Live music at free East Village New Year’s celebration
2009-12-27 · By Editor
Local rock music will be well-represented at the Downtown Long Beach Associates’ (DLBA) first New Year’s Eve Celebration in the East Village Arts District on December 31. Long Beach locals Avi Buffalo and Rival Sons along with Dusty Rhodes and The River Band will perform live for a full night of free music and entertainment beginning at 8:00 p.m. at the intersection of 1st & Elm.
Avi Buffalo recently signed to premier record label Sup Pop Records, which boasts other notable bands including: Band of Horses, Flight of the Conchords, Hot Hot Heat, Iron and Wine and The Shins. Their name stems from leader singer/songwriter Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, an 18-year-old Long Beach native. Avi Buffalo first performed as a group at the Zephyr Café in Long Beach and has since toured the West Coast.
Locals might recognize the familiar face of Rival Sons’ front-man Jay Buchanan, as he has performed throughout Long Beach in recent years and was a featured performer during the highly-acclaimed Summer And Music (SAM) series presented by the DLBA and Redevelopment Agency from June through August. The buzz of Rival Sons continues to escalate as critics continue to compare their sound to Rock n’ Roll Legends Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Rival Sons’ debut album, Before the Fire, was released earlier this year and is available for digital download on iTunes.
The headliners of the East Village show, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, have serenaded Long Beach into a new year before. Dusty Rhodes preformed in front of an estimated crowd of 4,000 people welcoming the New Year on Pine Avenue last December. This year they will bring the same energy and sound that drew thunderous applause to the eclectic Arts District for its first-ever New Year’s Eve celebration. The band released their sophomore album, Palace & Stage, earlier this year to enormous acclaim (Los Angeles Times, Alternative Press, OC Weekly).
New Years Eve in the East Village will also be host to the Rock Bottom Brewery Beer Garden at the corner of 1st & Elm, which will be open to event-goers 21 years and older from 8:00 p.m. to midnight.
In addition to the entertainment line-up featured in the East Village, Downtown Long Beach will host two other unique celebrations on New Year’s Eve:
- The Red Bull: No Limits New Year’s Eve stunt
- Pine Avenue’s traditional New Year’s Celebration featuring 60’s, 70’s and 80’s music
All of Downtown Long Beach will celebrate together at midnight with a fireworks spectacular set off of the Carnival Cruise Lines Pier and an L.E.D. light show on some of Downtown’s most architecturally significant buildings.
There are many options for getting to and around Downtown Long Beach on New Year’s Eve. VIP parking is available for purchase online at the DLBA website, www.downtownlongbeach.org, along with a detailed parking and transportation map with driving directions and parking costs for 19 parking lots and/or structures throughout Downtown.
Long Beach Transit service will be free on New Year’s Eve from 6 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. All Passport Shuttle routes will also be offered free of charge to and from Downtown. Additionally, the Blue Line operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) will offer extended hours, operating throughout the night with uninterrupted service.
For more information, maps, directions and/or to make reservations please log on to: www.downtownlongbeach.org or call (562) 436-4259.