Gayville Hall celebrates New Year’s Eve

Gayville Hall celebrates New Year's Eve
Gayville Hall presents "New Year's Eve at Gayville Hall: A Celebration of American Popular Song" at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, in Gayville.

The musical review stars the duo of John and Susan McNeill and a quartet of female vocalists � Nikki Abourezk, Erin Conlon and Sharon Gray, all of Vermillion, and Brenda George of Avon � accompanied by Marie Gray on piano and Bruce Gray on bass.

The musicians will perform classics of American popular song from George Gershwin. Cole Porter, Fats Waller and Hoagy Carmichael through Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. A dance floor will be available, and intermissions will be taken hourly. The show will continue to the new year.

Gayville Hall is "family-friendly and alcohol-and-smoke-free," according to proprietor Doug Sharples. "Patrons can stay for the whole concert through midnight," he said, "or they can leave at 10 p.m. after a complete-in-itself, two-hour concert and still have time to toast the new year elsewhere. Or they can come late to the concert at 10 p.m. for our New Year's Eve concert finale."

It will be singer Conlon's first appearance at Gayville Hall, but the other performers are familiar with the stage. The McNeills, of Springfield, play regularly, and John is the hall's emcee. He created the venue's tributes to Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, which the McNeills perform with Nick Schwebach and Owen DeJong. The McNeills will perform several of John's own original classics along with standards of the American repertoire.

Abourezk performed at Gayville Hall's second concert in 2001 and also starred in the hall's first blues concert. Marie and Sharon Gray helped break in the venue's baby grand piano earlier this year. George has become a crowd favorite at Gayville Hall shows during appearances with Poker Alice and the McNeills in Gayville and Okoboji, IA.

Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Admission is $15 at the door or $17.50 for a reserved seat. Call 605-267-2859.

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