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LES CLAYPOOL’S New Year's Eve bash moves to the North Bay

Sunday, December 31, 2006
7:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Event Type:
Party/Street Party
Location Details:
Grace Pavilion
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road
RV and van camping allowed

LES CLAYPOOL’S New Year's Eve bash moves to the North Bay

- Annual HATTER'S BALL comes home to THE GRACE PAVILION at Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa

- Show marks Claypool Band’s first-ever public North Bay performance

- All-star line-up includes THE NEW ORLEANS SOCIAL CLUB featuring members of THE METERS and THE NEVILLE BROTHERS, THE COUP and DJ MALARKEY

- All-night RV and van camping allowed

SEBASTOPOL - After ringing in New Year's Eve for over a decade in San Francisco, Primus bass player and North Bay resident Les Claypool is teaming up with the creators of the Harmony Festival and moving his annual New Year's Eve Hatter's Ball home to The Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The Claypool Band’s first-ever public Sonoma County performance is expected to be the North Bay’s biggest bash this New Year’s Eve.

Les will be joined by The New Orleans Social Club featuring members of the Neville Brothers and The Meters including George Porter, Jr., Leo Nocentelli, Ivan Neville, Henry Butler, Raymond Weber, and The Coup's Boots Riley and Pam the Funkstress--the funkateers Billboard just dubbed "the best hip hop act of the past decade." A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund.

The North Bay debut of Les Claypool's New Year's Eve Hatter's Ball

Sunday, 31 December 2006

Doors open at 7pm. Show starts @ 8pm and goes till late!

Grace Pavilion
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road
Santa Rosa, California
RV and van camping is allowed at the fairgrounds. To make reservations, email camping [at]

Advance: $50, Door: $60, VIP Magic Pass: $100 (limited availability)
Available online at and
This is an all ages event.

"Expect the usual high grade midnight antics," said Colonel Claypool. "And of course there will be plenty of special treats, surprises and New Year's mayhem for all!"

"We are very excited to offer the North Bay a world class New Year's Eve event to call its own," said Sean Ahearn, program director for the Harmony Festival. "Harmony's 2006 Hatter's Ball with Les Claypool marks the first time that his band will perform locally. We are thrilled that legendary artists like the New Orleans Social Club and The Coup accepted our invitation to join the party, and we invite the local community to help us make the event an annual North Bay New Year's Eve tradition.”

In addition to the all-star line up, this year's Hatter's Ball will once again feature the Most Original Hat Contest and a diverse array of mad hatters. Attendees are encouraged to costume accordingly! VIP tickets include green room and side-stage viewing access, preferred parking, and complimentary champagne, beer and hors d'oeuvres. RV and van camping will be allowed for all general ticket holders. To make reservations, email camping [at]

A party with a purpose

Known for being a party with a purpose, the Harmony Festival will honor the legendary New Orleans Social Club’s performance at this year’s New Year’s Eve Hatter’s Ball by raising funds throughout the evening for New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund.

Les Claypool

Les Claypool is one of the most unlikely success stories in music history. His trademark voice, thumping bass and unique worldview have become the calling cards for a number of wildly successful and influential albums, books and films. Musical outfits he’s been involved with include the seminal alt-rock band Primus, Oysterhead featuring Trey Anastasio (Phish) with Stewart Copeland (The Police), and Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains, just to name a few. Les has been performing his New Year's Eve shows for the last decade in San Francisco, and will be performing his first ever hometown show in the North Bay.

New Orleans Social Club

Six weeks after Hurricane Katrina, a parade of Crescent City legends united to celebrate the indomitable spirit and culture of their native city. Scattered around the country, they gathered in Austin as a loose-knit collective dubbed The New Orleans Social Club. Over the course of seven magical days and nights, they recorded Sing Me Back Home. Grammy nominated producer Leo Sacks and multiple Grammy-winning Ray Bardani assembled a dream team: Ivan Neville on organ, Henry Butler on piano, and two founding members of The Meters - Leo Nocentelli on guitar and George Porter, Jr. on bass. Rounding out the quintet was the wickedly funky Raymond Weber on drums. George assumed the mantle of musical director and the group was called The New Orleans Social Club. Joining the core band were guests including Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, Dr. John, Willie Tee, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, John Boutte and more.

The Coup

The Coup is one of the most overtly political bands in rap history. Wicked funk and smooth soul grooves fuel their revolutionary music. Formed in the early '90s, The Coup were influenced by conscious rappers like Public Enemy and KRS-One. Raised in East Oakland's Funktown neighborhood, lead rapper/producer Boots Riley was involved in political activism long before he was a musician. His fervent dedication to social change was the overriding influence on every Coup album. Pam the Funkstress, the first female DJ star in the famously competitive Bay Area turntablist scene, later joined the group. The Coup's uniquely bent grooves point to "Dirty Mind"-era Prince, late-80s Too Short, and the trunk-rattling hyphy sonics of the New Bay movement.

New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund

The New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded by Ben and Sarah Jaffe of Preservation Hall immediately after Hurricane Katrina. The NOMHRF mission is twofold: to provide humanitarian outreach to New Orleans musicians affected by the storm and to revive New Orleans’ unique musical culture. NOMHRF brings musicians home with rent subsidies and grants for home repairs, creates and underwrites gigs, supports the second line tradition by helping to offset the cost of bands for parades, and replaces flood-damaged instruments. We empower musicians to earn a living and heal the city with their music. Since the levee failure, more than 1000 New Orleans musicians have received these services from NOMHRF, as well as referrals to health care clinics, social services, and other relief organizations. For more information, please email info [at] or call.

Harmony Productions

For four decades, Harmony has served the communities of the Greater Bay Area with events that promote positive social change and celebrate life. For more information, visit us at

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