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A Guide To New Year's Rockin' Eve '10

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On midnight Thursday, the big glass ball will drop in New York City’s Times Square and it will be 2010.

OK, practice blowing your noismaker now ...

One does not have to be tied to the TV to bring in the new year, however. There will be myriad New Year’s Eve celebrations going on all over the Detroit metro area, serving all tastes and temperaments. Here’s a quick look at some of the very best for those who want to party on ...

The Crofoot in Pontiac is hosting a pair of 2010 welcome events this year. The rock bands Pop Evil, Pillar of Autumn, No Resolve and the Product will play in The Crofoot Balroom starting at 7 p.m.; tickets are $15 in advance. Native American rapper ABK (aka Anybody Killa, real name James Lowery) will spit in the new year in the Pike Room with a party that starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $10 in advance. The Crofoot is at 1 S. Saginaw St. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Girls Gone Wild is taking up residence at Clutch Cargo’s New Year’s Eve-olution, which will feature midnight balloon drops on each of the club’s floors, a champagne toast and dancing all night long. Clutch Cargo’s is at 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.

Those wanting something a little more sedate — and pricey — can pamper themselves at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. Packages range from $399 for an Executive Room and $499 for a deluxe room, per couple, and include a three-course dinner, drink tickets, a midnight champagne toast, party favors and a breakfast buffet. Call (248) 652-2600 or www.royalparkhotel.net. The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham is also offering several packages, including a five-course dinner in its Rugby Grille with seatings at 6:30 ($75 per person) and 9 p.m. ($95); the later seating is full but the hotel has established a waiting list. A dance party in the Townsend’s Tea Lobby starts at 10 p.m., with a minimum of $250 per table. Call (248) 642-7900 or visit www.townsendhotel.com.

The Royal Oak Music Theatre will be part of New Year’s Nation, an interactive bash that links 10 cities (Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle and Toronto) beginning at 8 p.m. The local party will run from 8 p.m. for VIPs (9:30 p.m. for general admission ticketholders) to 4 a.m. and feature music by DJ Urban Kris with percussionist Jared Sykes and That 80’s Band. VIP tickets are $85, general admission is $55. The theater is located at 318 W. Fourth St. Call (248) 543-100 or visit www.NewYearsNationDetroit.com.

Expect a rowdy rock ‘n’ roll time at the Magic Bag when the Howling Diablos host a NYE 10 party with three other bands — Paper Street Saints, Us Minus Them and Ghosts of August. The Magic Bag is at 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call (248) 544-3030 or check out www.themagicbag.com.

A lot of people get the blues on New Year’s Eve, but it’s a good thing when you get ’em at the Rockin’ Blues NYE 2010 at Callahan’s Music Hall. WCSX’s Mark Pasman will host a Pasman Super Session with special guests Johnnie Bassett and Eddie Shaw. Tickets, priced $33-40, include dinner and a midnight snack. Callahan’s is at 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Call (248) 858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

You can usher in 2010 on the rails with the Michigan Star Clipper Train’s east-west run from Walled Lake. The ride begins at 9 p.m. and will feature two entertainment themes — Murder Madness and Tribute to Motown — as well as dinner and party favors, including pine railroad whistles to blow at midnight. Packages start at $199 per couple. An overnight stay at the Wixom Comfort Inn Suites, with shuttle service to the train station, is also available. Call (248) 960-9440 or visit www.rail-road.com for more information.

Welcome the new year with some yucks at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 269 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak. Jim David, Kevin McPeek and Keith Lenart will crack jokes during two shows, at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 per couple for the early show and $70 for the late show, which includes champagne and party favors. Call (248) 542-9000 or visit www.comedycastle.com.

They’ll be laughing in the new year at the Andiamo Novi Theatre as well, with performances of “Kwame a River 2: The Wrath of Conyers” at 7 p.m. Dinner packages are available both before (5 p.m., $74.95 per person) and after (8:30 p.m., $99.95 per person) the show, and the latter includes dancing and a champagne toast at midnight. The theater’s Dirty Martini lounge will also have a DJ spinning from 9 p.m. on, with a $20 cover. The theater is at 42705 Grand River Ave. Call (248) 348-4448 or visit www.andiamoitalia.com.

The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dearborn will host its annual New Year’s Eve Rock ‘n’ Roll Ball, with two rooms going full-throttle. Von Bondies, the Hard Lessons and the UnderDog will play in the Rock Room, while DJ Gabe Real will spin all night in the Club Room. Packages, with and without hotel rooms, range from $30-299 in advance to $35-309 at the door. Call (800) 233-1234 or visit www.bigcreekevents.com.

Just north of the Hyatt, the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn will host Tryst, with music by DJ Mike Anthony and a variety of party and hotel packages. Prices are $75-105. Call (248) 543-1000 or visit www.trystnewyearsgala.com.

The Resolution Ball — “Make one. Keep one. Break one.” is the theme — returns to the Fillmore Detroit, with DJs Tommy Holiday and Mike Anthony providing the tunes, acrobats, illusionists and “strolling entertainment” as well as hors d’oeuvres and a midnight buffett. Tickets are $30, $50 and $100. The Fillmore is at 2115 Woodward Ave. Call (313) 961-5451 or visit www.ResolutionBallDetroit.com.

V nightclub in the MGM Grand Casino will start 2010 with a bang — literally — with a performance by DJ and percussionist Ravidrums who, among other credits, was featured in “The Matrix Reloaded.” V’s resident DJ, Captn 20, will also spin. The party runs 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Veteran rappers the Sugar Hill Gang, meanwhile, will perform at MGM’s Ignite club, starting at 10 p.m. Tickets for both events are $50 per person. A pricier ($200 per person) alternative is a party at the MGM’s Grand Ballroom with a strolling buffett and champagne. Call (313) 465-1777 or visit www.mgmdetroit.com.

Amnesia at the MotorCity Hotel-Casino, 2901 Grand River Blvd., Detroit, will host a party from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. featuring DJ Unique, a midnight champagne toast and a continental breakfast from 1-3 a.m. Cost is $75 per person. Call (313) 237-7711 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com

The Majestic Theater Center, 4120-4140-Woodward Ave., Detroit, will have all three of its rooms in the party spirit. The self-explanatory Funk Night will have the Maestic Theater grooving from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Tickets are $5 for 21-andup, $10 for 18-20. Silverghost, Mick Basset & the Marthas, the Octopus and more will rock starting at 9 p.m. at the Magic Stick, with a $5 cover. And Macho City, Haute to Death and Replicas will hold forth in the Majestic Cafe starting at 10 p.m., for another $5 cover. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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