So, it’s December 31st 2009 and you’re sitting in your pajamas working from home watching cooking shows and wondering what the hell you’re going to do tonight. C’mon. I know I’m not the only one.
Fret not. Here are my picks for events that will not suck, that aren’t grossly overpriced, that you should still be able to get into–from wild costumed ravey revels to punk at a pirate bar, from Russian rawk by the beach to a hoedown in the high desert. Read on for info on The Zeros & The Dogs at the Redwood, Nexus, NYE Rox at the Roxy, Henry Clay People at Spaceland, the Reverend Horton Heat, The Red Elvises, Bootie LA’s Bootleg Ball, Lucent Dossier’s Haute Cirque, and Pappy & Harriet’s All-Stars.
The Zeros & The Dogs at the Redwood Bar & Grill: Classic LA punk doesn’t get more authentic than this, and it’s in an incredibly cool venue: downtown’s “pirate bar,” the Redwood (also a classic hang for LA Times staffers since time immemorial). Don’t know the Zeros? Step down, boy, and get taught a lesson from the 1976 punks. Info
Nexus: Even if you’re not an e-tard, this tribal-arty-electro-rave will have you drooling with ecstasy by 11:59…… Once again reasonably priced, $30 gets you access to this huge downtown venue with four areas decorated & sonically curated by four different SoCal professional party-throwers: Ninja Skillz, Pocket, Blue Insomnia and Project Alma. Info
NYE Rox at the Roxy: More of a pop & hip-hop fan? My friend DJ Skee is hosting a sweet bash at the Roxy featuring Mike Posner, 2am Club & more. It’s cheap–$30. Plus a balloon drop, confetti, the whole nine yards. Any NYE on the Strip is sure to end in an ignominious tale of debauchery and memory loss, so have fun. Info
Henry Clay People at Spaceland: These great locals are kind of a go-to for solid, fun music. Now, Spaceland is small, so you should expect a line, but you can’t beat the price: Twelve freakin dollars. Plus you’re stumbling distance from many Sunset Blvd. dive bars. Info
Reverend Horton Heat at HOB Anaheim: Dude, it’s the effin’ REVEREND! How else could you possibly ring in the new year than with a rollicking wallop of psychobilly? The $55 tickets include party favors & a midnight champers toast. Info
Igor & The Red Elvises at Rusty’s Surf Ranch: Ever since my boyfriend ran into Oleg from the Red Elvises at a Ventura Blvd. bar that caters to Russian immigrants (it was jam night), I knew the Elvises were getting ready for a comeback. Eastern Europunk? Sign me up! Again, Rusty’s (down at the Santa Monica Pier) is a good location for midnight booze-fueled adventuring & possible beach makeouts with random people you met at 11:59pm. Info
NYE Bootleg Ball–Bootie LA at the Echoplex: Bootie LA, the mashup club that gets the dancfloor bangin’ monthly with the latest in Frankensteined pop and rock grafted together into one massive monster mix, throws down for NYE in wallet-friendly style: try $10 before 10 PM, $20 cover after! And that is more than admission: you get a balloon drop, free champagne, noisemakers and hats, and confetti!Info
Haute Cirque at H’wood: Euro-burlesque-vaudevillian-performance artist troupe Lucent Dossier rounds up their December residency at the atmospheric H’wood club in Hollywood with a Speakeasy vibe, open bar, live DJ & tray-passed appetizers all night for New Year’s Eve. Partying with Lucent Dossier is like wafting into the fairy realm for one crazy-ass party. Info
Pappy & Harriet’s All-Stars in Pioneertown: Get in the car NOW! Hit the road for Yucca Valley near Joshua Tree. You’ll get there just in time for the party to start at Pioneertown’s Pappy & Harriet’s, a storied roadhouse haunted by cosmic cowboys and dusty dames. It’s FREE to get in, and this is sure to be a hoedown of epic proportions. There are a few motels in Yucca Valley & Pioneertown where you can crash. Info