Find your groove for the new year

From Exeter to Visalia and from old school to new, local New Year’s Eve parties have got something for everyone

The Sun-Gazette

VISALIA – 2019 may be coming to an end, but the party will be just getting started when the clock strikes midnight. From Visalia to Exeter, there are a variety of New Year’s Eve events that will get your hands clapping and toes tapping to the sounds of Latin beats, old school repeats and cover band treats.  

New Year’s Eve festivities will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building with live music from Bazmati. The locally based band offers vibrant dance beats and an energetic live show that fuses together the nostalgic zeal of swing-revival with hip-shaking classic favorites from multiple dance genres including funk, cumbias, and old school. The band’s versatile swing-and funk-inspired sounds are powered by the talents of long-experienced and recognized musicians that know how to ignite any dance floor. Bazmati’s beats are driven by Mario Anaya (drums), Ray Ramirez (trumpet, congas); complemented by Chris Casarez (lead guitar), Robert Casarez (bass guitar), Joel Costa (keyboards, trumpet), Richard Vasquez (trombone, auxiliary), Joseph Vasquez (saxophone, sound); and framed with vocals by Miranda Crisanto (lead) and Tencha Casarez (backup).

Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. The Visalia Veterans Memorial Building is located at 609 W. Center Ave. in Visalia. For more information, search for Bazmati at  

Visalia Wyndham 

Want to take the elevator home instead of an Uber? Get a room at the Visalia Wyndham and party the night away. The hotel is partnering with Bliss Events Group for the ultimate New Year’s Eve experience with DJ, photo booth, dancing, champagne toast, countdown and confetti blast. Providing live music will be The Band August. For 45 years, the band August has been performing at community events, festivals and nighttime gigs up and down the state. The 11-piece band first formed in 1974 and has been going strong ever since.

The upbeat, uptempo band plays a variety of Latin music, including the popular cumbia. Cumbia is a folkloric-style rhythm and dance that originated in Colombia. It began as a courtship dance practiced among the indigenous population on the country’s Caribbean coasts in the 1800s. It later mixed with Afro-cuban beats and European instruments, steps, and musical characteristics. Originally it was a working-class populist music dismissed by elitists, as the music eventually permeated every sector of society. By the 1940s, cumbia began spreading internationally, partially due to its multicultural appeal.

Cumbia is derived from the maracas and whistles of indigenous people, lyrics based on Spanish poetics after the conquest of Latin America and drums of African origin.

The event begins at 9 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. Tickets range from $50 for general admission to $75 for VIP. This event is expected to sell out. For more information, call 559-651-5000 or search for New Year’s Eve Party by Visalia Wyndham on 

Exeter Woman’s Club

If you are looking for a more traditional New Year’s Eve party you can take your pick between Visalia an Exeter. 

The Exeter Woman’s Club will kick off its New Year’s Eve Celebration at 8 p.m. at its clubhouse, located at 201 N. Kaweah Ave. in Exeter. In addition to dancing, hors d’oeuvres, no host bar and champagne toast at midnight, the fun-filled affair will feature the Valley’s premiere party band Run4Cover. The Visalia-based band has been entertaining for events in Central California and beyond for over 20 years. The fabulous dance band has appeared on the concert stage as the opener for Chicago, James Brown, Huey Lewis & the News, The Temptations, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Elvin Bishop, and the Doobie Brothers. The band features five vocalists who each contribute their own distinctive styles to the band’s repertoire of more than 350 songs ready to go. The band also offers a three-piece horn section and an amazingly tight rhythm section that throws the band into high-gear.

Tickets are $50 per person at available for cash or check purchase at the Exeter Chamber of Commerce located at 101 W. Pine St., Exeter CA  93221. For more information call (559) 909-4135 or find them on Facebook.

Lamp Liter Nights 

If you’re looking to kick it old school, the Lamp Liter Inn has got you covered. 

Lamp Liter Nights and DJ Sparkki Markki invite you all to ring in the New Year with a musical journey through your favorite throwbacks. Bar doors open at 9 p.m. There are a limited number of tables of 8-10 that can be reserved. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 559-553-5100 or 559-280-5011. 

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