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Events: Kansas City’s biggest New Year’s parties

Here are some of the biggest celebrations going on around town.

The Kansas City Power & Light District hosts a New Year's Eve party that draws thousands.

Dec. 31 will be here before you know it, and as Kansas City enters 2014, almost every nightclub, bar, tavern or restaurant will have something going on.


Dec. 31 will be here before you know it, and as Kansas City enters 2014, almost every nightclub, bar, tavern or restaurant will have something going on.

Here are some of the biggest celebrations and select others so you can make plans — and reservations — for New Year’s Eve.

Eve 2013 at the Kauffman Center

The opportunity to sing “Auld Lang Syne” at Kansas City’s shiniest crown jewel will prove irresistible for many proud area residents on Tuesday. Organizers of the upscale blowout at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts have pulled out all the stops for the upscale affair.

The entertainment includes the atmospheric sounds of Austin-based Govinda and Vintage Trouble, a fine roots-rock band from Los Angeles. The antique pop duo Victor & Penny, the performance art troupe Quixotic and the madcap jazz master Dave Stephens are among the locally based performers.

Three different experiences are available at drama-

tically different price points. The party starts at 7 p.m. for premium ticket holders and 10 p.m. for standard ticket holders. Tickets start at $95 and go up to $1,000 at evekc.com.

The Black Party at Californos

Dozens of establishments in Westport have come and gone since Californos first opened its doors. Excellent service and savory food have contributed to the ongoing success of the venerable restaurant and entertainment venue.

Californos’ tiered layout on a hill at 4124 Pennsylvania Ave. in Westport makes it a particularly attractive option for dance-minded partiers on New Year’s Eve. Four DJs — Mikey Mike on the main stage, C-Mac on the party deck, O in the GA lounge and Domensha in the VIP lounge — will provide distinct mixes tailored for different moods.

A dozen specialty cocktails and a midnight champagne toast are included in the festivities, which kick off at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $85 at blackpartykc.com. Additional VIP packages are also available.

NYE Dinner at Bluestem

Let the wild-eyed revelers have their fun. Celebrants who place a priority on pleasing their palates rather than on damaging their eardrums and livers will find a welcome oasis at Bluestem on New Year’s Eve. The lavish seven-course dinner is so tantalizing that even the

coarsest partiers might be tempted to alter their

bacchanal plans to indulge in the meal at the tony

midtown establishment at 900 Westport Road.

The decadent offerings include oysters in vermouth gelée, foie gras torchon, glazed sweetbread and candied kumquats. A less-ambitious meal of filet mignon, shrimp and champagne is available in the lounge.

Reserve a spot in the dining room for seatings at 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. Dinner is $135 per person in the dining room and wine pairings are available for an additional $65. The special surf-and-turf meal in the lounge is $30 per person. More info at bluestemkc.com.

Missouri Mavericks at the Independence Events Center

Why should sports fans sit in front of a television on New Year’s Eve when they can attend a fast-paced and bargain-priced hockey match? The Missouri Mavericks will take on the Tulsa Oilers, their rivals in the Central Hockey League.

The team is sweetening the deal with a balloon and confetti drop and free post-match skating. Rentals are available for fans who don’t bring their own skates. The match starts at 7 p.m. and the skate party should end by 11 p.m., allowing sports fans to get home in time to catch the evening’s highlights on “Sports Center” well before midnight.

Tickets are $16 to $38 at missourimavericks.com.

NYE Live at the Power & Light District

The central courtyard of downtown’s Power & Light District, one of Kansas City’s prime public gathering places, will be especially inviting on New Year’s Eve.

The nine-piece Patrick Lentz Band will entertain the crowd from the KC Live stage as partiers take advantage of the inclusive top-shelf beverages at 14 participating venues. The raucous Angels Rock Bar, the refined Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge and the dueling piano bar Howl at the Moon are among the popular establishments that will fuel the excitement.

The large-scale production, which starts at 9 p.m., will feature a ball drop, confetti, fireworks and a champagne toast. Tickets are $89 in advance at powerandlightdistrict.com and $99 on Dec. 31.

One Block South

Selecting the perfect destination on New Year’s Eve can be especially difficult for people who enjoy a wide variety of sounds and styles. By offering a musical cafeteria, One Block South represents an attractive solution for merrymakers with eclectic tastes.

The popular 1980s cover band the Zeros will perform at Fuel. DJ Kirby, a personality on radio station 106.5 the Wolf, will spin country hits at Kanza Hall. Brent Tactic, one of the region’s most respected DJs, will mix hip-hop and dance music at Milieu. Broad-minded listeners at the Overland Park entertainment complex, 7300 W. 119th St., can ring in the new year with all three sounds.

Admission is $20; festivities start at 7 p.m. Find more info at oneblocksouthkc.com.

New Year’s Tease at Liberty Hall

Santa has already come and gone, so why not get a little naughty on New Year’s Eve? The Lawrence Burlesque Collective is presenting New Year’s Eve Tease, a tastefully risqué night of revealing dancing and performances by a hip-hop artist and a rock band.

The women of the Lawrence Burlesque Collective are part of a time-honored tradition that spans from Gypsy Rose Lee to the Suicide Girls. They’ll offer more than an hour of tantalizing theater at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence. Approach, a hero of the Midwestern hip-hop underground, Kansas City’s punk-inspired Hissy Fit and DJDG Boogie will provide the music. There’ll be plenty of time to behave nicely before Santa begins making his lists in 2014.

The show starts at 9 p.m.; tickets are $13 in advance through libertyhall.net.

NYE at the Temple

Electronic dance music finally had the breakout year its advocates have long predicted. EDM artists ranging from Avicii to Zedd had massive hits, while pop stars like Katy Perry incorporated elements of the genre into their sound. NYE at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1330 E. Linwood Blvd., will allow revelers to immerse themselves in the party music of the moment with several of the region’s top EDM acts.

Mr. Kristopher, the winner of the Dancefestopia festival’s 2013 DJ competition, leads a crowd-pleasing lineup that also includes Half Dead Bear, DJ G-Note and Lektrik. Dancers can quench their thirsts with unlimited drinks at 10 open bars.

Tickets are $80.14 through Dec. 27, $90.14 through Dec. 30 and $100.14 on Dec. 31. VIP tickets are also available at nyekc.com. The party starts at 9 p.m.; VIP ticketholders get in at 8 p.m.

Hearts of Darkness and Lazy at RecordBar

Few ensembles boast more flesh and blood than the 14-member Afro-beat band Hearts of Darkness. Celebrated for its ability to send dancers into ecstatic states, Hearts of Darkness makes the jubilant music associated with Nigerian icon Fela sound as if it originated in Kansas City.

The deliberately disheveled racket of Lazy, a scuzzy noise-punk band, will get the party started at 10 p.m. at RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road. Tickets are $15 in advance through therecordbar.com.

The Blue Room: Celebrating Our Sweet 16

on New Year’s Eve

If Kansas City crosses the minds of celebrants in Tokyo or Paris on New Year’s Eve, it’s likely to conjure an image of a rollicking jazz club featuring swinging music. The 16th anniversary party at the Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St., allows patrons to live that dream.

Two bands will be featured. Doug Talley’s quartet is known for its precise form of post-bop jazz. Charles Williams, one of the region’s most accomplished jazz pianists, will lead his Motown Review in jazz-inflected versions of familiar songs delivered by outstanding vocalists Chavonna Adams and Ron Gutierrez.

A buffet, door prizes and a champagne toast complement the party, which starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $75 for individuals and $120 for couples through americanjazzmuseum.org.

Split Lip Rayfield at the Bottleneck

The televised New Year’s Eve celebration hosted by Ryan Seacrest will feature Ariana Grande, Capital Cities, Daughtry and the Fray. Split Lip Rayfield may lack the star power and commercial might of those polished acts, but the people who will pack into the Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St. in Lawrence, wouldn’t have it any other way.

The influential bluegrass thrash band from Kansas has delighted ruffians and terrified traditionalists for almost 20 years. Two like-minded Lawrence-based bands get the party started at 8 p.m. Granny Tweed is an excitable cow-punk ensemble. The four members of the Sunflower Colonels play scruffy, back porch bluegrass.

Tickets are $26 in advance through thebottlenecklive.com.


Where : 5240 Merriam Drive, Merriam.

When : 6 p.m. doors open; 8 p.m. show.

Details : Death By Diesel will provide the music. $10-$15. aftershock shows.com

American Restaurant

Where: 200 E. 25th St.

When: Seatings begin at 5:30 p.m.

Details: Three-course tasting menu, seatings at 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m.; $75. Five-course tasting menu, seatings at 9, 9:15 and 9:30 p.m.; $145. Live music by Shay Estes Quintet; second seatings will get party favors and champagne toast at midnight. theamericankc.com

Argosy Casino

Where : 777 N.W. Argosy Parkway, Riverside.

When : 9:30 p.m.

Details : Enjoy yourself at the casino, then go see Journeyman and Beatles tribute band Liverpool. argosykansascity.com

Blue Room

Where : 1616 E. 18th St.

When : 7 p.m.

Details : A jazzy New Year’s Eve will feature the Doug Talley Quartet, Charles Williams’ Motown Review, a champagne toast and a gourmet buffet. $75 single; $120 couples. club.american jazzmuseum.org


Where: 900 Westport Road

When: Seatings at 6 and 8 p.m.

Details: Seven-course dinner. $135. bluestemkc .com


Where : 4124 Pennsylvania Ave.

When : 9 p.m.

Details : The Black Party will have four entertainment venues under one roof. $85. blackpartykc.com

Chestnut Fine Arts Center

Where: 234 N. Chestnut St., Olathe

When: 2, 5:30 and 9 p.m.

Details: This is the final night of the musical revue “Ring Out the Old, Sing in the New!” $27. chestnut finearts.com


Where: 1532 Grand Blvd.

When: Seatings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m.

Details: Four-course dinner. $50. collection restaurant.com

Drunken Fish

Where: 14 E. 14th St. and 4331 W. 119th St., Leawood

When: TBA

Details: Special four-course menu. $40. drunkenfish .com

Fogo de Chao

Where: 222 W. 47th St.

When: Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner, 5-10 p.m.

Details: Lunch, $26.50; dinner, $48.50. fogode chao.com

Gaslight Grill

Where: 5020 W. 137th St., Leawood

When: 5 p.m.

Details: Four-course prix fixe dinner. $65. Back Room will feature trombonist Bob Havens with Lynn Zimmer and the Jazz Band. gaslight grill.com

Hollywood Casino

Where: 777 Hollywood Casino Blvd., Kansas City, Kan.

When: 8:30 p.m.

Details: Free live entertainment will include Disco Dick & the Mirror Balls, plus there will be a special buffet and fireworks at midnight. holly woodcasinokansas.com


Where: 6227 Brookside Plaza

When: Seatings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m.

Details: Four-course dinner. $50. juliankc.com

Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom

Where : 301 W. 13th St.

When : 7 p.m.

Details : This is your more upscale New Year’s Eve event, with a dinner buffet and dancing to the Michael Beers Band. $114-$124.80. kcconvention.com

Kansas City Improv

Where: 7260 N.W. 87th St.

When: 7 and 10 p.m.

Details: Musician/comedian Brian Haner will perform two shows. $40-$45. improvkc .com

Kauffman Center

Where : 1601 Broadway

When : 7 p.m., hors d’oeuvres and drinks; 9 p.m. entertainment.

Details : In addition to food and unlimited drinks, Eve 2013 will have performances by Govinda, Dave Stephens Band, Vintage Trouble and Quixotic. $95-$225. evekc .com

Kill Devil Club

Where: 31 E. 14th St.

When: 9 p.m.

Details: Cocktail hour with appetizers and buffet, followed by music and champagne toast. $40. mission tix.com/kdcnye


Where : 2715 Rochester

When : 7 p.m. doors open; 8:30 p.m. show

Details : The party will star Samantha Fish with Rick Gibson and the Peacemakers featuring Tom Hall. $47.50. knuckleheadshonkytonk .com

Liberty Hall

Where : 644 Massachussetts St., Lawrence

When : 8 p.m.

Details : This is the place to go for a dose of burlesque, with performances by Approach and Hissyfit, as well as dancing all night with DJDG Boogie. $13. libertyhall.net

Madrid Theatre

Where : 3810 Main St.

When : 8 p.m.

Details : Billed as Kansas City’s “most exclusive” New Year’s Eve party with “black tie optional,” this event will feature party music by DJ Architekt. $89-$400. kansas city-newyearseve.com

Martini Corner

Where : 400 E. 31st St.

When : 9 p.m.

Details : One ticket will get you drinks at five bars, plus DJs and a champagne toast. $75. countdown atthecorner.com


Where: 5270 W. 116th Place, Leawood

When: TBA

Details: Three-course dinner with glass of champagne. $75. mestizo leawood.com

One Block South

Where : 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park

When : 7 p.m.

Details : Three venues with entertainment: The Zeros will play at Fuel, and DJs will spearhead things at Kanza Hall and Mileu. $20. one blocksouthkc.com

Overland Park Convention Center

Where : 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park

When : 7 p.m.

Details : The Omega Ball XII Scholarship Dinner and Dance will raise funds for scholarships for high school seniors. $50-$90. showclix.com/ event/3769835

Power & Light District

Where : 13th and Walnut streets

When : 9 p.m.

Details : Advertised as “Kansas City’s biggest New Year’s Eve party,” this celebration includes access to at least 12 venues, with food, drinks, live music, party favors, a champagne toast and a ball drop. $89-$99. nyekansascity .com

Providence New American Kitchen

Where: Hilton Hotel President, 1329 Baltimore Ave.

When: 5 p.m.

Details: Three-course prix fixe dinner for two, including a complimentary champagne toast. $65. providence -kc.com

Quality Hill Playhouse

Where : 303 W. 10th St.

When : 6:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Details : The second of the two cabaret shows will include a midnight champagne toast. $38. qualityhill playhouse.com

RA Sushi

Where: 11638 Ash St., Leawood

When: 7 p.m.

Details: Festivities will include DJ and food and drink specials. rasushi .com/leawood

Remedy Food + Drink

Where: 500 W. 75th St.

When: 10:30 p.m.

Details: Packages include general admission ($80) with all you can drink and VIP ($125) with table service and one bottle of liquor. whats yourremedykc.com

Riot Room

Where: 4048 Broadway

When: 7 p.m.

Details: Last Dance NYE 2014: Sheppa, Disco Robots and Pocket Change will play. $5-$10. theriotroom.com

Ritz Charles

Where: 9000 W. 137th St., Overland Park.

When: 6 p.m.

Details: Illuminate — Masquerade in Paris is a party for the entire family, with performances by dance theater companies and others, as well as a four-course dinner and a balloon drop. $40-$75. momsofperformers .tix.com

Scottish Rite Temple

Where : 1330 E. Linwood Blvd.

When : 9 p.m.; 8 p.m. VIP entry

Details : This site features eight party areas and 10 open bars, plus a balloon drop, party favors and a laser light show. $75-$100. nyekc .com

Snow & Company

Where: 1815 Wyandotte St.

When: 8 p.m.

Details: The main attractions are the frozen cocktails, but there will be a champagne toast at midnight. $5-$8 cover. snowandcompany .com

The Spott Lifestyle & Swingers Club

Where: 2111 Television Place

When: 7:30 p.m.

Details: This is a “Sexy New Year’s Eve Party” that’s smoke-free. $20-$50. the spottkc.com


Where : 3700 Broadway

When : 7 p.m.

Details : Five rooms of activities will range from drinking to a laser show to drinking to music to more drinking. $55-$60. uptowntheater .com

Uptown Arts Bar

Where : 3611 Broadway

When : 9 p.m.

Details : It will be a Poets vs. Comics Blowout hosted by MissConception, with an appetizer buffet and midnight champagne toast included. $5 cover. uptownarts bar.com

The View @ Briarcliff

Where : 4000 N. Mulberry Drive

When : 7 p.m. dinner; 9 p.m. entertainment.

Details : Cherry Bomb and DJ Ron will provide the entertainment following a buffet dinner. $99-$135. ** eventbrite.com/e/champagne-chic-new-years-eve-tickets-6492411979?aff =efblike

VooDoo Lounge

Where : Harrah’s, North Kansas City

When : 9 p.m.

Details : A Night With the Stars will feature DJ Highnoone and DJ Ashton Martin. $23. voodookc.com

Wonderscope Children’s Museum

Where : 5700 King St., Shawnee

When : Noon

Details : This is for the kiddos, with a ball drop at noon, art activities and the traditional New Year’s Eve treat of toast with juice. $5-$15. wonder scope.org

Compiled by Dan Kelly, Ink


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