Lots of options for ringing in 2014
The Bull City may not have an official New Year’s Eve celebration, but there are plenty of opportunities to welcome 2014. Here are a few:
-- The Art of Cool Project will present neo-soul artist Yahzarah in a New Year’s Eve party at Cuban Revolution Restaurant & Bar, at 318 Blackwell St. in the American Tobacco Campus in Durham.
Prior to Yahzarah taking the stage, the night begins at 10 p.m. with music spun by Cognito of FroLab. The party will continue until 2 a.m. Event options include a tapas bar, a champagne toast, VIP seating, and bottle service. Tickets begin at $65 and are available online at www.cubanaocnye2014.eventbrite.com.
-- The Durham Jazz Workshop and Sharp Nine Gallery will present a New Year’s Eve party beginning at 9 p.m. Performers are the Dave Finucane Quartet with guests Lois Deloatch and Scott Sawyer. This event includes desserts, champagne, and a jam session after the concert.
Tickets are $50. To purchase, visit www.durhamjazzworkshop.org.
-- Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill will present Night Lights, a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This event offers free activities, performances, refreshments, and a kids' countdown under the stars in the dome theater to ring in the new year.
For information visit www.moreheadplanetarium.org.
-- Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos will ring in the new year at Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse, 5410 N.C. 55, Greenwood Commons Shopping Center. Tickets are $15. For information, call 919-361-2222.
-- Peter Lamb and the Wolves, along with Bullfrog and the Connoisseurs, will perform New Year’s Eve, beginning at 9:15, at Casbah, 1007 W. Main St., Durham. Tickets are $15. This concert will mark the final curtain for Casbah as a music club.
-- The Pinhook will present “Panda Glam: A New Year’s Eve Extravaganza,” beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 for this event. Non-traditional black tie attire is encouraged. For details, visit www.thepinhook.com.
-- Motorco Music Hall is inviting revelers to dress in their favorite “yacht wear” for a motorboat-themed New Year’s Eve Party. The Wusses will headline this 9 p.m. show. For tickets, visit www.motorcomusic.com. Motorco is at 723 Rigsbee Ave. in Durham.
-- Saxophonist Marcus Anderson and Shelby Johnson will ring in the new year at Beyu Caffe, 335 W. Main St., Durham. Tickets are $60. For details and times, visit beyucaffe.com or call 919-683-1058.
-- Local 506 in Chapel Hill will present a New Year’s Eve show with the Dex Romweber Duo, and Melissa & The Swinglers. The doors open at 8:30 for this 9:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $10. For information, visit www.local506.com. The club is at 506 W. Franklin St.
-- The Bar, at 711 Rigsbee Ave., Durham, will present a “Lady Gaga vs. Madonna” New Year’s Eve dance party beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For tickets, visit thebardurham.com.
-- The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club will present “New Year’s Jazzin’ EVE: An Enchanted Evening of Dinner and Dancing” with vocalist Eve Cornelious and the Chip Crawford Trio. This event includes a four-course menu of soups, salads, entrées and desserts followed by dancing to jazz standards and favorites. A champagne toast at midnight will help ring in 2014.
The event begins at 8:30 p.m. and continues until 1 a.m. Cost is $135 per person and includes dinner, entertainment and dancing. For information, visit www.washingtondukeinn.com. For other specials and rates, call 919-490-0999.
-- T4GB frontperson Shirlette Ammons released her debut album “Twilight for Gladys Bentley” this year. Ammons will close out 2013 with a New Year’s Eve performance at Durham's Surf Club, 703 Rigsbee Ave., and begin the year with an already sold-out, opening slot for The Indigo Girls in Atlanta. Cover charge to this event is $5.
-- The Eno River Association’s annual New Year’s Day Hike begins at 2 p.m. at the Eno River State Park Headquarters (Few’s Ford access area, 6101 Cole Mill Road). Hikers may choose a 4- to 5-mile route, or a shorter 2-mile hike. Hot chocolate, marshmallows, popcorn and s’mores will be served around the fire at the end of the hike. Admission is free.