Arts & Entertainment

Make CBC part of your First Night

Fireworks, music and good times are planned for New Year's Eve at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

That's when First Night Tri-Cities happens, an event the whole family can enjoy.

Main festivities begin at 5 p.m. Dec. 31, but there will be events for the kids starting earlier in the afternoon. Featured musical acts perform in different buildings at CBC. There will be plenty of First Night volunteers strolling around the campus to help first-time visitors find their venue of choice.

Headline acts include Vocal Trash, The Gothard Sisters, Michael Cagle, master hypnotist Jerry Harris, Skweez the Weezle and Kamiakin High's VIBE, a Glee-esque singing group.

The entertainment continues until midnight, when the fireworks show lights up the sky celebrating the new year.

Here's the schedule:


5-5:30 p.m. -- Michael Cagle, from Las Vegas, sings a mix of pop, R&B, soul and show tunes.

5:45-6:15 p.m. -- The Gothard Sisters, Celtic variety show

7-8 p.m. -- Vocal Trash, percussion show

8 p.m. -- Autograph session with Vocal Trash and The Gothard Sisters

8:30-9:45 p.m. -- Jerry Harris, master hypnotist comedy show.

10-10:45 p.m. -- The Gothard Sisters

10:45-11:45 p.m. -- Vocal Trash


5:15-5:45 p.m. -- Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre, formerly Richland Light Opera Company

6-7 p.m. -- Cruise Control, a '50s, '60s and '70s band

7:15-8 p.m. -- Kamiakin's VIBE, a Glee-esque singing group

8:15-8:45 p.m. -- An Daire Academy of Irish Dance

8:45-9:30 p.m. -- Skweez the Weezle plays Celtic music

9:45-10:45 p.m. -- Michael Cagle sing show tunes and JP Cates sings country

11-11:45 p.m. -- Skweez the Weezle

Byron Gjerde Center, upstairs

5 p.m. -- KidZone: The Dance Connection's Diamond Ridge Cloggers

7:45-8:30 p.m. -- Bram Brata and OK2Botay, kid steeldrum bands

8:45-9:45 p.m. -- Surprise guest performers

10-10:30 p.m. -- Adam Kessler comedy

10:30-11:45 p.m. -- Hypnotist Jerry Harris comedy show

Byron Gjerde Center, downstairs

2:30 p.m. -- Vivid image face painting (small fee applies)

2:30-7 p.m. -- Inflatable bounce toys

3-7 p.m. -- Monkey Dooz hair designs for kids (small fee applies)

3-6 p.m. -- Bergstrom Aircraft balsa wood airplane contest

4-7 p.m. -- The Balloon Dude creates balloon hats, animals, swords and more

Hawk Union Building

2:30-3:15 p.m. -- Tory Christensen performs his Wiggle Like a Fish music for kids

3:30-4:15 p.m. -- Keith Ramsay magic show

4:30-5:15 p.m. -- Big Top the Clown

5:30-6:15 p.m. -- Bill Barr and Rachel Leshikar, Arete juggling

6:30-7 p.m. -- Keith Ramsay magic show

7:45-8:15 p.m. -- Hanford High School drama performs vignettes from The Music Man

9 p.m.-midnight -- First Night Club: A teen dance and other activities for high school students. Must show student ID at the door.

Atrium, in Lee R. Thornton building

5:45-6:20 p.m. -- The Tri-City Tubadours

6:30-7:20 p.m. -- Allen Johnson Project

7:30-8:20 p.m. -- The Desert Winds Flute Choir

8:30-9:20 p.m. -- Musicians Micki Harvey and Brian Swearingen

9:30-10:20 p.m. -- Musicians Daphne Block and Sudden Riff

10:30-11:20 p.m. -- Musicians Kristen Carpenter and Man of the Hour band

Conference Room TD-433, in Lee R. Thornton building

6-6:45 p.m. -- Lori Tyler sings country

8:45-9:30 p.m. -- Star Hinojosa sings pop & contemporary

9:45-10:30 p.m. -- Musician Payton Airoldi

10:45-11:30 p.m. -- Star Hinojosa

Admission is by a First Night Tri-Cities button, which is $8 in advance or $10 at the door for adults. Student buttons cost $5. Kids ages 5 and younger are free.

Buttons are sold at Tri-City SunMarts; the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive; Pasco City Hall, 525 N. Third Ave.; or the Tri-City Herald office, 333 W. Canal Drive in Kennewick. Buttons also are available at

And if you would like to be part of the meet-and-greet sessions with the event's featured performers, which includes Vocal Trash and The Gothard Sisters, then you will want to become a member of the Lighted Friends of First Night. Cost is $50.