GRAND FINALE!! Countdown to Midnight!
Your New Year Starts Here! This year's finales will be held indoors and outdoors, so whatever the weather you can see in the New Year in style! The indoor venue opens at 11:00 and all the festivities at both venues begin at 11:15, culminating with a countdown to midnight. Space is limited at the indoor venue, so a Finale ticket (no extra cost to button-holders) is required to get in. PICK UP YOUR FINALE TICKET by showing your FNM button at the Alvarado/Franklin Street ticket booth (look for the signs!) after 6:30pm until they're gone. Have fun, and have a Happy New Year – First Night style!
At the Golden State Theater, Red Beans and Rice a musical institution in the Monterey Bay area since 1993 specializing in up-tempo danceable blues, will entertain with their captivating blend of Chicago, Texas swing, Louisiana, contemporary and original music, igniting First Nighters with the best of the blues bringing in the New Year! At the Alvarado Strret Wells Fargo Stage, Samba Légal will bring a Carnival/Mardi Gras atmosphere to New Year's Eve in Monterey with the beat of Afro-Brazilian rhythms, Caribbean calypso and Brazilian folk samba! Their infectious music with Caribbean and African beats will keep First Nighters foot-tapping all the way to the New Year!
Special surprise guests may be dropping in to join the bands at either venue - you never know what might happen at a First Night finale! Whether you want to be on your feet dancing or just sitting back and enjoying the tunes, you can guarantee a fun and exciting time into the New Year.