Start planning now for New Year’s Eve

There are a little more than three weeks remaining in 2014, which means it’s time to start making your New Year’s Eve plans. Although many bars are still finalizing details, a growing number of concerts, dance parties and hotel galas have tickets on sale now. It can pay to buy early, as prices frequently rise closer to New Year’s Eve, and many events will sell out ahead of time.

We’ll update this list as more parties are announced, and we’ll have a separate post about free and low-key New Year’s Eve events on the blog later this month.


9:30 Club
Clutch released one of the best albums of its career last year: Earth Rocker is a no-nonsense package of heavy, straight-up rock-and-roll. The Frederick band will be joined onstage by Torche and the local reggae-metal fusion group Lionize. Admission includes a midnight champagne toast.
8:30 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $55.

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
A four-course meal and table reservations are included at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club’s party, but guests won’t stay in their seats for long, thanks to the funky New Orleans zydeco and R&B sounds of the Junkyard Saints and the infectious Afrobeat of the Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band. Tickets include unlimited champagne.
9 p.m. 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500.www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. $125.

The Birchmere
After more than four decades of performing around Washington, bluegrass standard bearer the Seldom Scene released its first album in seven years this summer, its debut on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Expect the high, lonesome harmonies the group is known for at its annual New Year’s Eve party at the Birchmere, along with Bumper Jacksons and the Hello Strangers.
8 p.m. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500.www.birchmere.com. $39.50.

The Black Cat
It’s business as usual at the Black Cat: You’ll find Peaches O’Dell and Her Orchestra playing for swing dancers and conga-liners on the main stage, with support from the loungey Tony Anthony and His Malvivants, while DJs spin on the back stage.
8 p.m. 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $30.

Blues Alley
Jamaican jazz legend Monty Alexander performs two full concerts on Dec. 31. Both include a three-course dinner, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and champagne by the glass. The 6:30 p.m. show costs $100; the 10 p.m. set, which will keep rolling after midnight, costs $150.
6:30 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-4141.www.bluesalley.com. $100-$150.

Clarendon Ballroom
Top 40 cover band Liquid A shares the bill with DJ Bobby Hash at Clarendon Ballroom’s two-level bash, where cocktail attire is preferred. Tickets include a dinner buffet, four drink tickets, midnight toast and late-night hoagie station. As in previous years, tickets start at $65 and prices will increase closer to the event, to a maximum of $115. Discounts for nearby hotel rooms are available.
8 p.m. 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-469-2244.www.clarendonballroom.com. $65.

Benny Bennassi’s big-room electro-house has won him legions of fans, including packed houses for the Italian DJ’s last two visits to Echostage.
8 p.m. Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE. 202-503-2330.www.echostage.com. $50.

Fillmore Silver Spring
Los Angeles band Steel Panther found success by parodying the excesses of 1980s glam metal: The first single from its latest album is Party Like Tomorrow Is the End of the World, which means New Year’s Eve won’t be an early evening. VIP tickets include a buffet dinner and a meet-and-greet with the band.
9 p.m. The Fillmore Silver Spring. 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $45 general admission; $96.50-$143 VIP.

Gypsy Sally’s
An Americana New Year’s Eve features acclaimed Brooklyn roots band Yarn, Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line, and South Rail.
8:30 p.m. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. 202-333-7700,www.gypsysallys.com. Standing tickets $45 in advance, $55 day of the show; seats $55 in advance, $60 day of the show.

The Hamilton
The Hamilton is hosting two shows: Alt-country stars Old 97s perform two sets in the main concert hall, where tickets include a champagne toast and a gumbo dinner during intermission; upstairs in the glass-roofed atrium, it’s the fiddle-led folk-country act 19th Street Band.
The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. Old 97s: 7:30 p.m. $60 standing, $85 seated. 19th Street Band: 10 p.m. $10 at the door

Howard Theatre
Burlesque performers, the DystRucXion dancers and DJs will be featured at the annual masquerade ball at the Howard Theatre. Semi-formal attire is requested, and everyone will receive a mask at the door, though you’re welcome to wear your own. Ticket prices will rise closer to New Year’s Eve.
10 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899.www.thehowardtheatre.com. $35; $60 couples; $50 VIP, which adds quicker entry.

Jammin’ Java
The Good Vibes New Year’s Eve Party should be just that, thanks to the Southern-fried rock of Melodime, pop-soul singer Steve Everett and rootsy singer-songwriter Paul Pfau. Tickets include a champagne toast; VIP tickets add a reserved seat and dedicated servers.
8 p.m. Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. 703-255-1566.www.jamminjava.com. General admission $25 in advance, $30 day of show; VIP $35.

Rams Head On Stage
Smooth jazz and R&B pianist Marcus Johnson headlines the Rams Head’s Groove in the New Year party. Tickets include a five-course meal and a midnight toast.
6:45 p.m. Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis. 410-268-4545.www.ramsheadonstage.com. $99.

Rock and Roll Hotel
At least 10 DJs will take to the decks at the Rock and Roll Hotel’s annual no-holds-barred throwdown, including Baltimore Club and hip-hop producer Blaqstarr and club regulars Trevor Martin and Basscamp. Tickets include an open bar from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. and limited appetizers and hors d’oeuvres.
8 p.m. Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625.www.rockandrollhoteldc.com. $80; $100 day of show.

The State Theatre
The Legwarmers bring their covers of the B-52s, Def Leppard, Madonna and Huey Lewis back to the State Theatre for another New Year’s Eve, and it’s guaranteed that the area’s guiltiest pleasure is going to sell out in advance. Forget semi-formal attire: Neon t-shirts, legwarmers and big hair are the unofficial dress code.
9:30 p.m. The State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300. www.thestatetheatre.com. $50.

All events include optional discounted hotel rooms.

Big Night DC
Taking over the Gaylord National Hotel, Big Night DC boasts 15 Party Areas with DJs, bands and karaoke, including a Dewey Beach Band Stage and Ballroom. Featured performers include ’90s cover band White Ford Bronco, WPGC (95.5 FM) DJ Chris Styles and WRQX (107.3 FM) DJ Flounder. Tickets with a dinner buffet and all-night open bar are $134.99, but there are numerous pricing options, depending on whether you want to enter after 11 p.m. without food (currently $99.99) or want VIP access to top-shelf drinks, additional party areas and the hotel’s 19th Floor Pose Ultra Lounge ($219.99). Prices in all categories will increase closer to the event.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor. www.bignightdc.com. $99.99-$309.99.

Downtown Countdown
Third Eye Blind is the featured performer at the party at the Washington Hilton, but the entertainment throughout three ballrooms also includes cover bands, live band karaoke, DJs from Hot 99.5 and a stand-up comedy lounge. Admission covers an open bar and dinner buffet; VIP tickets add acoustic sets by Third Eye Blind and Delta Rae, plus an extra hour of open bar. Formal attire is requested.
9 p.m.-2 a.m. Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW.www.downtowncountdown.net. $129-$159; $200-$275 VIP.

New Year’s Eve Spy Gala
Euronet International, a social network for European professionals in the District, is throwing a 007-themed party with mock casino gambling, shaken-not-stirred martini bars and ballrooms inspired by the setting of James Bond movies: Think ice sculptures and a cold buffet in Iceland, or reggae and calypso tunes and tropical drinks in a Caribbean room. Tickets include open bar, dinner and dessert buffets, dancing to DJs and bands and an optional singles mixer.
9 p.m.-2 a.m. Washington Plaza Hotel. 10 Thomas Cir. NW. 703-861-8075. www.euronetinternational.com. $99-$199.

Prohibition 2014: A New Year’s Eve Casino Night
DJs Biz Markie and Kid Capri headline this annual New Year’s Eve Party, which features three ballrooms of dancing to hip-hop and R&B, mock casino gambling, burlesque dancers, live music and a vintage car show. General admission tickets include hors d’oeuvres from 8 to 10 p.m.; VIP tickets add an extra hour of food and open bar from 9 to midnight. Semi-formal attire is required.
8 p.m.-3 a.m. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Crystal City, Va. 202-450-0030. socialarchitects2014.eventbrite.com. $60; $125 VIP.

Things to Do International Gala
One of Washington’s largest New Year’s Eve parties takes over five ballrooms and two lounges at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The international theme means you can watch a Chinese lion dance, take free salsa lessons, dance to Barbadian or Bollywood DJs, listen to an Irish band or watch a performance of West African dance by Coyaba Dance Theater. (There’s also a ballroom of top 40 and electronic music featuring DJ Geometrix, and a band playing retro and pop covers.) General admission tickets include dinner buffet stations and an open bar; a VIP option includes a seated pre-party dinner. Black tie attire is preferred.
9 p.m.-2 a.m. Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. 301-519-8030.www.thingstododc.com. $109-$199.

By Fritz Hahn