Cherry Poppin’ Daddies replace Smash Mouth at Town Center’s New Year’s Eve party

The New Year’s Eve party at Town Center has a new headliner, the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, after the rock band Smash Mouth had to back out.

Smash Mouth, known for their hits “All Star,” “Walkin’ on the Sun” and “I’m a Believer,” had to cancel because lead singer Steve Harwell needed unexpected treatment for a heart issue, according to a Beach Street USA release. He is expected to make a full recovery but will be taking a few weeks off from performing, the release said.

The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, from Eugene, Ore., is a neo-swing band with music styles that include ska and rock. The band is in the process of releasing a trilogy of cover albums.

They will headline Town Center’s third annual “Last Night on the Town,” which begins at 2 p.m. Dec. 31 with kid-friendly entertainment at Pembroke Mall. Stilt walkers, a cirque mime troupe, animated characters and puppet storytellers will be on hand.

End 2015 and ring in 2016 in Town Center in Virginia Beach. (Courtesy of Beach Street USA)
End 2015 and ring in 2016 in Town Center in Virginia Beach. (Courtesy of Beach Street USA)

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the events will shift to Town Center. B.J. Griffin & the Galaxy Groove will have the Fountain Plaza Stage from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Countdown Square Stage will have Snackbar Jones from 8 p.m. to  9 p.m., Anthony Rosano & the Conqueroos from 9:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies from 10:30 p.m. until just a few minutes before midnight.

Food and drinks will be sold around Countdown Square. The Virginia Beach ball will drop at midnight, followed by fireworks and a laser light show.

Those who are 21 and over can purchase $100 VIP tickets that provide hors d’oeuvers, two drink tickets, access to a cash bar, a heated tent, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight and the closest spots for the ball drop. They will be sold until Dec. 29 or until they sell out.

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