The outdoor fireworks, as ever, will pop over the Savannah riverfront and Tybee Beach on New Year’s Eve. Indoors, here are a few musically–minded revelries you might want to consider joining, many that come with the usual trappings of such festivities (noisemakers, funny hats, champagne at midnight et cetera):
Live Wire Music Hall’s calling its NYE bash “The Royal Ball,” and three of Savannah’s finest will share the onstage riffage: The Epic Cycle, The Royal Noise and Listen 2 Three.
It’s a D–D–Dance Party at the Jinx, with the ever–affable DJ Frost and DJ King James at the tables.
There’s a street party at City Market, with multiple bands, starting at 9 p.m.
Rocks on the Roof (up top the Bohemian Hotel) is doing it masquerade–style with DJ Werd Life (aka Reggie Sykes); DJ Will Rock spins at Seed Eco–Lounge; Basik Lee does DJ duty at Congress St. Social Club. Or dance with a DJ at Rachael’s 1190.
DJ Arty spins at Fannie’s on the Beach, just a stone’s throw from the midnight fireworks on Tybee. Arty’s doing the Karaoke thing, too.
At Screamin’ Mimi’s, they’ll have the ‘80s Academy band along with an ‘80s–themed costume party.
The band Blackjack Billy rings in the New Year at Saddle Bags, while Pocket Change shakes its groove thang at Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub.
It’s an all–metal shindig at Taco Abajo, with (get ready) Align the Sky, Within the Shadows, Run For Cover, Old News, Hollowed Out, My Kingdom Red, An End in Mind, Future of the Willing and Composer. It starts at 5 p.m.
The Wormhole is planning its fourth NYE party, with free “sparkling wine,” the groove metal outfit Future of the Willing (see above) and a couple of other bands.
Silicone Sister is back for Wild Wing Cafe’s big–time Monday–night bash.
A Nickel Bag of Funk delivers a soulful celebration at World of Beer.
A day early, but what the heck: The Veraflames emerge from semi–retirement to play a “Farewell to 2012” show at Satisfied from 6 to 9 p.m. (hey, they’re old guys and proud of it) Sunday, Dec. 30.
Other notable music for your New Year’s Eve pleasure:
• 2Tone Fish plays Retro on Congress.
• The Gary Byrd Band is at Pour Larry’s.
• The Positions play Tubby’s in Thunderbolt, while members of Lyn Avenue play Tubby’s River Street.
• Even the Melting Pot is getting into the act, with choco specials at midnight and house music from DJs A–Live and Benobi. And J.J. Bonerz has a DJ, too.
• Catch Jon Lee’s Apparitions at Dub’s Pub.
• Les Raquet (a really great rock ‘n’ roll trio) does the honors at the Tybee Island Social Club.
• Thomas Claxton and the Bayou Blues Band double up at Bayou Cafe.
• Hear Hear & Now at the Mansion on Forsyth’s Casimir Lounge.
• The Hitman (a cookin’ Savannah blues band) is at the Warehouse.
Those of you with a taste for the upscale might consider New Year’s Eve at the Mansion (big dinner, live music), 700 Drayton, Tybee’s Dolphin Reef, the Hyatt Regency, the Hilton Savannah DeSoto (a NYE Masquerade Ball, available with or without buffet dinner), or three – count ‘em – three dinner, dancing and delight options at the Westin Harbor Resort.
And from all of us at Connect, to all of you with whom we connect, Happy New Year, and we’ll see you soon.
A few notes
• Our old friends Little Roy and Lizzy Long – Connect cover models a few weeks back – are among the bluegrass greats performing at the annual New Year’s Bluegrass Festival on Jekyll Island, Jan. 3–5. Check out this stellar lineup: Dailey & Vincent (three–time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (seven–time IBMA winners and frequent guests at the Savannah Music Festival), the incredible Boxcars (they’ll be at Randy Wood Guitars Jan. 4; read about them in next week’s issue), plus the Grascals, the Gibson Brothers, Darin & Brooke Aldridge and a whole bunch of others. Get all the details at adamsandandersonbluegrass.com.
• Britt Scott, who decamped a while back for Virginia, is coming to Savannah for a visit. This means the lovely Lovely Locks — with Scott, Anna Chandler and Crystina Parker — have a one–off reunion show planned. It’s Jan. 6 at Lulu’s Chocolate Bar.