Bands take the stage in Columbia for Famously Hot New Year party

  • Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012 8:07 a.m.
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The logo is used for downtown Columbia's Famously Hot New Year Event. The event will feature live concerts, vendors and a midnight countdown.
Submitted Photo The logo is used for downtown Columbia's Famously Hot New Year Event. The event will feature live concerts, vendors and a midnight countdown.

The year’s end is near, and downtown Columbia will be going out with full-on celebration during its Famously Hot New Year event on Monday.

The festivities will take place starting at 6 p.m. in the area between Washington Street and Gervais Street.

The Reggie Sullivan Band, Terence Young and the Finesse Band, DJ BizMarkie, Atlantic Starr and The Wallflowers will perform around 6:20 p.m.

Reggie Sullivan resides in Columbia and performs with Nick Brewer, Zach Bingham, Brendan Bull and Jmichael Peeples; Sullivan has played with performers such as Chris Potter and Olivia Newton-John.

Terence Young and the Finesse Band consists of members Terence Young, Eric Mayweather, Byron Counts and Sam Jenkins and has played with groups like The Temptations and Ashford and Simpson.

Disc jockey BizMarkie made his mark with the Billboard Top 10 hit “Just a Friend” and making appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and now DJs in clubs and venues worldwide.

Atlantic Starr has been around since the ’70s, making hits like “Always” and “Secret Lovers,” and is currently made of original members Wayne Lewis and Jonathan Lewis and newer members Melissa Pierce and L’ John Epps.

The Wallflowers have been together since 1989, performing with names such as Elvis Costello, and is now made up of original members Rami Jaffee, Greg Richling and Jakob Dylan and newcomers Stuart Mathis and Jack Irons.

Countdown to midnight followed by fireworks will be part of the night. Vendors will be selling food and drinks like beer, wine and champagne. The Zone is open to people wanting to catch the college bowl games on TV. The Resolution Row by Colonial Life and Wells Fargo is available for people to write their resolutions down on billboards.

General admission is free, though ticket upgrades are available.

Attendants with the $30 Pepsi Premier Viewing Area tickets will be admitted through a special line and be allowed in the area closest to the action and to the entertainment stage and have access to separate vendors and the general admission area.

Attendants with the $100 Cîroc Crescent Lounge tickets will have access to the lounge in the Capitol Center, an open bar and hors d’oeuvres, reserved parking with a special entrance and the general admission and Pepsi Premier Viewing Area amenities. All crescent lounge ticket holders must keep their VIP information on. Early registration is recommended, even for general admission. Ticket upgrade booths will be at the event.

More ticket packages through Capital City, the Oak Table and EdVenture are available.

Re-entry is allowed, as long as the event wrist band is still on.

Parking is free and available at six parking garages; a map is located at the event website. For those with the crescent lounge tickets, parking will be available at the Capital Center garage at the intersection of Lady Street and Assembly Street.

Items such as pets – except service animals – outside beverages and food, umbrellas, backpacks and bicycles are not allowed. Cameras are allowed, and certain hotels are running their own packages.

“It’s so close and very accessible,” Clare Morris, event spokesperson, said about why Aiken residents might want to give the event a try. “To have a Grammy award-winning band like the Wallflowers perform for free of charge is pretty amazing. The fireworks display is pretty spectacular.”

Last year, the organizers expected 5,000 people at least. Instead, 20,000 showed up.

This led to complications, like food running out.

This year, they will be more prepared and have high hopes for the turnout.

For more information, visit www.famouslyhotnewyear.com.

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