Ringing in the New Year
HUNTINGTON -- You want a New Year's party on the river, in a hotel, with a side order of tattoo art, with a laugh, punched up with punk rock 'n' roll, for a cause, bluegrassed, or just a "Qiet" evening with one of Huntington's coolest indie bands that can't find an extra vowel but that could find a musical saw?
Well, friends, you can have it your way this Friday night.
Here's a look at just a few of the cool New Year's Eve parties going down in the clubs and other party spaces in the Tri-State.
Some Southern soulshine
Shamrock's Pub, 2050 3rd Ave., has had a heck of a year as Ian Thornton and crew have brought in a slew of great indie rock bands of all stripes to rock the casbah at the near-campus bar.
They turn up the cool rock vibes to 11 on New Year's Eve with the Silver Speaker Studio's NYE Showcase featuring guitar hero Bud Carroll & The Southern Souls, the killer three-piece rock unit Deadbeats & Barkers, which throws down every Sunday at Shamrock's, and Huntington's most eclectic live music act, the music-saw and found-percussion-pounding street music performance-art machine known collectively as Qiet.
Last but not least is the much anticipated premier of The AC30, Huntington's newest indie rock act featuring Ryan Weaver and Bud Carroll, on vocals and guitars, Doug Woodard on vocals and acoustic guitar, Ian Thornton, vocals and bass and Alex McCoy on vocals and drums.
A double shot of laughs
Back from the brink of extinction, The Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant, at Pullman Square, has re-opened with a fervor and brings a double-shot of laughs for New Year's Eve weekend.
Recently on Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker," brutally funny John McClellan's show is packaged with Arkansas born Tim Gaither, who is blessed with natural timing and the ability to make up characters on demand.
Show times New Year's Eve are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets are regular price of $8. The duo is also doing shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30; 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 1 and 7 p.m. Jan. 2.
It's Miller time
Magic 97.9-FM morning show host J.B. Miller kicks it with that old-school cool music from the '70s on up to today as Pullman Plaza Hotel hosts a dance party in the grand ballroom from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. New Year's Eve.
A sell-out for four years straight, the dance party costs $33 for singles or $55 for doubles. There will be light appetizers from 9 to 11 p.m. (one complimentary drink ticket), party favors and a cash bar.
Special packages and room rates (starting at $149 for tickets, room and breakfast) are available by calling 304-525-1001 now.
Feel that New Year's Eve Demon Beat
One of the rowdiest Mountain State rock acts, the blues-blasting Shepherdstown three-piece Demon Beat, anchors a rock solid V Club New Year's Eve concert that also features one of the state's acts on the verge.
The Fox Hunt, which had a killer year by touring from Scotland to Japan and notching up such cool gigs as South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, as well as Mountain Stage, is throwing down their string band thing at the show, which begins at 9 p.m. Friday with Huntington's own indie rock unit, The Universes.
Cost is $10 advance or $12 at the door. Call 304-781-0680 or go online at www.vclublive.com.
Having a 'Black, White and Red' ball
The Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Committee is throwing a New Year's Celebration called "Black, White & Red Carpet Ball," a formal dance party (evening attire recommended) at Pullman Plaza Hotel, 1001 3rd Ave., Huntington, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Presented by Bailes, Craig & Yon, PLLC, the event is to benefit Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Cost of admission ($75) includes food, drinks, champagne toast at midnight and entertainment. Tickets available at the Chamber of Commerce, Cabell Huntington Hospital's administrations offices and Clear Channel Radio's Huntington office. Questions, call 304-525-5131 or 304-399-6742.
Party on the river
Schooner's Waterfront Bar and Grille, located at Buffington Street and the Ohio River, hosts a New Year's Eve party with dinner and entertainment on two levels.
The party kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, with acoustic music by Todd Thornburg and bowl games on at the first floor bar, and upstairs dinner and dance music with classic crooner John Eric Booth, who's traveled coast to coast singing that Sinatra-esque swing music.
Cost is $25 or $45 per couple. Call 304-529-3663.
Rum running and Whiskey Rocks
Two Third Avenue clubs in the same block are bringing the New Year's Eve Party.
Whiskey Rocks, the spacious country-themed multi-floor club with the mechanical bull and hardwood dance floor brings the party from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. to 809 3rd Ave. There's a balloon drop with prizes and a champagne toast at midnight plus free party favors for everyone. Cost is $10 cover with free mini bottle of champagne to the first 100 people.
Call 304-69-PARTY. While just down the street, Rum Runners, 819 3rd Ave., is hosting an upscale New Year's Eve Party with DJ Skeetles.
The bar, which hit the national spotlight and tabloid press of TMZ when Andy Dick was arrested there earlier this year, will be offering a free champagne toast and party favors as well.
Call 304-482-9872 for more info.
Another e2ntertainment New Year's
Veteran promoter Eric Easley and e2ntertainment ring in the New Year at The Varsity, 1505 4th Ave., Huntington with its N.Y.E. S.E.X. (the New Year's Eve, Sexy Exclusive Xperience).
The club will have Charleston-based DJ T-Nutz on the turntables with $10 ladies admission before 11 p.m. and $20 for guys at the party sponsored by Ciroc.
I-Town throw downs
Ironton's got the party going as The Fugitives rock up the Knights of Columbus, 2101 S. 3rd St., Ironton from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday. Get tickets at 740-533-1405.
Columbus R&B and funk band, Thumpdaddy, gets the dance floor cooking at The End Zone Restaurant & Sports Bar, 422 North 2nd St., Ironton. Call 740-533-1111 for more info.
Going back to Galli
Gallipolis' historic Ariel Theatre, now called the Ariel Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre, is hosting New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, with hors d'oerves and beverages. Music provided by McCabe Entertainment and at midnight a champagne toast. Tickets are $25 or $45 per couple. Call 740-446-ARTS (2787) or go online at www.arieltheatre.org.
Turn the heat up with Bobaflex in Columbus
Mason County, W.Va. rockers Bobaflex have a huge stronghold in Columbus, and if you're up for a road-trip, they'll be doing a Blitz New Year's Eve with Bobaflex at Alrosa Villa, 5055 Sinclair Road, Columbus New Year's Eve. Call 614-885-2588. For Tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or any Ticketmaster locations.