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Take Five with Brian Bourne, Under the Covers singer

New Year's Eve is America's biggest party, and Brian Bourne is set to keep Baltimore's celebration going strong.

The 34-year-old lead singer of the band Under the Covers said that after years of working their way up in the industry, they are excited for the chance to perform at the Inner Harbor for this year's New Year's Eve spectacular — and start off 2015 with people dancing to their music.

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Bourne, who lives in Canton, and his bandmates, Charles Simon, Anthony Dimenna, John Burkhardt, Brennan McShane, Mike Palumbo and Tim Cobb, will be performing covers of classic rock and Top 40 hits at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater on Dec. 31. The show starts at 9 p.m., leading up to the grand fireworks display at midnight (info: bop.org).

Before the big show, Bourne talked with us about his experiences with the band and his goals for the new year.

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What do you love about music and about performing?

I love the fact that it's a healthy outlet for whatever emotions and feelings that I or others may be experiencing. It's a platform to let those things out, and that's what I love. From a team perspective, I love falling together as a team and really accomplishing goals as a unit and kind of pushing yourself beyond what you thought you were capable of, accepting any of the challenges that come with that, and really continuing to grow beyond yourself with a group of guys.

What can people expect to see at the New Year's Eve show?

Expect a lot of excitement, expect a lot of dance hits. We may have some special guests performers as well, to try and spice it up a little bit.

What is your favorite song to perform?

I'd probably have to say right now "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses because I'm a rock guy and it took me about a year and a half to learn how to sing it. But personally, that's what I love, and the crowd just erupts, so I think that's my favorite.

Do you have a New Year's resolution?

Bigger, better, faster, more. I know its kind of cliche, but in the cover [band] scene, the summer is the busy season and January is in the slower season. You know, every market has its high and low periods, so January is really the time when you go back to a lab and you really put in the work.

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After New Year's, what is coming up next for the band?

We've got some bigger shows, I believe, up north in Bel Air. That's where we're from, so we're really getting excited about those. … We're excited to continue playing the Tin Roof in Power Plant Live. ... They've got some really exciting events coming downtown, so we're proud to be doing that. And then also we've got some plans to potentially go to Key West, go up to Boston, go up to Atlantic City. There's nothing official yet, but it's in the pipeline. The dialogue's there and it's a part of our road map of 2015.


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