Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And he just happened to make an early stop Downtown for the first-ever WDVE Holiday Party in Market Square this past Thursday night. Just for this momentous occasion, Jolly Old St. Nick traded in his traditional red and white garb for more appropriate Black and Gold threads to rock the night away with local music legends like head Houserocker Joe Grushecky and Donnie Iris, the coolest king of rock of all.
With morning show hosts Jim Krenn and Randy Baumann chilling at the mic as the evening's MCs, the crowd warmed up as the musicians made merry on stage with their special twists on classic holiday tunes. While we didn't spot Rudolph in the skies above, thousands of fans with rosy red noses and cheeks in the streets filled the Square with holiday spirit to spare.
Of course, many of the pre-holiday revelers sought a bit or warmth in the watering holes around the Square. But all through this tune-filled night, no one was ready to turn in for a long winter's nap. This is one party that rocked from start to finish.
Last Night's performers:
Gene The Werewolf
Good Brother Earl
Rick Witkowski & The DVE All-Star Band
If you missed the live show or this morning's broadcast, you can download the performances on WDVE's website. Just scroll down until you see the Christmas Party entries.
If you're wondering when the next big thing in the Square is going to happen, put a big circle around December 30. That's when hockey fans are invited to a huge noon pep rally to cheer on the Pens before they take on the Washington Caps during the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year's Day.