New Year’s Eve Salem offers music, magic

SALEM – The magic of New Year’s Eve Salem begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday with the Tom Phoolery Magic Show kicking off the festivities at the Salem Memorial Building venue at 785 E. State St.

Just across the way at the Salem Masonic Temple at 788 E. State St., the steel drum and keyboard sound of Sugartree Alley will pick up the beat at the rock & roll and bluegrass venue.

At the same time, just up the street, at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, at 870 E. State St., old time gospel entertainers Rich and Kathy Small will take to the stage.

Area residents looking for some good entertainment won’t have far to go and will have their choice of music, depending on what they’re wanting to hear, whether it’s bluegrass, rock & roll, folk music or gospel. If it’s kid-oriented or accoustic folk tunes they want to hear, there’s a place for that, too.

With the three main venues so close together, New Year’s Eve revelers can park once and walk to everything. Even the Sugartree Alley Train Depot, open from 6 to 10 p.m., and the Salem Historical Society display of New Year’s Around the Nations on Lundy Avenue, open from 4 to 8 p.m., aren’t that far away.

According to Randy Strader, a member of the New Year’s Eve Salem Committee and an entertainer with The Tribute Band, all the acts have been part of New Year’s Eve Salem before with the exception of singer John Volio. Volio, a lifelong Salem resident, will join the Memorial Building venue with more than 40 years of singing experience, including as a performer with the original Sing Out Salem cast.

This is the 10th year for New Year’s Eve Salem, giving residents a clean, non-alcoholic way to celebrate the end of the current year and to usher in the new year, all at the same time.

Tickets for the venues will be sold at the door, but can be purchased ahead of time at all Salem area banks, Salem Giant Eagle, the Salem Community Center and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. The price is $8 per person, with children 10 and under free. The tickets are good for all the venues.

The entertainment schedule, according to the website at, includes:

– Masonic Temple: 6 p.m., Sugartree Alley band; 7 p.m., Stormn Normn, followed by World War II veteran Robert Zelenak; 7:30 p.m., Abbey Road beatles band; 9 p.m., Stockdale Family Band; 10:40, Tribute Band; midnight finale, everybody. Stormn Normn will fill in between bands throughout the night.

– Episcopal Church: 6 p.m., Rich and Kathy Small; 7:10 p.m., Ted Thorne; 8:20 p.m., God’s Quad; 9:30 p.m., The Hired Hands; and 10:40 p.m., Loving God Quartet.

– Memorial Building: 6 p.m., Tom Phoolery Magic Show; 6:50 p.m., DJ Jay Whitman with children’s music; 7:40 p.m., Tom Phoolery Magic Show; 8:40 p.m., Dulci-More; 9:40 p.m., John Volio; 10:40 p.m., Bill Schilling and Leanna Dugan.

For bios of all the entertainment, check the website under entertainers.