Don’t even think about staying home and watching television. If you love live music, New year’s Eve has more than enough on offer to lure you away from home & hearth. Pick a show. Take a cab. It’s all good.
Here’s one of the biggies: The Tea Party, the mercurial, forward-looking alt/prog trio from our immediate north, will ring in the new year with an exclusive gig at 9 p.m. in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album many hardcore fans hold to be the group’s finest – “The Edges of Twilight.”
According to Tea Party singer/guitarist Jeff Martin, writing on the band’s Facebook page, the album represents “the crystallization and the manifestation of an incredible musical vision between the three of us, and the fact that it was achieved in such a way was probably, and still is, one of the proudest musical achievements of my life.”
Fans of, “Edges of Twilight,” revered based on the genre-bursting blend of world music influences and heavy rock noir as exemplified by tunes like “Sister Awake,” “The Bazaar” and “Fire In the Head,” know that Martin is not being hyperbolic in his assessment.
Tickets for the all-ages show are $35 advance, $40 day of show (box office, Ticketfly.com).
At 8 p.m. in Buffalo Iron Works, (49 Illinois St.) rock/funk/reggae/jam collective Funktional Flow will share the evening with the Adam Bronstein Freehand Band – led by erstwhile Universe Shark/Nu Shark guitarist Bronstein and featuring a rotating cast of area premier jazz/fusion/jam musicians from the area. Tickets are $10 to $15 (box office, Ticketfly.com).
Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.) boasts a multi-act New Year’s Eve bill stretching from 9 p.m. until closing time, headlined by Lazlo Hollyfeld, and featuring sets from Rhubarb, Intrepid Travelers and Folkfaces. A mere $5 at the door gains you admittance to the 21-and-over show.
Finally, if dancing into the wee small hours is your thing, Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.) is calling your name this New Year’s Eve. An all-night license and temporary smoking permit might be enough to entice many, but if not, a full night of EDM and hip-hop from the likes of DJs Milk, Cochise, LoPro, Dovey, Scott Down and Looney Tunes, a free buffet, and surf and turf dinner served until 3 a.m. should do the trick. Admission is free, but dinner packages are $30.
– Jeff Miers