Turn it Down: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
|By Rich Tupica|
For those looking to hit the town on New Year’s Eve, a variety of Lansing venues are planning celebrations to usher in 2011. Here are a few of the hot spots hosting special events on Dec. 31. Some venues are already taking reservations, so plan ahead.
The Loft hosts ‘Unforgettable’ night
Looking for a snazzy night out? New Year’s Eve at The Loft could be the spot, with an event dubbed “Unforgettable.” The club will be transformed into a whole new room with assistance from Showtime Entertainment and will feature live DJs Cutt-Nice and Space. Suggested attire is dressy casual/ cocktail attire.
Aside from music, an elegant dessert bar will be provided. Also a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and party favors will be available. The Loft is now accepting reservations: a $20 table reservation guarantees a table for your party, while a $35 VIP table reservation includes a complimentary bottle of champagne and coat check for up to four people. Tickets are available at The Tin Can in downtown Lansing, Music Manor in Lansing and FBC in East Lansing. Table reservations are available at www.theloftlansing.com or at the Loft box office.
Friday, Dec. 31 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, 21 and over, $15 at door, 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Squid Rock at Green Door
In 1989, after a few name changes, The Squids finally stuck as a band name. Led by singer James Pontack, the band has played everything from big stages to poolside parties. On New Year’s Eve the band is set to perform at The Green Door, where The Squids will play hits like Bob Seger’s “Main Street” and Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.”
Some perks of the special night include party favors, countdown to midnight, champagne toast and an hors doeuvre buffet at midnight. The bar will stay open until 3 a.m and tickets are on sale now.
Friday, Dec. 31 @ Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, 21 and over, $25, Door at 8 p.m., event 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
New Year’s Eve blues
Leroy’s Classic Bar has been steadily booking blues musicians over the past couple months. This New Year’s Eve is no different. The Harry Oman Band (Lansing), with Tomas Esparza (Grand Rapids harmonica master), will bring in 2011 with smoking hot boogie and blues. Tickets are available now at Leroy’s.
Friday, Dec. 31 @ Leroy’s, 1526 S. Cedar, Lansing. 21 and over, $5, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Bring the Ruckus
Known for his long blonde dreadlocks, two turntables and huge obsession with vinyl records, DJ Ruckus has been rocking parties in Lansing since 1994. Ruckus will perform at The Post on New Year’s Eve.
Aside from hip hop and dance tracks, the night will also include a champagne toast and buffet. No advance tickets.
Friday, Dec. 31 @ The Post, 213 Ann St, East Lansing. $10, 21 and over, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
DJ Element vs Donnie D at Harem
Harem Urban Lounge is set to host a double DJ bill. DJ Element and DJ Donnie D will mix and match on the turntables all night on New Year’s Eve; bottle service is available. To reserve a booth, call Brandon, the event coordinator, at (517) 507-2348.
Friday, Dec. 31 @ Harem Urban Lounge,414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21 and over, 8 p.m.
Rihanna impersonator Spirals into Lansing
Looking for the glamour of a pop star and a night of dancing? Spiral Dance Bar will host four DJs and a live vocal performance by a Rihanna impersonator on New Years Eve.
The venue has a large dance floor and two rooms to party in. Aside from free party favors all night, there will be a free champagne toast at midnight, followed by hors doeuvres. The party goes until 4 a.m. DJ Alabama will broadcast live on 97.5-FM.
Friday, Dec. 31 @ Spiral Dance Bar, 1247 Center St., Lansing. $10 for 21 and over, 18 and over welcome, $5, 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Raving in 2011
Neon Tuesday has become a staple in the emerging Lansing electronic music scene. The weekly event at Mac’s Bar has become a showcase for a huge roster of local DJs.
This New Year’s Eve, Mac’s will host 2011 Neon New Year, a night featuring some of the hottest DJs, including M.O., Disco Girlfriend, Nix Bouldin, Rocky Ibarra and Xaos.
Aside from bumping beats, the venue will also offer a chocolate fountain, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, cheeses of the world and an exotic fruit platter.
Friday, Dec. 31 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing. $7, 18 and over, 9 p.m.
Cooling out in East Lansing
New Year’s Eve at Ricks American Cafe will feature the I.C.E. DJs, an East Lansing mobile DJ company that mixes Top 40, hip-hop, house, mash-ups and oldies classics. Tickets include a dinner buffet from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 31 @ Rick’s American Cafe, 224 Abbot Road, East Lansing. $15, 21 and over, 7:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tickets on sale now.
GetSome at The Riv
Looking to celebrate in the center of downtown East Lansing? The Riv will feature music from DJ GetSome and stay open until 4 a.m. While you’re there, check out the three pool tables, darts, arcade games, big screen TVs, and dance floor.
Friday, Dec. 31 @ The Riviera Cafe, 231 M.A.C. Ave., East Lansing. $15, 21 and over, 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.
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