Since New Year’s Eve is arguably the biggest party night of the year, everyone from Baby New Year to Father Time is throwing a blowout shindig. There’s just a dizzying array of options for kissing 2009 goodbye. To help narrow down your choices, here’s a handy list of some of the more notable New Year’s Eve parties in the Lawrence and Kansas City area.
Lawrence’s premier cover band, Sellout! brings the cheese to the party in full costume, playing your favorite hits from the past four decades. Faux Gene Simmons and fake Marilyn Monroe help you dance in the New Year along with a balloon drop, party favors, and complimentary champagne. Check out our podcast interview with the band. $20 advance, $25 day of show. Win tickets!
Lawrence bluegrass luminaries Split Lip Rayfield will help New Year’s revelers hoedown as they countdown with blazing-fast banjo and mandolin licks balanced by high-lonesome ballads and a healthy sense of humor. Split Lip will be joined by psychobilly twangers out of Arkansas, Mountain Sprout. $15 advance, $20 day of show. Win tickets!
Fast Johnny Ricker is a Kansas City guitar virtuoso who’s played with everyone from Bo Diddley to The Byrds. He’ll be popping your ears with his psychedelic blues rock as you’re popping the corks off the free champagne. $20 advance, $25 day of show.
Approach / Steddy P / Royce Diamond / Soul Servers / Greg Enemy / Atila / Milkdrop — 10 p.m. at Jackpot Music Hall
It’s a big, sexy night of progressive hip-hop headlined by Lawrence-bred MC Approach and Kansas City’s Steddy P. As the ball drops in Times Square, the beat drops in Lawrence. $10 for 18-21, $8 for 21+.
Taproom regulars Stackswell and BSears spin their sometimes obscure but always danceable vinyl, featuring everything from Motown to Merengue in their DJ set. $5 day of show.
The Arthur Dodge Boys ring in the new year with new material of 2009 year, peppered with some oldies from the Horsefeather catalog. A new year begins, champagne flows, then Dodge and band saunter through some relics of rock-and-roll's past. Lawrence's Danny Pound and The French Leaves open. $7 day of show.
The big band funk of Kansas City afro-beat swingers Hearts of Darkness herald the New Year with a full horn section. $15 advance, $20 day of show.
Blues-rock homeboys Majestics Rhythm Revue get you drunk on funk (and probably some bubbly) while performing covers and originals. $8.
Boot scootin’ country tunes, along with some rock and swing, help you line dance into the New Year. $5.
Lawrence’s very own Kelley Hunt, soulful crooner of bluesy Americana roots, holds court at Liberty Hall. $30.50 reserved floor tables, $20.50 general admission, $35.50/$25.50 day of show.
This party in the Eldridge's Big 6 Room features R&B tunes by Louis Cowdrey and Bugaloo Tramps from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Doors open at 9 p.m. Cash only bar and hors d'oeuvres. $20 cover includes champagne toast.
The Replay invites you to “rock 2009 goodbye” with the prog-metal of Mansion and the glam-punk of Tommy Ferrari. $2 day of show.
Optional pre-book via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. $40 cover includes: DJ, dancing, pizza buffet (8-10:30 p.m.), giveaways and champagne toast. Take a look inside The Cave in our preview of the new night club.
The self-proclaimed “Undisputed King of Juke Joint Swing,” Wayne “The Train” Hancock is a grizzled Texan who channels Hank Williams Sr. as he slings his boozy brand of honky-tonk boogie. Party favors and buffet included. $55 for dinner/show/party favors/buffet, $35 for show/party favors/buffet. Tickets must be purchased before Tuesday, Dec. 29.
Kansas City pop-punks Ultimate Fakebook — recently reunited and ready to riff — team up with Lawrence metal-smiths Hammerlord—face-melters of brutal proportions — to ring in a very noisy New Year. After party includes air guitar competition and DJ Stevie Cruz. $15 advance, $20 day of show.
The Sex Police will arrest you with their ska and throw you in reggae jail. A full brass section will have you skankin’ in the New Year. $10 advance and day of show.
The Uptown Theater turns into a multi-tiered New Year’s Eve entertainment compound with six different rooms of bands, DJs, buffets and open bars. $80 V.I.P. pass, $40 “not so” V.I.P. pass.
The Sandbar invites you to bring a mullet, tank top, and Daisy Dukes to their white trash New Year's Party. You'll be able to bob for cheap beer and drink some down home trashcan juice. The cover charge includes snacks, party favors, midnight champagne toast, and prizes for best costumes. $10 day of party.