Swift Technique

Swift Technique rings in the New Year in downtown Lancaster

Get ready to celebrate.

You can ring out the old and in the new this New Year’s Eve in a variety of ways.

Downtown Lancaster will welcome 2015 with the traditional ascension of the Red Rose Dec. 31 at Binn’s Park.

But before the countdown, the crowd will be entertained by Philly band Swift Technique, beginning at 10 p.m.

Beginning in 2007 as more of a hip-hop band, the group has evolved into funk/hip hop blend, heavy on the horns and bursting with eclectic energy.

Fritz Rumohr, of the DC Live Music Examiner, describes them this way:

“Swift Technique’ (an appropriate name for this group) was one of the tightest, most original acts I’d seen in The District in a long time. With one microphone — front and center — the brass players seemed to trade off, each dancing when not soloing or accompanying the others. “The Temptations” would have been proud!”

If you’re looking for a more family-oriented celebration, you may want to head to Akron for the town’s annual “Shoe-In.’’

The event features free food, music, a bonfire, a hayride, a street hockey tournament and, of course, the dropping of a giant, lighted shoe at midnight.

In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, (and honoring the town’s shoe-producing history) celebrants can bring a new pair of shoes, which will be donated to Peter’s Porch, an outreach ministry of Zion Lutheran Church.

Parking will be available at Ten Thousand Villages and Weiser’s Market. The fun starts at 9:30 p.m. at the Broad Street Park. Call 859-1244.