It’s almost New Years Eve! Time to ring in 2012 with friends, family or that someone special. Check out these hot venues & celebrity appearances throughout South Florida. Guaranteed to create memories for a lifetime. Bring it on 2012!
Sasha Grey:The ultimate test. We love actress Sasha Grey (right), a true talent, and it will hurt to miss her DJ set at Paradise at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (5701 Seminole Way, Hollywood). But we’ve gotta go cold turkey. The $60 cover ($50 ladies, $75 VIP, with table packages available, too) includes a three-hour open bar and other sounds from DJ Tony Tone and Cato K. Info: passionnightclub.com, 954-321-3443.
Cee Lo Green/Pete Wentz: The contrasting pop stars headline the Orange Drive Miami Beach Music Festival Friday-Sunday on the sand off Ocean Drive between Seventh and Ninth Streets. Other performers include Jason Derulo, Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, Boys II Men and Sam Ronson, with Ne-Yo and Jermaine Dupri doing the NYE honors Saturday night. Tickets start at $64.20 for single day, $150 for three-day pass. Info: orangedr.com.
Lauryn Hill: The Garbo of hip-hop makes a very enticing appearance in the intimate acoustics of the Shelborne Hotel (1801 Collins). David Berrie leads a selection of supporting DJs. Tickets start at $200 (with premium open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.). Info: shelborne.com, 800-327-8757.
Ludacris/Mike Posner: The rapper-actor is joined by inoffensive blue-eyed crooner Posner in a free, all-ages party sponsored by Red Bull at Miami’s Bayfront Park (301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Info: bayfrontparkmiami.com, 305-358-7550.
Robin Thicke: A poolside serenade from the ultra-smooth Grammy-nominated crooner is the centerpiece of the party at the Delano Hotel (1685 Collins Ave.). DJ dancing and champagne toast are included, with plenty of separate dinner options. Tickets: $150-$1,000. Info: newyearseve.morganshotelgroup.com, 305-674-6152, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Busta Rhymes: He just inked a deal with the Cash Money label, but also recently lost his domain name (bustarhymes.com) at auction for $1,300 and can currently be found in Justin Bieber’s “Little Dummer Boy.” So it’s been an up and down year, which comes to an end Saturday night with a live performance with DJ Sebastian Ingrosso at Liv nightclub in the Fontainebleau (4441 Collins). Tickets: $575-$25,000. Info: livnightclub.com, 305-674-4680.
Rev. Run: One half of trailblazing rappers Run-DMC will rock the mic along with Mel Debarge for a night of old-school beats at Skybar at the Shore Club (1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Cash bar opens at 9 p.m. with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Tickets: $100-$1,500. Info: newyearseve.morganshotelgroup.com, 786-276-3333, or email email@example.com.
Rick Ross: About 10 weeks after he suffered two seizures that he blamed on a lack of sleep, South Florida’s own hip-hop heavyweight is “host” of the New Year’s party at Cameo (1445 Washington). Tickets: $75 (ladies), $150 (guys) up to the $100,000 Ricky Rozay Ultra VIP Package. That’s “Ultra VIP.” Info: cameomiami.com, 786-235-5800.
Bob Sinclar: The globe-trotting French DJ-producer alights at Amnesia, the nightclub he opened this year on Miami Beach (136 Collins). Tickets are $50-$150 (including a $10,000 VIP table for 15 with five bottles of Dom Perignon Luminous and two magnums of Grey Goose). Info: amnesiamiami.com, 305-538-2424.
Mary Wilson: The former Supreme returns to the Royal Room at the The Colony (155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach) for a New Year’s Eve Party that includes a one-hour cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, a four-course dinner and a champagne toast at midnight. All for $350. Wilson continues her run at the Colony Jan. 3-7. Info: thecolonypalmbeach.com, 561-655-5430.
Paul Anka: The Justin Bieber of his time, Anka reportedly sounds as smooth as ever. He’ll be at Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood) Saturday night, just around the corner from the Sasha Grey party. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., show’s at 10:30. Tickets: $89, $124, $154 via Ticketmaster. Info: hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.
The Heavy Pets: Based in Palm Beach County with a jam-band following that sprawls across the country, the Heavy Pets are the antithesis of Sasha Grey, and I mean that as a compliment. The quintet comes in from the cold road shows in the Northeast to heat up the Culture Room (3045 N. Federal Highway) Saturday night. Live versions of cuts from their adventurous “Swim Out Past the Sun” album will highlight the set. Tickets for the 18-and-older show are $15. Info: cultureroom.net, 954-564-1074.
First Night in Delray Beach: Hard to beat the annual Atlantic Avenue festivities for pure, uncomplicated community fun. Amid all manner of live entertainment and irreverent activities aimed at young imaginations (right), other highlights include the People’s Procession, a parade open to all-comers, at 6 p.m., and two NYE finales (9 p.m. and midnight), with music, fireworks, giant puppets and, at midnight, a Fiat 500 drop. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. Admission: $15, $10 (advance). Info: downtowndelraybeach.com.
The Monterey Club: This is where Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis would have thrown ‘em back. The punk-abilly nightclub (2608 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale), reportedly on its last legs, will close it out with some favorite acts, including Diablo Dimes, the Darling Sweets and Broken String Revival, with burlesque from Morgan LaRue. Cover is $10. Info: themontereyclub.net, 954-598-1887.
Masquerade Ball: The W Fort Lauderdale (401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.) and Gerber Group will try to conjure the spirit of Truman Capote’s famed Black and White Ball during the second annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. Guests are encouraged to come to the party at Whiskey Blue and the Living Room in black and white attire, which will be accessorized by masks provided by the host. An open bar runs from 8 p.m. to midnight when, as the clock strikes, the masks are (yikes!) removed. Tickets are $125 at wantickets.com/wbfll. For table reservations, call 954-414-8300 or email LBrinkmann@gerberbars.com.
The Spam Allstars: South Florida’s favorite funkadelics will peform 8 p.m. to midnight at the Catalina Hotel (1732 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) at a party featuring synchronized swimmers and showgirls, a supper buffet (sushi to dessert) and an open bar from 8 p.m. to midnight. Your co-hosts are Melissa and Joe Gorga of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” which would push this into the celebrity category if we knew who the heck they were. Plus, DJ Le Spam makes it OK. Tickets: $95-$1,200. Info: CatalinaSouthBeach.com, 305-674-1160.
Albita: OK, borderline celebrity, but she gets extra credit for being our celebrity and, really, so down to earth. The Grammy-winning vocalist performs beginning at midnight, after a show of more infectious Latin grooviness from PALO! in the Sunset Lounge at Mondrian South Beach (1100 West Ave., Miami Beach). The night includes an open bar and Asia de Cuba’s signature butler-passed bocaditos from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets: $150. Info: newyearseve.morganshotelgroup.com, 305-514-1992.
The Stage: The laidback Miami Design District lounge (170 NE 38th St.) offers two favorite local bands, Locos por Juana (left, in the NYE best) and Suenalo, joined by cool-rockin’ Atlanta transplants Stokeswood, for a mere $20 for advance tickets, $30 at door. Plus, party favors and champagne toast, natch. Info: thestagemiami.com, 305-576-9577.
Clematis Street: The 500 block will get its annual shutdown (last weekend the place was sick with New York drivers) for the party highlighted by a 20-minute fireworks display. All of the downtown West Palm Beach clubs and bars will represent, and we’re looking hard at the “90s Prom Party” upstairs at Lost Weekend (219 Clematis). The $20 cover also gets you fun downstairs at Feelgood’s. Doors open at 8 p.m. with free drinks until 10 p.m. Info: feelgoodswestpalm.com, 561-833-5987.
Himmarshee NYE: Likewise, they’ll be partying in the middle of Second Street from 5 p.m. on in downtown Fort Lauderdale, with the annual music, food and drink leading up to the midnight fireworks and ball drop. Info: 954-828-5363. Around the corner at America’s Backyard (100 S.W. Third Ave.), they plan to do separate champagne-fueled ball drops for each time zone, from midnight to 3 a.m. Cover is $20 ($40 VIP), and gets you open bar from 10 p.m. to midnight. Info: myamericasbackyard.com, 954- 449-1030.
Vibe: The downtown Fort Lauderdale hotspot (301 E. Las Olas Blvd.) gets all gussied up for Tuxes, Tails and Tiaras, with party favors, confetti guns and DJ Immortal spinning a night fueled by Perrier Jouet and Absolut. Cover is $20 after 10 p.m. For reservations and table packages call 954-713-7313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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