New Year’s Eve 2018

It’s never too early to start thinking about your plans for New Year’s Eve, and one of the hottest parties of the year is happening at Mellwood Arts Center on December 31. We spoke with Joey Wagner of J Wagner Group to learn about their annual NYE collaboration with Eventris.

This year’s NYE party sounds like an absolute blast! What can guests look forward to at this year’s event?

Every year we continue to set the bar high for NYE. We have sold out the past three years pretty quickly so make sure you get your tickets ASAP. We will have Louisville’s #1 band Tony and the Tan Lines and Louisville’s #1 DJ K-Dogg performing once again so the music for NYE is AMAZING! We are back at Mellwood Arts Center which is the perfect venue for our event. The party is from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is 21 and over.

You’ve been throwing memorable events for a number of years now. How has this one evolved since you got started?

I have been producing events in Louisville for 18 years now. NYE is our BIGGEST party outside of our Kentucky Derby events. It has been pretty crazy to me to see the support of this event the past three years, and seeing it sell out quickly like it does is pretty cool. A good friend of mine told me about Tony and the Tan Lines three years ago. Having both a band and a DJ in the same night was something I had to get talked into the first year, but I am so glad I listened and we did it.

I am a big “experience guy” so I want our guests to have a great experience when they come to our events. If they have a good time then they will want to come back to the next one. This event is so much fun and that’s been the key to selling out every year.

Why is this NYE bash important for Eventris?

We only produce three events a year for Eventris with our Pink Prom, Turkey Stock Turkey Drive and New Year’s Eve. It’s become a signature party in this city, and we sell it out every year with around 950 people. I think people have been to so many of our events over the years, they know it’s going to be well-produced. We want our attendees to have a great time closing out 2017, and I really think this event has accomplished that each year.

Which sponsors should we thank for their support of this party?

We are excited to have John Kenyon on board this year as our new Presenting Sponsor. Something new this year we are going to do is the John Kenyon Eye Ball Drop at midnight, which will be really cool. Other sponsors include Bacardi USA, Grey Goose Vodka, Angel’s Envy, Anheuser Busch, Red Bull and Coca-Cola. We couldn’t pull it off without our amazing sponsors!

Where can guests purchase tickets for NYE? 

General admission tickets are available at and if anyone is interested in VIP Tables, they can email me at VT