With New Year's Eve falling on a Friday this year, the concert calendar is looking downright epic. From freebie shows to high-profile benefits, the selection for this year's Big Night Out has a little something for every kind of showgoer. Here's a rundown of your options for Friday night, broken down by price ranges for your budgeting convenience.
[jump] Big Ticket Items ($70 and up)
Fine Line Music Cafe
Tina Schlieske comes home to reunite her '90s act Tina and the B-Sides. With openers the Melismatics. 21+. $71/$76 at the door (includes all beverages). 8 p.m.
With full band and Aby Wolf. $75 package includes four-course meal with complimentary champagne and two sets of live music by Dessa. $20 for music only. Seating begins at 9 p.m.
Minneapolis Marriot City Center
With Brother Ali, the Hood Internet, More Than Lights, Dada Trash Collage, DJ Snuggles. $150 VIP package (includes complimentary beer, wine, hor dourves, late night after party with DJ Snuggles in the upper level VIP room overlooking downtown Minneapolis). $30 for over 21, $35 for under 21. 8 p.m.
Dakota Jazz Club
5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., $100-$300. Early show includes dinner; late show includes champagne toast.
Ramada Inn - Mall of America
Special package for two runs $199 and includes room, dinner buffet, champagne toast, gift bag, breakfast for two and admission to the New Year's Eve Blues Bash featuring Lamont Cranston, Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys and Everett Smithson Band. $54 for dinner and music only; $25 for music only.
New Year's Eve Party with the Eagle River Band
Cover includes free drinks and food. 21+. $85. 8 p.m.
Mid-Level Tickets ($30-$50)
Medina Entertainment Center
Yes, Hairball. With Ladies of the '80s. 21+. $30. 7 p.m.
Featuring Gary Berg, Phil Aaron, Dean Magraw, Jay Young, and Kenny Horst. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast, party favors and more. 21+. $45. 9 p.m.
Modestly Priced Events ($10-$30)
Mallman returns for his annual celebration. Expect surprises! With Red Pens, Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps, and Koo Koo Kangaroo. 18+. $14. 8 p.m.
Champagne toast and "rap hosts with the most." Party with Kristoff Krane, Sims of Doomtree, and DJ Sean. 21+. $12. 9 p.m.
With the Church of Cash. Includes a midnight champagne toast, party favors & a roast beef dinner buffet. $15-20. 8 p.m.
With Get Cryphy DJs, Soviet Panda, DJ Smitty & Roy Freedom. Hosted by Ian Rans of Drinking With Ian. 18+. $10 advance/$20 at the door. 8 p.m.
The Loft at Barfly
Vaski with Borgore, Tomba, and more. 18+. $35. 6 p.m.
Wilebski's Blues Saloon
With Willie Murphy (voted this year's "Best Blues Artist" in City Pages), Eric Gales, Ipso Facto, and Barbara LeShoure. $20. 6 p.m.
O'Garas Bar & Grill
Champagne toast and party favors. 21+. $12. 8:30 p.m.
Cause Spirits & Soundbar
With Black Blondie, Mystery Palace, and DJ Grant Cutler. Free champagne and pizza at midnight. 21+. $15. 9 p.m. (Open bar 9-10 p.m.)
With Heatbox. 18+. $17/$20 at the door. 8:30 p.m.
With DJ Verb X, more. 21+. $20. 8 p.m.
Bargains (Under $10)
7th St. Entry
A party hosted by MPLS.TV with Chelsea Boys, Fort Wilson Riot, CLAPS, Slapping Purses, and DJ Dick Pic (Maggie Morrison and Machen Davis). 18+. $7. 8 p.m.
Happy Freakin' New Year
Lee's Liquor Lounge
With E.L.nO., Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles. 21+. $10. 9 p.m.
Post Mode, Vaudeville, Big Fiery Kill Rock
18+. $5. 8:30 p.m.
Hookers and Blow
Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues
21+. $10. 10 p.m.
Kitty Cat Klub
21+. $5. 9 p.m.
Triple Rock Social Club
With 20 Dollar Love, Torch the Spires. 21+. $8/$10 at the door. 9 p.m.
New Year's Eve Bash
With bagpipes, bubbly, Beatles tribute band A Hard Day's Night. Free. 6 p.m.
With Person Hurter, Sex Rays, Reckless Ones, Pennyroyal, more. 21+. Free. 9 p.m.
Twin City Rockabilly New Year's Eve Party
With Al's Rockabilly Trio, Mustache Jim & the Straight Razors. Free. 10 p.m.
New Year's Eve Party
Red Stag Supper Club
Special menu items available. With music by Brad Senne & Sophia Shorai, free champagne toast at midnight. Reservations recommended. 21+. Free. 11 p.m.
New Year's Eve Metal Show
With Over the Throne, Jaundice, Ghost Hook, Deretla. 21+. Free. 10 p.m.
Nomad World Pub
w/ Cadillac Kolstad & The Flats, The Union Suits. MEAT RAFFLE! + Champagne toast at midnight. 21+. Free. 9 p.m.
Whoomp (There It Is): a 90's Dance Party
A 90210 New Years Eve with DJ Tanner, Dr. Dallas Dog-Palace, MC Hang Time. 21+. Free. 9 p.m.