The city of Mobile is preparing for another epic “MoonPie Over Mobile” on New Year’s Eve. This annual celebration promises to be bigger and better than ever with a steady lineup of music and activities that should attract both locals and out-of-towners to the streets of downtown Mobile. The public should get ready for new numerous activities and musical acts that will help usher in 2015.
From 6 p.m. to midnight, the Resolution Wall will be open for all in attendance to post their yearly goals. At 7 p.m., a plethora of children’s activities will be featured in Bienville Square, and Sons of Funk will be helping to get the party started on the Riverview Plaza Hotel Courtyard Stage.
Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Sons of Funk reunited in early 2014. Since then, they have been spreading their smooth R&B across the nation. While the Sons of Funk jam, there will be a MoonPie Moonshine tasting at the Riverview Plaza Hotel Courtyard as well.
A couple of blocks over on the Bienville Square Stage, local country will reign supreme as Cary Laine and Holli Mosley take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Laine gained national fame with her run as a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice.” However, she still keeps her home close to her heart with regular performances in the area. Mosley has stayed busy in Alabama’s music capital Muscle Shoals, where she has been working at the legendary FAME recording studio. In recent months, as a country duo, the pair has been giving the city quite a few memorable performances, and their MoonPie Over Mobile set will be no different.
The focus of the evening’s festivities will shift back to the Riverview Plaza Hotel Courtyard at 8 p.m. The public will be invited to taste the giant MoonPie, which will be provided by Chattanooga Bakery. At 8:30 p.m., Mobile’s premiere marching brass ensemble the Excelsior Band will lead a huge second line from the Riverview to the Main Stage.
At 9 p.m., Evelyn “Champagne” King will bring the masses closer to 2015 on the Main Stage. The soulful R&B diva got her start in the glory days of disco and is best known for hits such as “Shame” and “I Don’t Know If It’s Right.” In addition, King will bring a 30-year repertoire of grooves to the streets of downtown.
The evening’s events will reach an apex at 11 p.m. with a performance from disco legends The Village People. Donning the costumes of blue-collar workers, The Village People exploded into the ‘70s disco scene with hits such as “Macho Man,” “In the Navy” and “Y.M.C.A.” Their fun, danceable style of music has allowed this group to transcend the generations and bring disco into the modern age for both young and old. The MoonPie will descend from the RSA Trustmark tower a minute before midnight and at the magic hour, the skyline will explode with an abundance of fireworks and a laser show.
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