The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic kicks off tonight with the XM Radio New Year's Eve Bash at House of Blues in downtown Chicago, just a few miles south of where the puck drops at Wrigley Field for the Red Wings and Blackhawks at 1 p.m. Eastern Thursday.
The music starts at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time and features both Marc Broussard and the Grammy Award-winning group Blues Traveler.
Special guests of the NHL, along with Blackhawks and Red Wings season-ticket holders, will attend the party. You can tune in live on XM Radio or catch the live audio feed here on NHL.com. The party goes to 2 a.m. ET and will feature a midnight countdown plus -- for the first time ever -- Marc Broussard on stage in tandem with Blues Traveler. It promises to be just the jam to start off 2009 and warm things up for the hottest rivalry in the NHL. Detroit and Chicago will meet for the 701st time on Thursday.
If you have never heard Marc Broussard do a live show, you are in for a blues-filled treat. Broussard is beloved among many musicians and has toured with Maroon 5, the Dave Matthews Band, Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt, among others. He also has honed his writing chops through collaborations with some of the top song craftsmen in the business.
Blues Traveler emerged in the early '90s as part of a new vanguard of jam bands in the tradition of the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers. The band's reputation was built on relentless touring, marathon sets, and the explosive harmonica solos of oversized frontman John Popper.
"Run-Around," the group's 1995 single, went to No. 8 on the mainstream charts and won the hearts and ears of fans that call the band's concert one of the best they'll ever see.
So tune up and tune into the year with some hot blues on a cold night in Chicago. It starts at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on XM Radio and NHL.com.