Wyandotte Rockin ‘NYE returns with national acts, new downtown location – The News Herald
After a year-long hiatus, a big New Years celebration returns to Wyandotte with national acts, two stages, and a new downtown location.
Everclear’s Art Alexakis will headline the Wyandotte Rockin ‘NYE Festival, presented by Community Choice Credit Union. He will share the stage with Sponge, Eva Under Fire, Sarah Sherrard and The Sugar Ham Band, and Category 5.
The festival leaves Biddle Avenue at the corner of First and Elm Street to create a “place of celebration”. The new area will feature a huge heated tent, twice the size of the one used in previous years, for an indoor concert.
But you’ll also find an outdoor stage with two ball drops, games, fire pits, food trucks and more.
The main attraction of the event is a one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve ball, with LED lights that change color and chase. The evening ends with a Times Square-style ball drop at 8 p.m. for families, then again for adults at the stroke of midnight.
Community Choice Credit Union hosts free activities for children from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in a heated tent, separate from the concert tent. Activities include face painting, crafts, a photo booth, and games.
All outdoor areas are free to enter from 6:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and all ages are welcome outside.
Event planners are delighted to present Alexakis at this holiday festival.
He is best known as the singer-guitarist and sole songwriter behind the iconic alternative rock band Everclear. Alexakis has enjoyed a long career spanning 11 studio releases, numerous videos, thousands of shows, and with iconic hits such as “Father of Mine”, “Wonderful”, “Santa Monica”, “Everything to Everyone” and ” I Will Buy You A New Life. “
Sponge will also join them on stage. Sponge frontman Vin Dombroski and Alexakis are no strangers to each other, as Sponge toured with Everclear on the Summerland tour in 2013 and 2016.
Sponge gained great notoriety with his debut album Rotting Piñata. Their hits are still played on mainstream rock stations across the country including “Plowed”, “Molly” (16 Candles Down the Drain), “Wax Ecstatic” and “Have You Seen Mary”.
Eva Under Fire professes that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for this rock band. Comprised of a group of inspiring musicians and talented performers, all from the Downstream region, fans say they have earned their reputation as the most exciting emerging rock group. They’re coming home for New Years Eve after touring this summer and fall with other well-known rockers Buckcherry, Theory of a Deadman, Skillet and 10-Year-Old.
Tickets are required for the heated concert tent and you must be 21 or over to attend the indoor concert.
Event planners also offer the option of enjoying an intimate and acoustic dinner with Art Alexakis or Sponge at Whiskeys on the Water, 2903 Biddle Ave.
There are two seats: Art Alexakis from Everclear – seating from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dinner will be served between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. All guests must vacate the event upstairs by 8 p.m. for the next seating position.
The second seat is for an intimate and acoustic dinner with a sponge – from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Dinner will be served between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
VIP ticket holders will receive a buffet dinner at Whiskeys on the Water, a garden salad, a spring salmon and chicken appetizer, four sides and a drink.
Pre-show acoustic performance sessions take place at Whiskeys on the Water. Tickets do not include entry to the concert tent. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and present proper identification upon check-in.
Tickets must be purchased in advance at wwwRockinNYE.com.
Wyandotte Rockin ‘NYE is a relatively new, but popular event. In the few years that it has existed, it has been a big hit with New Year’s revelers.
Sponge frontman Dombroski is a Detroit native who visited Wyandotte in the fall of 2016 and saw the potential to host an annual New Years Eve event in the city.
He partnered up with 360 Event Productions and together they approached the town of Wyandotte to host a large-scale New Years Eve event on Biddle Avenue. City leaders including the late Mayor Joseph Peterson and the Wyandotte Downtown Development Authority strongly supported the idea, which then came to fruition.
The first year of the event drew more than 10,000 people who gathered in the streets to celebrate.
Sponge is actively performing nationwide and on the road, Dombroski reaches out to fellow rockers and invites them to perform at Rockin ‘NYE. Previous guests included Wally Palmer of The Romantics, Brett Scallions of Fuel and now Art Alexakis of Everclear, which will ring in 2022 in downtown Wyandotte.
In addition to Community Choice Credit Union, other sponsors are Downtown Wyandotte, Jim Beam, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Miller Lite, Hetzel Hosting, Faygo, Wyandotte Cable and 360 Event Productions.