Welcome New Year with fun, fireworks, music and mirth





December 30, 2004|By Annie Linskey | Annie Linskey,SUN STAFF

New Year's Eve is tomorrow night, and if you still haven't made plans, here are a few options. Festivities run the gamut from lavish, expensive evenings bathed in champagne to low-key affairs awash in Natty Boh. Some go to the wee hours of the morning, while others end at more respectable hours. Whatever you do, be safe and have a fabulous new year.


Big Night at the 1st Mariner Arena. Open bars, 14 themed party areas, plus five dance floors. Balloons. Disc jockeys. Champagne. Tickets are $109-$159. The Web site warns that the ticket prices are also getting bigger and bigger, so visit www.bignightbaltimore .com for the final word on cost. First Mariner Arena is at 201 W. Baltimore St. Call 800-955-5566.

Maceo Parker at Rams Head Live. Hear the funk legend jam at the new Rams Head in Baltimore. (We think the paint there is dry now.) The Melvin Sparks Band also plays. Tickets to this 21-and-older show are $66. The price includes a champagne toast at midnight and admission to an after party with the Melvin Sparks Band. Doors open at 9 p.m. Rams Head Live is in the Power Plant Live complex at 20 Market Place. Visit www.ramsheadlive.com.

Underground New Year's Eve Party at Ottobar. Features brit-pop, indie and new wave dance music. Champagne toasts at midnight. The night owls will be rewarded with bagels and doughnuts for breakfast. Tickets are $5. Doors open at 9 p.m. The Ottobar is at 2549 N. Howard St. Call 410-662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com. Tickets are available at Reptilian Records and at www.mission tix.com.

Prankster at Fletcher's. Catch hometown singer Mary Prankster at Fletcher's upstairs and expect a Natty Boh toast at midnight. Landis McCord from the All Mighty Senators spins downstairs. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 9 p.m. Fletcher's is at 701 S. Bond St. Call 410-558-1889 or visit www .fletchersbar.com.

SR-71 at the Recher Theatre. The hometown boys rock out at the Recher Theatre. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. The doors open at 8 p.m. to this all-ages show. Ticket price includes a hot and cold buffet, and, of course, a champagne toast at midnight. The Recher Theatre is at 512 York Road in Towson. Call 410-337-7178 or visit www.recher theatre.com.

Right Foot Red at the Hard Rock Cafe. Party with Right Foot Red at Hard Rock. This "ultimate party band" covers the '70s, '80s, '90s and today. (Sound familiar?) Good views of the fireworks and an open bar. The 21-and-older event goes from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $65 (not including tax). The Hard Rock Cafe is at 601 E. Pratt St. Call 410-347-7625.

Bazaar at Red Maple. You've got several options at this Mount Vernon lounge. Multi-course dinner and admission to a South Asian themed party is $70. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The party starts at 9:30 p.m. and features several DJs, belly dancing, congas and Bollywood screenings. If you skip dinner, admission to the party is $25. Red Maple is at 930 N. Charles St. Call 410-547-0149 or visit www.930redmaple.com.

The All Mighty Senators at the Funk Box. The act goes on at 2 a.m. and tickets are $20. Planning to be asleep then? Funk band the Bridge goes on at a more, um, energetic hour (7 p.m.). Tickets are $59 in advance. That buys you an open bar and surf and turf. Tickets for the whole shebang are $79 in advance. The Funk Box is at 8-10 E. Cross St. Call 410-625-2000 or 410-547-SEAT for tickets. Visit www.thefunkbox.com.

Deanna Bogart at the Rams Head Tavern. Rams Head favorite Bogart plays. Tickets are $99 and include dinner. The Rams Head will roll out a dance floor so people will get a chance to groove. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call 410-268-4545 or visit www.ramsheadtavern.com. The Rams Head Tavern is at 33 West St. in Annapolis.

Three bands at the Royal. Experimental rock band Dark Water Transit (profiled in this week's Meet the Band on Page 5) plays with ... so I had to... and the Expanding Man. Free beer and food. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $12. The Royal is at 1542 Light St. Call 410-783-7776 or visit www.theroyalbaltimore .com.

Multiple DJs at Sonar Lounge. It's called Ultra-Taxlo-World. The gifted will immediately understand this refers to a blending of Ultraworld, an electronic DJ-oriented night and Taxidermy Lodge, an indie dance night. Essentially they are stuffing 21 DJs in three rooms and going all night. Tickets cost $15 and doors open at 8 p.m. Sonar is at 407 E. Saratoga St. Call 410-327-8333 or visit www.sonar lounge.com.

Live music at the Talking Head. Rock bands from 9:45 p.m. to 2:45 a.m. Tickets cost $7 and also buy admission to the above party at Sonar Lounge. The Talking Head is at 203 E. Davis St. Call 410-962-5588 or visit www.talkingheadclub.com.

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