The epicenter for New Year's Eve fun in Brookings on Saturday, Dec. 31, will be at the Redwood Theater, where a major rock show for all ages will feature two bands, special effects and some high-priced raffle prizes.
The event, billed as "Rock the Redwood New Year's Eve Concert," is schedule from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and will feature the Eugene-based Eastman Band, winner of this year's Last Band Standing competition. The opening act is South Coast's up-and-coming rock band Tsunamic.
Tickets are $5 for young people; $8 for those 18 and older. The event is presented by the nonprofit Stagelights Musical Arts Community.
"The idea was to provide a professional rock show at a great price for people of all ages," said Scott Graves, Rock the Redwood promoter. "We hope to draw a huge crowd of teenagers, families, adults and even the senior rocker or two."
No alcohol is allowed at the event, Graves said.
"Typically, the only place to enjoy live music on New Year's Eve is at a local bar, but not everybody is old enough to get into a bar or, if they are, wants to hang out in one," he said.
The Eastman Band has agreed to travel from the fertile college music scene in Eugene to play one show on the coast at a discounted fee, Graves said. Proceeds, after costs, will benefit Stagelights' music education and outreach programs in Curry County, he said.
The Eastman Band, a trio that plays bass, guitar and drums, is known for it's high-energy original rock song including "Facebook Friend," Neighborhood," "Girls Like You," and "Last Band Standing."
"This is no-holds-barred, in-your-face rock band that really plays to the crowd," Graves said.
Tsunamic, a five-piece band consisting of musicians from Brookings, Gold Beach and Crescent City, will open the night, playing a mix of old and new rock cover songs.
"We're really excited about this concert; we're going to put on a rock show that Brookings has never seen before," said Tsunamic's lead vocalist, Steve Racham.
A number of local businesses have donated prizes that will be awarded during the event. The prizes include a Cal-Ore $500 helicopter ride for three people, a $100 pizza party at Zola's Pizzeria, and a $75 gift card for Fred Meyer.
Other high-value raffle prizes include an "entertainment package" consisting of pairs of tickets to 2012 concerts presented by Friends of Music, DNACA, Pistol River Concert Association, and tickets to live theater shows by the Chetco Pelican Players and the Brookings-Harbor Community Theater.
Gift certificates for local restaurants, coffee shops and other businesses will also be raffled.
"We expect to sell out the Redwood Theater so buy your tickets now," Graves said.
Tickets are available at the Redwood Theater, Fred Meyer, Ray's Food Place, Shop Smart, the Curry Coastal Pilot, Chetco Music Co., and Earl E. Books.
Stagelights Musical Arts Community is a Brookings-based nonprofit that focuses on music education and outreach in the schools and community. For more information about Stagelights and events, visit its Facebook page or www.stagelights.us.