The past few years have put Loudoun on the map as a destination for some of the DMV’s best music. And great tunes appear to be the theme this New Year’s Eve, with some stellar regional acts gracing local stages Saturday night. Here are a few of Loudoun Now’s picks for a rocking send-off to 2016:
Patrick Green and The Blues Buckets at Smokehouse Live
If dancing the night away is high on your agenda, check out Smokehouse Live’s New Year’s Eve show for a high energy evening of blues/funk/rock from up-and-comers Patrick Green and the Blues Buckets.
“The prime directive of our band is to make sure the butts don’t stop wiggling,” Green said. “We love people dancing, we love people singing with us. We’re a straight up fun, old school, rock and roll/ soul band. That’s the only way to really describe it.”
Green, the band’s 28-year-old front man got the blues bug from listening to greats like B.B. King, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Albert King, Muddy Waters and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Green’s father, Henley “Doc” Smythe, was another key influence and a member of the band until his death from cancer earlier this year.
The Fredericksburg-based group includes new bass player Paul Frields and drummer Keith Dietrich, whose hard rock influences give the band old-school rock flair. The Buckets have become a Smokehouse regular, and over the summer started making plans with the venue’s management for this New Year’s Eve performance.
Fans can expect covers but also plenty of originals: the Buckets’ album “Out Too Late” was released this summer, and the LoCo music crowd’s openness to original music makes this a favorite with Green and his band mates.
“Smokehouse is probably one of our favorite venues to play. Leesburg is such an amazing town and the people in Leesburg are so receptive to new music,” Green said. “If you want an eclectic, fun, funky different new year’s party, this is the one to come to.
Smokehouse Live’s New Year Eve show with Patrick Green and The Blues Buckets happens from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Smokehouse Live, 1602 Village Market Blvd., Leesburg. Tickets are $20 and include a midnight toast and breakfast buffet. Go to smokehouse-live.com for more information.
Pat McGee Band at Tally Ho Theatre
Pat McGee is well known for his annual New Year’s Eve shows around the region. This year, Leesburg’s Tally Ho Theatre snagged the party favorite for the venue’s inaugural New Year’s Eve show.
“Pat McGee is a local rock star who has sold out numerous New Year’s Eve events so we’re very excited to have him,” said manager Jack Devine. “It is special since it is our first ever New Year’s Eve show.”
McGee, whose influences include ’70s greats like Jackson Browne and James Taylor, was a phenom on the ’90s college music scene and maintains a loyal following in the D.C. area. Saturday’s show includes fans’ favorite McGee originals, along with a great list of covers he busts out just for New Year’s Eve.
The evening features a ball drop and drink specials, and Devine said organizers are going for a high-class vibe—so dressing up is encouraged but black tie is optional.
Pat McGee’s New Year’s Bash takes place at 8 p.m. at Leesburg’s Tally Ho Theatre, 19 W. Market St. in Leesburg. Tickets are $59 in advance, $70 at the door. Go to tallyholeesburg.com for tickets and information.
Shane Gamble at Parallel Wine Bistro
For an upscale New Year’s celebration guaranteed to satisfy foodies and music lovers alike, check out Shane Gamble’s NYE show at Parallel Wine Bistro in Broadlands.
The private concert in a heated tent is intended for just 100 guests to allow an intimate evening with this rising pop country star and includes the tasty chef-prepared cuisine, wine, beer and cocktails on which Parallel has built its local reputation.
A Maryland native, Gamble is becoming a regular on the LoCo music scene while building a national following thanks to airtime on Sirius XM’s country channel–where his 2013 single “Turn My Way” was a Top 10 hit. Gamble’s latest album “American Heart” was released last May.
“Shane has been playing Parallel since our first day open and we’ve followed his progression along the way. His local and now national following has become phenomenal,” said owner Jason Bursey. “For NYE this year, we really wanted to feature our party around a specific musical band and approach in more of a concert style inclusive of food and drinks. Call it a private concert for 100 guests.”
Parallel Wine Bistro’s New Year’s Eve show with Shane Gamble takes place from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at 43135 Broadlands Center Plaza in Broadlands. Tickets are $150 for the show, with food, wine, beer and select cocktails included. For foodies looking to extend the evening, Parallel offers a pre-show five-course “Who’s Who Of Wine” dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $120. Go to parallelwinebistro.com for details.