Five things to do in Denver for New Year’s Eve
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Why celebrate just one New Year’s Eve bash when you can have eight? New Year’s Nation connects New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Dallas, Philadelphia, Detroit and Denver to create one gigantic party across four time zones, live via satellite. New Year’s Nation provides an open bar, food stations and hors d’oeuvres from Michael’s restaurant in Denver, plus live music by DJs Faust and Shortee and a champagne toast. You’ll get to see whether Eastern, Central, Pacific or Mountain Standard Time zone truly parties the hardest. Of course, 8,000 people will be watching you too, so put on your best party face and get ready to throw down.
What: New Year’s Nation Live Party
Where: Sherman Street Event Complex.
When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Cost: Tickets $150 to $225.
If you prefer your New Year’s bashes elegant and exotic, it’s hard to top Kevin Larson and Image Magazine’s White Rose Gala, which will transform the Westminster Westin with its Narnia-themed party. A theatrical cast of all-white woodland creatures, carriage rides, live music, and DJ music will transport you to a frozen fantasy land as you await the crushing reality of 2008. The entire hotel will be taken over, including rooms, lobby and ballrooms ” even the fire hearth will be altered to burn with a white flame. After the official party ends at 2 a.m., guests can sneak over to the black-light, Atlantis-themed swimming pool or bask in the 30-person hot tub with views of the Rockies. Champagne, food and open bar included ” but don’t let the woodland elves steal your vodka tonic.
What: White Rose Gala
Where: Westin Hotel, Westminster
When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. for New Year’s Party; after party 2 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Cost: Tickets are $75 for the main event and $25 for after-party VIP tickets. Special room rates are $189.
New Year’s Eve celebrations often bend toward elegance, champagne and the black-tie set, but for some, bluegrass twang and toe-tapping is all they need for a New Year’s Eve done right. If that’s the case for you, Yonder Mountain String Band will have your fix at the Fillmore on New Year’s Eve. Nederland’s Yonder Mountain String Band are one of the more accomplished bluegrass bands in the state, and their progressive bluegrass is the perfect sound to fill out the Fillmore on New Year’s. Concertgoers will also have the opportunity to ride a party bus from the Boulder Museum of Contemporary art to the shows. For $25, the bus ride will enable you to tap the keg on board and support the Basics Fund, which provides health benefits to uninsured artists.
What: Yonder Mountain String Band.
When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Fillmore Auditorium, Denver.
Covering Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and the boys of Aerosmith is quite the daunting undertaking, but Boulder rockers Rose Hill Drive are up for the challenge. This New Year’s Eve, the power trio known for spot-on revival rock in the tradition of Led Zeppelin, Cream and Deep Purple, will cover Aerosmith’s classic 1975 album “Toys in the Attic” in its entirety. Opening act Meat Puppets also bring their perpetually underappreciated grunge/psychedelic songs to the bash; while they’re most famous for being covered by Nirvana, these Phoenix rockers have a truly outstanding body of work all their own.
What: Rose Hill Drive covers Aerosmith, plus Meat Puppets.
Where: Boulder Theatre.
When: 9 p.m.
Info: 303-786-7030 or http://www.bouldertheater.com
History and class combine at Alice 105.9’s New Year’s Eve bash, which goes down at the Victorian Parkside Mansion across from Denver’s City Park. Constructed in 1905, this ritzy home will serve up three levels of entertainment as well as a champagne toast, confetti and top-shelf alcohol between its columns, leaded glass windows and paneled ceilings. This is also the sixth and last New Year’s Eve party to be hosted at the Parkside, so this is your chance to get in on a once-in-a-lifetime party one more time. DJ Ty Tek and Textiles with Paul Dechant on Percussions, DJ Ivy and horn player Pete Wall provide music.
What: 6th Annual NYE ’08 Gala hosted by Alice 105.9 and Jeremy Ostermiller.
Where: Parkside Mansion, Denver.
When: 9 p.m.
Cost: $80-$100 or $170 a couple; VIP packages $110-$140 or $215 a couple.