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OKLAHOMA CITY,Okla.-- The new year is just hours away and the Oklahoma City Arts council is hoping all their warm venues will encourage you to come downtown.

There are 23 musical and entertainment performances, followed by the New Year's countdown at Bicentennial Park.

It's the one place where you'll need to dance to stay warm, as the main-stage act, The Salsa Shakers Band, gets ready to ring in 2015 with Oklahomans.

Hours before the famous ball-rise, the stage was set, the band was ready and the sound check for Oklahoma's 2015 Opening Night was on track and ready to go.

"We feel honored to be playing this event, we have played it before in past years, but never on the main-stage," Raul Reyes, keyboard player for the Salsa Shakers says.

The only thing that may go wrong is the weather; temperatures are supposed to dip into the teens at night-fall.

"I'm from New York, so I'm used to cold weather," dancer for the band, Eva Cordero says.

But for Reyes, the Cuban on the keyboard, the cold weather is not easy to handle.

"It is really different. Cuba is like warm place, it's like summer all the time, so this is really tough for me," Reyes said.

"I am putting some protection on my fingers, tape, because I will be playing percussion instrument and I'm going to be striking my hands in the weather the very cold," Armando Rivera, the band's percussionist said.

In fact, during News Channel 4's sneak peek at sound check, you won't believe what happened!

"Oh, after about 30 seconds of not blowing air into my horn, my valves froze, everything froze on the horn, so I'm in the permanent ice age," Lorne Lee, the band's trumpet player said.

It's the first time he's ever seen the brass and even plastic instruments freeze.

"We need a heater and some good vibes, and some spicy music, maybe with that we'll get it going!" the brass players said.

The Salsa Shakers say the best way to keep warm is to keep moving with Sabor, mean "flavor".

"Oh, come, you'll be warmed up. This music will warm your soul, that's for sure," Cordera said.

"We're going to warm up this place with some tasty Latin music," Reyes says.

"We need a lot of warm bodies here and it will be hot here tonight, no problem!" Lee said.

In case the cold is not your thing, there will be other venues inside to enjoy music in the warmth.

Check out Opening Night's page for more information.

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