New Year’s Eve To-Dos
By Fritz Brantley and Lindsey Millar
NEW YEAR’S EVE RIVERTOP PARTY
8 p.m., the Peabody. $40 adv./$50 d.o.s.
No one does New Year’s Eve bigger than the Peabody. The Venus Mission,
an ’80s cover band out of Memphis that probably draws better and more
consistently than any touring act that comes through, plays the Peabody
Ballroom, while Little Rock’s favorite cover band the Gettys holds it down in the Arkansas Ballroom. Another,
long-tenured party group Tragikly White, is in the lobby, and piano and sax duo Wine & Roses offers more elegant fare at Mallard’s. High up in the Pinnacle Room Power 92’s Tre’ Day
gets things jumping on the ones and twos. At midnight a balloon will
drop and there’ll be a champagne toast. Partygoers must be 21 or older.
8 p.m., Embassy Suites, $60 (room packages also available).
The Rockets, Little Rock’s most popular
party band, as regularly judged by Arkansas Times readers, headline the
New Year’s party at West Little Rock’s Embassy Suites. The music starts
at 8 — and it will be familiar, fun stuff — and the reception with
plenty of food lasts for the first couple of hours of the evening. Cash
MC MESSINIAN/THE ENEMY/TREASURE FINGERS
8 p.m., the Village. $12.50.
Was it wrong we thought this would be a metal show? Ring in your New
Year’s with a joyous blast of uh, hardcore rap, blistering drum and
bass and lascivious electro. Can you guess which is which? Treasure
Fingers, from Hotlanta, has been passing around a few DJ mixes, but
plays Little Rock for the first time. The Enemy is one of the members
of DNB collective Evol Intent, leaving MC Messinian, the fiercely
independent MC from Los Angeles. FB
607 PRESENTS NEW YEAR’S EVE STUDIO 54
9 p.m., Gusano’s. $20.
So many theme parties, only one night a year to do them. Don’t
worry, though, this Studio 54 party is markedly different. No Andrea
True Connection, white suits (hopefully) and pointing up and down.
Instead, DJ Discipline and 607 are planning both a rap set and an
evening of the best “’60s/’70s/’80s/’90s you never heard.” Certainly a
wide range! If Discipline and 607 are to be trusted, however, it’s sure
to be a wide range of under-listened-to, overly-awesome music. Plus, a
90-minute set from 607 that promises to get the crowd jumping. The
cover charge allows comers to pub crawl between Gusano’s and Ernie
Biggs. Dress is informal and there will be free champagne and party
favors. Call Gusano’s to reserve a table, 374-1441, or Doyle at
9 p.m., Rumba-Revolution and Sticky Fingerz. $20.
A perk when you own two clubs in one entertainment district: You can
host huge multi-venue parties. For the second year in a row,
Rumba-Revolution and Sticky Fingerz team with Scarlet Boutique to throw
a huge New Year’s party. Red attire is encouraged. First Impressions will perform at Revolution, Four on the Floor will do rock covers at Sticky Fingerz and longtime local DJ Rob-O will be spinning in Rumba. There will also be party favors, a champagne toast and a fondue bar. LM
JET420/DJ CHUCKY P
4:30 p.m., Cajun’s Wharf. $25.
Ever-revolving local collective Jet420 plays goodtime classic and modern rock at Cajun’s New Year’s party, with DJ Chucky P also offering up dance jams. The cover charge gets you access to an appetizer bar, party favors and champagne. Local guitarist Richie Johnson plays happy hour. The restaurant will also offer special menu items. LM