NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

December 20, 2012

Going out with a blast

Local band will mark 'end of the world' with a one-of-a-kind party

By Katie Lovett
Features Editor

---- — There are some who believe Mayan tradition calls for the world to end tomorrow night.

While Chris Plante and the members of the local band, The Brew, don’t know if that’s going to happen or not, they aren’t taking any chances that they’ll see the end of the world hit without having some final fun.

The band, which formed 10 years ago shortly after its four original members graduated from Amesbury High, is holding an “End of the World” concert at Blue Ocean Music Hall. The show begins at 8 p.m.

If it’s the end of the world, they promise, they’ll be going out in style.

“Well, we thought about what it would be like if the world did end and would we really want to be hiding in the corner sucking our thumbs?,” Plante wrote in an e-mail. “No, we want to be rocking with 600 of our closest companions.”

The rock quartet, which includes brothers Chris and Joe Plante, on vocals, guitarist Dave Drouin and drummer Aaron Zaroulis, will start the night off with “dark apocalyptic tribal drum madness mixed with our originals and a few new covers,” Plante said.

In the highly likely scenario that the world doesn’t end, the party will roll into holiday festivities, Plante promised. A post-apocalyptic after-party will feature some holiday songs mixed with some of the band’s original tunes.

“At around midnight (assuming ancients Mayans predicted in Eastern standard time) we will declare that we have officially survived the apocalypse and bust into full on holiday mode,” Plante wrote. “Snow canons, lasers, dancing, gifts, and sexy Santas everywhere.”

As reports of the impending “doomsday” began to circulate and gain momentum on the Internet, Mayan experts have worked to debunk the claim, saying the Mayas may indeed have made prophecies, just not about the end of the world.Experts estimate the system starts counting at 3114 B.C., and will have run through 13 baktuns, or 5,125 years, around Dec. 21. That means, they say, 13 was a significant number for the Mayans, and the end of that cycle would be a milestone — but not an end.

Experts stressed that the ancient Mayas, whose “classic” culture of writing, astronomy and temple complexes flourished from A.D. 300 to 900, were extremely interested in future events, far beyond Dec. 21.

As for Plante?

“Highly doubtful,” he said, when asked if he thought tomorrow would be Earth’s last day. “There have been many apocalyptic predictions, all of which have let the bunker-buyers down.”

“We did however acquire 10 years of grain to sustain us, in case our skeptical ways led us astray,” he joked.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

IF YOU GO

What: The Brew’s “End of the World” concert

When: tomorrow, 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30)

Where: Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury

How: $15. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.northshorepavilion.com or at the box office, 4 Ocean Front, North, Salisbury Beach. Tickets will also be available at the door.