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New Year's Parties Run A Gamut This Year
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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The party’s the thing on New Year’s Eve. And there are always so many to choose from.

There are the easy ways out, of course — the house party, the neighborhood bar, a quick dinner and movie. But for those who would rather step out, it’s always a challenge to find just the right way to ring in another annum.

So we’ve combed our e-mails and listings, made a few discreet phone calls and visits, sniffed out the possibilities and come up with these recommendations to help your Auld Lang Syne be an especially good time ...

An oldie but a goodie

Motown legends the Four Tops will sing the same old songs — and that’s a good thing — for the first New Year’s Eve bash at the renovated Hotel St. Regis. The bill also includes Les Williams & the Band and Tyrone Bradley, with Spyder Turner hosting and a variety of Motown veterans serving as celebrity hosts. Packages are available for $90, $150 and $399, including champagne, dinner and hotel rooms. The St. Regis is at 3071 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. Call (313) 873-3000 or visit www.hotelstregisdetroit.com.

And all that jazz

Arturo’s Jazz Theatre & Restaurant in Southfield will indeed have all that jazz, with a seven-hour party that includes performances by Detroit all-stars and band leaders Ralphe Armstrong, Rayse Biggs and Bamm Davis. Doors open at 7 p.m., with dinner at 8 and music at 9:30 and 11:30. A breakfast buffet is scheduled for 1 a.m. Tickets are $150. Arturo’s is located in the AMC Star Theatre Complex, 25333 W. 12 Mile Road. Call (248) 357-6009 or visit www.arturosjazz.com.

It’s blues time

Flute virtuoso and WVMV-FM (98.7) morning host Alexander Zonjic will hold forth with the Motor City Horns at Seldom Blues, the club he co-owns, in Detroit’s Renaissance Center. Besides the performance, the $375-per-couple charge includes a champagne and cheese reception followed by a four-course dinner. The evening gets underway at 7 p.m. Call (313) 567-7301 ext. 112 or visit www. seldomblues.com.

Hard rockin’ with 313

The Web site 313.com takes over Detroit’s Hard Rock Cafe, 45 Monroe St., for a “mature, trendy and chic” affair that features sets by DJs Jenna Brown, Buck Wild and Abbe & J. Packages range from the $100 10 p.m.-2 a.m. party with open bar, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, while $20 gets you into the 2-4 a.m. afterglow. Call (313) 964-7625 or visit www.nye313rd.com.

Neo-soul at Music Hall

Those with a taste for urbane and sophisticated neo-soul may want to steer toward’s Detroit’s Music Hall Center, 350 Madison Ave., for a double bill of New Yorker Amel Larrieux and Detroit’s own Dwele, the latter of whom will be previewing material from his upcoming third album. The music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22-$52. Call (313) 887-8500 or visit www.musichall.org.

Step back into the ’80s

You can party like it’s 1988 at Ferndale’s Magic Bag, where perennial favorites the Mega 80’s will revisit the heyday of MTV and silly haircuts. Doors for the retro party open at 8 p.m. at the Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave. Admission is $40. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

A Grand good time

Detroit’s MGM Grand, 1777 Third St., offers a couple of opportunities to usher in the New Year. Swing rockers the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies will play in the Grand Ballroom; the $200 per person admission gets you an open bar, a strolling dinner and a champagne toast at midnight. For those who want something a little less formal, DJs Mike Anthony and Tom T will spin in the V Nightclub. Packages ranging from $100-$15,000 are available. Call (877) 888-2121 or visit www.mgmgranddetroit.com.

It’s getting hot in here

Canadian rockers Hot Hot Heat headline this year’s New Year’s Eve Rock ’n’ Roll Ball at the Hyatt Regency, 600 Town Center Drive, Dearborn. One Man’s Opinion, the Delivery and DJ Gabe Real will also perform at the two-room soiree. Basic admission is $40, while a $75 VIP package includes drinks. Call (313) 298-7999 or visit www.89xradio.com.

You spin me right ’round

A collision of sensibilities will take place at the Diamond Center Ballroom in Novi’s Rock Financial Showplace, where Steve King & the Dittilies will play ’80s and ’90s favorites and DJs Captn20, Prevu and Blake George will spin more current and cutting-edge fare. The party runs 9 p.m.-3 a.m. in a 20,000-square-foot space that will feature 60-inch video screens and other effects. The Ballroom is located at 46100 Grand River Ave. Admission is $125. Call (866) 396-3115 or visit www.nyedetroit2008.com.

Have a ball at Clutch Cargo’s

Pontiac’s Clutch Cargo’s brings back its popular Masquerade Ball, a lowdough ($10 in advance) celebration with DJs Marcus Beier and Cue spinning, a balloon drop and a drawing for prizes ranging from an overseas trip to spa visits and limo rentals. Clutch Cargo’s is at 65 E. Huron St. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.

New Year’s Freak

Detroit hard rockers Crud will host a New Year’s Freak with a full night of entertainment, including sets by Cybertrybe and the debut performance by They Never Sleep, a puppet show from the Gepetto Files, burlesque by Death in Heels, an appearance by “barfly poet” Jimmy Doom as Baby New Year and between-act tunes by DJ Topkat. The party starts at 8 p.m. at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 833-7665 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Modern rockers

The Electric Six returns to its native Detroit to headline a modern rock bill that also includes The Go and Gourdon at the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www. majesticdetroit.com.

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