A band of seasoned musicians promises to keep you warm - no matter the temperature - in downtown York City on New Year's Eve.
R.P.M. will bring its mix of soul, funk, hip-hop, blues and jazz to the annual event on Continental Square.
"It won't be cold," Louis Woodyard, the band's percussionist, said. "R.P.M. is promising to bring the heat and the funk and to have people dancing."
R.P.M., which formed about a year ago, will play cover songs by artists like Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan and Robin Thicke, Woodyard said.
Woodyard, who performed with Groove Jones in recent New Year's Eve celebrations, said he enjoys the diversity and camaraderie the event offers.
It's an opportunity to showcase York and prove to outsiders that downtown is safe, he said. Woodyard, a York City native, said more people seem to be attending the event each year.
"We have more people with a positive message than we have knuckleheads. You don't see any of that negativity," he said. "It's getting better and better. Every time I see more people coming in."
Woodyard said his band will perform from about 8:45 to 10:45 p.m. Then, the powerful voice of Sabrina Duke and her band will take the stage to ring in 2014.
Other activities: The free New Year's Revolution event will kick off at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the square. Children's activities, including face painting, bounce houses and a special countdown, is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. inside Central Market.
Musical entertainment will begin with Nakuu, a York teen who recently won the NBA Hip Hoops Music Challenge in Atlanta, at 8:25 p.m.
Fireworks will shoot off at midnight after the white rose drops at Continental Square.
Parking will be free in the city's Philadelphia Street and King Street garages.
Road closures and parking restrictions will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday as city workers prepare for the event. The city will close Market Street between Beaver and Duke streets. George Street between Philadelphia and King streets will also be closed to traffic.
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