New Year’s Eve lineup
As the decade comes to a close, Summit is celebrating with a host of sounds, lights and events aimed to make your New Year’s Eve memorable. It sure beats New Year’s Eve 1999: Being holed up in a Summit Yacht Club condo, nervously grasping blue-velvet and lace-adorned Millennium bears my mom bought me from Walmart, waiting for the world to come to a screeching halt as computers freaked out … we finally ventured outside at 9 p.m., when Times Square pulled off its countdown successfully … Now, if only we can make it past 2012 intact … Until then, we’re gonna party like it’s, uh, 10-years-after 1999 …
• Get a little retro at the Snake Thursday. Money Shot takes the stage at 9:30 p.m., as part of the Snake River Saloon’s nine-day live band lineup.”Money Shot has this big arena rock sound,” said Snake River Saloon owner Jim Shields. “It’s very familiar stuff out of the ’80s.”Snake River’s party starts Saturday and Sunday with the Arnie Green Band. Then White Water Ramble fills Monday and Tuesday with dance-grass. Wednesday and Thursday, Money Shot goes into its arena rock, followed by Friday, Jan. 1 and Saturday, Jan. 2’s Hit List, which pulls out the dance rock. Arnie J. Green smooths out the nine-day lineup with his blues and rock on Sunday, Jan. 3.• The Goat Soup and Whiskey Tavern ushers in Filthy Children Thursday, with a sound similar to Deep Banana Blackout, Soulive, Kool and the Gang and Tower of Power.• Keystone Resort hosts a plethora of events Thursday, including a murder mystery dinner (see related story), Funkiphino and two sets of fireworks.Fireworks will pop over Keystone Lake at 6 p.m. for the early birds and 10:30 p.m. for the late-nighters.From 5:30-8 p.m., Edgewater Cafe offers a family dinner buffet ($24.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 5-12). The price includes skate rentals, so you can glide on North America’s largest Zamboni-maintained rink during the ice skating party with Frosty, which goes from 5-10 p.m. If you’re looking for a smaller bite to eat, the Adventure Center will be selling hot dogs, chicken fingers, fries, popcorn, sodas, hot chocolate and spirits.From 8-10 p.m., the ballroom at the Keystone Lodge & Spa gets a taste of a murder mystery, dinner included.At 9:30 p.m., Funkiphino rocks the resort, for those 21 and older, at the Adventure Center, until 1 a.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The horn-driven band is known for getting people dancing, with its popular funk and soul songs.The easiest place to park for the action is the Keystone Lodge lot, across Highway 6, with tunnel access to the village. For more information or reservations, call (970) 496-4FUN.
• If you have an itch to get a little artsy, head to the Fuqua Livery Stable (110 E. Washington Ave.) from 6-9 p.m. Participants will create artist trading cards using mixed media. Light refreshments are provided, and the cost is $25.• Party in Style with My Thai, as DJ Joss Stone lights up the night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. My Thai will have a champagne toast at midnight and an appetizer menu available all night. Tickets are $15, and advanced reservations are required.• Blue River Bistro features a New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Menu, with appetizer and choice of saffron-scented seafood chowder, pan-roasted sea scallop, homemade goat cheese ravioli or vegetarian entree, all paired with wine.• Spencer’s Steaks and Spirits offers a seven-course meal featuring tender meat and seafood for $100, followed by drinks and dancing in Base 9 from 9 p.m. to midnight. These are just two of the dinner specials in town; check Summit Daily ads throughout the week to find more.• People can watch fireworks from the deck of the Copper Top Bar & Cafe, located slopeside at Beaver Run Resort. The party starts at 9 p.m. with a DJ and dancing.• The Gold Pan Restaurant and Saloon hosts DJ Crisp to dance in the new year.• Park Avenue Pub hosts DC as a DJ. Cover starts at $20 per person, so get there early before the price goes up. Cost includes favors, hats and a champagne toast at midnight.• Other bars throughout town, like Jake’s Dive Bar and Liquid Lounge, also will have DJs.•Yamn it up with Colorado’s homegrown progressive jam band, Yamn, for three sets of an all-ages thrilling jam-rock and an electrifying light show at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday (see related story). Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show and are available at http://www.yamnit.com, Affordable Music in Dillon and Space Cowboy in Breckenridge. • Breckenridge Ski Area comes alive with a torch light parade and fireworks. The parade is a Breckenridge tradition. Skiers and boarders proceed from the top of Peak 9, down American, to The Village at Breckenridge, starting at 6 p.m. Best views: Anywhere you can see Peak 9.Take note that this year’s firework display takes place in a new location, between Peak 8 and 9. The new location provides a better view from town for the fireworks than previous years, and with clear skies, these fireworks can be seen from most locations in downtown Breckenridge. For more information, contact the Breckenridge Welcome Center at (970) 453-5579.
• String Board Theory plays at Ollies Pub and Grub in Frisco at 9 p.m. The Steamboat-based band has been constantly touring all over Colorado for the past two years and a half years, attracting more and more fans with its unique, high-quality blend of super jammy, funky, reggae, psychedelic rock – with a slight electronic feel. “A String Board Theory show is like walking into a high-energy, face-melting, deep-driving-bass, solid-funky-beats club where every one is dancing, feeling good and receiving good vibes from the music as the band feeds off the crowds energy, all creating an excellent positive, ear-tantalizing experience in a packed club (with enough room to dance), not to mention a very mood and visually enhancing light show,” said member Jeff Barlow. How’s that for an earful? The band’s influences include: Govt Mule, Pink Floyd, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Led Zepplin, Peter Tosh, Lotus, 10 Foot Ganja Plant and all-around good energy and enlightenment.• Harmonious Junk, featuring Damon Wood of the James Brown Band (from 1999 to 2006), brings its sounds into Johnny G’s. The band will play originals, in addition to covers by Phish, the Grateful Dead, Ween and more. Tickets are $10, and the show starts at 10 p.m.
Copper rings in the new year country style with adrenaline-infused entertainment and fireworks. This year, the Conference Center hosts a package deal. For $50 (children 5-18, $25), you’ll get dance lessons, kids’ entertainment and a buffet. Roger and Teresa Moen will teach Country Western dance steps from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (that’s a lot of two-steppin’ and Electric Sliddin’). The Kid’s Corral runs until 10 p.m. with movies, games and crafts in the Copper Conference Center’s lower level. The buffet will be out from 6:30-8 p.m., featuring signature soups and salads, entrees such as crab stuffed sole, seared stuffed chicken, vegetable en croute and prime rib. And, you’ll have your fill of desserts, from flamb peaches with short cake to assorted truffles and tartlets. Oh, and there’s mac and cheese, chicken tenders and pizza for the kids.Kokopelli’s deck offers exclusive viewing of fireworks at 9 p.m., or you can stand slopeside to watch the event. Reservations for the country celebration are required; call (970) 968-3027.
The movie schedule for Skyline Cinema in Dillon changes slightly for New Year’s Eve; in general, don’t count on the later shows (around the 9:30 p.m. hour), as most have been canceled. The movie lineup: “Sherlock Holmes,” “It’s Complicated,” “Avatar in 3D,” “Did You Hear About the Morgans,” “Up in the Air,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks II,” “Princess and the Frog,” “Blind Side” and “Invictus.” And as far as live theater goes in the county, both are quiet Thursday night.The Luv Brothers fill Pug Ryan’s with their bluegrass ways Thursday.Of course, this is just a sampling of all the great entertainment countywide. For a complete list of bands, check out the Summit Daily’s calendar on Thursday.
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