KINGMAN - Taking a break from his national concert tour, Brad Johnson and the Killin' Time Band will perform on New Year's Eve at Canyon 66 Restaurant and Lounge, one of several local celebrations for revelers who prefer to ring in 2016 close to home.
Johnson, a Southern California singer-songwriter who now lives in Kingman, plays a mix of country, rock and original music.
He's home for the holidays and will have four or five band members with him, said Steve Leseuer, marketing director for Canyon 66 Restaurant and Lounge at the Ramada Inn, 3100 E. Andy Devine Ave.
"He tours the country, so he's really excited about coming back to Kingman," Leseuer said. "He was going to be in Kingman for the holidays anyway. It should be a rockin' place."
Johnson started the band in 1998 while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Middle East. He and the band were just "killin' time" until they made it back home.
Johnson has played with some of country music's biggest stars, including Merle Haggard, Toby Keith and Tracy Byrd. He released his first full-length CD in July.
The Canyon 66 New Year's Eve party starts at 8 p.m. and admission is $20, which includes a free draft beer or well drink, party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Drink specials include $1 jello shots, $2 draft beers and $3 well drinks.
California hotel operators Noble and Joel Zubaid bought the former Holiday Inn and Magnuson Hotel in 2013 and branded with Ramada Inn. They renovated the lounge with a focus on the Grand Canyon and Route 66, two of the area's top tourist attractions.
"I've only been in Kingman for a short period, but so far, it's the nicest place in town," restaurant manager Ben Daniels said. "The thing with Ramada here, we're not your stuffy hotel. We try to bring the culture of Kingman and Route 66 to the Ramada. It's representative of the area."
Other New Year's Eve celebrations in Kingman:
Fireside Bar & Lounge, 1716 Hoover St.
New Years Eve Bash!
Live Band "Whiskey Throttle" starts at 9pm.
Drink specials all night. $5 cover charge.
Black Bridge Brewery, 421 E. Beale St.: Live acoustic music by singer-songwriter Milton Rogers from Stockton, Calif., and tapping of a keg with special beer that's been barrel-aged for a year. Complementary glass of beer for midnight toast. Rogers is very talented and has never played the brewery before, so owner Tim Schritter said he's pretty excited to have him. There's going to be "good music, good beer and good company" to ring in the New Year, starting around 8 p.m., he said.
House of Hops, 312 E. Beale St.: Two hours after the ball drops in New York's Times Square, the keg will drop at House of Hops in Kingman. Owner Terry Thomson said he'll lower the keg at midnight. There will also be a live TV feed of the ball drop in New York, along with synchronized music and video on eight TV screens at the bar. A specialty beer will be tapped at midnight.
Diana's Cellar Door, 414 E. Beale St.: Celebrating New Year's Eve on Eastern Standard Time with a DJ from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Hollywood "legend" guest counting down the ball drop in New York. Owner Diana Caldon, who took over the business exactly a year ago, said some people want to celebrate and get home early. Wine martinis at special prices. Garlic Clove restaurant will have a New Year's menu and Siren's Café will offer its famous lobster pizza.
Sportsman's Club, 317 E. Andy Devine Ave.: DJ and dance with drink specials, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Timeout Tavern, 2601 Stockton Hill Road: DJ and dance with promotions from beer distributor.
Tack Shed, 2829 Beverly Ave.: DJ starting around 8:30 p.m. Champagne toast at midnight. $1 steak tacos and wing specials.