Let’s sing that song. You know the one.
“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and a chicken pizza pie, and old acquaintance be forgot, in the halls of Prairie Grove High.”
It’s New Year’s Eve, babies, and that means that if you’re standing in the right spot when the clock strikes midnight tonight, you’re probably going to make out with a stranger.
Chances are you’ve already got plans for tonight, but in case you don’t, here are about 23 things to consider doing while you celebrate the end of 2010, and the beginning of the best year of your life (2011).
Greenhouse Grille has developed a special menu for the weekend, and will ring in the New Year with jazz from Walter Savage. Reservations are recommended for this party.
The Lightbulb Club
Three great local bands are at JR’s, with Perpetual Werewolf, Memphis Pencils and Messy Sparkles. Cover is $3, and there’s free champagne at midnight.
George’s Majestic Lounge
George’s party starts early with Fayetteville legends The Cate Brothers for happy hour starting at 6 p.m. RJ Mischo starts at 7 p.m., and finally, Big Smith and Mountain Sprout round out the night. The Cate Brothers show is $10, and the Big Smith/Mountain Sprout show is $12. Both of these are close to selling out, FYI.
Smoke & Barrel Tavern
Pope County Bootleggers are at Smoke & Barrel for the third year in a row. Cover is $5, and there will be free champagne at midnight.
George’s is hosting a “Turn It Up To 11” NYE Party at the Cosmopolitan hotel, featuring Benjamin Del Shreve and Randall Shreve. Tickets are $15, and according to the Facebook event, the party goes until 4 a.m.
Boom Boom Room
The Boom Boom Room hasn’t had a lot of shows recently, but they’ve got one tonight. Thanks For Nothing has reunited for a show, and their friends SilverStone and Will Gunselman will join them. This party starts at 10 p.m., and the cover is $5.
Beat Bachs’ annual Blue Masquerade party is on, this year at Speakeasy, with DJ’s Beat Bachs, Nicholas Scott, and Baby Armie. According to Mr. Bachs, there will be “tons of free champagne at midnight. None of this ‘half full plastic flute toast’ business, and as always, we’re gonna transform the place into a Blue themed madhouse for the night.” Cover is $10 at the door, with reduced admission for those who show up before 10 p.m.
Gaylord’s New Year’s Bash is a dance party, hosted by Hiram Brandon, Don Marr, Chuck and Tina Stutte, Susanne Hill, Lucas Taylor, David Bailey, Jake Gorman, and Wally Kassem. There’s no cover, and the party starts at 8 p.m. You’re supposed to dress fabulous for this one.
JJ’s Grill n Chill
JJ’s has long-time Fayetteville musicians The Ocie Fisher Band. Show starts at around 7:30 p.m., and there is no cover.
There’s a Mardi Gras party at Zooloo’s with Jambalaya and Zydeco music from 6-9 p.m., followed by karaoke with KJ-Tmo beginning at 9 p.m. All that plus party favors, beads, and a champagne toast at midnight.
Rogue Pizza Co.
Rogue’s NYE party starts at 7 p.m. with a happy hour set from The Fizz. Later on, 1 oz Jig and Groovement take the stage. There’s a $7 cover for individuals, or $10 for couples.
Mojo’s Pints & Pies
The Staggering Odds are at Mojo’s starting at 9 p.m. We believe there’s a $5 cover on this one, but don’t quote us on that.
As of last night, there were only about 15 or so tickets left to the ROTC New Year’s Eve party featuring FOS Project. Tickets, if you can get them, are $15 for individuals, or $25 for a couple.
There’s another no-cover option at Brewski’s, with DJ’s Solegroove, Wes Luker, Merl, Bailey, and Bizar. If you like house, techno, electro, drum & bass, and dubstep, maybe this is your party.
How about ringing in the new year with some metal? How about six bands? Vore, Razor Fate, Sins of Tomorrow, The Battle Within, Blood Eagle, and Bury Your Brother are all at Drifters starting at 8 p.m. Cover is $7.
The Wine Cellar
If you want a chance to taste some really fancy champagne, The Wine Cellar is opening a 10-year-old, 6-liter bottle of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial. Jones’n Leah will provide the tunes.
Oreo Blue will celebrate 20 years of performing in Fayetteville at the stroke of midnight at Savor. They’ll also be recording a live CD (and possibly DVD) of the experience. The show, along with a three-course meal and champagne toast is $65.
Whole Earth Organic Lounge
There’s A Very DUB New Year at Whole Earth Organic Lounge, featuring Domewrekka, Jason Dub, Vaxination, and Face Melter. Cover is $10, and the first 20 people get a free Jason Dub CD.
There’s a dance party at Bobbisox, and there are packages available to stay at the Clarion overnight, which means you can pretty much drink as much as you want.
If you love skating, and by that we mean you really love skating, you can skate for 12 hours straight at the Starlight Skatium’s all-night NYE skate. Cost is $25, and the party runs from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
Another Fine Mess is at Billy’s, over by Baum Stadium, for $5.
Ashlyn Metheny is at Jose’s, singing some country pop music. We don’t know if there’s a cover. Sorry.
Sound Warehouse is having a party tonight, too. Two New Orleans bands Caddywhompus and Sun Hotel, along with locals Hobknobbers and Cadre are playing a free, all-ages show.