New Year's Eve 2010 concert guide
New Year's Eve is traditionally a huge night for live music, and a quick glance at the music calendar for Thursday evening is a bit overwhelming. Don't freak out just yet! To help, we've organized a list of our best bets for musical festivities, in order from the priciest options to the most affordable. There's still time to purchase advanced tickets for many of these shows, but if you are the last-minute type of concertgoer most of these options will also have tickets available at the door.
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Irvin Mayfield, Jearlyn and Jervetta Steele
If you're willing to pony up a little cash, the Dakota is offering a fantastic set of options for New Year's Eve: the evening will start out with a set by pianist Paris Strother, followed by an 8 p.m. performance by Jearlyn and Jervetta Steele (from the legendary gospel group the Steeles). Seating begins at 5:30 p.m., and the cost of admission ($130) includes dinner. Later in the evening, trumpet player Irvin Mayfield will perform as part of NPR's "Toast of the Nation." His 10 p.m. show is $80, or you can see the entire evening for $200. Tickets available online.
Trampled by Turtles
Duluth bluegrass quintet Trampled by Turtles have added a last-minute New Year's Eve show, and this one has an open bar -- so while the price tag may seem a little steep, remember that it also covers your bar tab for the night. With Two Many Banjos. 21+. $65/$75 at the door (tickets available online). 8 p.m.
The New Congress
One of the area's best R&B groups headlines this year's Crystal Ball at the International Market Square, along with a wide variety of soul and house DJs. Hosted by Project Runway's Ra'mon Lawrence-Coleman and Christopher Straub, the night will culminate in an Ignite fashion show and a champagne toast at midnight. $40 general/$70 VIP in advance (tickets available online), $50 general/$80 VIP at the door. 9 p.m.
Start the New Year off with some warm fuzzies by attending this Solid Gold charity show at the Marriott City Center. All proceeds from the ticket sales go toward the music programs at Edison High School in Minneapolis. With Freddy Fresh, Heatbox, and the Histrionic. 18+. All ages. $25 general admission, $75 VIP (includes complimentary horderves, champagne and beer, meet-and-greet with Solid Gold, and special late night after party with DJ Freddy Fresh). Tickets available online. 7 p.m.
Jam band hippies WookieFoot return to the Cabooze for their 6th annual New Year's Eve show, featuring openers Roster McCabe and the Limns. 18+. $17 (tickets available online). 8:30 p.m.
Mark Mallman, White Light Riot, First Communion Afterparty
Mark Mallman continues his tradition of throwing a huge, no-holds-barred New Year's Eve party at the Varsity Theater. What surprises will he have in store this year? We'll have to wait and see, but chances are good that he'll invite openers First Communion Afterparty and White Light Riot to the stage at midnight for some all-star singalong action. 18+. $12 (advance tickets available online). 8 p.m. doors.
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Onetime Husker Du co-leader Grant Hart will perform a solo set at Station 4 this Thursday, along with opener Phil Solem of the Rembrandts and local harmonic pop band the Beatifics. As opposed to some of the larger-scaled festivities, this show should prove to be a laid-back and enjoyable way to spend NYE. 21+. $10/$12 at the door. 8 p.m.
Lookbook, Estate, Beatrix*JAR, Mystery Palace
For fans of electro-pop, look no further: this lineup at Sauce is top-notch. Lookbook, Estate, Mystery Palace, Beatrix*JAR, and Gigamesh come together under one roof for a New Year's extravaganza. Admission includes one drink ticket and free champagne at midnight. 21+. $10. 9:30 p.m.
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E.L.nO., Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles
Frontman of the greatest ELO cover band perhaps ever, Dave Campbell, gives us the rundown for Thursday's show at Lee's Liquor Lounge: "9 PM doors and Jill Riley starts spinning music about smoking weed and muscle cars. 10 PM Lucy Michelle and the Velvets get it warmed up. 11:30, the biggest Jeff Lynne head in the business. Midnight. We usure in 2010 - year of the robot. See you there!" 21+. $10. 9 p.m.
Black Blondie, Toki Wright
Woah, wait. Does that say champagne jello shots? Ring in the New Year at the Triple Rock with Black Blondie, Toki Wright, and the Prizefighters. And champagne jello shots, mmm. 18+. $7/$10 at the door (tickets available online). 9 p.m.
New Year's Eve Cover Night
The Turf Club will host another show with more focus on the music than the partying, with local bands performing sets of covers: Vampire Hands will perform as Television, the Leisure Birds will perform as '60s beat band the Monks, Daughters of the Sun will perform as Jesus and Mary Chain, and Marijuana Death Squad and T.F.Blood will take on the work of Brian Eno. With DJs Winship, TRL, and Secret Language in the Clown Lounge. 21+. $8. 9 p.m.
The Last Unicorn Basement Show
The event description on their Facebook page says it all: "HEY SO THIS IS IT. THE END IS HERE. WE WERE BORN JANUARY 1ST 2005 AND WE WILL PERISH BEFORE BEING FORCED TO ENTER BAND KINDERGARTEN." Party with Unicorn Basement at their last show ever. Thursday at the 7th St. Entry with Gospel Gossip, MC/VL, Eye of the Great Protector, and Gay Beast. 18+. $6/$8 at the door (tickets available online). 8 p.m.
DEMO NYE Showcase
The Diverse Emerging Music Organization (DEMO) kicks off a weekend full of music at the Eagles Club with a New Year's Eve show, featuring the Whiskey Sour Notes, Al Grande, and more. 18+. $5. 7 p.m.
Pretty Boy Thorson, God Damn Doo Wop Band
A solid lineup of punk rock and doo-wop at the Hexagon -- and hey, you can't beat free. Pretty Boy Thorson, the God Damn Doo Wop Band, the Evening Rig, and Banner Pilot play a NYE show. 21+. Free. 9 p.m.
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Jeremy Messersmith, Brad Senne
Another seemingly laid-back affair, local songsmiths Jeremy Messersmith and Brad Senne will play the Red Stag Supper Club for the Secrets of the City New Year's Eve bash. With entertainer Dylan Fresco. Free admission, free truffle oil popcorn, free midnight champagne, and prizes. 21+. $0. 11 p.m.
Kill to Kill, Jenny Dalton, Aaron & the Sea
Another freebie! Party with up-and-coming rockers Kill to Kill, piano-driven songwriter Jenny Dalton, and indie poppers Aaron & the Sea at the 501. As with all shows at the 501 Club, there's no cover. 21+. 10 p.m.
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