Countdown to Midnight – Two Indoor Venues!
Your New Year Starts Here! This year's finale will be once again 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 with a countdown to midnight.
In the Conference Center's Serra Ballroom, the Nu-Horizon Band is a dynamic and energetic R& B Latin Rhythms band – you can dance your way into 2015! Over at the Golden State Theater, Jonah and the Whalewatchers playing infectious music with Caribbean and African beats will bring in 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.
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!) in front of the Conference Center after 8pm until they're gone. Have fun, and have a Happy New Year – First Night style!
Jonah and the Whalewatchers (WM/DA)
Site 14: Golden State Theater 11:15 –Midnight
The Monterey Bay's premier reggae and world music group, Jonah and the Whalewatchers continue to bring positive musical consciousness and culture to the greater central coast! Their heartbeat music fuses Caribbean and African beats with American jazz, blues and soul to create a very unique sound that is most often identified as reggae. The band's playlist also includes styles like calypso and soca and more modern dancehall reggae and ska and hip-hop tunes which are guaranteed to get people up and dancing!
Nu-Horizon Band (RCH/DA)
Site 19: Conference Center Serra Ballroom 11:15 –Midnight
Nu-Horizon is a dynamic and energetic 10-piece band whose sound is firmly rooted in Old School, Funk, R&B and Latin rhythms. Featuring two outstanding lead vocalists, a versatile rhythm section and a highly polished 2-man horn section, the band consists of several generations of musicians including seasoned performers and new talent. Nu-Horizon incorporates a perfect blend of musical genres, professional musicianship and stage presence into a dynamic and engaging performance guaranteed to grab your attention and keep you on the dance floor!