So Long, 2013! Hello, 2014! Your NYE Guide

Seattle Weekly’s plan-it-now events calendar.

Piano Rock’n Party Dueling pianos will be center stage, as usual, for this party in Pioneer Square that will also feature food and drink specials. 88 Keys, 315 Second Ave. S., 839-1300, $15 singles/$25 couples. 8 p.m. 21 and over. MB

Black & White Ball Ground zero for New Year’s in Fremont will be at the Ballroom, which will ring in 2014 with its Seventh Annual Black & White Ball. For a fair price, partiers will receive everything necessary for a proper send-off to 2013, including photos, appetizers, party hats, and mini–champagne bottles. Ballroom, 456 N. 36th St., 635-2575, $25 adv. 8 p.m. 21 and over. MB

Seattle Symphony It’s all dessert on the Seattle Symphony’s NYE menu: John Williams’ Star Wars score, a couple rousing orchestral dances, music from Nutcracker (in both the Tchaikovsky and Ellington/Strayhorn versions) and Rhapsody in Blue. Stay until midnight at the post-concert party. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue & Union Street, 215-4747, 9 p.m. $52–$153. GB

The Ari Joshua Band If you’re looking to keep it local tonight, check out singer/songwriter Ari Joshua, who’s played with every hometown luminary from Skerik and Mike McCready to Stone Gossard, Michael Shrieve, and Peter Buck. Blue Moon, 712 N.E. 45th St., 675-9116, 9 p.m. $10. 21 and over. GE

Midnight Toast Beer lovers, head to Brouwer’s Cafe, where tenders will be pouring a complimentary toast from Fremont Brewing, Outlander Brewing, and Reuben’s Brews, all served in exclusive three-liter bottles. Brouwer’s Cafe, 400 N. 35th St., 267-2437, 21 and over. MB

Party at Chihuly Garden and Glass Nibble on poached-pear skewers and truffle-mozzarella-stuffed arancini at this elegant affair beneath the Space Needle, where you’ll be well-positioned for the midnight fireworks (not to mention the midnight Veuve Clicquot toast and the smooth sounds of The Robert Vickers Band). Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle Center, $200/parking, gratuities, museum admission included. 21 and over. GE

LICK! Seattle’s dance party for “dykes, trannies, fags, and friends” will kick off the new year with its resident DJs Dewey Decimal and Mathematix, as well as Roy G BIV. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, 8 p.m. $5. 21 and over. KS

Abney Park’s Circus at the End of the World This “Post-Apocalyptic Tribal Steampunk Shanty” incorporates elements of burlesque and cosplay, set to a soundtrack that’s something like Dead Can Dance meets Evanescence. Come apparelled for—and expect—a carnival. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 722-3009, 8 p.m. $30 adv./$35 DOS. 21 and over. GE

Artist Home New Year’s Eve Celebration The folks at Artist Home invite a litany of talented musicians to close out a huge year—during which the booking and promotion company started the Timber! Music Festival—and welcome a fruitful 2014—during which it will undertake another new fest, Timbrrr! (Jan. 10–11). Glad tidings and cover songs will abound, including a Velvet Underground cover by Ravenna Woods leader Chris Cunningham and a Kinks cover by Gabriel Mintz. With Big Sur, Invisible Shivers, Youth Rescue Mission, Friday Mile. Conor Byrne Pub, 5140 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-3640. Tickets available here. 9 p.m. $15. 21 and over. MB

The Flavr Blue Fronted by Hollis Wong-Wear—made famous by Macklemore’s “White Walls”—The Flavr Blue’s electro-R&B will make for a bumping New Year’s alongside Kingdom Crumbs’ esoteric MCs. With Nightmare Fortress, Kingdom Crumbs and DJ100Proof. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, 9 p.m. $15 adv. 21 and over. KS

Leftover Crack This New York City punk band—with a litany of criminal offenses, venue bans, and crusty punk ’tude—hasn’t released an album since 2007’s Deadline, but if you want to kick off 2014 with some mayhem, you’ll find it here tonight. With Skarp, Juicy Karkass, Vile Display of Humanity, The Vatican. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094, 7 p.m. $15 adv./$20 DOS. All ages. GE

INDULGENCE The EMP will transform into a future-facing party lair as 3,000 people fill its space-aged hull for the Northwest’s largest New Year’s party, where they can choose among 25 onsite bars and five different entertainment experiences, including a comedy stage, the MOViN 92.5 DJ stage, an ’80s invasion stage, and a party-band stage. EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., $69 General admission $199 VIP Gold/$350 VIP Platinum. 21 and over. MB

Hell’s Belles True to its name, the legendary nightclub Fenix is rising from the ashes yet again—for the sixth time in two decades!—and has fittingly chosen New Year’s Eve to christen its new Pioneer Square space (which previously housed The Last Supper Club). All-female AC/DC cover band Hell’s Belles will provide the soundtrack, and you will provide the action. With DJ Kryspin, Seattle Aerialists. The Fenix, 124 S. Washington St., 748-9975, $25+ adv/$60 VIP. 21 and over. MB

Poncho Sanchez The iconic bandleader caps a midwinter stand with two shows of unseasonably hot Latin jazz for New Year’s crowds. The early show can include a four-course dinner and time enough to continue the party at home before the ball drops. But the full-on celebration goes down during the late set, with desserts, party favors, and lots of conga. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, 6:30 p.m.: $119.50 w/dinner, $64.50 w/o dinner. 10:30 p.m.: $104.50. All ages. MB

LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends The local Billboard-topping songwriter and X Factor star adds to the celebratory vibe by officially releasing his new album, Rock N’ Soul, at this show (with a little help from his friends, of course, including his three-piece band, host Marty Reimer, and openers Red Jacket Mine). Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland, 425-893-9900, 9 p.m. $45. 21 and over. GE

Knut Bell and the Blue Collars A driving Americana sound—what the showman calls “Hauling Ass Honky Tonk”—defines the country music of Knut Bell, Seattle Weekly’s Best Country Artist of 2012. With his band, the tunes are twangy, the spirit merry, and the cowboy-boot-scuffed dance floor packed at his annual New Year’s show at Little Red Hen, 7115 Woodlawn Ave. N.E., 522-1168, 9 p.m. $10. GE

New Year’s Toast & Hangover Specials All three locations of LunchBox Laboratory (Seattle, Bellevue, and Gig Harbor) will serve $5 champagne and drink specials to ring out the old year— and the next morning will offer “hangover food and drink specials” to ring in the new. All ages.

White Winterland, feat. A Trak and Bassjackers Those wanting to kick off 2014 with a blitz of house music should head over the bridge to Bellevue, where Dutch duo Bassjackers will play the midnight slot on a bill packed with world-class DJs. Dress code dictates that revelers wear white, and the lineup dictates that you stay late for headliner (and sometimes personal tour DJ for Kanye) A Trak. With Downlink, Starkillers, Torro Torro, Luminox, Party Favor. Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue, 425-637-1020, 7 p.m. $39–$100 adv. 18 and over. GE

New Year’s Eve feat. Rouge The menu for Maximilien’s bash: foie gras, mushroom bisque, venison or lobster, mousse au chocolat. The entertainment: Rouge, a voice/violin/accordion trio in French cafe style. It all sounds delectable. Maximilien, 81 Pike St., 682-7271, $95–$125. All ages. GB

The Black Angels If massive fireworks displays aren’t trippy enough for you, psych overlords the Black Angels will put on an absolutely mind-melting visual spectacle—swirling fractals and drippy liquid projections dance around as the band casts their ’60s-inspired spells. The Moore, 1932 Second Ave., 784-4849, 9 p.m. $32.50. 21 and over. KS

Leftover Salmon feat. Bill Payne In stark contrast to Leftover Crack, Leftover Salmon takes a slower approach to its musicality, blending bluegrass and country styles into breezy jam rock. The band calls it “polyethnic Cajun slamgrass,” and dropped its recent statement on the subject, Aquatic Hitchhiker, last year. Accompanied by Little Feat’s Bill Payne, this is bound to be a fiddle- and banjo-heavy night that’ll have you jonesing for actual leftovers after midnight. With Fruition. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 682-1414, 8:30 p.m. $50. GE

STRFKR The Northwest’s favorite lo-fi electro-indie pop band is shooting confetti poppers tonight with Pillar Point, the new electronic dance project from Throw Me the Statue’s Scott Reitherman. Be prepared to shimmy in your shiny NYE shoes tonight. With Teen Daze, Alexico. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, 8 p.m. $25 adv. 21 and over. KS

Yosh & DJ Estylz Dance away 2013 on the ’Ohana dance floor before heading out to the deck, from which you can watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks welcome in 2014. Then go dance again. ’Ohana, 2207 First Ave., 956-9329, 21 and over. MB

SPECTRA 2014 Check out aerial exhibits and fire sculptures as DJ Riz, Darek Mazzone, DJ El Toro, DJ Sharlese, and DJ Alex, all from local independent radio station KEXP, spin New Year’s tunes. Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., 443-2887, 8:30 p.m.–2 a.m. $100. 21 and over. KS

Big Band Jazz from the ’30s–’50s Party like it’s 1939 with swinging tunes from the Big Band age. Don’t forget your era-appropriate dance moves, too, like the cakewalk, the jitterbug, and the Charleston (what Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart were doing when they fell into the pool in It’s a Wonderful Life). Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., 906-9920, 9 p.m. Free. All ages. GE

Children’s Countdown to the New Year At the top of each hour as the New Year arrives in a different country, kiddos at the museum will raise a glass of juice and spend the hour doing a craft related to the tradition of that country. Seattle Children’s Museum, Center House, Seattle Center, 441-1768, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $8.25 per adult, $8.25 per child, $7.25 per grandparent. All ages. KS

Super Diamond Remember Saving Silverman’s Neil Diamond cover band, Diamonds in the Rough? Now just picture it in the Showbox, add more members, and slap on Diamond’s own stamp of approval, and you’ve got the best version of “Sweet Caroline” this side of the sequined Vegas star himself. Showbox at the Market, 628-3151, 9 p.m. $35–$40 adv./$45 DOS. 21 and over. GE

Uncorked NYE with Michael Duncan and DJ Stasche A ticket to this party gets you food, drinks, and access to a photobooth where you and your pals can take drunken pictures of yourselves after a long night of dancing. Sole Repair Shop, 1001 E. Pike St., 979-SHOP, 9 p.m. $75. 21 and over. KS

St. James Cathedral Billed as a “Royal New Year’s at Versailles,” St. James’ annual celebration includes festive French music from the reigns of three monarchs, from a Mass by Charpentier to a chamber concerto by the eccentric pianist Charles-Valentin Alkan. St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., 622-3559, 11 p.m. $30 suggested donation. GB

Star Anna If you can’t wait to say good riddance to 2013, you’re in good company tonight. Star Anna composed her new album, Go to Hell, during a time of “battles and betrayals,” she says. “The title speaks for itself.” Send the year packing at this send-off, featuring the singer’s wailing blues-rock growl. With Shane Tutmarc, Guests. Sunset Tavern, 784-4880, 9:30 p.m. $12. 21 and over. GE

“The Rolling Stones” Jordan Blilie and Devin Welch, formerly of Seattle’s defunct post-hardcore heroes the Blood Brothers, now lead this Stones cover band (hence the quotation marks). With Country Lips, Pony Time, Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N., 789-3599, 9 p.m. $20. 21 and over. GE

Storm Large is best recognized as the sultry, powerful singer on CBS’s Rock Star Supernova, but she was making waves long before that as a Portland lounge-core artist who would perform cabaret covers of ABBA, Billy Idol, and many more. She’s a commanding presence, and a riot too. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, 7 p.m.: $100 (dinner), all ages. 10:30 p.m.: $70 (dessert), 21 and over. MB

Resolution 2014, feat. Above & Beyond and Knife Party The people who put on Freaknight and Paradiso present their New Year’s rave/EDM carnival featuring bass-happy DJs and plenty of aerial acrobats flipping around in gold and white body paint. WaMu Theatre, 800 Occidental Ave. S., 7 p.m. $85. 18 and over. KS

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