018 family-friendly performers
We had a roster of amazing musicians and performers for our 2018 event. Performers were assigned to a local venue and did two shows, 45 minutes each. Shows started on the hour at 6 PM, 7 PM, 8 PM and 9 PM. Scroll down past the schedule to find out more about each performer.
Deadair Dennis Maler
At Town Hall, 6 Prospect Street, 6 PM and 8 PM
Originally from Baltimore, Deadair Dennis Maler cut his comedy teeth on the absurd duality of living in Baltimore and working in Washington D.C. for nearly two decades. He has since taken both his 18+ year radio career and his stand-up comedy to Boston; where he finds the people there much nicer than they’re given credit for (probably because he hasn’t been stabbed or robbed yet). He recently performed in the Comedy Underground Festival in Austin, TX during SXSW and returns home yearly to perform in the Charm City Comedy Festival. He is the founder of BostonComedyShows.com and host of an iTunes podcast So, What Do You Really Do? interviewing artists and entertainers about their day jobs. He was recently recognized as a Certified Working Artist by the Mayor of Boston’s Office of Arts and Culture. Dennis has been heard on radio stations across the country including SiriusXM, DC101, Z104.3, HOT 99.5, The Party Playhouse with Jackson Blue, and more. He is also the comedy writer for DigBoston. Smart, funny, loud, and abrasively social, Deadair Dennis is unique and deceptive; he is a human bulldog with a heart of gold. And allergy free since 1981.
At Town Hall, 6 Prospect Street, 7 PM and 9 PM
Genre: Classic rock and oldies
In 2010, Bridge Street was formed by Chris Engleke (bass/vocals) and Robb Ward (rhythm guitar/vocals.) What started off as an acoustic project has now turned into a five-piece rock band with the addition of Ray Beaudreault (guitar/vocals), Jesse Graves (lead guitar/vocals), and lastly, Billy Guerin (drums/vocals). With members spanning from all over Massachusetts, they’re fueled by their passion of music and providing the audience with quality entertainment and music they want to hear. They make it a point to cover a broad range of music for everyone’s eclectic tastes. With artists ranging from Elvis Presley to Michael Jackson, they’ve got a little something for everyone in the crowd.
At First Universalist Church, 31 N. Main Street, 6 PM and 8 PM
Genre: Vintage songs from the 30s, 40s, and 50s
Legacy is a multi-talented, diverse group of musicians with unique talents. They blend their own special arrangements, tempos, and rhythms to bring back the great music of the 30s, 40s, and 50s to a wide variety of listeners. Legacy’s members are Linda Piragis; vocals, Marc Erwin; guitar, Marty Picard; percussion, Tom Deam, bass, and Al Benjamin; keyboard. Their music, interjected with moments of humor, will make you want to laugh and tap your feet to their every performance.
At First Universalist Church, 31 N. Main Street, 7 PM and 9 PM
Genre: Barbershop quartet
Theatrix is a barbershop quartet that hails from the Worcester area. They got their start appearing in a local production of My Fair Lady and decided to keep singing together after the show closed. Since then they have appeared in multiple theatrical productions together and separately from Music Man to Light in the Piazza. Please enjoy their whimsical approach to this beautiful American art form.
Ed the Wizard
At The Dance Studio, 34 N. Main Street, 6 PM and 8 PM
Enjoy an evening with this award-winning master of Close-up and Parlor Magic. Be prepared to volunteer, laugh and have fun with Ed’s unique mix of mystery, comedy and magic. And don’t miss his Close-up Street Magic as he strolls through Downtown Orange between his indoor performances.
Mary Hakkinen (as Mary Pippins)
At The Dance Studio, 34 N. Main Street, 7 PM and 9 PM
Genre: Kids’ entertainment
Come join Mary Poppins’ crazy cousin, Mary Pippins, as she delights audiences with her eclectic style of storytelling and sing-alongs. This trickster is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.
At Mission Covenant Church, 53 Pleasant Street, 6 PM and 8 PM
Genre: Classic rock and oldies
Tony Funches, former lead singer of The Platters vocal group, has performed all over the world and United States. He has a wonderful love for his audience and a special ability to share his amazing voice and love to all. The Platters performed songs such as Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Only You and many more.
At Mission Covenant Church, 53 Pleasant Street, 7 PM and 9 PM
Genre: Classic rock and oldies
Them Guys consists of Timothy Britt and Carolyn Salls. They’re not afraid to let loose vocally. This powerhouse duo does songs from every genre and isn’t afraid to do requests on the spot. Common ground is found in classic rock and oldies. You may have also seen them in other local bands.
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 39 members are dance ambassadors, performing concert length choreography of ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip-hop.
At United Methodist Church, 104 S. Main Street, 7 PM and 9 PM
That’s a “Good wun!” Come in out of the cold and gather around a winter “campfire” to warm your heart, mind and imagination with songs and stories from master storyteller, Todd Goodwin. He will present a family-friendly program for “campers” of all ages!
Jack Arnot and Janet Paoletti
At Central Congregational Church, 93 S. Main Street, 6 PM and 8 PM
Genre: Musical Variety Show
Jack Arnot and Janet Paoletti will be lighting up the stage with their musical talent and comedic digressions. Their two-person variety show will be entertaining audiences with Italian pieces, vaudeville from minstrel shows, show tunes and musical numbers.
Janet is active in the musical world as a teacher, church musician and musical theater accompanist. Jack has been an entertainer for over 40 years. He started with the choir at the Central Congo Church of Orange with Mrs. Janet Paoletti, Director. Jack’s favorite style of music is barbershop harmony, which he sang with the Grace Notes Quartet for 13 years then the Stateline Quartet of Keene, N.H., for 5 years and other various pick-up quartets. He is currently a member of the Cheshiremen Chorus of Keene, NH. He does keep busy with soloing at weddings and funerals. He can be contacted at 978-544-8794. Jack was also very active with Community Theater. The Shea Theater was his home in Turner’s Falls, MA. with shows such as Godspell, Gypsy, Oklahoma, Music Man, Carnival, Annie and others. Since medical issues have put a damper on his acting career, he can still sing out a tune! He is proud to be able to perform with Janet for this concert!
Kevin Jones and iBand
At Central Congregational Church, 93 S. Main Street, 7 PM and 9 PM
Genre: Jazz Guitar
Kevin is a jazz guitar player. He performs by himself with digital accompaniments. The effect is of a quartet with several voices. It was quoted that people “truly enjoy his music and always rave about him for days after.” If you’re in the mood for some truly unique talent, stop and see Kevin Jones and iBand.
To be considered as a performer for the 2019 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.