It’s been nearly five years since the city of Clarksburg held a New Year’s Eve celebration in Jackson Square, but on December 31 the event is coming back in ‘Grand’ style.
“As you know, in previous years the city of Clarksburg hosted the event. But this year, Clarksburg Uptown is going to do that, and it starts here at the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center. We’re going to have the Shades of Blue band that starts out at eight o’clock,” said Mayor of Clarksburg Cathy Goings.
The Shades of Blue Band pays tribute to the Blues Brothers, who began their career on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and later had a hit movie in 1980. Mayor Cathy Goings and City Manager Martin Howe said the party will continue after the concert just down the street.
“The after party at Jackson Square is going to be a night of a lot of fun and entertainment. We have a DJ starting out the evening, followed by Jukebox Band who is from Pittsburgh, and they play a variety of music. And we’ll have fireworks and the ball drop at midnight, and we will be serving beer and wine, and we’ll have a food truck there, so there is a little bit of everything,” said Goings
Party goers can attend both events for $25 or just the Jackson Square event for $10.
“It’s very reasonably priced, and it just offers another venue added to the mix, but also another opportunity for residents or citizens to come out and enjoy a great evening and see a spectacular venue,” Howe said.
Clarksburg Uptown is also preparing the event for winter weather.
“In the event if it gets a little cold, we’ll have heaters, and we’ll actually be at the upper level of Jackson’s Square under cover this year,” Goings said.
Clarksburg city leaders said they are looking forward to the New Year’s event.
“We are on a mission of revitalization, and this just adds to the quality of life, so we’re just looking forward to a great time with a great entertaining band with the Shades of Blue,” Howe said.