New location, headliners announced for Grand Rapids New Year’s Eve Party

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The 8th annual Hot New Year’s Eve Party is moving from Calder Plaza to the intersection of Grandville Avenue and Cherry, the organization announced in a release.

The venue change comes after a lower than expected turnout at last year’s Calder Plaza celebration.   Organizers told FOX 17 that between 12,000 and 15,000 people attended that event, well below their goal of between 30,000 and 40,000.

This year a slew of performers will take the stage at Grandville/Cherry before the ball drops.    The performers include GR Big Talent winner Ja’leeyna Dooley and Tryon.   Five Knives, Kevin Rudolf and Carolina Liar will also perform, according to a release.

HOT-FM is also allowing someone to propose on stage at the event, with a free engagement ring provided by Paul Medewar Fine Jewelry.  If you’re considering proposing this New Year’s Eve, you can visit their website to register to win.

The party kicks off at 7 p.m. Dec. 31.


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  • Brenda

    If you haven’t heard Ja’leeyna Dooley sing, you should make a point of doing so while you can still do it cheaply and without waiting in line. She will knock your socks off! Hard to believe she is still just a high school kid. Seriously though, 5 years from now she will be playing places like the Van Andel Arena. She is THAT good.

  • Patrick

    Just make up your mind GR and stop changing locations. I wonder if Founders had anything to do with it. Anything for Founders to make a buck and put up a beer tent. This event seems to be getting very amature!

    • alittlemoresense

      Commonsense is it? Sounds like you have the inside plug to recognized talent? Please share . The patrons of this yearly event will be open to your connections.