Countdown to Midnight - Indoors!
Your New Year Starts Here! Whether you want to dance your way into 2014 or groove to the sweet sounds of the blues, this year's finale will be once again be held in two indoor venues, so whatever the weather you can see in the New Year in style! Both venues open at 11:00 and the festivities begin at 11:15, culminating in a countdown to midnight.
In the Conference Center's Serra Ballroom, Mike Beck and the Bohemian Saints will be taking us into the New Year with straight-ahead rock music, and over at the Golden State Theater, Chris Cain and his band will be playing danceable blues to bring us into 2014. 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.Space is limited, so a Finale ticket (no extra cost to button-holders) is required to get into either venue. PICK UP YOUR FINALE TICKET at the Portola Plaza ticket booth (look for the signs!) at the Conference Center after 8pm until they're gone. Have fun, and have a Happy New Year!
Chris Cain Band (BL/RR/DA) (Finale Performer)
Site 14: Golden State Theater
Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues-soaked guitar, and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. His passion and intensity are a blend of his mother's Greek ancestry and his father's soulful black heritage. Through his guitar mastery and remarkable creativity as a songwriter, Cain has carved a sound that's unmistakably his own. As San Jose Mercury News music critic John Orr writes, "Chris Cain, more than anyone else, anywhere, represents the future of the blues." Their jazz-inspired blues will keep First Nighters foot-tapping all the way to the New Year!
Mike Beck and the Bohemian Saints(DA/RR) (Finale Performer)
Site 19: Conference Center Serra Ballroom
Mike Beck and The Bohemian Saints is an irresistible old fashioned guitar band, playing original rock 'n' roll, primarily composed by Beck, reflecting the band's love of the Byrds, Burrito Brothers and the Rolling Stones. Featuring Beck and guitar hero Tommy Ayres on lead guitars, the Saint's popular onstage live shows reflect the energy of the Grateful Dead. Performing regularly throughout the United States, Beck has six albums under his belt with original songs that have been recognized as some of the finest compositions on Western Americana out there; Americana and country music sounds that will keep the Conference Center dancing right into the New Year! .