Finally, a holiday that involves staying home and watching something on a screen is normal, even during non-pandemic times. If watching the Ball Drop is your usual tradition, you can enjoy it again this year, but if watching the year flip from the comfort of your home is a new experience for you, here are a few virtual events that will jazz it up.
Yacht Rockers The Docksiders with special guests BoDeans, Shonn Hinton & Shotgun, B-Free and Quinten Farr will perform a virtual concert from Turner Hall on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. Proceeds will got toward National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and Imagine MKE’s Holiday Artist Relief Fund. The cost is $15. Get tickets here.
The Avett Brothers New Year’s Eve show is going virtual this year for the first time in 17 years. The special event, which starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, will feature the first full band performance since February, with appearances by special guests including Dax Shepard (as master of ceremonies), Willie Nelson, Brandi Carlile, Ben Bridwell, Taylor Goldsmith, Mickey Raphael and more. The evening will conclude with a countdown to 2021 with Scott and Seth Avett. The cost is $39.99-$49.99 and can be watched 48 hours into the New Year. Buy it here.
Hosted by Arts@Large, this free virtual concert starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31. The event includes performances by Complex Machine, Dropbear Collective, The Hatchets and Ellie Jackson. Go here for more info.
This virtual variety show, hosted by Wade Fernandez of the Menominee Nation, will feature singers, dancers, yoga, storytellers, teachings, how to make hoyan donuts and spin-the-wheel event with prizes all night long. The event is on Facebook Live and it's free. Find out more here.
The private game includes up to 20 “head spaces” (households) and features an exciting game of trivia including general knowledge, pop culture and book learning. Throughout the game, your live Head Master will include challenges that will get the group moving and laughing. New Year’s Eve Family-Friendly games are available at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and the Midnight Edition game starts at 10 p.m. More info here.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.