It’s New Year’s Eve, often known as amateur night, because of the pressure to go out and do something, anything, rather than be stuck home when the clock strikes midnight. For some, it’s the lingering superstition that a quiet, uneventful start to the year bodes a quiet uneventful year, while others are just looking for an excuse to party hard, drink champagne and kiss a stranger.
With so many options on the horizon, this week I present my top 5 NYE seens.
- Say Goodbye to the Crüe at Staples Center.
Mötley Crüe signed a legally binding “Cessation of Touring Agreement” in 2014, so when their farewell tour is over, it’s over for good. And it’s over on New Year’s Eve at the Staples Center. While the show has been getting mixed reviews, they are bound to pull out all the stops for this one. Adding my favorite new band, The Struts, as openers is just icing on the booze-filled cake. I think it’s pretty classy of them to pass the torch in such a literal way. Watch for The Struts to dominate the world in 2016.
2. Rock with the Stars at the El Rey
Fear not, those of you looking for another legendary Camp Freddy show. Camp Freddy has returned with a new name and a new venue, in the guise of Royal Machines. Royal Machines will be ringing in New Year’s Eve at the El Rey with Camp Freddy regulars, Dave Navarro, Mark McGrath, Billy Morrison, Donovan Leitch, and Chris Chaney along with unnamed friends, and if you have ever been to a Camp Freddy show, you know those “friends” could be just about anyone. There will be Proseco champagne and Serpent’s Bite whiskey, and you could even win some fabulous prizes, like a Sonos Play 5 or a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf coffee machine. Great musicians, great booze and great prizes? Sounds like a win to me.
3. Live Large at the Downtown Long Beach Block Party
Another of my favorite new bands is Saint Motel. I caught them at the Greek when they opened for Walk the Moon, and they are just fabulous live. Great songs, great energy, and I always love a band with a horn section. They will be joined by another fantastic high energy band, Vintage Trouble, as well as ZZ Ward, Houndmouth, FMLYBND, and a DJ set from OK Go’s Dan Konopka on Pine Avenue in Long Beach for a New Year’s Eve celebration that spans three blocks and features three stages and 12 outdoor bars.
4. Laugh in the New Year with Scrimshaw & Lublin
Want something a little quieter for New Year’s Eve? Maybe you want to laugh more and rock less? If so, Scrimshaw & Lublin’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular may be just the thing. Hal Lublin from Thrilling Adventure Hour and the We Got This podcast teams up with Joseph Scrimshaw from Tabletop to bring you a comedy/variety show at Genghis Cohen in Hollywood. For only $10 you can have your fill of comedy, music and improv. With Lublin involved, it’s bound to be a delight.
5. Toast to the New Year at Villains Tavern
If you are all about the booze and the atmosphere, my favorite bar in L.A., Villains Tavern in the downtown arts district, is holding a no hassle New Year’s Eve. There’s no cover and no reservations, just great drinks, gorgeous atmosphere, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. There will be live music from Moonlight Graham until 11:30, and then DJ Doc Skulley will be spinning from 11:30 to closing.
Photo of Saint Motel by Kathy Flynn | Wicked Goddess Photography