With so many options available, deciding where to spend your New Year’s Eve can be a challenge on par with swimming the English Channel. But for those wanting to keep it simple and stick around the Newburyport area, there are plenty of great choices to be had.
At The Pavilion on Salisbury Beach, the folks there are offering two special dining, dancing and entertainment events at the Seaglass Restaurant and Blue Ocean Music Hall.
At Seaglass, offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, a four-course meal will be augmented by the music of the Jumpstreet Band. This high-energy New England favorite is sure to get people dancing and singing along as they feature their distinctive blend of current hits, contemporary and classic rock, rhythm and blues, jump and blues, disco and calypso music.
Seating begins at 8:30 p.m. and costs $75 per person. Reservations are required. Recommended attire is casual elegance. For those wishing to dine earlier on New Year's Eve, Seaglass will be open for lunch until 3 p.m., and early dinner seatings will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Reservations are required by calling 978-465-2000, or visit SeaglassOceanside.com for more information.
Next door, the New Year's Eve Bash at Blue Ocean Music Hall features another high-energy dance band, Entrain, starting at 9 p.m. Doors open early at the oceanfront venue for an optional dinner buffet catered by Seaglass Restaurant.
The Martha's Vineyard-based Entrain features an eclectic mix of music that shifts between calypso, ska, zydeco, jazz, rock, blues and other genres, sometimes within the same song. A Boston Music Award winner for Best Live Show, Entrain has recorded seven albums and maintains a huge fan following throughout the Northeast. Its music has been featured on MTV's Real World Hawaii, in a national TV commercial and a movie sound track.
The New Year's Eve Bash at Blue Ocean Music Hall is $20 and $25 for the Entrain concert only at 9 p.m.; optional dinner buffet catered by Seaglass at 7 p.m. is $25. Reservations are required by 4 p.m. today by calling 978-465-5888 or visit www.blueoceanhall.com for more information.
For those looking for a more intimate New Year's Eve experience, you could do a lot worse than heading over to The Grog on Middle Street in Newburyport where the band Joppa Flatts will be performing.
For almost 10 years, Joppa Flatts, which began in Rowley, has been rocking the region with a wide selection of cover songs ranging from Journey to the Beatles to Aretha Franklin. The fun begins at 9 p.m. and continues until 12:30 a.m.
As part of the $40 admission price, patrons will also enjoy a three-course meal and a champagne toast at midnight.
Joppa Flatts lead guitarist and manager Chris Santarelli said his band plays throughout the area and has pleased many crowds during its decade-long run. The band prides itself on its ability to play selections from many different genres, including classic rock, blues, pop and Motown.
"It's a real cool show when people come out to see us," Santarelli said. "It's like seeing three or four bands at once."
Recently, the band recruited Seattle-based singer Ruth Olson to share lead vocal duties. Santarelli said her voice adds a new dimension to the band that should entice those who haven't seen Joppa Flatts in a while to give them another listen.
"People can expect to dance; our band is put together so people can dance," Santarelli said.
For more information on The Grog's New Year's Eve celebration, including its menu, call 978-465-8008 or visit The Grog's website at thegrog.com/newyearseve2011.