Friday, September 30 2022

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Third Eye Blind will headline the city’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration.

Former City Councilman Fred Richardson made the announcement Tuesday at the Mobile City Council meeting. The San Francisco-based alternative band produced a string of major hits, including “Jumper,” “Semi-Charmed Life” and “How’s it Going to Be.”

This will be the 15th year of the MoonPie Over Mobile event. The free celebration attracts around 50,000 people.

“We’re going stronger, not weaker,” Richardson told FOX10 News. “It’s going to be one of our best years.”

Richardson engineered the New Year’s Eve event, using money from his council’s discretionary account to purchase a giant MoonPie. In the early years, the organizers lowered it from a crane. He has come a long way since then. Now it descends from the top of the RSA Trustmark Building.

“When we started there were a lot of skeptics out there saying it was the wrong decision, I spent the money the wrong way,” he said. “We ended up with 15,000 people in Cooper’s waterfront park. Then the RSA joined us, put him on one of their properties, and that’s history. …There’s no one-day event in the city of Mobile bigger than the MoonPie drop.

Richardson said a study by a researcher at the University of Southern Alabama indicates the event has an economic impact of $5.4 million.

MoonPie Over Mobile announced on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 that the headliner of New Year’s Even will be Third Eye Blind.(MoonPie on mobile)

The fun will begin at 8 p.m. on December 31 with people who will have the chance to contribute to the Wall of Resolution at the corner of St. Joseph and St. Francis Streets and a performance by the Port City Secondliners at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. People will have the chance to taste a slice of a giant edible MoonPie at 8:30 p.m., followed by a parade.

The entertainment kicks off with a pair of opening acts, The Red Clay Strays and singer-songwriter, Levon Gray.

The MoonPie drops at midnight and the party goes on until 1am

Amberly Harris, secretary of Events Mobile New Year’s Eve MoonPie Drop, said the organization is targeting Third Eye Blind as an act that parents and children can enjoy together.

“They’re actually just one of the biggest bands that were around at the time,” she said. “So we felt the essence of bringing back those childhood memories, of getting your kids to see, ‘That was one of my favorite bands when I was younger. That’s kind of the direction we were going.

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