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December 29, 2011

Local restaurants offer music, dining on New Year's Eve

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.

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