New Years Eve 2010 in Nha Trang

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Setting up the stage
 

The stage on April 2 Square had stood silent since Christmas Eve. When I swung by on this afternoon's bicycle ride, workers were assembling the light towers, making power connections, and shifting huge speakers into position. A rock and roll drum set stood in place and a guitar case leaned against the backdrop which had been changed to all white with a red 'Hello Year 2010' written in Vietnamese. A smaller 'Happy New Year' scrawled in English below that. A keyboard was also set up, probably to test the speakers. When I gestured an air guitar, tapped my wrist, and shrugged my shoulders, stage hands answered - in English - that the music would start at eight and asked if I would be performing.

 

When I returned around 9:00 p.m., the entire square was filled with three or four generations of people all the way to the tulip-shaped Tourist Info building on the north end.

Latin dancers
I caught whiffs of popcorn and cotton candy and for a brief moment the scene resembled a Midwest county fair. I bellied up to the beach-side edge of the stage, next to stairs leading to it.

 

The band  was dressed in white suits and their equipment included the drum set, two other tonga drums, three keyboards, and two guitars. A line of eight back-up singers stood before them in sparkling yellow ao dais, the traditional Vietnamese dress. An emcee announced individual performers who took the stage with their own accompanying dancers. Some drew cheers and applause from the crowd and were apparently national stars. Each of the entertainers performed a single song and the venue covered a nice upbeat variety of easy rock, traditional, Latin, and modern pop music.

New Year at the Spot
The band and chorus took a break twice that I saw - once during a comedy sketch, and again for the break-dancers who danced and spun acrobatics to their own recorded music.

 

Surprisingly, the show ended around 10:00 p.m. but I didn't mind since there was plenty of time to make final rounds to my favorite bars before midnight. Y and Tien's street-side kiosk was still open and several of the regulars played cards at a sidewalk table. The recently opened, British-run, Alamo bustled by the holiday and its two new lively waitresses. Wilson and Tuyet had moved tables outside in front of the Spot, my regular hang-out, and many of the expats were gathered there as well as several travelers. Sparklers, cheers, hand-shakes, and hugs rang in 2010 when the clock struck twelve. 

 

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Setting up the stage
Setting up the stage
Latin dancers
Latin dancers
New Year at the Spot
New Year at the Spot
The stage
The stage
Waiting to go on stage
Waiting to go on stage
Latin dancers waiting to go on sta…
Latin dancers waiting to go on st…
Comedy sketch
Comedy sketch
New Year entertainers
New Year entertainers
Pop singer
Pop singer
Break dancers
Break dancers
Leaving the stage
Leaving the stage
Card game at Y and Tiens
Card game at Y and Tien's
Waitresses at the Alamo
Waitresses at the Alamo
Alamo neighbor kids
Alamo neighbor kids
Tuyet and Wilson
Tuyet and Wilson
Nha Trang
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