Arts & Entertainment

First Night festivities will go on no matter the weather

First Night Tri-Cities starts at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 31 on the campus of Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

Festivities for the family-friendly and drug- and alcohol-free event include musical entertainment, dancing, a children's parade, steeldrum music, a hypnotic comedy show, juggling acts, magic shows, facepainting and a fireworks show at midnight.

Admission to the campus is free, but you will need a $10 First Night button to gain entry to some of the indoor entertainment venues. Children 5 and younger are free. Buttons are available at all Tri-City area Sunmart locations or at the event.

Here's a sampling of the entertainers scheduled to perform:

-- Sister act Christina and Ali, from Idaho Falls were featured on NBC's America's Got Talent earlier this year and finished in the Top 10. Both siblings suffer from cystic fibrosis and were told they would never be able to sing.

-- The Gothard Sisters, who are returning for a third straight year are not just violinists but Irish dancers as well who perform all over the Northwest. The siblings are Greta, 23, Willow, 21, and Solana, 15.

-- Master hypnotist Jerry Harris makes his sixth appearance at First Night this year. He's a licensed hypnotherapist on the west side of Washington state. And when he's not helping patients, he brings his wit and hypnotic wisdom to the stage for an evening of hypnosis comedy.

-- Tri-City comic Adam Kessler.

-- The Broadway Babes are a trio of sisters, ages 11 to 17, who sing a variety of Broadway tunes and other melodies with their own twist.

-- The Celtic sounds of Skweez the Weezle, which performs a mix of traditional, modern and original tunes.

-- The Elm & Olympia rock band.

-- Las Vegas performer Michael Cagle.

First Night Tri-Cities is held no matter the weather. Most performances are indoors. Food booths also will be on site, including hot beverages, kettle corn and hot dogs.

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