First Night Raleigh 2015 to Have Park-and-Ride with CAT Buses

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For the first year ever, CAT buses will provide park-and-ride service into downtown Raleigh for New Year’s Eve festivities.

Getting to downtown for First Night Raleigh 2015 just got easier! Thanks to the City of Raleigh’s Public Works Department, CAT buses will operate two park-and-ride services from central locations in North and Southeastern Raleigh. Services will start at 6 p.m. from these locations with a final departure of 1 a.m. from downtown Raleigh. Full information on the special service can be found here.

CAT will operate from North Raleigh at 2728 Capital Boulevard (Old Westinghouse building) and from Southeastern Raleigh at 4011 Carya Drive (Wake County Government Office Park), offering service frequencies of 30 minutes or less. The downtown pick-up and drop-off locations will be at Morgan Street and Fayetteville Street, in the heart of First Night Raleigh festivities. Security will be provided at both park-and-ride locations with off-duty Raleigh police officers for the duration of the event.

Regular CAT fares will apply to the service at $1.25 per one-way trip, or full-day passes can be purchased for $2.50 round-trip. Discounted fares for seniors and persons with accessibility needs will be honored, as well as honoring existing pass holders (i.e. if a person has a 30 day pass, it will be accepted). Fare will be free for children under 12 years old, as well as to seniors 65 years and older. More information on the fare structure can be found here.

Admission for First Night Raleigh 2015 is now on sale at:

Calling for Friends of First Night Raleigh 2015

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We couldn’t be more proud that this year’s honorary chairs for First Night Raleigh are Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, along with husband Ron. In that, the McFarlanes have enlisted locals and made a call for “Friends of First Night.”

Along with our sister festival Artsplosure, First Night Raleigh has blazed a trail that many other festivals have successfully followed, making downtown Raleigh a cultural and entertainment mecca. And on December 31, downtown will come alive as over 50,000 people celebrate the New Year with an amazing lineup of entertainment and art.

The Friends of First Night fundraising effort aims to ensure that everyone, regardless of life circumstances, has an opportunity to participate in this Triangle tradition. Our goal is to distribute 1,500 First Night admission tickets to Triangle area families who might night otherwise be able to attend. Those making this tax-deductible donations help underwrite the distribution of this program.

Every $25 raised makes three admission buttons available to youth and family service agencies. In fact, those donating can designate an agency or let us fulfill requests from the agencies who are signing up for the program.

Donors of $100 or more will receive two VIP sponsor buttons to First Night Raleigh 2015, allowing them to attend all First Night programs and join other supporters at a patrons’ reception. We will publicly recognize all $100+ Friends of First Night at the reception, as well as listing them in the program guide for next year.

Those who wish to make a donation can visit the donation portion of the Artsplosure web site. We’d love to hear from those donating by December 15. We can’t thank you enough for taking the time to learn more about Friends of First Night, and for considering a donation.

Thank you again,
The Artsplosure Staff

Full Line-up Announced for First Night Raleigh 2015


Artsplosure proudly announces AUGUSTINES as the headliner of the annual New Year’s Eve celebration, along with other “Out of This World” entertainment.

RALEIGH, NC – Artsplosure, the presenter of First Night Raleigh, today announced the festival’s line-up of visual and performing artists and special programs. Taking place in downtown Raleigh on Dec. 31, patrons will experience an “Out of This World” celebration with music, children’s activities and other festivities.

Admission for First Night Raleigh 2015 is now on sale at:
Area Harris Teeter & Rite Aid Pharmacy Stores
Additional Local store outlets which can be found here

This year’s festivities kick of at 2 p.m. with the Children’s Celebration at NC Museum of History, NC Museum of Natural Sciences and outdoors on the Bicentennial Plaza. Parents can have their children ring in the New Year with the Early Countdown at 7 p.m. Performances at the Main Stage begin earlier than past years, starting at 4 p.m. Later into the night, the streets of Raleigh come alive with performances in over 20 blocks of downtown Raleigh and a First Night tradition, the People’s Procession at 6 p.m.

Hailed by iTunes as “Best Alternative Album” with their recent release Rise Ye Sunken Ships, AUGUSTINES will headline this year’s main stage leading up to the countdown to 2015. Ira David Wood III returns as the countdown master of ceremonies, with the famous acorn dropping at midnight while fireworks are shot off into the night sky.

Patrons will be thrilled as the Fantastical First Night Ferris Wheel returns to Fayetteville Street. And in keeping with the “Out of This World” theme, First Night Raleigh 2015 will also host an “Alien Abduction” ride for festivalgoers to enjoy. Both amusements will open to the public at 2 p.m. on the afternoon of Dec. 31.

In addition, other artists scheduled to appear include: The Barefoot Movement, Raleigh’s own The Love Language, African American Dance Ensemble, Amelia Curran, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, North Carolina Opera singers, PopUp Chorus, Amelia Curran, Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra, Old Man Luedecke, Sonic Escape, Moving Pieces interactive theater, “Out of This World” installation by Greg Carter, Comedy Worx, Transactors Improv Company, El Gleno Grande and many more!

Admission on sale now for $10** when purchased in advance (**plus local and state sales tax). On December 31, on-site sales will be $14* for adults and $11* for children (*including local and state sales tax).

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Amelia Curran’s New Album

Amelia Curran Album

You may have already heard that we have Amelia Curran playing at First Night Raleigh. Well, did we mention she has a new album out too? They Promised You Mercy was released on November 4. It has been getting rave reviews, and now we can all listen for ourselves!

Amelia’s newest album They Promised You Mercy is available to listen via a Soundcloud stream on her site.

Some of our favorites are “Somebody Somewhere” and “Song on the Radio.” What are your favorites?

Can’t wait to hear some of these new songs from Amelia at First Night 2015! Look forward to seeing her at First Baptist Church (Salisbury Street) Sanctuary at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on December 31!

Barefoot Movement to Play First Night Raleigh 2015

If you were in downtown Raleigh for IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass this past weekend, you may have caught wind of an awesome new band that was rocking out on the Martin Street Stage: The Barefoot Movement.

Called “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene” by CMT, this Nashville-based band will be helping out with this year’s Early Countdown at First Night Raleigh. The four-piece acoustic bluegrass band takes us through emotional depth with ballads and “rip-roaring barn-burners.”

Each of the four talents crowds around a single microphone for an authentic feel with singer-songwriter (and fiddler) Noah Wall (of Oxford, N.C.), mandolinist Tommy Norris, upright bassist Hasee Ciaccio and guitarist/vocalist Alex Conerly.

Join the “movement” in downtown Raleigh on New Year’s Eve with us!

Check out one of our favorite numbers here – “Second Time Around”