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Posted on Mon, Dec 24, 2012 : 9:34 a.m.

There's a party for just about everyone on New Year's Eve: Here are a few suggestions

By Roger LeLievre

My, what a year we’ve had! Loved it, or hated it, 2012 is about to bite the dust, but there’s no harm— and maybe a certain amount of satisfaction—in sending it out with a bang, right?

Summarized below are as many local New Year’s Eve happenings hereabouts as we could find that involve some kind of music or other form of live entertainment. There are even a few options for New Year’s Day. Enjoy, and Happy New Year.

Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase

Laugh out the old / ring in the new with the clean observations of Rocky Laporte. Recipient of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival’s “Best Male Club Comedian of the Year,” Laporte has also traveled with Drew Carey to Iraq to entertain the troops. Shows are at 8 and 10:30 p.m. 314 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Details: or 734-996-9080.

Arbor Brewing Co.

Casual “Diamonds & Pearls Brew Year’s Eve” will be marked by the release a different keg of small-batch celebratory beer every hour from 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. DJ J. Clark will spin from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover. 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. Details: or 734-213-1393.

The Ark

Breaking with past tradition, this downtown acoustic music-and-more mainstay will stay dark this New Year’s Eve, after presenting the Irish event Crossroads Ceili Dec. 28-29.

Blind Pig

Celebrate with the long-running dance party known as The Bang!, starting at 9:30 p.m. (18 and over). With guest DJs Charles Trees and DJ Pauze. 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. Details: or

Cavern Club / Millennium Club / Gotham City / Circus

New Year’s Eve Party featuring Dearborn rock band Killer Flamingos in the Cavern Club, live band Riot House in the Millennium , DJ Zein in Gotham City, and Stoo’s Karaoke in Circus. There's also an all-night dinner and dessert buffet with champagne at midnight. 210 S. First St., Ann Arbor. Details: or 734-913-8890.

Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub

Four-course meal with champagne toast at 7 p.m. for Irish New Year; a DJ spins dance music starting at 10 p.m. Champagne toast at midnight and a breakfast buffet at 1 a.m. 318 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Details/reservations: or 734-665-2968.

Corner Brewery

Beer Bash features the bluegrass-folk band Dragon Wagon and includes a series of special Rat Pad brews that will be tapped starting at 8:30 p.m. Festivities start at 8 p.m. and go until 2 a.m. No cover. 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. Details: (click the Corner Brewery tab) or 734-480-2739.

Grotto Club

Ring in the new year at the “Puttin’ on the Glitz” dance party hosted by the Ann Arbor chapter of Parents Without Partners. DJ, snacks and a cash bar. Continental breakfast after midnight. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 2070 W Stadium Blvd. Details at or 734-994-0587.

Guy Hollerin’s

Party Favors, balloon drop, champagne toast, light midnight hors d'oeuvre buffet and live entertainment with Chris Canas Blues Revolution opening at 8 p.m. and The Bluescasters taking the stage from 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Reservations at 734- 769-9800. 3600 Plymouth Road (in the Holiday Inn), Ann Arbor. Details: (click the Blues & Brews tab at left).

Habana Cellar Lounge

Latin-inspired venue located in the basement of Lena, 226 S. Main St., is planning a silver and gold theme, a champagne toast and music from DJ Zu. No cover; or734-994-2774.



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If you think you can’t make it to the midnight mark, the 3rd Annual Geezer New Years Party might be perfect. Free. Doors open at 6 p.m., and Drivin' Sideways will play from 6:30-9 p.m. After the geezers go home, a DJ will spin dance tunes until the wee hours. Corner of Huron and First streets. Details: or 734-623-1443.


Special guest DJ tba. 211 E. Washington St. (in the basement of the Blue Tractor); or 734-332-6046.

Mercy's At The Bell Tower

Enjoy a five-course dinner for $75 along with keyboard and bass music by Lenny Swanson and Nathan Flanders. 300 S. Thayer. or 734-996-3729 for reservations.



Melanie Maxwell I

Join DJ Hardy, Ayinde Audio & MC Yoda spinning Top 40 & House for NYE 2013 Winter Wonderland in the main room. Plastic Passion featuring DJ Josh, DJ Saint, Roy G Biv & Justin Carver of Something Cold playing a special edition of the ’80s dance party in the Red Room. Doors open at 9 p.m. 516 E Liberty St., Ann Arbor. or 734-994-5436

Performance Network

Here’s something a little bit different. The Network will offer a staged reading of the holiday musical “Striking 12.” This unique hybrid of musical theater and live concert tells the story of a grumpy, overworked New Yorker whose resolve to spend New Year's Eve alone crumbles when an unexpected visitor brings some much-needed cheer. The evening begins with a 9 p.m. performance and ends with a champagne reception at midnight in the Network lobby. 120 E. Huron St. Details: or 734-663-0681.

Purple Rose Theatre

After cocktails from around the world (5 p.m.), dinner and a short sneak-preview performance of “The Meaning of Almost Everything,” a new comedy by Jeff Daniels (Chelsea Village Conference Center), catch a special performance of “Jeff Daniels: Onstage & Unplugged” (Purple Rose Theatre) with special guests The Ben Daniels Band, Jed Fritzemeier, Brad Phillips and Luc "The Roadie" Daniels. 137 Park St., Chelsea. Reservations can be made at the box office, 734-433-7673. Details:

Study Hall Lounge

Appetizer buffet, champagne toast, balloon drop, prize giveaways and more. 9 p.m.-3 a.m., featuring Joddsy. Formal attire requested. 1220 S. University Suite 9; or 734-929-2259 for reservations.

Habitat Lounge / Weber’s Inn

Grand Rapids Top 40/pop band Brena will play from 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. No cover. Various packages include meals and an overnight stay at Weber’s. Details: or 734-665-3636

Woodruff’s Bar


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Ypsilanti nightspot hosts the fourth day of the annual Mittenfest Michigan music showcase, with proceeds going to the literary organization 826michigan. Doors open at 4 p.m. (music at 4:30), with live bands scheduled the rest of the night. 36 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti. Details:

Zen Buddhist Temple

Everyone is welcome to join in this special service from 7-9 p.m., which offers an occasion to take stock of one's life and to say good-bye to the past year in contemplation and reflection. 1214 Packard St., Ann Arbor. Requested donation, $10. Details: or 734-761-6520.


Bike Ypsi will be sponsoring an approximately four-mile “First Ride in the First Hour of 2013,” starting at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday from the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. A second ride will run from 1-2 p.m. leaving from Ypsilanti’s Recreation Park (Oakwood and Congress streets). Details:

• If you have any energy (and/or money) left, Mittenfest VII concludes at Woodruff’s, with the music starting up at 4:30 p.m.

• Finally, singer-songwriter Chris Buhalis (with special guests Dave Keeney and Jason Dennie) will offer his 15th annual salute to the late country-folk singer-songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Hank Williams Sr.—both of whom died on New Year's Day—at Old Town Tavern, 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5). No cover. 122 W. Liberty St. Details: or 734-662-9291.



Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 7:36 p.m.

For the fitness-minded, there will be a run at midnight starting and finishing at Bar Louie.


Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 8:09 a.m.

"After the geezers go home" in a article? Just speechless....


Sun, Dec 30, 2012 : 4:42 p.m.

We, the geezers, don't mind this reference. In fact, we are quite proud that we have attained this status. It took many long years and lots of happy hours.


Tue, Dec 25, 2012 : 2:09 p.m.

We do a midnight bowl, any of the bowling alleys will do, we do the one near Canton. A lot of fun, pizza and unlimited bowling. You just have to have the strength like I see at 12:30 to bowl as the case may be. There is a lot to do. Or we can just watch the ball drop and hit the sack. Happy New Year everyone!


Tue, Dec 25, 2012 : 12:31 a.m.

Study Hall Lounge is the place to be for the New Year!