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|December 25-31, 2008
All events take place on Wednesday, Dec. 31, except as noted.
D Note’s New Year’s Eve Show — Rock out at 5 p.m. with D Note regulars The Clamdaddys, followed by Irie Still at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. D Note, 7519 Grandview Ave., Arvada, 303-GO-NOTE.
Barbara Paris and Mark Klagstad — This duo will be performing classic jazz, and some tunes from George and Ira Gershwin, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Cole Porter. Reservations are recommended, and the jazz swings at 9pm. A 5 p.m. seating features classical guitar, and a 7 p.m. seating features a harpist. Trattoria on Pearl, 1430 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-317-8674.
The Centennial Celebration — This New Year’s Eve marks a special celebration for our beautiful Hotel Boulderado — it’s their 100th birthday! Yes, one-zero-zero. To mark the occasion, the Boulderado is offering several packages. You can enjoy the “all access” Gala Ball (five-course dinner for two, an overnight stay in the hotel, horse and carriage ride and a commemorative gift), Overnight Salsa (overnight stay for two and access to a swinging good time), or the Salsa Dance Party with one of the best salsa bands around, Quemando. Ticket prices vary according to which events you choose. Hotel Boulderado, 2115 13th St., Boulder, 303-440-2880.
Chicken Noodle Funk — Join these funky locals at 10 p.m. at one of our favorite spots, the Pearl Street Pub. Pearl Street Pub, 1108 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-939-9900.
CMKY Presents New Year’s Eve — With SMIRK and Steven Ganser, and videos by Pants and Friends. Only Communikey (CMKY) could bring you an all-nighter of the best in live electronic and collaborative music for NYE. Join the DJs at The b.side starting at 9 p.m. for a mere $10, and be prepared to dance your ass off! The b.side Lounge, 2017 13th St., Boulder, 303-473-9463.
Dan Treanor and the Afrossippi Blues Band — With special guests, The Blackdog Trio. The Gold Hill Inn is a legend with its rustic interior and Boulder County history. Oh, and it’s a damned good time, as well. Tickets are $29 and include music, light food buffet, champagne at midnight and a host of door prizes. Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., Gold Hill, 303-443-6461.
Dance Party at Avalon Ballroom — Sponsored by American Vernacular Dance. Ring in the New Year by dancing the night away. From 8 p.m. until midnight, you can move your legs to waltz, swing, tango, foxtrot, blues and other couples dances at the Avalon Ballroom. Live music by Sandra Wong and Rodney Sauer will accompany from 8:30 until 10:45. DJ Frank Vernon will also be dishing out the tunes throughout the evening. Add to that a dance performance by Watch Your Step!, a champagne toast and a potluck for an evening of entertainment and community. The Avalon has a large, cushioned oak dance floor, great acoustics and a fine audio system. For more information, visit www.villageartscoalition.org. Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Rd., Boulder.
Great American Taxi — With Vince Herman and Long Road Home. Doors open at 5 p.m. for this amalgam of good jams and good times. Redfish New Orleans Brewhouse, 2027 13th St., Boulder, 303-440-5858.
Irish New Year’s — Get your green and Guinness on at our quaint little Irish pub, Conor O’Neills. The cover is only $1 at 10 p.m. with a free champagne toast at midnight. Enjoy the music of the Unknown Americans. Conor O’Neill’s, 1922 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-1922.
Lotus — Boulder loves to jam, and NYE is no exception. These boys from Philly splice a bit of funk, a bit of rock, a bit of jam and a dose of electronic. What’s not to love? With openers Pretty Lights, this is sure to be one of the most dynamic shows ever. Tickets are $40. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Melo Roast Jazz Trio — Spend your New Year’s jazzy and classy. Johnny’s Cigar and Martini Bar, 1801 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-0884.
New Year’s Day at St. Julien — After celebrating the night away, you can head right back to the lovely St. Julien for a special New Year’s Day brunch with seatings at 11 and 11:30 a.m., and again at 1:30 and 2 p.m.. The price is $39.95 for adults at $19.95 for children aged 3 to 12. On Jan. 1. St. Julien Hotel & Spa, 900 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-406-9696.
New Year’s Eve at Black Cat — A classy, tasty place to celebrate. The Dave Honig Jazz Duo will perform from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Cat Restaurant, 1964 13th St., Boulder, 303-444-9110.
New Year’s Eve at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre — Dinner, show, champagne and dancing all under one roof! Kick back and let the talented folks at BDT entertain you with the hit Mel Brooks musical, The Producers. We said it ourselves: “There is simply no better show playing in Boulder — now and through the holiday season — than The Producers.” Go see what all the laughs are about. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.. Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-449-6000.
New Year’s Eve at the Foundry — Featuring the music of Something Underground and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. New Year’s Eve at the Foundry is a Boulder tradition. The Foundry, 1109 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-447-1803.
New Year’s Eve at St. Julien — Ring in the New Year with some class at St. Julien Hotel & Spa. Enjoy the horn-infused blues and soul music of Chris Daniels & The Kings. For $75, you can take in the entertainment, a cocktail, party favors, dessert bugget and a midnight champagne toast. Dinner specials are available in St. Julien’s restaurant, Jill’s, prior to the 9 p.m. festivities. St. Julien Hotel & Spa, 900 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-406-9696.
New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Rio — Get spicy this year by ringing in the season at The Rio. For New Year’s Eve, they will be extending their bar hours until 12:30 a.m. and offering a complimentary champagne toast. Festivities start at 5 p.m. Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 1101 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-5848.
New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Kitchen — Join The Kitchen as they celebrate both the New Year and their third birthday! They will offer a seasonal menu with their most popular dishes, an open bar and the sounds of DJ Russo. Of course, there will be a midnight toast with the finest champagne and 2009 Culinary Resolution prizes. The four-course prix fixe is $75 per person, $100 with pairings. The Kitchen, 1039 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-544-5973.
New Year’s Eve Two Thousand and Ate — All the Big Red F restaurants are ringing in 2009 in a big way. Centro Latin Kitchen (950 Pearl St., 303-442-7771) will have a three-course prix fixe dinner with Centro Coin and champagne toast for $35 per person. Jax Fish House (928 Pearl St., 303-444-1811) will have a five-course NYE dinner at $75 per person with a $25 pairing option. The laid-back West End Tavern (926 Pearl St., 303-444-3535) will be hopping it up with a six-special hoppy beer selection and food specials. And last but not least, Zolo Southwestern Grill will have a three-course prix fixe menu at $48 per person, and a limited à la carte menu.
The Polar Plunge — Think you got what it takes to join in on the coldest fun around? Become a “plunger” and head down to the Boulder Reservoir on Jan. 1 for a dip in the icy waters. This annual tradition will leave you shivering, but for a good cause: registration funds go to the Alzheimer’s Association. On Jan. 1 at Boulder Reservoir. Visit www.alz.org/co for information or to pre-register.
Richie Furay Band — This is an annual Rock N Soul tradition of good food and good music with Richie Furay and crew. Furay is a rock legend and a Boulderite, and Rock N Soul is sure to be the place for one of the best NYE shows around. Tickets are $50 and include music, dinner and champagne toast. It all begins at 5 p.m. Rock N Soul Cafe, 5290 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-443-5108.
Rose Hill Drive — Boulder’s very own classic rockers will be paying tribute this year. Celebrating yet another NYE at Boulder Theater, Rose Hill Drive will be performing Led Zeppelin II in its entirety in addition to a set of their own originals. And, one of our other favorite Colorado acts, Paper Bird, will be opening. That’s a whole lotta love. On Dec. 30 and 31 at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030.
Unity of Boulder — New Year’s Eve meditation. Join Jack and Norma Groverland for a spiritual entry into 2009. Meditation is from 11:15 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Unity of Boulder, 2855 Folsom St., Boulder, 303-442-1411.
New Year’s Disco Evening — Copper’s got one of the best NYE celebrations in the state. Their Burning Stones Plaza will be transformed into Studio 54 for a night of disco, dancing and spectacular fireworks. Add to that a show by the Copper Mountain Freeride Team, and you’ve got yourself a grand ole time. Copper Mountain Ski Resort, Copper, 970-479-0607.
All Ages Show at Comedy Works — Featuring Eddie Gossling. Cost is $25-$75. Festivities include a champagne toast, midnight buffet, party favors and laugh-your-ass-off comedy. Shows at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Ages 13 and over are welcome at the 6 p.m. show. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. Denver, 303-595-3637.
Big Head Todd & the Monsters — Our local Boulderites are entertaining Denver for a NYE party. Ogden Theater, 935 E. Colfax, Denver, 303-830-8497.
Countdown with the Denver Brass — Family show at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. show with champagne reception. Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, 303-832-4676.
Death for Dinner — A mystery dinner. Tickets are $49. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Adams Mystery Playhouse, 2406 Federal Blvd., Denver, 303-455-1848.
Flogging Molly — With The Aggrolites, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and Synthetic Elements. Mosh in the pit, do a jig — they don’t care as long as you get down. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., Denver, 303-837-0360.
FM Magazine Presents The Future Party — With Bunny Rabbit, Black Cracker and DJs El Brian, Dre Day and Jalapeño. Celebrate 2009 with local mags and local tunes. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway, Denver, 720-570-4500.
Hot Buttered Rum — Back again for NYE at the Oriental, these California bluegrassers are ready to rock Denver. Oriental Theater, 4335 W 44th Ave., Denver, 303-455-2124.
Lannie Garrett’s New Year’s Eve Celebration — Join this sultry diva and her big swingin’ band for a countdown you’ll never forget. At Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, 16th St. Mall, Denver, 303-293-0075.
Local Shakedown NYE Bash — Our beloved Radio 1190 is sponsoring the best in local music to ring, or in this case blast, in the New Year. Headlining the stage will be Blue Million Miles, Houses, Achille Lauro and DJ Tyler Snow. Tickets are only $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Champagne toast at midnight. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007.
Mercury Cafe’s New Year’s Eve Party — This is the Merc’s chef’s most special night of the year! Dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 12:20 a.m., accompanied by virtuoses jazz and classical musicians. Enjoy the annual Erotic Poetry Festival at 7 p.m., dancing with the David Booker Swingtet at 10 p.m. and All-night Tango with Alernativo Milonga at 1:30 a.m. Look for surprise performances, tarot readings and charms for romancers. Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St., Denver, 303-294-9258.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Downtown — Two fireworks displays will take place on New Year’s Eve over the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. The first show is at 9 p.m., and the second will begin at the stroke of midnight. Visit www.downtowndenver.com for more info.
Noon Year’s Eve — The Children’s Museum of Denver will be transformed into Times Square on Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., complete with a countdown and ball drop. There will be special performances from Dr. Noize with interactive songs. At 2121 Children’s Museum of Denver Dr., Denver, 303-433-7444.
Panjea — With Michael Kang, Chris Berry and the 50 Piece Panjoric Orchestra and DNALand. Doors are at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of show. Cervante’s Masterpiece, 2637 Welton St., Denver, 303-297-1772.
The Railbenders — With Das Borrachos. Show, dinner and hotel packages available. Soiled Dove, 7401 E. 1st St., Denver, 303-366-3001.
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club — These Americana Denver legends are kicking off the New Year with their annual Bluebird show filled with charimastic stage antics and some down-home, twisted tunes. With Munly and Lupercalians. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-830-8497.
Widespread Panic — With Yonder Mountain String Band. Jambanders rejoice: Atlanta-based WSP will be taking Denver by storm for NYE. Show at 8:30 p.m. and tickets start at $61. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir., Denver, 303-405-1100.
Flobots — With Kinetix and Mike Friesen’s Punch Out! This is an evening of Denver sensations and eclectic sounds not to be missed. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, 303-830-8497.
Wendy Woo — Join Boulder singer-songwriter and her five-piece band at the rustic Mary’s Lake Lodge. On Dec. 31 at Mary’s Lake Lodge, 2625 Mary’s Lake Rd., Estes Park, 970-586-5958.
New Year’s Eve Bluegrass Jam and Potluck Party — With Horsetooth Mountain Rangers. Bring your favorite instrument and jam out for a musical NYE. Free champagne toast at midnight. Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason St., Ft. Collins, 970-493-5555.
Motorhome — With Umlaut and Arliss Nancy. Tickets are $5 and $10 on the day of the show. Aggie Theatre, 204 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, 970-482-8300.
The Shaming of the True — Get theatrical for NYE with this naughty retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Tickets are $20.09 per person and $40 per couple. Miner’s Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden, 303-499-0383.
Freddi-Henchi Band — Cover to this show gets you the sounds of Freddi-Henchi, an hors d’ouvres buffet and a midnight champagne toast. Nissi’s, 2675 N. Park Dr., Lafayette, 303-665-2757.
WOW! New Year’s Celebration — Celebrate New Year’s Eve at noon with noisemaker crafts for the kids. On Dec. 31 at WOW! Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303-604-2424.
Old Town New Year’s Eve Party — Ring in the New Year with the blues and R&B styles of Deborah Stafford and Stone Soup. Tickets are $35 and include wine or beer, appetizers and a champagne toast. On Dec. 31 at DaVinci’s Restaurant, 526 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-8669.
Spring Creek Bluegrass Band — With The Dangerfields. So what’s better than hanging out at Oskar Blues for booze and tunes on New Year’s? Taking part in their overnight lodging deal. This year, instead of making the trek to Lyons and back on a cold winter night, you can opt into Oskar Blues lodging deal with Stone Mountain Lodge. The deal will get you lodging, a shuttle to and from Oskar Blues, dinner and drink specials, and even take care of the cover charge at the bar. In addition to all the entertainment, Oskar Blues will be unveiling its latest creation — a German-style Alt beer. Hello, 2009! Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons, 303-823-6685.
Mountain Standard Time — Live music and Ned-head style celebrations throughout the evening. Cover is $5 at the door. First Street Pub and Grill, 35 E. 1st St., Nederland, 303-258-0782.
New Year’s at Niwot Tavern — Celebrate the New Year with a dinner date at Niwot Tavern. Niwot Tavern, 7960 Niwot Rd., Niwot, 303-652-0200.
White Rose Gala 2008: Garden of Eden — A black tie optional, 10-hour indoor swimming pool party! Presented by Kevin Larson and Greg Bloom with DenverMix.com, Westword, TRU Vodka and Zaca Life Artists, this is a huge bash that sold out last year. Enjoy sounds from Sammy T, Tommy Gray, DJ Mada, MJ MLE, Alan Endorfun and Pureform Atmospheres. For those Panic heads, this is also the spot for the Widespread Panic aftershow. Tickets are $60 per person. For more information, visit www.whiterosegala.com. Westin Resort Hotel, 10600 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, 720-935-4399.
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