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Detroit's filled with New Year's Eve options
U2 once sang that all is quiet on New Year’s Day, but that’s hardly the case on New Year’s Eve.
True, many these days prefer to cocoon and usher in the new year quietly. But many others still like to do it with some noise — be it rock, jazz, R&B, funk, blues, thumping dance club fare or even comedy. They still like to party like it’s ... well, whatever year is headed out.
The Motown metro area is filled with options for the celebration, from low-dough to mortgage-worthy parties, from fine to funk and chic to shaggy. In other words, there’s something for everyone — even you — and here’s a sampling of more than two dozen of Detroit’s most notable New Year’s Eve bashes ...
• Royal Oak will take the party to the streets — Washington Avenue at Sixth Street, specifically — with a free concert by the Romantics and Gin Blossoms and a 1,000-pound ball drop, featuring 288 lights, at midnight. DJ Brian Gillespie will start the night at 8 p.m. Visit www.RockinTheEve.com for more details.
• Organizers of Motor City New Year’s Eve The Drop hope this year’s event at the Compuware headquarters in downtown Detroit will be the start of a tradition. The semi-formal event will be hosted by Fox 2’s Anqunette Jamison, with music by DJs A.D. Cruze and Tom T. The highlight of the night will be a 50-pound, neon-lit olde English D that will drop 60 feet outside the Compuware building and in full view of Campus Martius Park. Tickets are $85 in advance and $100 at the door, with $1,200 cabanas also available. Call 313-355-0413 or visit www.motorcitynye.com.
• WCSX “Motor City Blues Project” host Mark Pasman presides over a Rockin’ Blues NYE 2011 party at Callahan’s Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. His Pasman Super Session features Johnnie Bassett, Bobby Murray, Big Al of the Broken Arrow Blues Band, Paul Randolph and more. The party starts at 8 p.m., with a $30 (in advance) package that includes dinner and noisemakers — and not just those on stage. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.
• The Crofoot Ballroom will cater to the budget-minded with the Flippin’ Cheap New Year’s Bash, featuring music by Bat On Fire, Richy Nix, Battlecross, Avarice and the Fake Take. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. The Crofoot is at 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Call 248-758-9770 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
• Champagne Blast 2010: A New Year’s Eve-olution will keep the crowd dancing all night at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. For $10 revelers can enjoy multiple prize-filled balloon drops and a midnight champagne toast, with DJ Nick Craig spinning tunes. Call 248-333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.
• The country bands Coal Train and Bullmonkey Deluxe will twang away at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 8, with no cover charge. Call 248-454-8629 or visit www.tobykeith.com/auburnhills.
• Party like it’s 1980-whatever with the Mega 80’s cover band at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
• DJ Soulprovidah will spin the tunes for The Bosco’s eighth annual $10 NYE Party, which should leave you plenty of money for midnight champagne. Table reservations are also available. The Bosco is at 22930 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 9 p.m. Call 248-541-8818 or visit www.thebosco.com.
• Laughter will be the sound at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, with the jokes provided by Dan Greuter, Manny Shields and Bob Phillips. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $55 per couple, while the 10:30 p.m. seating is $70 per couple with party favors and a split of champagne. Ridley’s is at 310 S. Troy St. Tickets are only available by calling 248-542-9900. Visit www.comedycastle.com.
• Go as you see fit to Ice-At-Large: A Gay Masquerade Ball hosted by VH-1’s New York at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. The night includes a balloon drop, a “massive” confetti explosion, a burlesque drag performance and more. Not for the faint of heart, surely. Admission is $20 for those younger than 21, $25 for those 21 and older. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
• The Townsend Hotel in downtown Birmingham will operate three rooms of revelry throughout the night, with DJs spinning in the Grand Ballroom and The Corner bar, with a more sedate hang in the Grand Foyer. It’s upscale and pricey at $119 for women and $149 for men, with special room and suite rates available. Call 248-566-4499 or visit www.Vital2u.com/NYE.
• Those looking for another upscale New Year’s Eve experience can head to the MET Hotel, formerly the Northfield Hilton, 5500 Crooks Road, Troy. The VIP-minded experience includes hors d’oeuvres, champagne fountains, a wee-hours breakfast, a balloon drop, confetti storm, party favors and music from DJ Chrome and DJ Surab Deb. Tickets are $85. Call 248-879-2100 or visit www.nyedetroit.com.
• “American Idol” champ Fantasia will be joined by Eric Benet, Kandi and Melanie Comarcho at 9 p.m. at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $39.50-88. Call 313-471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.
• The Social Connection’s Resolution Ball will fill the Fillmore Detroit with revelry that includes food, drink, dance music, party favors and more into the early morning hours. Packages include an NYE Party Pass for $85 and a VIP All-Access Pass for $115. The Fillmore is at 2115 Woodward Ave. Call 248-543-1000 or visit www.nyedetroit.com/ResolutionBall.
• Detroit R&B singer Dwele, who was part of Kanye West’s hit “Power” this year, is the star attraction at Ignite in the MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third St. DJ Whip will work the turntables before and after the performance. Tickets are $58.50 and include a champagne toast. Call 313-465-1650 or visit www.mgmgranddetroit.com.
• Alexander Zonjic and Friends, with vocalist Athena Johnson, will jazz things up in the main ballroom of the Hotel St. Regis, 3072 West Grand Blvd., Detroit. Music, dinner, dessert, party favors and a champagne toast are included for $89 per person, $175 per couple. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with dinner at 9 p.m. Rooms and New Year’s Day brunch are also available. Call 313-873-3000 or visit www.zonjic.com.
• The MotorCity Casino-Hotel is free, save for food and gambling, but partiers can dance to the Sun Messengers at 7 p.m. and Larry Lee & Back in the Day at 11:15 p.m. in Chromatics and to DJs Mandy, Linda Lexy and Kim James in the Radio Bar. The casino is at 2901 Grand River Ave. in Detroit. Call 866-782-9622 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.
• DJs will provide the soundtrack for the party at Greektown Casino, 555 Lafayette Blvd., Detroit. DJ Chill Will will spin at Shotz Bar from 9:30 p.m.-4 a.m., while DJ Sandman holds court at Eclipz. Mandalay has a shorter stint, 7-11 p.m., in the 555 Bistro. Call 888-771-4386 or visit www.greektowncasino.com.
• All three floors of Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit, will be going strong at the Downtown Countdown, which stars at 9 p.m. and features DJs, a balloon drop and confetti storm, party favors and a live TV feed from Times Square in New York. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $50 for VIP access. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.nyedetroit.com.
• Detroit’s Majestic complex will welcome 2011 with parties both upstairs and downstairs. Will Sessions, Scott Craig and Frank Raines will keep the booties shaking at Funk Night Detroit, starting at 10 p.m. in the Majestic Theatre. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. The Magic Stick, meanwhile, will feature 10 bands on two stages, including Silverghost, Lighting Love, Marco Polo & the New Vaccines, the Satin Peaches and Sisters of Our Sunshine Vapor. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
• Thornetta Davis and her band will usher in the new year with three sets at the Harbor House, 440 Clinton St., Detroit. The $50 tag includes the music, dinner, a champagne toast and party favors. Call 313-967-9900.
• The Twistin’ Tarantulas bring 2011 in on a rockabilly note, joining forces with the Blues Airmen, Lixx and The Mod at the Token Lounge, 28949 Joy Road, Westland. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 248-797-6931 or visit www.thetokenlounge.com.
• Those who want their New Year’s Eve heavy and loud can check out Scandinavian Pleather, Snake Oil Slick and more at Small’s, 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cover is $5. Call 313-873-1117 or visit www.smallsbardetroit.com.
• T.H.E. Modfather and other bands will rock in 2011 at Paycheck’s Lounge, 2932 Caniff, Hamtramck. The music starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $5. Call 313-874-0909 or visit www.paycheckslounge.com.
• The bash at Greektown’s Atheneum Suites hotel’s ...Upscale & Unprecedented bash will include three DJs (Mike Anthony, Matt Aubrey and Jay Towers from WNIC-FM and Fox 2 News), food and more. The party starts at 9 p.m. at 1000 Brush Ave., Detroit. Admissions are $99 for women and $115 for men, with room packages available. Call 248-660-6890 or visit www.nyeindetroit.com.
• The Christopher L. Wilson Quintet will close 2010 and start 2011 on a jazzy note at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, 20510 Livernois, Detroit. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 313-345-6300 or visit www.bakerskeyboardlounge.com.
• Those in a rocking frame of mind can kick out the jams with Dirty Americans and Lies Unknown at New York New York, 33151 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Call 586-725-3914.
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