Much like the year before, 2021 has been weird, savage, and mad as a result of the pandemic, aside from a brief taste of normalcy during the summer and fall. Extra caution is now required with the rise of the omicron variant, but if you’re fully vaccinated and boosted, and ready to wear a mask, you should be able to enjoy a New Years Eve party to finish. another year we will never forget.
Here are five shows, parties, and extravagances that take place around Rhode Island on the night the ball falls.
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Or: Twilight, 301 Harris Ave., Providence
When: 9 p.m.
Tickets: $ 10 in advance; $ 15 at the door (21 years +)
For over a decade, Providence’s best dance party has been hosted by the one and only Ty Jesso. On the second and last Friday of each month, he and John O’Leary spin the best of Motown, ’60s R&B, the British invasion, and even punk and garage rock. Soul Power draws quite a party crowd, and Dusk is one of the best places in town to end the year on a high. Stay right at midnight for the champagne toast.
Or: Askew, 150 Chestnut Street, Providence
When: 9 p.m.
Tickets: $ 25 (21 and over)
The Dick Clarks are a rock ‘n’ roll dance party band featuring music veterans Paula Clare on vocals, Andy Stone and Emerson Torrey on vocals and guitar, Richard Ribb on vocals and bass and John Turner on drums. From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. there will be a large buffet that lasts as long as the food, with champagne when the ball falls. Tanya McIntyre and The Professors will open the shows with their own mix of covers that span from the 1950s to the present day.
Or: The Knickerbocker Music Center, 35 Railroad Ave., Westerly
When: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $ 20 (21 and over)
We all know those South County folks who don’t like to travel beyond the borders of the area they call home, so here’s something for them. Mystic Dead and Wolfman Jack will both bring the music of The Grateful Dead on stage to The Knick, the former dipping into the band’s material while maintaining their own creative individuality, and the latter performing strictly songs from the band’s early years, from 1965 to 1972. If you like to wear a tie-dye shirt in the dead of winter, this will definitely be your kind of night out.
Or: The Salon, 1119 North Main St., Providence
When: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $ 20 in advance / $ 25 at the door (21 years +)
At least one New Years Eve show is stacked every year, and this is one of them. Garage rock rookies Ravi Shavi will headline with prog-soul group Bochek; Tree Ppl, featuring hip-hop artist Jesse The Tree and members of Bochek; the experimental Baby Baby pop trio; and alternative rock band Violet Tempo. Make sure to stop early and have a snack Pizza Bobby’s Bar before the festivities.
Or: News Cafe, 43 Broad St., Pawtucket
When: 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $ 10 (18 years old and over)
Right in the heart of downtown Pawtucket, News Cafe is a fantastic dive that always brings an eclectic array of live music, cheap drinks, and $ 1 Jell-O shots. Electropop musician, artist Jackie, will be joined by “The Wizard” Jamie Tavares to throw a party with Black Sabbath cover trio Green Sabbath, alternative rock band Eclectic Electric and singer-songwriter folk and blues T. Bloodhound. There will be a wide range of sounds, from acoustics to amplified to electronics, which will most likely end up with people doing headbanging and breakdancing at the same time.