New Year’s Eve need-to-knows 

A survey of the biggest and the best parties in Little Rock.

Just about every club and venue in town is throwing down in some fashion for New Year's Eve — check In Brief (page 21) and the calendar (page 22) for a comprehensive round up — but these events look to be the throwdowns to end all throwdowns.

If your goal is to mix and mingle and party hop, the Peabody is probably the ticket. The hotel always throws the biggest New Year's Eve bash of the year, both in terms of the number of folks who show up and the number of acts that perform. This year, Mobile, Ala., genre-benders Ugli Stick perform in the Arkansas Ballroom, while local cover acts Crisis and Tragikly White play the Grand Ballroom. In the lobby, DJs Tre' Day and Ugly Ed offer dueling sets. All that costs $40 in advance, or $50 the day of. Tickets are available in the Peabody Gift Shop, and there are special room packages, too. The party starts at 8 p.m.

As far as name acts go, they don't get any bigger than Justin Moore at the Village. The Poyen native had a number-one country hit earlier this year with “Small Town U.S.A.,” and he's got another, rowdier, more New Year's Eve-appropriate one on the charts now with “Backwoods” (“Out in the backwoods, down in the holler … work hard, play hard, hold my baby tight”). Arkansas country acts Ryan Couron and Hwy 5 open. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and costs $25 in advance, and $30 the day of the show.

It's a dream show for White Water regulars at the tavern. Lucero front man Ben Nichols shares the bill with popular singer/songwriter Cory Branan and Memphis throwback rockers John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives. It starts at 9:30 p.m. and costs $15.

At Juanita's, Thick Syrup offers a impressive local showcase, with Frown Pow'r, the See, Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth, Adam Faucett, Magic Hassle and the Tall Grass sharing a bill that starts at 9 p.m. and costs $10.

In the River Market, Revolution hosts its annual Fireball party, with '80s-influenced Fayetteville band Boom Kinetic headlining, g-force VJing, the Go-Go Revolution Girls shaking it and karaoke going next door at Rumba. The party starts at 9 p.m. and runs $20 in advance, $25 the day of.

At Revolution's sister club, Sticky Fingerz, local folk-rock favorites Damn Bullets perform at a “Midnight Masquerade” that begins at 9 p.m. and costs $10 in advance and $15 on the 31st.

Local promoter and R&B singer J-One hosts a party at Gusano's, where he'll also perform, when DJ Greyhound isn't spinning. The party starts at 9 p.m.

 Down the street at On the Rocks, it's a special New Year's Eve edition of Thirsty Thursday, the popular weekly party presented by One Stone Productions. As usual King Akeem and Deja Blu handle the DJ duties. It starts at 8 p.m. and costs $15.

At Cajun's, the Buzz hosts a party that includes an appetizer bar and champagne toast as well as music from Ritchie Johnson and Taylor Made and DJ Max. It starts early, at 6 p.m., and costs $25.


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