New Year’s in the OC

Eventweb100_01 Nothing to do New Year’s Eve? Here’s and event for all you music lovers out there, especially those who grew up in the glorious 80’s. I decided to go to this shindig last year after one of my new favorite bands, The Eyeliners was added to the bill. This is one of the best New Year’s Eve events I’ve been to, even better than Y2K in Vegas, so if you’re anywhere near southern California, you should check it out. The Orange County New Year’s Eve (OCNYE) will feature almost 30 bands including Blondie, The English Beat, the Violent Femmes, The Knack, The Tubes, Brett Michaels of Poison and more. Event founder, Rich Goodwin, say he started the event “simply because there was nothing to do in OC” (or anywhere else in Southern California for that matter). But when he came up with the idea nine years ago he had no money and no clout to get it done. After building a company called Vidsion Entertainment which managed 40 world-wide events in just 6 years, he sold it and went after the one event that eluded him for nine years-the OCNYE. Last year’s inaugural event had 15,000 attendees despite rain and wind storms coming through just 30 minutes prior to showtime. But, almost miraculously the skies cleared up in time, the water drained and the event went off as planned, highlighted by performances from Lit, Joan Jett, Sugar Ray on the main stage. Ocnye_bands Tickets to OCNYE are still available for the event and there are local partner hotels with shuttles available to the venue-so you can tie one on in your own private cabana or in one of the many lounges and you can leave the driving to someone else. Happy Holidays…and whatever you do, be responsible. Don’t Drink and Drive!