CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Joyous holiday tunes echoed throughout City Hall Monday morning, as Mayor Danny Jones and Community Music Association organizer Alice Anne Robertson announced the 19th annual GoodNight, the citywide New Year's Eve celebration.
"It's the best reason to bring in the new year in Charleston," Jones said during the news conference.
The event will showcase "the best of the best" musicians from around the region, Robertson said. Twenty-five acts -- four of which are new -- will be performing at 11 venues throughout the city.
While this year's celebration boasts many venues and performers, this wasn't always the case. GoodNight's first year was hosted at only six Charleston venues.
"I was told people had to just beg and plead for six venues," Robertson said.
New faces to the schedule are folk group Bill McCoy and Friends, organist Ralph Mills, singer-songwriter Roger Rabbalais and gospel singer Rose Fisher. Old favorites will return to the capital city tradition as well. Robertson said quintet The O'Dougherty Family Singers has performed at GoodNight since its inception.
Ten of the venues will open at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and have performances every hour on the hour until 10 p.m. Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral will start its performances at 7 p.m. following an evening Mass.
GoodNight patrons can park for free after 6 p.m. in the Shanklin parking garage, next to City Hall on Virginia Street East. City trolleys will make stops at each venue throughout the night. Trolley rides are free, as is entry into each venue.
GoodNight is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event. For information, call 304-744-1400.
The GoodNight schedule of venues and performers is:
Baptist Temple Fellowship Hall, 209 Morris St.:
6 and 8 p.m.: Presby Pickers (Appalachian/old-time gospel)
7 and 9 p.m.: Appalachian Celtic Consort (music of the British Isles)
WVSU Capitol Center Theatre, 123 Summers St.:
6 p.m.: Gospel Brass Band (variety of music with gospel theme)
7 p.m.: B-Ties Dixieland Band (Dixieland favorites)
8 p.m.: Charleston Metro Band (country hits and TV commercial favorites)
9 p.m.: Mountain State Brass Quartet (traditional brass band)
Civic Center Little Theater, Quarrier St. and Civic Center Drive:
6 and 8 p.m.: River City Youth Ballet Ensemble
7 and 9 p.m.: Craig Hinchman Trio (pops, sacred and holiday music)
Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St.:
6 and 8 p.m.: womanSong (seasonal favorites, folk and pop)