CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston's annual GoodNight concert series is returning this New Year's Eve for its 19th season.
GoodNight organizer Alice Ann Robertson unveiled this year's lineup at a Monday morning press conference alongside Charleston Mayor Danny Jones and GoodNight performers the Craig Hinchman Trio.
"I truly believe we have the best of the best," Robertson said.
She said the event started small 19 years ago, with only six venues participating.
"People had to just beg and plead for six venues," she said.
This year's Goodnight will feature 25 groups and soloists at 11 venues around the city.
Jones, after jokingly crooning the opening lines to Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas," praised GoodNight for providing family-friendly, alcohol free New Year's Eve entertainment.
Each venue will host at least two acts, with the first round of concerts beginning 6 p.m. The concerts will continue throughout the evening, ending about 10 p.m.
There will be free parking at the garage beside Charleston City Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. City trolleys will provide free transportation between Goodnight venues.
The River City Youth Ballet Ensemble and the Craig Hinchman Trio will perform at the Civic Center Little Theater on Quarrier Street.