The three-day event will have a focus on "light, sound and art." The cost for an adult wristband, good for all three days, is $15.
Other firsts this year include: a family festival during the afternoon at The Gateway; new venues in the Clark Planetarium, Discovery Gateway and The Leonardo. Mainstay venues include the Off Broadway Theatre and UMOCA, among others. "An individual one-day pass to each of these venues would cost $45," says Jason Mathis, Downtown Alliance executive director. "It's a great low-risk way to experience downtown." There will also be a VIP experience, offered at a limited number, which will allow access to the upstairs at Gallivan Center, a special area at The Leonardo and other spots. Gone are the Temple of Boom and the Salt Palace Convention Center.
But the New Year's Eve celebration, now in its fourth year, hopes that hiring national touring bands will help bring the crowds downtown. And booking these bands is no easy feat, because most already have plans or ask for ridiculous wages. Kudos to Casey Jarman, EVE 2013 music director, and also the executive director for the Twilight Concert Series.
I had secretly hoped for something like this, but that wasn't in the overall musical vision. And I was praying for a dubstep-free event.
"Jason has asked me to get involved in the past, and I said something like, 'Hell, no,'" says Jarman with a laugh. But under a more consolidated vision this year, Jarman got on board. "I wanted to have a mix of current relevant artists and acts that speak to the New Year's Eve spirit," he says. There's also a mix of SLC's best local bands and these killer touring acts.
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The Sunday, Dec. 29, lineup includes NOLA brass ensemble The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and blues-rock funk-master Nick Waterhouse.
The Sunday, Dec. 30, show includes local artist David Williams backed by Joshua Payne Orchestra, followed by Portland, Ore.-based folk-rock act Blind Pilot.
"Keep Your Right" (live on KEXP)
The Monday, Dec. 31, show includes local act and brooding local indie-rockers Night Sweats, local afro-beat ensemble No-Nation Orchestra and disco-punk national rockers !!! (Chk Chk Chk).
"Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass"
I love !!! and caught them at SXSW, but will their dance-punk, along with the other headliners -- all awesome live, as well -- be enough to drive people out to dance in the cold? In 2009, when the music lineup was strictly local acts, the Gallivan Center was a ghost town -- one reason I think they moved indoors to the Salt Palace Convention Center for two years. So, let's hope for the best.
Overall, and in sum, Mathis says, it's more than just a party, it's an expression of the downtown experience.