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New Year's Eve: Freeloader Friday

New Year's Eve can wreak havoc on the wallet. Fortunately, there are actually quite a few free events happening around town, from glam bashes to rock concerts. There's also plenty happening this weekend to keep you busy without increasing your credit-card debt. Come take a look at our list and plan your holiday weekend.

FRIDAY:

Baby Boys, Ablaze, Tearra
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

James Buckley & Bryan Nichols
(Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523)

7 p.m.

Blush Fridays
(Lush Food Bar: 990 Central Ave., Minneapolis)

With D-Baz. 10 p.m.

The Sunny Era (vinyl-release)
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Ian Thomas Alexy, Crankshaft
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

6 and 8 p.m.

The Senders
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

Super Secret Cover Band, As It Is
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8 p.m. 18+.  

The Comedy Corner Open Mic Night
(The Corner Bar, 1501 Washington Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-4333, www.thecornerbar.net)

10 p.m.

 

SATURDAY:

John Devine
(Red Stag Supper Club: 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-767-7766)

10:30 p.m.

Chris Bates & Bryan Nichols
(Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523)

7 p.m.

The Mark Cameron Band
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

REMI, the Gloss Band, Don Von & the Solution, Whiskey & Prozac
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

 9 p.m.

Carl Franzen & Rahjta Ren, Bog Doctors, The Grave Trio

(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

3, 5:30, and 8 p.m.

Hot Freaks

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.  

Holiday Party  
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

With Katy Vernon, Stephanie Says, Courtney Yasmineh Band. 8 p.m. 18+.

Dan Israel, Kevin Bowe & the Okemah Prophets
(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990)

7 p.m.

 

SUNDAY:

El Willy's Vive! Open Mic Comedy
(Willy's, 2501 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids, 763-757-5555)

10 p.m.

Cheryl
(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990)

8 p.m.

Maurice Jacox & Friends
(Red Stag Supper Club: 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-767-7766)

10 p.m.

Jackson Atkins
(Republic at Seven Corners: 221 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6146)

9:30 p.m.

Dave Mehling
(Barbette: 1600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-827-5710)

10 p.m.

MONDAY:

Miller Lite Free Rides
(www.metrotransit.org)

Ride the bus for free tonight. For detailed route and schedule information, call 1.800.FREE.RIDES, text "METRO" to 90464, or visit www.MillerLiteFreeRides.com. Free rides start at 6 p.m.

Jon Pemberton Trio
(Red Stag Supper Club: 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-767-7766)

10:30 p.m.

Scott Bixby Band

(Mario's Keller Bar, 2300 NE University Ave., Minneapolis, 612-781-3860, www.gasthofzg.com)

8 p.m.

Black & White Affair
(Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-877-7263, www.uptowncafeteria.com)

Featuring DJ music, contests & prizes, champagne toast. 10 p.m.

New Year's Eve 2013
(Seven Sushi Ultralounge and Skybar, 700 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-238-7777, www.7mpls.com)

With four rooms of entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, DJs, party favors, champagne toast, live countdown, and a balloon drop. 9 p.m.

Pinstripes NYE
(Pinstripes, 3849 Gallagher Drive, Edina, 952-835-6440, www.pinstripes.com)

Featuring bowling, complimentary champagne toast, two ball drops, live music from Kenni Holeman, more. Free admission, RSVP recommended. 10:30-12:30 a.m.

Tramps Like Us, Swamptronica

(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454, www.hexagonbar.com)

With tributes to the B-52's, Roky Erikson, Mazzy Star. 9 p.m.

The Roe Family Singers, Doug Otto & the Getaways, Justin from Pocahontas County

(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746, www.331.mn)

9 p.m.

Reverse Cowboy
(Kieran's Irish Pub, 601 N. 1st Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-4499, www.kierans.com)

9:30 p.m.

ONGOING:

Artists in Storefronts 3
(Nicollet Avenue, Whittier neighborhood)

Featuring 32 artists in 20 storefront exhibits, a pop-up performance festival, outdoor sculpture, mural, and a fashion design challenge. More info at artistsinstorefronts.com. Through Feb. 16, 2013. Many events are free, but some do have admission fees.

Wells Fargo Winter Skate
(Landmark Plaza, 75 W. 5th St., St Paul, 651-292-3233)

Bring skates and enjoy the ice for free! More info at www.wellsfargowinterskate.com/skating-info. The opening reception 4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 24 involves free performances, hot chocolate, and open skate. Through Feb. 3, 2011.

New Year's Eve: Freeloader Friday



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