New Year's Eve concert guide


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)

All Inclusive New Year's Eve with Tina and the B-Sides

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.

New Year's Eve with Dessa


Aster Cafe

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.

Vega New Year's Eve

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.

New Year's Eve with Average White Band

Dakota Jazz Club

5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., $100-$300. Early show includes dinner; late show includes champagne toast.

New Year's Eve with Lamont Cranston

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)

New Year's Eve with Hairball

Medina Entertainment Center

Yes, Hairball. With Ladies of the '80s. 21+. $30. 7 p.m.

New Year's Eve Extravaganza with Carol Martin & Friends

Artists' Quarter

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)

Mark Mallman's New Year's Eve

Varsity Theater

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.

501 NYE Throwdown

501 Club

Champagne toast and "rap hosts with the most." Party with Kristoff Krane, Sims of Doomtree, and DJ Sean. 21+. $12. 9 p.m.

Belfast Cowboys

Whiskey Junction

With the Church of Cash. Includes a midnight champagne toast, party favors & a roast beef dinner buffet. $15-20. 8 p.m.

New Year's Eve Danceteria

First Avenue

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.

TC Dubstep New Year's Eve

The Loft at Barfly

Vaski with Borgore, Tomba, and more. 18+. $35. 6 p.m.

New Year's Blues & Reggae Extravaganza

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.

Pat McCurdy and Friends

O'Garas Bar & Grill

Champagne toast and party favors. 21+. $12. 8:30 p.m.

New Year's Eve at Cause

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.

The One Love Movement: End of the Year Smokeout

Record Room

With DJ Verb X, more. 21+. $20. 8 p.m.

Bargains (Under $10)

Fuck Resolutions, You're Perfect

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

400 Bar

18+. $5. 8:30 p.m.

Hookers and Blow

Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues

21+. $10. 10 p.m.

The Goondas, StrangeLights, and Voytek

Kitty Cat Klub

21+. $5. 9 p.m.

Metallagher New Year's Dyer's Eve

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

Brit's Pub

With bagpipes, bubbly, Beatles tribute band A Hard Day's Night. Free. 6 p.m.

The Hexagon New Year's Eve Bash

Hexagon Bar

With Person Hurter, Sex Rays, Reckless Ones, Pennyroyal, more. 21+. Free. 9 p.m.

Twin City Rockabilly New Year's Eve Party

Memory Lanes

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

Station 4

With Over the Throne, Jaundice, Ghost Hook, Deretla. 21+. Free. 10 p.m. 

Recession Proof New Years Eve Party

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

331 Club

A 90210 New Years Eve with DJ Tanner, Dr. Dallas Dog-Palace, MC Hang Time. 21+. Free. 9 p.m.