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Oct 12, 2016
2016 New Year's Eve Festival in Downtown Long Beach Brings Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Citizen Cope, Cut Copy, Big Data, and More

Photo by Brian Addison. Poster design by Ryan Suburu.

Are you ready for the funk, Long Beach?

Each year, over 12,000 people descend into the heart of DTLB to ring in the new year and the Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) will continue that tradition by hosting the largest party in town as it welcomes a plethora of the world’s finest musicians to take part in a three-stage, three-block festival in the heart of Downtown located on Pine Avenue between 1st and 4th Streets. 

Headlining this year will be none other than Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Citizen Cope. 

Ms. Jones is a soul and funk legend, overriding both racial and gender stereotypes within the music industry to have a career that started late but began with a bang. Since their debut album in 2002 Dap Dippin’, Ms. Jones and her Kings have largely been attributed with bringing back the soul and funk revival common in everything from dance nights at clubs to pop music melodies.

Blues and folk outfit Citizen Cope has long been respected in the music industry, composing for everyone from Santana to Pharoahe Monch. Breaking through the pop culture barrier with “Let the Drummer Kick” from his self-titled debut in 2002, Citizen Cope has continued to rule the airwaves and audiences alike with his meld of hip-hop, folk, and blues.

Joining Ms. Jones and Citizen Cope will be Australian indie-electronic duo Cut Copywith a DJ set, electro-dance master Big Data, reggae songstress Hirie, house DJ Plastic Plates, and Latin soul group Boogaloo Assassins. Joining them are The Delta Bombers, DJ Paul V., DJ Taharba, and Sizwe the DJ. 

The festivities will kick off at 8PM on Saturday, December 31 and culminate with a midnight countdown, followed by celebration and dancing until 2AM. $40 pre-sale tickets for the concert-style street party by clicking here and available through December 25. Following that, tickets will be $50 online as well as available at the gate on the day of the event. You can also visit for more information.


“The spectrum of music genres—from funk to reggae, electro to rock—is something we were aiming for to better reflect Long Beach itself,” said Gina Dartt, DLBA's Special Events and Marketing Manager. “Our city has always been a music-centric city and DTLB is at the heart of that. And let’s be honest: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are par none.” 

DLBA has again teamed with the Knitting Factory Entertainment, partner and talent booker for New Year’s Eve, to establish an exciting line-up for the night. 

All photos and copy are ©2016 Downtown Long Beach Alliance unless otherwise stated. For inquiries regarding use of photos or copy, email


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