Kingston New Year’s Eve celebrations

Fireworks over Kingston (Phyllis McCabe)

City celebration 

The city of Kingston’s celebration will be held at the corner of Wall St. and North Front St. in Uptown Kingston on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 11 p.m. Residents and visitors will be treated to an outdoor performance by local rockabilly band Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones. As the clock nears midnight, attendees will enjoy a rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” and count down the final moments of 2017. A decorative ball, created by local business Possibility Studios, will drop as the clock strikes midnight, accompanied by a fireworks display. Shuttles will be running through Uptown, Midtown and Downtown from 7 p.m.–1 a.m.

Caprice Rouge plays Kingston’s Stockade Tavern NYE show

The Stockade Tavern in Kingston proves that it is intent, more than physical capacity, that makes a venue a venue. On New Year’s Eve, the lively and fashionable bar on Fair Street in Kingston’s Stockade District features the Balkan and Gypsy dance music of longtime local legends Caprice Rouge. With fiddles, accordions, clarinet, various world string instruments and percussion, Caprice Rouge turns the odd time signatures and exotic tonalities of Eastern folk music into a very danceable kind of fun.
Deejay Ryan Lion and Keith Boogie will keep the party going until the wee hours of 2018. The cover charge is $5. The Stockade Tavern is located at 313 Fair Street in Kingston.

Marco Benevento at BSP

Keyboard ace, songwriter/composer and psychedelic electro-cabaret ringleader Marco Benevento has been tapped to headline the coveted New Year’s Eve show at BSP in Kingston. The longtime local made his name as an especially fine player on the New York jam and skronky fusion scene, but in his solo work a distinctly different personality emerges: that of an eccentric party master and groovescaper who is not above a simple song or a heartfelt sentiment.


Rubblebucket shares the bill, making this show a dancer’s delight. It all goes down on Sunday, December 31 starting at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $40. For more information, visit BSP is located at 323 Wall Street in Kingston.


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