(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Sirius Satellite Radio rang in 2006 when it broadcast exclusive performances on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day concerts by five artists: Jimmy Buffett, G. Love & Special Sauce, Patti Smith & Her Band, Sheryl Crow and Elvis Presley.
At 9:30 pm ET on December 31, Sirius broadcast a rare intimate concert with Jimmy Buffett on Radio Margaritaville channel 31 recorded last week at Belly Up in Aspen, CO. Buffett took the stage as his alter ego, Freddy and the Fishsticks, the moniker he uses for his special under-the-radar performances and recordings.
For the second year in a row, Sirius aired Patti Smith live from New York's Bowery Ballroom. Patti Smith and Her Band began their live concert at 10pm ET on Disorder channel 24 on December 31.
G. Love & Special Sauce offered a live performance at 10:30 MT pm January 1 on The Spectrum channel 18. G. Love and his band Special Sauce took the stage at The Belly Up in Aspen.
Sirius presented Sheryl Crow recorded at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on The Pulse channel 9 at 10pm ET on New Year's Eve.
To celebrate the ringing in of 2006, Sirius' Elvis Radio channel 13 presented non-stop Elvis Live In Concert tracks and performances starting New Year's Eve at 7 pm ET.
Original MTV Vee-jays and Sirius hosts Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and Martha Quinn also rang in the New Year on The Big 80s channel 8 with a special countdown to midnight in each time zone, a feat they first made famous on MTV. –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner