A. Eating jambalaya, watching the ball drop, enjoying a tasty beverage with family and friends.
B. Eating pizza, playing party games, enjoying a tasty beverage with family and friends.
The choices for spending your last night of 2011 are never-ending, but let’s at least narrow down those choices for eat-drink-and-be- merriment to options for loud music and perhaps some dancing. Be safe, tip your bartender and party like your last night on Earth with these best bets.
When, where: 7 p.m. Saturday as a part of First Night Spokane at Bank of America, 601 W. Riverside Ave.
Cost: Included with First Night admission, $12 in advance, $15 day of.
The lowdown: Composed of a diverse ensemble of about a dozen musicians, Son Dulce is celebrated for its sweet sounds. Son Dulce plays four sets of music and, as always, there will be an hour of dance lessons during the show.
When, where: 9 p.m. Saturday at The Luxury Box Event Center, 10512 E. Sprague Ave.
Cost: $25, through TicketsWest, www.ticketswest.com, (800) 325-SEAT.
The lowdown: Another heavyweight in its genre, local 9-piece R&B funk-soul band Soul Proprietor specializes in groove-based dance music from the likes of Tower of Power, Kool and the Gang, Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder.
Bandit Train, Summer in Siberia, Old Bear Mountain, The Soul and The Machine, DJ Bandit Bear
When, where: 9 p.m. Saturday at Mootsy’s, 406 W. Sprague Ave.
Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 day of show, proceeds benefit KYRS Thin Air Community Radio
The lowdown: Raising money for nonprofit full-power community radio station KYRS, this New Year’s Eve bill finds an eclectic blend of indie band associated with the Platform Presents banner, which has hosted music for memorable community events such as Terrain, BeGin, The SpIFF Awards and New Taste Tuesdays – and that’s just in 2011.
Terrible Buttons and Horse Thieves
When, where: 9 p.m. at Jones Radiator, 120 E. Sprague Ave.
When, where: 9 p.m. at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave.
The lowdown: NOW 105.7 deejay and respected vinyl vet DJ Kowax and his cohort B Mega will be spinning mind-twisting blends of club hits at The Knitting Factory’s annual ball drop Euphoria NYE Party, this year with $2,012 in cash and prizes.
Whiskey Dick Mountain, DJ Ben Jorgens, BBBBandits, The Camaros, Go Man Go’s
When, where: 6 p.m. Saturday at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague Ave.
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. through www.aclubspokane.com
The lowdown: With Whiskey Dick Mountain, The Camaros, plus the return of Go Man Go’s, local concertgoers know to expect a raucous show. Likewise, DJ Benjamin Jorgens is known for endless revolutions of cutting edge electronic music.
Bruin, Dementia, Abstract Jack, Thumper, Beauflexx, Dirty Panda, Shauk
When, where: 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Spokane EpiCenter, 6425 N. Lidgerwood St.
Tickets: $15 early bird, $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door, $30 VIP, through brownpapertickets.com, proceeds benefit Starlight Children’s Foundation.
The lowdown: Winter Wobbleland brings together red-hot underground deejays specializing in dubstep, dirty electro and mashups, led by the fierce momentum of fiery-fingered scorcher DJ Beauflexx. Get decked out in your best dress whites and party for the cause at this formal fundraiser for children diagnosed with serious illness. With a $2,012 ball drop at midnight.
Vibe, Flying Spiders
When, where: 9 p.m. Saturday, the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St.
Tickets: $50 for party, $75 with prime rib dinner, through TicketsWest outlets.
The lowdown: Music is only a small part of Bling! In the New Year at the Lincoln Center. There will be $25,000 in prizes given away. Latest hits from local deejays. A light show. Champagne toast at midnight. Five full bars. Cheers.