Spend New Year's Eve at new extravaganza

Two of the largest promotion companies in the region announced plans to create a New Year’s Eve extravaganza in Duluth.

New Year’s by the Lake will be presented Dec. 31st at four venues: the Greysolon Ballroom, Moorish Room, Black Water Lounge and the Norshor Theater, all located in the same block of downtown Duluth.

“We’re excited to be part of a team doing this epic event for the region,” said Tracy Lundeen, president of Lundeen Productions and co-promoter of the event. He and Twin Ports Entertainment are working with the Black Woods Group and the Norshor. 

Lundeen said the event is long overdue and will give people who have been staying home since the massive St. Mary’s-DECC event was discontinued in 2008 a place where they can dress up and usher in the new year in style.

New Year’s by the Lake will begin with an elegant dinner in the Greysolon Ballroom with live music by the Maxi Childs Trio followed by a full blown production titled “The Legends of Las Vegas” starring Todd Eckart in the NorShor Theater. Then, Greysolon Ballroom will be converted into a dance hall featuring Whiskey Trail Band, a country/rock and roll act. In addition, Laura Velvet & the Bookhouse Boys will wow the audience in the Moorish Room with tunes from torch singers of the 1960s as well as dance hits of quintessential Motown girl groups, and the Black Water Lounge will feature DJ Cory Bonneville from Sounds Unlimited playing the greatest dance hits from the 50s to today.

There will be balloon drops, apps, a champagne toast and party favors at midnight in all three rooms as well as a photo booth. Specially priced room packages will be available at the Sheraton Hotel located across the avenue. All elements of New Years by the Lake are indoors and accessible via the Skywalk system.

Ticket packages will be available ranging from $25 to $109 per person. 

A portion of the proceeds from New Years by the Lake will benefit the non-profit Bluebird Foundation, which provides grants and scholarships to area high school age students in the performing arts.


DINNER & A SHOW GREYSOLON BALLROOM (West Wing Lounge is adjacent) 5:30PM-6PM Doors open with a Social Hour in the West Wing Lounge until 6PM. 6:15PM-7:45PM A four-course dinner will be served featuring a choice of two entrees. Live music will be provided by the Maxi Childs Trio during dinner. Guests will then be escorted to the NorShor Theater for the show. 

LEGENDS OF LAS VEGAS NORSHOR THEATER 8PM-9:30PM A live musical performance titled the LEGENDS OF LAS VEGASfeaturing Todd Eckart and his band along with other musical guests. The music of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and more will be highlighted! 

THE BALLROOM GALA GREYSOLON BALLROOM 9PM-12:15AM Featuring the high energy country & country rock sounds of the area’s hottest bands… The Whiskey Trail Band. This up and coming band has had the privilege of playing with such country music legends as Alabama, Justin Moore, Parmalee, Tyler Farr and many more. Pack your dancing shoes because this band is sure to keep you out on on the dance floor for hours. Late night appetizers will be provided as well as a Champagne Toast, Party Favors and a Balloon Drop at midnight. 

THE MOORISH PARTY MOORISH ROOM 9PM-12:30AM Featuring live music by Laura Velvet & The Bookhouse Boys. The group features a unique blend of fresh, young vocal talent and versatile, experienced musicians. The group wows audiences with sultry tunes from torch singers of the 1960s as well as danceable hits of Motown girl groups and modern acts. The night includes a a Champagne Toast, Party favors and Balloon Drop at midnight. 

THE CLUB PARTY BLACK WATER LOUNGE 9:30AM-1AM A live DJ will be playing all the hits of yesterday and today creating a nightclub scene you would come to expect in Miami’s South Beach or downtown Manhatten! A Champagne Toast at midnight.

More information and ticket ordering can be found on the events web site at: www.newyearsbythelake.com