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Celebrate “Last Night on the Town,” the City of Virginia Beach’s premier New Year’s Eve event!
The FREE festivities kick off mid-afternoon at Pembroke Mall with family entertainment throughout the mall including magicians, jugglers, a children’s countdown and balloon drop at 5 pm. Beginning at 2 pm, join the fun inside the Mall with magicians, jugglers, arts and crafts and a Mad Science workshop station. Free for all and family friendly! It all leads to the countdown and balloon drop to Ring in the New Year inside the Mall at 5 pm!
The fun continues at Virginia Beach Town Center’s Fountain Plaza with DJ Ty Street and novelty entertainment from 6 pm until 9 pm with live music following until midnight. Opener Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos kicks off the party at the Countdown Stage on Columbus Street. Headlining the Countdown Stage on Columbus Street will be a memorable performance by Switchfoot as the beachball drops to ring in 2019!
All activities and entertainment are free and open to the public, with food and adult beverages available for purchase. A ticketed VIP Party hosted by the Central Business District Association will be held stage side in a heated tent, providing VIP guests with the best views of the festivities! VIP Party tickets are available beginning Dec 1st at http://www.lastnightonthetown.com/.
Town Center and Pembroke merchants, hotels and restaurants are offering New Year’s Eve rates and specials. For more info on rates and specials, please visit http://www.lastnightonthetown.com/
Free parking will be available for all attendees in the Town Center garages, with overflow parking at Pembroke Mall.
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted into the event but food, beer and wine will be available for purchase in Countdown Square. Guests must be at least 21 years of age with a valid photo ID to purchase and/or consume alcoholic beverages. For the safety of all, Event Security may screen persons and search bags of guests that are entering the event. Beverage proceeds benefit Virginia Legends Walk.
Last Night on the Town is presented by the Central Business District Association in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
2 pm – 4:45 pm Family Entertainment Pembroke Mall
Magical Solutions will delight New Year’s revelers of ALL ages with roving entertainment and performances on several stages throughout the mall followed by a kids’ countdown and balloon drop at 5:00 PM. Kids can make their own New Year’s Eve party hats and favors.
4:45 pm – 5 pm Kids’ Countdown to 2018 and Balloon Drop Pembroke Mall 5…4…3…2…1… Happy New Year! Ring in the New Year at 5:00 PM with the kids’ countdown and balloon drop in Pembroke Mall. This is the largest event of its kind on the east coast!
5 pm – 12 midnight Town Center Merchant & Restaurant Specials Town Center
Shop and dine at Town Center while enjoying New Year’s Eve discounts and specials.
6 pm – 9 pm DJ Ty Street Fountain Plaza Stage
Party Music, dancing and high energy light show
8 pm – 12 midnight Food & Beverage Sales Countdown Square (Columbus Street)
Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase in Countdown Square. ID required.
8 pm – 12 midnight CBDA VIP Party Stage Side Tent
The Central Business District Association is hosting a stage-side, tented and heated VIP Party from 8:00 PM until Midnight. Admission includes 2 drink tickets, cash bar, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, access to VIP restrooms, food, fun, and premier viewing of the main stage and Beachball drop. Tickets will be available for purchase in December. VIP guests must be 21 years or older. VIP catering provided by Catherine’s Catering. Tickets are non-refundable. For more VIP Party ticket info, visit http://www.lastnightonthetown.com/
9 pm - 10:15 pm Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos Countdown Stage on Columbus Street
10:30 pm – 12 midnight Switchfoot Countdown Stage on Columbus Street
11:58 pm – 12 midnight Countdown and Beachball Drop Countdown Square (Columbus Street)
Count down to New Years as Virginia Beach’s Beachball drops into Town Center to Ring in 2019!
12 midnight – 12:20 am Switchfoot Encore
SWITCHFOOT – HEADLINE ACT
Formed in San Diego in 1996, SWITCHFOOT is Jon Foreman (vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Jerome Fontamillas (keyboard, guitar), Drew Shirley (guitar), and Chad Butler (drums).
After 10 albums, multiple hit singles, millions of records sold, a GRAMMY Award and 20 years of touring, in late 2017, SWITCHFOOT put the brakes on. The successful release and tour for their most recent album, WHERE THE LIGHT SHINES THROUGH had concluded, and the San Diego-based quintet decided to take a long deserved, much needed hiatus. Their goals? To think on difficult, important questions about the band and themselves personally, including: “Why are we doing this?” The answers weren’t long in coming and are musically evident in the 14 remarkable songs that make up NATIVE TONGUE, a creative juggernaut spawned by singer Jon Foreman’s realization that the answer to “why?” was to “pursue joy.”
Joy became the paramount goal in his life and music. “Joy is an incredible motivator,” says Jon: “It’s only to be found in the moment, not in the past or future. That’s what music is to us: The ever-present joy of the ever-present now.”
During the hiatus, Jon’s positive immediacy inspired songs that he had to get out. Creative openness without a goal resulted in an electric, wide-ranging collection. “There was no ‘should’ or ‘ought.’ It was a beautiful freedom. Songs we wrote didn’t have to turn into anything, as long as we were pursuing joy. That’s where this record was born.”
NATIVE TONGUE marks the 11th record since 1997’s debut, THE LEGEND OF CHIN, which started SWITCHFOOT on a path of critical and fan acclaim for albums including 2003’s multi-platinum breakthrough THE BEAUTIFUL LETDOWN, the GRAMMY award-winning HELLO HURRICANE (2009), and FADING WEST, which was also the name of a documentary on the band.
For an album that “snuck up on” SWITCHFOOT, there’s a remarkable cohesion among the songs. Of course, 20 years together can do that to a band. A band that moves easily among the world of modern rock but mystifies those who try to pigeonhole them. “Since the beginning, SWITCHFOOT never fit into a musical genre,” notes Chad. “We all come from different musical upbringings, and we believe any good playlist has diversity.”
Approaching the music on NATIVE TONGUE with kid-like enthusiasm combined with the years spent honing their craft makes NATIVE TONGUE a rare gem. “We channeled Queen, ELO, the Kinks; our favorite albums from the past. Albums with guitar solos,” laughs Jon, who says, “I’d play solos over and over just because they were fun! But we didn’t want to make a throwback album, and Brent was great at marrying the sensibility of our roots with the present and beyond. We took fun risks.”
Those risks paid off in songs that the listener can interact with on multiple levels. If NATIVE TONGUE’s tunes are approachable and memorable, the album also has a heady goal. NATIVE TONGUE is, Jon says, ‘An attempt to be a loving embrace of all the human souls who have been weighed down by the times. It’s a chance for all of us to be reminded of what brings us together, not what tears us apart. My hope, for this record,” Jon concludes, “is that it would be a reminder that there are new streams available for us to travel down, and that hatred is not our language, love is our native tongue."
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