News Release - Tuesday, November 2, 2017
American Idol Star Kris Allen to Headline Hershey New Year’s Eve
[HERSHEY, PA – November 1, 2017] – Organizers for the 13th annual Hershey New Year’s Eve announced today that singer, songwriter and guitarist Kris Allen will take the main stage for Hershey New Year’s Eve. The American Idol season 8 winner’s accolades include a 2009 platinum-selling single “Live Like We’re Dying” and four full-length albums, including 2016’s Letting you In.
Allen’s remarkable story is one of resilience. On New Year’s Day in 2013, Allen and his then-pregnant wife Katy were in a head-on collision that left the singer, songwriter with a career-threatening shattered wrist. In the two years that followed, Allen underwent multiple surgeries and re-learned how to play guitar and ultimately immersed himself in songwriting – resulting in Allen’s fourth full-length album, Letting You In, released in 2014.
The Kentucky native brings an upbeat vibe to the main stage, delivering a set list that is fun for the whole family. Allen’s performance will culminate with the raising of the giant seven-foot tall, 80 inches wide and approximately 300-pound Hershey’s Kiss replica followed by a fireworks display at midnight.
Opening for Kris Allen on New Year’s Eve is Central Pennsylvania’s own Pentagon Band, a six-piece show band that plays rock ‘n’ roll and R&B. The band plays music across all decades, showcasing music from Wilson Picket, Smash Mouth, Buddy Holly, U2 and more.
Hershey New Year's Eve is a family-friendly event planned by staff and community volunteers that has become one of the premier New Year's Eve events in the Mid-Atlantic area. The event will be held at the square in the heart of downtown Hershey and is free to the public.
More details about the event including show times, kids activities, vendors, road closures, etc. will be announced in the coming weeks. Please visit www.hersheynewyears.org or www.facebook.com/HersheyNewYears.
News Release - Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Chart-Topping Singer/Songwriter Jacob Whitesides to
Headline 12th Annual Hershey New Year’s Eve
All Jacked Up to Take the Main Stage as Opening Band
(HERSHEY) – Organizers of Hershey New Year’s Eve, Central Pennsylvania’s premier family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, announced today that All Jacked Up and Jacob Whitesides will take the spotlight at this year’s event.
Organizers recently announced that Jacob Whitesides will headline this year’s event. Whitesides recently released his debut album Why? and is the only artist to be chosen as MTV's "Artist to Watch," Radio Disney's "Next Big Thing," Pandora's "Artist to Watch," and Spotify's "Artist to Watch" for 2016, all concurrently.
On the corner of Chocolate Ave. and Cocoa Ave., All Jacked Up will take the stage at 9:00 PM. All Jacked Up is a Central Pennsylvania rock and roll cover band, performing songs from Katy Perry to the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi to Journey. No stranger to the New Year’s Eve celebration, this is the fourth year All Jacked Up will be taking the stage. Jacob Whitesides will take the main stage at 10:30 PM and play through the New Year’s Eve countdown and Hershey’s Kiss raise at midnight.
Hershey New Year’s Eve offers fun for the entire family, beginning this year at 11:00 AM at The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue. Celebrate the New Year throughout the day at The Hershey Story! Kids can make some noise with the Hershey product characters and "bubble-wrap stomps" at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. Activities take place on the patio (weather permitting). Bubble-wrap stomps are free. Before the main stage lights up, Jim Rule will perform kids programming on the Hershey Story’s front patio from 8:00 – 9:30PM. He will be joined by the Hershey’s candy characters at 9:00 PM and will conclude his program with a bubble wrap stomp.
The First United Methodist Church of Hershey, located at 64 West Chocolate Ave., will be hosting a free concert by STEVEN COURTNEY at 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM. There will be outdoor kids games from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM and hot beverages and cookies in the church social hall until 10:00 PM. All are welcome.
The New Year’s Eve celebration, planned and staffed by community volunteers, will be held at the square in the heart of downtown Hershey and is free to the public. The evening will culminate with the raising of the giant Hershey’s Kiss replica followed by a fireworks display at midnight. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available by various vendors throughout the evening.
Traffic patterns in downtown Hershey will be impacted on New Year’s Eve day, with Park Ave. closing between Chocolate Ave. and Derry Rd. at 10:00 AM. Chocolate Ave. will close from Linden Rd. to Homestead Rd. at 8:00 PM.
Additional details will be shared in the coming weeks through the event’s media sponsors, The Sun News and WINK 104. Updates will also be available throughout the coming month on the event’s web site, HersheyNewYears.org, Facebook under “Hershey New Year’s Eve,” and Twitter.
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News Release - Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Jacob Whitesides to Take The Main Stage
for Hershey New Year’s Eve
[HERSHEY, PA – November 14, 2016] – Organizers for the 12th annual Hershey New Year’s Eve announced today that chart-topping singer/songwriter Jacob Whitesides will be the headliner for this year’s celebration. Whitesides’s recently released debut album, Why?, showcases the soulful singing and songwriting of an 18-year old whose independent approach has captured the attention of critics and industry tastemakers as well as connecting with millions of fans around the world.
Why? is the follow-up to Whitesides two chart-topping EPs A Piece of Me and Faces On Film (both which stood for days at #1 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart in 2015). A Piece of Me produced the unintentional hit "Not My Type At All." The track became the No. 1 most requested on Radio Disney and received heavy rotation on Sirius XM's "Coffee House" alongside such heavyweights as Coldplay, Paul Simon, and Ray LaMontagne. Additionally, Jacob entered his debut album campaign as the only artist to be chosen as MTV's "Artist to Watch," Radio Disney's "Next Big Thing," Pandora's "Artist to Watch," and Spotify's "Artist to Watch" for 2016, all concurrently.
Also taking the stage for this year’s celebration is All Jacked Up, a Central Pennsylvania rock and roll cover band. All Jacked Up, a favorite opening band for Hershey New Year’s Eve in years past, is known for performing songs from Katy Perry to the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi to Journey.
The Hershey New Year’s Eve celebration will feature activities for the entire family at various downtown locations. Kids can make some noise at The Hershey Story with the Hershey’s product characters and “bubble-wrap stomps” throughout the day. First United Methodist Church will offer kids games and refreshments.
Hershey New Year's Eve is a family-friendly event planned by staff and community volunteers that has become one of the premier New Year's Eve events in the Mid-Atlantic area. Last year, the event was covered live during “Anderson Cooper’s CNN New Year’s Eve” countdown show. The event will be held at the square in the heart of downtown Hershey and is free to the public.
The evening will culminate with the raising of the giant seven-foot tall, 80 inches wide and approximately 300-pound Hershey’s Kiss replica followed by a fireworks display at midnight. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available by various vendors throughout the evening.
Additional details will be shared in the coming weeks at www.hersheynewyears.org or on Facebook under “Hershey New Year’s Eve.”
ABOUT JACOB WHITESIDES
Jacob Whitesides has built an artist identity and brand as his own singer/songwriter and thought leader, alongside his ever-growing worldwide fan base. From being his own CEO (Double U Records, partnered with BMG) to creating unique fan interactions, live experiences & contests - Jacob, at 18, is challenging the music business as we know it.
Jacob and his younger sister were raised in humble upbringings by his strong, selfless mother in the smoky mountains outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. After learning guitar at a young age and honing his vocal skills, Jacob started winning over fans with cover videos and, soon after, his original songs. Jacob's undeniable talent, entrepreneurial skills, along with a genuinely devoted dialogue with his zealous fan base (aka Whitesiders), have led him to unprecedented independent success, including writing and recording two chart-topping EPs. Jacob's impressive social media numbers are not solely from one platform, but all of them and they continue to grow organically around the globe (2 million Twitter followers, 1.6 million Facebook likes, 1.3 million Instagram followers, 888K Vine followers, and 366K YouTube subscribers with over 15 million views). His international fan base spans beyond North America to everywhere from the Philippines to Portugal, Scandinavia to South America, UK to Lebanon, Europe to Australasia, and more. Jacob's first ever European tour (Copenhagen, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Cologne, Paris, Antwerp, and London) sold out all dates, with London and Paris declared SOLD OUT in only 8 minutes.
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