Bid farewell to days gone by this last year and decade and offer welcome to the twenty-tens this week with some dedicated celebrations. Ring in 2010 with New Year's Eve parties around Madison, starting with U.S. Bank Eve, and continuing at the Loft, Louisiannes, the Goodman Center, Dejope, Annex, High Noon, Woof's, Inferno, Majestic, Orpheum, Barrymore, Essen Haus, Brocach, Frequency, Cardinal Bar, the Bean, the Brink, Scatz, Club Tavern, the Concourse, the Crystal Corner, the Great Danes at Hilldale and in Fitchburg, the Harmony, and Mickey's. Happy New Year!
BIRTHDAY: Oscar-winning actor/hottie Denzel Washington, 1954.
NOTEWORTHY: U.S. troops massacre more than 300 Sioux at Wounded Knee, 1890.
BIRTHDAYS: Actor Jude Law, 1972.
Overture Hall, 7:30 pm
The prog-rock outfit had been around for years, but in the 1980s it hit upon its patented Christmas music formula: Take familiar Yuletide tunes, jazz 'em up with synthesizers and rake in the money.
BIRTHDAY: Golfer Tiger Woods, 1975.
Overture Center's Playhouse, 7:30 pm
A hastily married woman thinks her groom might be a terrorist in this first multi-night production from the new Forward Theater Company. This is the outside-New York debut of Christopher Durang's acclaimed 2009 satire.
NEW YEAR'S EVE
BIRTHDAYS: Punker Patti Smith, 1946.
Jade Monkey, 4 pm
In what's become a New Year's ritual, the DJs entertain at the east-side spot's Swingin' on a Star party.
6 pm onward
The annual party offers family-friendly fun at seven locations. Monona Terrace features juggling by Truly Remarkable Loon, music by Ken Lonnquist and magic by Rick Wilcox. At the UW Space Place (2300 S. Park St.) there is sky-watching and Clare Norelle's songs and stories. Olbrich Botanical Gardens has crafts and games; magician Tom Krzystof blows minds at the Madison Children's Museum; and the Wisconsin Historical Museum hosts hat-making and more sky-watching. There's martial arts at Keva Sports Center, and Bucky Badger and the Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Sextet entertain at U.S. Bank Plaza. The balloon drop gets under way downtown at 7:30 p.m., but note that there are no fireworks this year. Those monies are being donated to Porchlight.
Loft at Goodman Community Center, 6:30 pm
The 17-year-old from La Crosse couldn't bear to tell his friends about his obsession with pop ballads, so he put his creations on MySpace, where a New York City talent agent and tons of starry-eyed tweens snatched up his singles. He'll be joined by fellow "Bromance Tour" musicians Breathe Electric, as well as the Ready Set.
Louisiannes, Etc., 7 pm
Welcome 2010 with the jazz singing of Godfriaux accompanied by pianist Pregeant. With Johnny Chimes.
Goodman Community Center, 8 pm
Those who prefer gently funny folk music with a heavy dose of accordion on New Year's Eve (you know who you are) can check out the Berrymans' annual fundraiser for the community center.
Dejope, 8 pm
The watchword is 1950s nostalgia as the Rockin' Hollywoods revive the decade of tail fins, poodle skirts and the Bikini Atoll.
Annex, 8 pm
He's collaborated with Afrika Bambaataa, toured with the Crystal Method and produced breakbeats that'll blow your mind. He'll be joined by the Flashbulb, Zeno, Dan X., Ryan Gatesman and more than a dozen other DJs.
High Noon Saloon, 8:30 pm
The adrenaline-fueled, beer-drenched cowpunk of MadTrucker Gone Mad joins the crazy, costumed theater punk of Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons and the garagey power pop of Chicago's the Dials.
Woof's, 9 pm
The spinner celebrates a CD release as the King Street nightspot counts down to a very gay 2010.
Inferno, 9 pm
How about an electronic freakout for New Year's Eve? Reggae, techno and plenty of other beat styles will battle it out in a burst of laser beams and champagne bubbles. The DJs on deck include Mike Carlson and Natural Selector.
Majestic Theatre, 9 pm
With truckloads of songs in their repertoire, the Hometown Sweethearts sometimes get compared to a jukebox, but they're much better than that. Nate Palan and company have their act down to a science, and their interpretations of favorites like "Tainted Love" and "Hey Ya" are original enough to be called art. With DJ Nick Nice.
Orpheum Theatre, 9 pm
Even while she rose to fame thanks to Kanye West's appearance on her single "Pro Nails," this rap lady supreme was kickin' it with Flosstradamus (which features her brother Josh "J2K" Young) and DJ A-Trak. Find out more about Kid Sister in this week's Tour Stop. Also: Dessa & Sims with Paper Tiger, F. Stokes with DJ Vinnie Toma, and Dirty Disco Kidz.
Barrymore Theatre, 9 pm
If they're still jetlagged from their recent overseas tour, the members of Madison's finest reggae band are sure to perk up once they start jammin'. With Shoeless Revolution and Intelescope.
Essen Haus, 9 pm
The accordion meister helps you bounce your way into the new year. Will 2010 be the year polka comes back in a big way? Hope so. Your cover also buys you access to the Come Back In, next door, where Madison jammers People Brothers Band are playing.
Frequency, 9 pm
Not many local bands have had the honor of being the artist of the day on both Spin.com and National Public Radio. Plus, these guys recently won Isthmus' Battle of the Bands contest, a good indication that they'll pack the Frequency on New Year's Eve despite the many other options for rocking and reveling.
Cardinal Bar, 9 pm
Three Chicago party-starters kick off the new year, including Willy Joy, who recently landed on URB magazine's "100 artists to watch" list, and OCD Automatic, the mastermind behind the Discotech dance party that used to rock the Majestic.
Bean, 9:30 pm
If you ever wondered what "Auld Lange Syne" sounds like played by, say, Whitesnake, try requesting it at Cherry Pie's fiesta, since 1980s hair metal is the band's stock in trade.
Brink Lounge, 9:30 pm
The taut local funk act performs cover and original material that is burnished by the lowdown sax playing of Matt Simmerman.
Scatz, 9:30 pm
The FM hits just keep on coming as Lube make their way through a crowd-pleasing set of hard rock, alternative and contemporary country covers.
Club Tavern, 9:30 pm
Guitarist Joe Pingitore's guitar shredding drives the sound of this local blues-rock outfit, which plays both original material and tunes by the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Concourse Hotel Bar, 9:45 pm
These friendly folks are the modern incarnation of La Quintette du Hot Club de France, Django Reinhardt's Gypsy jazz outfit that wowed Parisian clubs in the 1930s. Upstairs in the Concourse ballroom, Little Vito & the Torpedoes perform 1950s and 1960s tunes.
Crystal Corner Bar, 10 pm
Windy City faves Joel Paterson and Oscar Wilson join the homegrown vintage-blues group to ring in the new year on Willy Street.
Great Dane, 10 pm
The Fitchburg outlet of the brewpub mini-empire features DJ Amos Smith, while Great Dane-Hilldale offers the crowd-pleasing music of Mighty Short Bus. Both shows start at 10 pm.
The blues pianist and dairy farmer Jimmy Voegeli rocks the classic east-side redoubt for roots and Americana music.
Brocach Irish Pub, 10 pm
The Gomers provide the live karaoke backing, you provide the vocals.
Mickey's Tavern, 10:30 pm
If you wish you were ringing in 1979 instead of 2009, check out a set by this herky-jerky dance-punk band, whose frenetic guitar work and urgent singing sound like Talking Heads before they discovered world music.