Central Ohio's Largest New Year's Eve Celebration.

First Night Columbus

2008 Event Schedule

5:00 p.m.

COSI opens with winter and holiday themed activities and "Science of the Season" featuring the Holiday Lights explosion show and NEW! "First Night of Film" begins in partnership with the Columbus International Film + Video Festival;

Fun Bus shuttle service begins.

6:00 p.m.

Various entertainment begins throughout Veterans Memorial

Bob Evans Pancake Party opens at Rhode's Tower;

Coca-Cola Block Party opens on the City Hall Plaza.

6:30 p.m.

Bubble Stomp presented by Herlihy Moving at the Coca-Cola Block Party and entertainment begins at Rhodes Tower.

7:00 p.m.

Entertainment begins on the City Hall Plaza and at Trinity Episcopal Church.

8:00 p.m.

Teen Idol Dance Party presented by Nationwide begins at Veterans Memorial; Entertainment begins at the Ohio Education, One Columbus and Huntington Bank buildings.

11:00 p.m

Mount Carmel People's Procession led by Mayor Coleman & Commissioner Paula Brooks

Grand Finale Extravaganza "Minutes to Midnight...Countdown On the Square" presented by Orange Barrel Media, featuring musical entertainment by The Fabulous Johnson Brothers, cannon salutes and the programming of 8 on the Square's electronic message boards to kick off the New Year!

2008 Entertainment Schedule


Matt Jergens: Matt's show involves electrifying routines with unique props that showcase one of the top jugglers around.

Dan's Portraits and Caricatures: Artist Dan will draw black & white caricatures or cartoon portraits of your head & shoulders!

Wayne Brehm Room
North Dining Hall -
Upper Lobby - KJ Olivia's Karaoke with props 8:00-11:00
Tone up your vocal chords & get ready to belt out your favorite tunes! KJ Olivia will be keeping it groovin with all sorts of wigs, hats, gloves, & masks to enhance your performance.

Outer Lobby - Singer songwriters

7:00- Billy Zenn

8:00 & 10:00 - In the round with Alexis Antes, Robin Stone, Drew Davis, & Rain Maxwell.


9:00 - Liz Rubino - BROADWAY, Etc ...A One Woman Cabaret Featuring Broadway contemporary & classical favorites, jazz, and more!

ROAMING THROUGH VETS & venues on Broad St. - HighJinks: HighJinks Dance Company quite intentionally combines serious-minded, rigorously technical, high-art motion form with our quirky (literally groundbreaking) multidimensional signature style and our playful, unpredictable sense of humor to produce modern dance that is accessible enough to attract those who have yet to find reasons to embrace less concrete forms of leisure-time stimulation, challenging enough to surprise and entertain audiences who bring preconceived expectations to such performances, and inspirational enough to instill in everyone who experiences our work a more committed determination to live lives that are engaged and enriched by this type of high quality art. Dance, jugglers, stiltwalkers. etc.

COSI Stage

7:00-7:45Transit Arts performance 8:00-8:30 Liz Rubino Studio Students doing a family-fun cabaret tribute to Walt's World in WE ROCK!

8:45-9:15 Transit Arts performance www.myspace.com/transitarts

9:15-10:00 Open Mic

The TRANSIT ARTS Performance Group is a dynamic blend of outstanding professional artists and talented youth artists inspiring and challenging one another to honor our diverse roots while creating fresh new work. Rhythms rise from the turntables and dancing feet, as poets, visual artists, hip-hop emcees, breakdancers, DJs, musicians, and singers flow together to create a breathtaking, and interactive, multi-disciplinary performance experience.

Coca Cola Family Area - City Hall

Internationally recognized 12-string guitarist/composer Neil Jacobs transforms Gypsy, Jazz, and World Folk into intriguing new American Music. His American Gypsy music has thrilled and mesmerized audiences across the United States and Europe. Maggie Green Trio performing Brazilian fusion music. Maggie is known around Ohio for her polished sounds in the world of jazz & Brazilian bossa-nova & samba. Tonight enjoy her trio performing a Brazilian repertoire.

www.maggiegreen.com , www.neiljacobs.com

LEVEQUE LOBBY 7:30-8:30-9:30
Chris Howes Trio with daughter Camelia. Christian Howes has already made an indelible mark and is poised to be a path-finding figure on the contemporary violin. He's won recognition and kudos from artists and critics alike. After placing in national classical competitions while still in his teens, Howes set out to build upon a strong classical foundation and distinguish himself in jazz, the art of the improvisers. His star has been ascending ever since. He is an extremely versatile and flexible artist & a prolific violinist/composer. His daughter will duet with him on some songs! www.christianhowes.com

ONE COLUMBUS 8:00-9:00-10:00
Ladies of Longford: mostly contemporary Celtic. Known for their beautiful adaptations of traditional Irish folk songs (some in Gaelic and a cappella), The Ladies also perform their own original Celtic pieces. The Ladies of Longford rock the central Ohio Celtic music scene to rave reviews. www.myspace.com/ladiesoflongford

HUNTINGTON LOBBY 8:00-9:00-10:00
Battle Plan: A show band playing all your favorites will have you dancing the night away. www.battleplanpromotions.com

Rhodes Tower 6:30-10:30
Ft. Hayes Bands: Come check out some of the finest up & coming musicians in Columbus. These high school students will amaze you with their talent.

7:00 Columbus Women's Chorus: The Columbus Women's Chorus celebrates life through the power of music. They perform music created & inspired by the lives & experiences of women from all walks of life. www.cwchorus.org

8:00-10:00 SoSo Blessed Gospel : Some of the best local Gospel performers will entertain & inspire you.

KEY BANK 7:30-8:30-9:30 outside(Broad St. side)
Groove to the sounds of DJ Sonya 7:00-11:00
Bubbles by Tree. Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere!
Ice Sculpture & Corn Hole: Carve your name in a block of ice & help build a sculpture. An ice carving demonstration will also take place. And you can play our ice version of Corn Hole! www.rockonice.com

OHIO EDUCATION LOBBY 8:00-9:00-10:00 - Teen Idol Contest & Teen Dance
8:00-9:15 Teen Idol Contest - Emcee Trent Iguchi. Special peformance by last year's winner. 9:30 Teen Dance with DJ Trent Iguchi. Encore Entertainment Disc Jockey Services is committed to making every event a success! Serving the Central Ohio area for over 21 years & recommended by the best! Central Ohio's leader for emcee and disc jockey services, specializing in parties, corporate social gatherings, wedding receptions, family reunions and of course, New Year's Eve celebrations! www.encore4u.com - 6:00-10:00 entertainers www.lizrubino.com www.high-jinks.org www.lizrubino.com www.dannyfoster.com

Rita Miller Face Painting: Rita is a professional face painter who only uses paints and glitters that are approved for cosmetic use and offers designs ranging from simple cheek art to full face designs.

North Hall stage(children's entertainment):
6:30 to 10:00 - stage performances by Magician Matt Jergens, Luke the Juggler, HighJinks Kids on Stilts, Liz Rubino Studio Students doing a family-fun cabaret tribute to Walt's World in WE ROCK!

North Dining Hall (2nd floor)
7:00 & 9:00 Habeeba's Belly Dancers: Classical belly dance performance featuring Habeeba's exclusive technique, exquisite costuming, & all original choreography. The first belly dance school in the midwest. www.habeebas.com

8:00 AfroRhythm's with Pat Funderburg backed by the Columbus Community Drummers. Cardiovascular exercise through dance. Come join the fun!

10:00 Columbus Community Drummers - A collection of Ohio hand drummers led by B. Wahru Cleveland that play together at drum classes, drum circles, performances, & for fun. Come drum & dance! www.myspace.com/drewdavis www.shelovesyourecords.com/ www.mattjergens.com

Matt the Balloon Guy: Making any thing from a dog to a life-sized motorcycle, Matt the Balloon Guy entertains guests of all ages with his fantastic balloon creations. www.protwister.com

Luke Kareklas: Luke the Juggler blends his unique juggling skills and offbeat personality to form an energetic combination that is sure to make you smile! Luke's main draw is his "Ball Spinning" abilities, where he performs awesome tricks with a ball spinning on his finger, then places it on YOUR finger where it spins as if by magic. www.lukethejuggler.com Veterans Memorial opens featuring; the Limited Brands Family Festival; Columbia Gas Creation Stations presented by Elmer's; the Fitness Fun Zone presented by the Children's Hunger Alliance and NEW! ODNR Recycling Rhythm presented by Rumpke;