Sounds Local: Get your tickets now for New Year’s Eve parties
L-R: Paul Nadeau, Kerry Blount, JD Foster, Janice Dompke, Steve Frankel, Mike Slahetka
Saxophonist Charles Neville.
With Christ-mas only days away, it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s Eve plans. And to help you through the maze of musical options available on this big party night, we’ve got the details on what promises to be some of the finest New Year’s Eve shows happening here in Franklin County. Some of these shows have limited seating and are expected to sell out — so get your tickets now.
If you would like to do some serious rockin’ around the clock, head to the Elk’s Club in Greenfield and dance away to the sounds of popular oldies band Shakin’ All Over.
The Elks Club, which is located at 2 Church St. (the corner of Church and Federal streets), is a private club, but this show is an exception and is open to the general public. A dinner buffet will be served from 7 to 8:30 p.m. When dinner ends at 8:30 p.m., Shakin’ All Over will get the party going, performing the hits of Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others from the late 1950s and early 1960s.
The six-piece Greenfield based band, which formed in 2001, has recently released a CD called “Dance Party” that features the group’s take on classic songs like “Good Rockin Tonight” and “Let’s Have a Party.” Singer Janice Dompke is a formidable vocalist who holds her own on Leslie Gore’s “It’s My Party” and performs a sultry version of “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye.” Kerry Blount’s saxophone playing is a welcomed addition through out the disc, but particularly on “C’mon Everybody.” Mike Slahetka’s Fender telecaster helps the band capture that classic 1950s sound that will carry listeners back to an easier time. So if you would like to revel in the music of the past as you welcome in the future, then this is the show for you.
“Dance Party” will be available to purchase at the show.
Tickets are $30 for Elks Club members and $35 for general public. Price includes dinner, music, a party favor and a champagne toast at midnight. To purchase, call 413-774-5611 or visit www.shakinallover.info.
The Arts Block
The Arts Block Cafe at 289 Main St. in Greenfield is hosting its own rockin’ party on New Year’s Eve at 8 p.m. with cafe regular John Sheldon & Blue Streak. Since this is New Year’s Eve, Sheldon and the band are bringing a few friends along to make the evening extra special. Sheldon’s guests include singers Samirah Evans and Moonlight Davis, both of whom will be backed by Sheldon and his band. Singer-songwriter Daniel Kasnitz will open the show. We all know that Sheldon is a master rocker, but expect Evans to add a touch of New Orleans swing to the show, while Moonlight Davis will bring some much welcomed soul. The band reports that it’s having so much fun at rehearsals that it can’t wait to hit the stage at the Arts Block. This promises to a memorable one-time-only night of music. Tickets are $20.13 in advance and available at www.theartsblock.com and $25 at the door.
And speaking of the Arts Block, for those of you who prefer not to be out on New Year’s Eve, but would like to celebrate, you can head to the Arts Block on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 8 p.m. and enjoy an early New Year’s show with singer-songwriter and storyteller Roger Salloom and his guests: sax player Charles Neville of the famed Neville Brothers and jazz vocalist Jessica Freeman. Salloom has a killer band that features guitarist Joe Boyle, and when you add Neville and Freeman to the mix, you know you are in for a treat. Salloom and Neville occasionally perform these shows together and the last time they teamed up at the Arts Block, they packed the room. There is limited seating, so you might want to purchase your tickets ahead of time. Tickets are only $15 and available at www.rogersalloom.com. If any are available, tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of the show.
Route 63 Roadhouse
The Route 63 Roadhouse in Millers Falls is known for its New Year’s parties and this year, it’s offering up a full night of food, music and fun.
For $25 you can enjoy a buffet dinner of chicken marsala, roast beef and more. Music will be provided by AfterGlo, a Franklin County-based cover band that plays everything from the Ramones to Queen. You’ll also be provided with party favors, giveaways and a champagne toast at midnight. If you prefer to skip the dinner, tickets are only $15. The party begins at 7:30 p.m. Call the Roadhouse to reserve a space at 413-659-3384.
The Rendezvous, 78 Third St. in Turners Falls, will kick off its New Year’s celebration at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve with a performance by the Uncle Hal’s Crabgrass Band, a Greenfield-based group that play a mix of jazz, bluegrass, blues and country. The band covers artists like Count Basie, Steve Earle and Bob Dylan, as well as a few originals written by the band’s guitarist, Hal Bosco of Greenfield. Then, at 9 p.m., DJ Funkadelic Fern will take over the dance floor and spin the tunes into the wee hours of the morning.
Admission is $10 after 9 p.m. and includes a champagne toast. No cover charge after midnight. The ’Voo will be open until 2. a.m. but will admit no new arrivals after 1 a.m.
Sheryl Hunter is a music writer who lives in Easthampton. Her work has appeared in various regional and national magazines. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org