Ah, New Year's Eve, that big annual reset button that we push with relish and gusto, flushing the previous year's drags and downers and hangups and bummers way down into the memory hole, never to be thought of again. Or perhaps it's a time to reflect back upon a fruitful and rewarding year, 12 months of progress and good times. Or maybe it was just another year, not that different from 2012 or 2004 or 1996. Either way, it's time to say adios, 2013. You were no doubt many things to many people, but now you are gone.
So how do you bid farewell to the previous year? With a good book, a glass of warm milk and an early bedtime? If so, please carry on and pay no mind to the following. If, however, you are looking to throw down and indulge in some glitter-encrusted revelry, read on. And as we always must note (and this should be obvious but it's apparently not): People, take a cab, get a hotel room or have somebody who's sober drive you home.
Here is our roundup of what's going on in Central Arkansas for NYE:
One of the newest events this New Year's Eve will also likely end up being one of the biggest: The New Year's Eve Big Ball Dropping Celebration is produced by Natural State of Music, a new music promotion group focused on Arkansas artists. This event features music from Arkansas's American Idol, Kris Allen; rapper and host of BET's "106 and Park" Bow-Wow; "The Voice" contestant Cody Belew and a fashion show with designer Korto Momolu, plus music from Amasa Hines, Flameing Daeth Fearies, Crystal G, Terreigh Barnett, Lucious Spiller Band, DJ Fatality and Epiphany and hosts Tre Day, Dell Smith, Karla Parker, Lauren Clark and more, North Shore Riverwalk, 7 p.m., $25 adv., $40 day of.
Discovery Nightclub will welcome the new year with the chopped 'n' screwed sounds of Swishahouse CEO Michael "5000" Watts, plus Playboy Steve, Sno White, Lawler, Big Brown, g-force and Whitman Bransford and the always entertaining Dominique Sanchez & The Disco Dolls, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $15 adv., $20-$25 day of.
Over at Juanita's, you can catch the Nappy Roots New Year's Eve Party, featuring the Southern hip-hop crew to ring in 2014, 9 p.m., $20. Revolution hosts the 7th Annual Fireball with Fayetteville party-band extraordinaire Boom Kinetic, 18-and-older, 9 p.m., $20 adv.
If you'd like to get down with some hell-raising country-rock and some lovely and scantily clad ladies, get on over to The Joint's New Year's 2014 Burlesque, Blues & Brews, 9 p.m. $10 adv., $15 day of. They've got Moonshine Mafia and the oh-so beautiful performers in The Foul Play Cabaret. You can also greet 2014 with a blast of Southern-fried blues-rock, as Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts and Jeff Coleman & The Feeders bring the raucousness to Stickyz for an 18-and-older shindig, 9 p.m., $10 adv. Over at Midtown, Tyrannosaurus Chicken will help you boogie in the new year in a most psychedelic manner.
If you wanna go upscale, look no further than the Cache Restaurant Grand Opening. You can check out the River Market's newest fine-dining establishment and nosh on some heavy hors d'oeuvres throughout the evening, accompanied with live music from Michael Eubanks and Party Planet, 7 and 10 p.m., $75. Or maybe the "Downton Abbey" Dinner Party is more your speed. It's a black-tie event with dinner, dancing and champagne toast at midnight at The Empress of Little Rock, 8 p.m., $250 (couple).
For all of you West Little Rock folks who want to stay close to home, the 2013 New Year's Eve Party at the Embassy Suites has live music from The Rockets and Katmandu, plus hors d'oeuvres, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight and a cash bar, 7:30 p.m., $50 (party only), $225 (room package). Or maybe Rip Van Shizzle at the Thirst n' Howl is more your speed, 9 p.m., free.Over at the Little Rock Marriot, they've got a multi-room setup with Tragikly White, dueling pianos, dueling DJs, a '70s disco room and more, 9 p.m., $50 adv., $65 day of.