Two big events, complete with dancing, music and more, are planned for New Year’s Eve on Vashon.
Vashon Center for the Arts
Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) will present an extravaganza featuring MarchFourth, a larger-than-life group of musicians, acrobats and circus artists whose performances are “an explosion of dancing funk, New Orleans jazz, and full-on rock and roll.”
The big party starts at 8:30 p.m. with a generous snack and drink spread in the lobby that includes free soda, as well as a specialty cocktail curated and served by The Ruby Brink.
MarchFourth’s concert starts at 9:30 p.m., in VCA’s Kay White Hall, with dancing in the aisle encouraged.
When the band wraps up its second set, the party will continue with the clock winding down the final moments of 2022. The band will join revelers in the lobby, as the clock chimes midnight to play a rambunctious song to welcome in 2023.
And if that isn’t enough, there will be dancing for the first hour of 2023.
Purchase tickets to the event at vashoncenterforthearts.org.
Open Space for Arts & Community
Open Space will host its seventh annual ReNEWal Year’s Eve, billed as a night of revelry and rejuvenation, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 31.
Beginning at 9 p.m., the new year will be celebrated at the top of each hour, making this an event suitable for all ages. Half of the event embraces revelry — featuring live music with General Mojo’s and One More Mile, dancing with DJs until 1 a.m., buckets of confetti and a liquid laser light show.
The other half of the soiree celebrates rejuvenation, including a meditative sound immersion room, food from Aeggy’s Food Truck, a massage booth and hot drinks by the bonfire.
General Mojo’s psych-pop sound came to life in Seattle in 2014. Since that time, band members have come and gone, but bandleader Dune Butler has remained the glue, continuing to craft and perform flower-powered soundscapes with original members Eric Vanderbilt-Matthews, Sam Veatch and David Salonen, as well as a broadening community of artists.
Vashon’s own blues group, One More Mile, is fronted by “The Principal” Jason Lollar (vocals/lead guitar) and “Lonesome” Mike Nichols (vocals/harmonica), a musical brotherhood going back decades. Together with their comrades Tony Mann (keyboards and vocalist), Chuck Keller (vocalist) and Wesley Peterson (dummer and vocalist), they’ll play classic blues, funk and rock and roll covers.
“We’re excited to let people craft their own New Year’s Eve experience,” said David Godsey, co-founder of Open Space for Arts & Community. “Someone might start the night contemplating the last year – or two – in the sound immersion room and welcome the New Year by rocking out to live music with our performers on the dance floor, or vice versa. All the experiences are there to mix and mash as you wish.”
Back by popular demand following the Liquid Light show this summer, the local laser light team, Luminarium, will also dazzle the crowd with an indoor laser experience.
All ages are welcome. Doors open at 8 p.m. and masks are recommended.
Learn more, and reserve your tickets by visiting OpenSpaceVashon.org.