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.
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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