Champagne toast at midnight and appetizer buffet slated to round out evening
■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor
The Anchor Bar Club Restaurant will host a live band New Year’s Eve designed to appeal to country music fans. The legendary Tommy Turner Band, headed by Crocodile Records recording artist Tommy Turner, will entertain guests starting at 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31.
Appearing with Tommy Turner on guitar and vocals will be Uncle Leo J. Eiffert Jr., an expert guitar player and famous country music legend in his own right. On drums will be wild man Joe Sola, who keeps the beat up on both country and rock tunes, and the band is expecting a guest appearance by Ron Epperson, the country whiz on steel guitar.
Tommy Turner is known around southern California circles for playing country music in the early style of Merle Haggard, George Jones, Hank Williams and George Strait.
“We like to play the early country music ‘cause we think that’s how it’s meant to be played,” says Tommy. “We also play some rock, ‘cause people do like to dance!”
Both Tommy and Uncle Leo have played with some of the biggest names in the industry, and Leo likes to describe how, as kids, he and Fats Domino learned to play piano together!
During his career, Tommy has shared the stage with the likes of Tanya Tucker, The Platters, Merle Travis, The Drifters, Wynn Stewart, The Coasters, Hank Thompson, Jerry Wallace, Thumbs Carlisle, Bobby Austin, and Red Simpson just to name a few. He has also opened for Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Roger Miller, Freddy Hart and Little Jimmy Dickens among others.
This year’s New Year’s Eve party is in keeping with the Anchor’s tradition of entertaining its customers on the major holidays. The $10 cover includes the live music, a light appetizer buffet, and a champagne toast at midnight when the crystal ball descends into New York’s Times Square.
“We wanted to give our customers a chance to celebrate New Year’s Eve the old fashioned way,” says Nicole Seelhofer, co-owner of the Anchor. “We thought that having a country western band that plays both country and rock would be music that everyone can enjoy, both young and old alike.”
The Anchor is located 2524 E. Florida Ave., Hemet. There are no advance ticket sales since admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, but there’s plenty of room. The restaurant and bar will be open all day beginning at noon, and doors to the music event open at 7 p.m.