Saturday, March 18, 2017

Shep Gordon's New Year's Eve Extravaganza on Maui 2016 - 2017

Dave Mason and me
Me and Shep Gordon
There are many things to do on New Year's Eve here on Maui!  You can enjoy a simple celebration on a public beach and watch spectacular fireworks at the stroke of midnight launched from a barge out on the ocean in Wailea and also Lahaina.  Sometimes the best things in life are free.  Plus we have great weather year round that help make our celebrations enjoyable and comfortable.  We are spoiled!

Most of the restaurants, bars, and hotels offer tickets for their private parties if you want a more intimate, upscale event that includes dinner, dancing, and kick off at midnight.
My video shorts of the fun event.  You will see some great actors and singers 
not picutred in this blog.  Many surprise celebrities.

me and Alto Reed
me and Diana Krall
This year December 31, 2016 I celebrated by attending Shep Gordon's New Year's Eve extravaganza!  What a blast.  My bucket list item fulfilled.  It was pricey but well worth it for the entertainment.  They served light pupus at 7:30pm and I do mean light, so be sure you have dinner before you arrive. The bar served drinks all night long.  The ticket price increased for this 2016/2017 event,  compared to Shep's previous parties.  My ticket was well over $600.  I'm not sure how many people attended.  Perhaps it was a couple hundred or so.  I liked that it was not overcrowded.  It was the perfect amount of visitors.  Plenty of space to move and dance.  I met some really interesting people who tell me that they make this their annual celebration.

Who is this man? Does anyone know?
Steven Tyler
If you do not know who Shep Gordon is check-out a documentary of his fascinating life "Supermensch" produced and directed by Mike Myers.  It is funny.

Many of the famous performers are local Maui residents. The event is a fundraiser for the Maui Food Bank and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.  I like to know that the price of the ticket helps our Maui community.

Fergie and Lynda Carter
Alice Cooper and Damon Johnson
I had so much fun. It is one of the best events I have experienced here on Maui.  The celebrities sometimes sit in the audience to see the other entertainers perform.  I was able to meet a few during the show and after.

Me and "Weird" Al Yankovic
About 11:30pm we left the ballroom of the hotel and headed to the rooftop of the Marriott hotel to experience the firework show over the ocean.  It was beautiful from above and I have seen it below in past years on the beach walk.

I created a short video of the event....Since I was dancing  and filming I decided to use a tool in YouTube that stablizes the video it worked!  However, the words I typed in are moving around.  It took forever to upload to YouTube so I don't plan on fixing that minor issue.  I hope you will enjoy the video and get a feel for the fun!  Plus there are other stars and performers who are not pictured here.  Some really incredible talent!

You never know who Alice Cooper's friends will be on stage with him.  They keep it a surprise and mystery until the last minute!

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