Ring in the new year
Forest Grove and Hillsboro residents can ring in 2018 in style, courtesy of a few special events happening on New Year's Eve this year.
McMenamin's Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave., will be having a celebration featuring live music from two bands. Kris Deelane and The Hurt are known as Portland's old and new school soul extravaganza. They'll be playing some original tunes, as well as Motown and Atlantic soul hits from the '60s and '70s. Deelane has performed with or shared stages with national artists such as Brian Wilson, Joan Jett and more. The Hurt is ten players strong and features a number of Portland musicians including Ned Failing on drums, Steve Kerin on keys, Heidi Shuler on percussion and Mark Bowden on guitar.
Songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Josiah Payne and Belinda Underwood make up Bigfoot Mojo, the second band featured in the Grand Lodge's music line-up. They've captivated audiences with groove-based melodies and vocal harmonies. Heavily influenced by bluegrass and vintage swing, they use their diverse backgrounds to set a new standard for original music.
The event will run from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and is a ages 21 and up event. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 the day of the show, and can be purchased online at www.mcmenamins.com/grandlodge.
McMenamin's Cornelius Pass Roadhouse (4045 N.W. Cornelius Pass Road) will also feature live music during the same times. The Coastline is a Portland-based trio that perform music ranging from lounge rock to synth-driven electro pop. They'll be the sole band for the evening at that location, and their performance will be free to attend.
Topgolf, 5505 N.W. Huffman St. in Hillsboro, will be decking out everything in gold and celebrating with live entertainment, a chef-inspired menu and a midnight celebration to remember. There will be New Year's party favors and unlimited golf from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. More at www.topgolf.com/us/hillsboro.
For those looking to ring in the New Year a little earlier with a kid-friendly countdown at noon, the Hillsboro Shute Park Library, 775 S.E. Tenth Ave., will host a Noon Year's Eve Party starting at 11 a.m. There will be dancing, noisemakers, and an apple juice toast in the library's meeting room.
Pizzario, 337 E. Main St., Hillsboro, will also have an evening of rock, blues and country. Austin Randle will be performing from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Got Yer 6 will be playing from 9 p.m. to midnight, with a special toast happening at midnight.