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New Year’s Eve events in Metro Detroit

Melody Baetens
DetroitNews-Unknown

Low key or full glitz, here’s a selection of events, parties, restaurants and more this New Year’s Eve in Metro Detroit.

big bashes

Campus Martius and Cadillac Square: The Meridian Motor City NYE Drop is a free outdoor party in the heart of the city that boasts live music, food trucks, bars, kids’ activities, fire pits and a ball drop. The first drop hits at 6:30 p.m. for the little ones and then resets for midnight. VIP packages are available. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. 800 Woodward, Detroit. motorcitynye.com.

 

The Meridian Motor City NYE Drop event heads back to Campus Martius and Cadillac Square for an outdoor New Year’s Eve party.

Bentley Banquet and Event Center: Entertainment with the Legends Live Tribute Show starring tributes to Dion, Blues Brothers, Reba McEntire, Lou Rawls and Jerry Lee Lewis. Tickets include buffet dinner, dancing, beer and wine and a midnight toast. 5:30 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show. $75. 646 Biddle, Wyandotte. (734) 285-4044.

Downtown Wyandotte: Rockin’ NYE event includes lighted, 1,000-pound ball drop and concert with Sponge, plus Eva Under Fire, Sarah Sherrard and Joe Jaber and the Last Divide. Party starts at 6 p.m. Ball drops at 9 p.m. for a family-friendly celebration and again at midnight. Free. Biddle and Maple, Wyandotte. RockinNYE.com.

Russell Industrial Center: Bass Supremacy with five stages of DJs. 7 p.m.-4 a.m. $30, $60 VIP. 1600 Clay, Detroit. ticketweb.com.

Fillmore Detroit: Tickets to the New Year’s Eve Resolution Ball include admission, drink tickets, pizza and coney buffet, balloon drop, confettti and more. 8 p.m. $80-$125. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5451.

Villa Penna: Entertainment with Gary Sacco, and DJ Z, plus full dinner, champagne toast, late night pizza and drink tickets. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets start at $40. 43985 Hayes, Sterling Heights. (313) 378-4000 or villapennanye.com.

live music

JAZZ/BLUES

Planet D Nonet at Dirty Dog Jazz Café, seatings at 5 and 9 p.m. Reservations recommended. 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. (313) 882-5299.

Pete Siers Trio with Dave Bennett and Tad Weed at Kerrytown Concert House, 7 p.m. sold out. 415 N. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 769-2999.

Rockin’ Blues New Year’s Eve featuring Sonny Moorman at Callahan’s Music Hall, 8 p.m. $25 and up. Dinner packages available. 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. (248) 858-9508.

Ben Sharkey at AXIS Lounge at MGM Grand Detroit, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. No cover. 1777 Third, Detroit. Email nightlife@det.mgmgrand.com for table reservations.

Alexander Zonjic and his band with Jeff Lorber and Serieux and their Motown Temptations Review at Trenton Village Theatre, 9:30 p.m. $50. 2447 W. Jefferson, Trenton. (313) 964-5050.

POP/ROCK

Jeff Daniels: Acoustic & Unplugged at the Purple Rose Theatre, 3 and 8 p.m. $78-$88. 137 Park, Chelsea. (734) 433-7673.

 

Jeff Daniels

Greensky Bluegrass at Royal Oak Music Theatre, 7 p.m. $39.50-$60. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2890.

The Mega 80s at Magic Bag, 8 p.m. $35. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.

Modern Tribe Communications 20th anniversary with Ultra Unit, Duminie Deporres, Greg Sanders and Satta Don Dada at PJ’s Lager House, 9 p.m. $10. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Electric Six with Queen Kwong at Saint Andrew’s Hall, 9 p.m. $20. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

The Dirtbombs with Soledad Brothers and Prude Boys at Magic Stick, 9 p.m. $20. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee fundraiser with Unlimited Head at Dino’s Lounge, 9 p.m. No cover, free will donation. 22740 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 591-3466.

HIP-HOP

Jeezy at Masonic Temple, 8 p.m. $125 and up. 500 Temple, Detroit. (313) 832-7100.

 

Jeezy plays the Masonic Temple on Saturday night.

Homeboy Sandman with Nolan the Ninja, MotorKam and Lord Gulley at Loving Touch, 8 p.m. $15. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

CLASSICAL

Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs the Music of Prince at Orchestra Hall at the Max, 10 p.m. $70 and up. Dinner packages available. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

clubs

DJ Mo Beatz and DJ Mix 1981 with laser light show, complimentary buffet and confetti blast at the Annex, 8 p.m.-4 a.m. $30, $50 VIP. 24 W. Adams, Detroit. (313) 632-9021.

Thirst Wave with new wave, alt-retro, dark ’80s and ’90s alternative at Small’s Bar, 8 p.m. $8-$10. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

DJ Denis Celic and Friends at the Bosco, 8 p.m. 22930 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 541-8818.

DJ, punch and champagne toast at Punch Bowl Social, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. 1331 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 749-9738.

Country Club Disco with Golf Clap, Pontchartrain, Ghita Sisters and Players Club at Grasshopper Underground, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat. $10. 22757 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 298-0330.

Enter the Dojo Party with a DJ, appetizers and an ice luge at the Peterboro, 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $50. 420 Peterboro, Detroit. (313) 833-1111.

Bey Ball Dance Party with DJs Graffiti and Dante Lasalle with Britney Stoney at Blind Pig, 9:30 p.m. $10. 208 S. First, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-8555.

Studio V with Captn20 and party favors and champagne toast at V Nightclub at MGM Grand Detroit, 10 p.m.-4 a.m. $50. 1777 Third, Detroit. neptix.com.

Bleu Out with Eran Hersh, Kenneth Thomas and more at Bleu Detroit, 10 p.m.-4 a.m. $10-$450. 1540 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 974-7799.

stage events

“Beautiful: the Carole King Musical” at Fisher Theatre, 2 and 8 p.m. $49 and up. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. (313) 872-1000.

 

The cast fills the stage in a scene from “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”

“Unlucky Charms” murder mystery dinner show at Bavarian Inn, 6:30 p.m. $50 for dinner and show. 1 Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth. (989) 652-7200.

John Oliver at Fox Theatre, 7 and 10 p.m. Sat. $59.75-$79.75. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

 

John Oliver is performing Saturday, at 7 p.m. and again at 10 p.m., at the Fox.

Comedian Andy Hendrickson at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. $27.50-$35. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

“New Year’s Eve Showdown” interactive improv game show at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre, 7:30 and 10 p.m. $35-$50. Early show includes hors d’oeuvres and prizes; late show is food, prizes and a champagne toast. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 327-0575.

kids events

Noon Year’s Eve with cookies, cocoa and more at Detroit Historical Museum, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 5401 Woodward, Detroit. detroithistorical.org.

Kids Drop with games, activities, face painting and music at Campus Martius, 4 p.m. start, early ball drop at 6:30 p.m. Free. 800 Woodward, Detroit. motorcitynye.com.

Wild Lights at Detroit Zoo, 5:30-9 p.m. $10 in advance, $13 at the gate. 8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak. detroitzoo.org.

Detroit Circus with aerial acts, fire dancing, acrobatics and more at Village Theatre, 7 p.m. $20. 50400 Cherry Hill, Canton. cantonvillagetheater.org.

dining events

Reservations required or strongly suggested.

El Barzon: Early bird 3 p.m. seating special includes two entrees, soup or salad and bottle of wine for $50 per couple. Additional seatings at 5, 7 and 9:15 p.m. 3710 Junction, Detroit. (313) 894-2070.

Grey Ghost Detroit: A five-course dinner featuring choice of duck breast or dry aged strip steak, plus black kingfish, soup dumplings and razor clams. Restaurant opens at 4 p.m. $75 per person, additional beverage pairings available. Walk-ins welcome for the bar area, which will serve an al carte menu. 47 E. Watson, Detroit. (313) 262-6534.

Local Kitchen and Bar: A seven-course meal featuring oyster, lobster, duck, black bass and more, plus a sparking wine toast. Reservations avaialble 4-11 p.m. $70 per person, $30 for additional wine or cocktail pairings. 344 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 291-5650.

Nico & Vali Italian Eatery: Choose from a special limited menu, or the chef’s five-course tasting menu, plus drink deals and complimentary champagne. Seatings at 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30. 744 Wing, Plymouth. (734) 207-7880.

Wolfgang Puck Steak at MGM Grand Detroit: This elegant steakhouse will offer a five-course meal with champagne toast after 5 p.m. $135. 1777 Third, Detroit. (877) 888-2121.

Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina: A prex-fixe menu features homemade pasta, pizza and Italian favorites after 5 p.m. $75. 1777 Third, Detroit. (877) 888-2121.

Station 885: A special New Year’s Eve menu plus party favors, complimentary champagne, live music and dancing. 5 p.m. 885 Starkweather, Plymouth. (734) 459-0885.

Gold Cash Gold: A shared menu with choice of entree: lamb shank, whole roasted duck or whole fried fish. 5:30-9 p.m. $110 per couple, includes champagne. Deposit required. 2100 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 242-0770.

Greektown Casino: A four-course meal and champagne toast, plus entertainment from acoustic guitarist Dan Tillery for $99 at PRISM, or a three-course meal and toast at Bistro 555 for $45. 6 p.m. 555 E. Lafayette, Detroit. Reservations should be made via OpenTable.com.

Parc: Executive chef Jordan Hoffman crafts a four-course dinner to enjoy with a view of Campus Martius park. 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. seatings. $125-$150 for dinner and champagne toast, $50 general admission at the bar after 9:30 p.m. 800 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 922-7272.

Weber’s: Dinner buffet, entertainment, dancing, champagne toast and late-night pizza buffet. 7 p.m. $249 per couple and up (hotel packages start at $399). 3050 Jackson, Ann Arbor. (800) 443-3050.

Cuisine: A five-course dinner with wine pairings. 7:30 p.m. $150 all-inclusive. 670 Lothrop, Detroit. (313) 872-5110.

Social Kitchen & Bar: A four-course dinner with two drinks, champagne toast, dancing, late night snack and a $25 gift card per couple. 8:30 p.m. $125 per person, gratuity included. 225 E. Maple, Birmingham. (248) 594-4200.

The Root Restaurant & Bar: Executive chef Nick Rogers prepares a lavish eight-course meal featuring raw oysters with trout caviar, beef tartare, roasted cauliflower salad, grilled quail, venison and dessert, plus a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., dinner begins at 9 p.m. $100, $30 for sparking wine pairings. 340 Town Center, White Lake. (248) 698-2400.

— Complied by Melody Baetens