Lil' Darlins presents Gatsby New Year's Eve Bash

Thursday, Dec. 31 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, $30/$50 per couple/$100 VIP per couple, 8 p.m.

Since 2008, Lil’ Darlins has been a fixture in Michigan’s thriving vaudeville/variety-show scene. Its immense cast features live music from a pit band, fire eaters, hula hoop artists, jugglers, magicians, sword swallowers and more. The troupe takes over the Loft on New Year’s Eve for Gatsby New Year’s Eve Bash — event organizers are calling it “the grandest party in Lansing.” The festive, Roaring ‘20s-themed evening includes a live 1920s jazz music and a swing-dance competition. Admission also includes hors d'oeuvres, complimentary party favors and noise makers, a photo booth, a costume contest and a champagne toast at midnight. If you’re looking to drop some extra coin, $100 VIP couple passes include table service, private Charleston lessons, reserved seating and other perks.

Past Tense at the Avenue Cafe's NYE Celebration

Thursday, Dec. 31 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. FREE. 9 p.m.

Count down to 2016 with Past Tense, a Lansing-based thrash metal band, Thursday at the Avenue Café. The free celebration also features DJ Caleb Ketchum, a masquerade party and a free snack bar. Downstairs table reservations are available for $50, upstairs VIP reservations are $100. Past Tense formed nearly five years ago as a throwback metal cover band, revamping tracks by Dio, Anthrax, Overkill and Slayer. Now the band cranks out originals. “We get called ‘old school’ a lot — it’s pretty riff heavy,” said guitarist Richard Bates. “We think of ourselves as melodic metal.” As for a debut Past Tense album? “We don't currently have any recordings,” Bates said. “That’s our plan for the new year, getting in the studio.” Fans of Dio, Testament, Slayer, Skid Row or Judas Priest might want to check out Past Tense. To reserve a table, call (517) 492-7403.

Blake Wilson at Mac's Bar

Saturday, Dec 26 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $12/$10 adv., 8 p.m.

Beats Bangin Entertainment presents a long roster of Lansing-area emcees Saturday at Mac’s Bar. The lineup includes Blake Wilson, JMo, Struck Eze and more. DJ Enyce spins records all night. Wilson — founder of Beats Bangin Entertainment — is promoting the new video for his single, “Everyday,” and his second mixtape, “Life of the Feather.” The slate of entertainers includes guest spots from several local artists, including Kush Kennedy, Trouble Da Tease and RC, to name only a few. In August, Wilson dropped his “Never Left” single on iTunes; it features Nino Brown, Lavish and Struk Eze. Fans of Wale or Machine Gun Kelly might want to check out Wilson. “I also have another mix-tape coming out on Jan. 1,” Wilson said. “It’s called ‘The Hidden Tape.’ Myke Aikens and I put it together.”