The Jagged Stones, a Rolling Stones tribute band, will delight an audience at the Strand Theatre to classics like “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Satisfaction,” “Start Me Up” and “Brown Sugar.”
Chuck Polasky, who has been the technical director for the Strand since January 2010, said The Jagged Stones has played on the Square a few times, including last year for New Year’s Eve.
Lead singer Stephen Skipper looks, acts and sounds like Mick Jagger, Polasky said. The act also includes backup singers and a horn section.
“They are just a fun band to come out and see if you are a Stones fan,” Polasky said.
The Big Chicken Beatles Band, which formed in 2008 by British musician Alan Vaughan, will open for Jagged Stones at 9 p.m.
Polasky said The Big Chicken Beatles Band do not dress like or look like The Beatles, but the local band plays “really well.”
More than 400 tickets, out of the available 510 seats, have been sold for the New Year’s Eve event. Call (770) 293-0080 to reserve a $40 ticket.
Compared to other venues, Polasky said the Strand will not be too crowded or smoky.
“In my mind, the Strand is a comfortable place to be (New Year’s Eve) if you are not at a private party,” Polasky said.
The Square at New Year’s
Polasky said besides a big rock concert, the Square also offers great food and drinks. The whole experience draws residents out of their homes on New Year’s Eve, he said.
“I am not a New Year’s guy myself … but music performed well, and to be with like-minded people, that is good for any night,” Polasky said.
Dave Reardon, owner of Shillings on the Square on the corner of Church Street and North Park Square, said the Square still has all of the Christmas decorations out.
“It is so festive,” Reardon said.
Reardon said many of the people going to the Jagged Stones show will be eating at Shillings beforehand.
For over 35 years, Reardon has owned Shillings, which is always open New Year’s Eve.
This year, the downstairs portion of the restaurant will serve the usual dinner menu and upstairs will have the regular fine-dining menu from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Then, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Shillings will host a party upstairs with live music as well as a steak and lobster dinner with a champagne toast.
There are still seats available for $55. Call (770) 428-9520 to make reservations.
Reardon said he will be dancing with his wife of 32 years, Carol, in the upstairs venue overlooking the Square.
And Shillings will also be open all New Year’s Day from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., Reardon said.
A selection of NYE events:
* Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Pub at 15 Atlanta St. in downtown Marietta will have live jazz without a cover on the no-smoking side, and party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, and live entertainment with a cover on the smoking side.
* Hemingway’s Bar & Grill at 29 W Park Square in downtown Marietta will have the Bryan Clarke Band from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. for a $10 cover. Hemingway’s will open again at 11:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
* SOHO Restaurant at 4300 Paces Ferry Road in Marietta will have a special New Year’s Eve dinner menu from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations are recommended, call (770) 801-0069.
* Ray’s on the River at 6700 Powers Ferry Road in Sandy Springs will have a New Year’s Eve party in the grand pavilion from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with an open bar, live music, dancing, balloon drop and a champagne toast. Cost is $135 per person plus tax/gratuity. Call (770) 955-1187 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
* The Strand Theatre will have the Jagged Stones rock concert at the historic theater on the Marietta Square. Concert starts at 9 p.m. with opening act by Big Chicken Beatles Band, followed by the Rolling Stones tribute band. Call (770) 293-0080 to reserve a $40 ticket.
* Shillings on The Square at the corner of Church Street and N. Park Square will host a party upstairs with live music, as well as a steak and lobster dinner with a champagne toast from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call (770) 428-9520 to make reservations. There are still seats available for $55.