The sound

December 30, 2010


By Michael Swanger


Sounds of the New Year are sweet music to ears of revelers


New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest nights in Greater Des Moines for live music, and this year is no exception. From dueling pianos, to blues, to rock, to the Des Moines Symphony, several choices abound for music lovers or those who simply want to say goodbye to 2010 and welcome 2011 in grand fashion on Friday, Dec. 31. What’s more, several of the bigger concerts listed below also include food, party favors and libations. See Cityview’s calendar for additional bar and restaurant listings.

The second annual BASH at the Des Moines Social Club features entertainment from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., including aerial artists, female impersonators, dancers, DJs and live music by Nashville-based Modoc, So Much Fun, Soul Fusion, Good Company Family Band, the Wandering Bears and Mississippi-based Slim Thompson’s Three Generations of Blues. Tickets are $50 through Midwestix and includes hors d’oeuvres, party favors and a Miller High Life can.

Cirque de la Symphonie returns to Des Moines to join Maestro Joseph Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony for a new program at 8 p.m. at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. Jugglers, contortionists, acrobats and a “strong-person” act, Tango Duo, will perform a choreographed show with the symphony’s accompaniment. Tickets are $15-$70 through Ticketmaster and

Bob Dorr & The Blue Band and six Iowa blues and R&B acts return with another “Happy Blue Year Celebration” at the Hilton Garden Inn/Marriott Town Places Suite in Johnston. This year’s bill includes performances by the host band, Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts, Fat Tuesday & The Grease Fire Horns featuring Janey Hooper, Joe and Vicki Price, the Heath Alan Band, Tom Gary and Six Ways to Sunday from 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Comedian Chris Wilcox will emcee the event, which includes continuous music on two stages, a buffet and party favors. Tickets are $50. Call 270-8890.

To put it bluntly: “Happy F’N New Years!” from The Family, Johnny Reeferseed & The High Rollers and Hath No Fury, who will rock the House of Bricks at 9 p.m. The Family features members of the D*M*F*X, except lead singer Corey Taylor who will be out of town that night. Tickets are $8 in advance through Midwestix or $10 at the door.

Maybe your age permits you from staying out late on New Year’s Eve. No worries, Rebel Creek and Steve Robinson play an all-ages show at 5 p.m. at the House of Bricks. Admission is $5.

The Embassy Suites hosts downtown Des Moines’ longest running New Year’s Eve celebration with an overnight package that includes a concert by ’80s pop sensation The Spazmatics and Chicago’s According to Andrew. Star 102.5 will broadcast live from the shindig, which also includes a hotel suite, dinner, DJs, karaoke and a balloon drop. Tickets are $299. Call 244-1700.

The Bob Pace Band featuring Steve George usher in 2011 at the Top of the Tower Ballroom at the Holiday Inn in downtown Des Moines at 9 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include hors d’oeuvres. Call 283-0151.

The Val Air Ballroom promises a “drama free zone” when DJ Lee kicks out the jams at 9 p.m., followed by a big money drop and raffles. Tickets are $20 through Ticketmaster.

The Vaudeville Mews kicks 2010 to the curb with three vinyl-only DJs and two live bands. The bill includes Cleo’s Apartment, Moon Chaplin and the Magic Men, Alex Brown, DJ Eight Ten and Miss Slattery. Showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is $5.

Sing along to your favorite pop and rock songs with The Pianopalooza Band (Tony Bohnenkamp and Jared Hall) at People’s Court. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 through Midwestix.

Ring in the New Year with The Jitz and Rumble Seat Riot at GT Lounge. Admission is free, and the show starts at 9 p.m. CV


Caption: Modoc and The Spazmatics are two of the many bands playing New Year’s Eve in Greater Des Moines.


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