Roots, rock and reggae will provide the soundtrack for Juneau's New Year's Eve celebrations.
The Hangar on the Wharf will host Sister I-Live, a singer with a five-piece reggae band from California, at 10 p.m. New Year's Eve. A Seattle-based DJ will be featured at the Imperial Saloon and local bands will perform at other establishments around town.
"We wanted to do something different," said Dean Damitio, one of the owners of the Hangar. Sister I-Live will play Friday and Saturday nights in the Hangar Ballroom and New Year's Eve in the pub. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at door.
"We'll clear out all the tables in the pub for New Year's," Damitio said. "She's really high energy. It's a show, but we'll have room to dance for sure."
"There will be a lot of dancing," Sister I-Live said. "I don't sing standing still. It's hip hop reggae culture."
"Nobody sits when I sing," she added, laughing. "They get up and groove."
Sister I-Live grew up in western Jamaica. She moved to Oakland, Calif., in 1984 and has performed extensively in the area, opening concerts for major reggae acts such as Steel Pulse and Black Uhuru. She has toured nationally and internationally and said she still goes back and forth a lot to Jamaica.
She covers some Bob Marley but plays a lot of original music, she said. She has two albums out, "Creation," and "Jealousy."
"I'm working on a new album, 'Herb Woman,' and we'll have some from that, too," she said.
Dancing will be the highlight at the Imperial Saloon for New Year's Eve. DJ Baby Naven from Seattle will be spinning hip hop and dance music from 10:30 p.m. to closing New Year's Eve. There will be no cover charge.
The Juneau band Groove Cult will play rock, pop and top 40 for a New Year's Eve Party Monday Night at Marlintini's Lounge.
The Bobb Family Band, with guests Sean Tracy and Andy Ferguson, will play western swing, country and Americana for a New Year's Eve party at the Alaskan Bar.
Singer and guitarist Troy Hull will provide music on New Year's Eve at the Sandbar.
The Viking Lounge will have its annual New Year's Eve party with party favors and prizes.
For dancing in a smoke-and-alcohol-free environment, the Juneau contra dancers are hosting a New Year's Eve contra dance at 8 p.m. at the Juneau Dance Unlimited studio. Two bands will perform. Live music will be provided in the first half of the evening by hammer dulcimer player Mike Sakarias, with pianist Cecily Morris and guitarist Liz Saya. The band Ladies' Choice will play the second half of the evening. Charli Meacham will call the contra dances.
A half-hour of instruction will precede the dance and beginners are welcome. No partner is needed. The JDU studio is in the Scottish Rite Temple at the corner of Fourth and Seward streets.
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