Blues lovers can ring in 2019 with the Tullie Brae Band from Mississippi at the Trade Winds Inn, Park Drive. The dance party gets going at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, in the Eclipse Event Center (formerly known as the Speakeasy).

Tullie Brae is a soulful blues singer and multi-instrumentalist who, like so many great soul singers before her, credits her musical gift to gospel music. Her journey started when she began singing in the church where her father was a preacher, near the Louisiana cotton fields and blues-soaked wetlands. She played piano, drums, bass and guitar; and early on assumed the role of choir director.

While touring professionally with gospel groups, Brae was introduced to the many sounds and forms of different genres of music. Gospel roots naturally segued into the blues, but one can still hear and feel the hints of soul along, with her a rock-y grit.

Brae’s self-penned original material ranges from Delta blues to rock-infused contemporary blues — music that tells the stories of love, happiness, heartbreak, pain and life experiences. Pure energy and raw emotion fuel her stage presence, powerful vocals and connection with the audience.

Brae has headlined several blues festivals thus far; and shared the stage with B.B. King, Taj Mahal, Paul Thorn, Bonnie Raitt, Tab Benoit, Jimmy Thackery, Coco Montoya, Ruthie Foster, Jimbo Mathus, Carolyn Wonderland, Cedric Burnside, Samantha Fish, Leo Bud Welch, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Henry "Gip" Gipson, George Brock and many other talented artists. She and her own band promised to deliver a power punch that will push the old year right into the new.

The full blues party package is $139 plus tax per couple and includes room, dance party, favors, champagne toast, use of the pool and hot tub and New Year’s Day, continental breakfast. To just attend the party, it’s $30 per person/$50 couple. For more information and to sign up, contact North Atlantic Blues Festival co-founder Paul Benjamin at 596-6055.