The city’s watering holes and eateries are all prepped to help you give a proper farewell to 2015 tonight, with a menagerie of talented acts playing throughout the city. Let’s start with the jazz acts:
The Miles Johnston Quartet ushers in the new year tonight at Pescara from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Their jazz, blues, and swing styles are available for your perusal at milesjohnston.com, or, if you really want to do your homework, grab a copy of last week’s 507 mag for a brief feature on Johnston by Kim Zabel.
The Half Barrel’s NYE party gets a smooth assist by the D’Sievers Trio from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. For their final set of a very busy 2015, the trio will include John Sievers on trombone, Mike King on guitar, and Steve Sawyer on bass. In addition to setting the mood, the crew has offered to help set resolutions for patrons in between songs. For more, check out the their Facebook page, facebook.com/thedsievers.
If country is the last thing you want to hear this year, head to the North Star Bar, where JT Thompson’s favorite local act, Luke n’ Bob Texas, start playing at around 9 p.m. Not only will the band keep your body moving, they are also giving you a chance to win a Luke n’ Bob Texas guitar with each shot you buy at the bar. Learn more at the band’s Facebook page, facebook.com/Luke-n-Bob-Texas-112611742113570.
And now, the cover bands:
Driven by Rhythm’s multi-instrument approach to covers keeps things airy at the Redwood Room from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. both tonight and Saturday night. The band’s Facebook page, facebook.com/DrivenByRhythm, has more on their sound, which mashes guitar and violin.
Classic rockers (who also dabble in country and swing) the Lost Faculties hit American Legion Post 92 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The band formed back in 1997, which, incidentally, was the last time a quality Star Wars film was in theaters before now. You can check out their song list at lostfaculties.com.
Last but certainly not least, acoustic cover band The Deep End presides over Kathy’s Pub’s New Years Eve Bash starting around 9 p.m. This crew has been garnering a bit of a buzz lately, and you can see why at their website, thedeepend.band. The site is streaming the band’s live cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” and No Doubt’s “Hellagood,” complete with Neptunes-esque spacey synths and everything.
On Saturday night, Kathy’s gives 2016 a grungy start with a second-floor punk showcase featuring Second Story, Fire at the Falls, and The Shift. Music kicks off at 9 p.m. Fire at the Falls trades in angsty anthems and chunky power chords, while The Shift goes for more of an alternative, poppy approach.
Second Story, whose roost on the second floor stage at Kathy’s seems just about permanent by now, plays enlightened grunge music. They just released a new song, “Die For You,” which gives off heavy Appleseed Cast/At the Drive-In vibes. You can listen at secondstorymn.bandcamp.com/album/ep-2.
Downstairs, Betsy & The Mongrels play a set for the main floor starting around 9 p.m.