Well it’s all over for 2011 and the year goes out live and loud on suburban stages this weekend.
Friday the ever-popular “Hairbangers Ball” heads into Stage 151 @ Harrah’s Casino 151 N Joliet St in Joliet at 9 pm.
Meanwhile at Hollywood Casino (2300 Empress Dr in Joliet) features the music of “Hey Jimmy” starting at 10 pm.
Female fronted cover band “Audiomatic” will be holding court at Zante Lounge 8888 W 159th St. in Orland Park at 9 pm.
Q Sports (8109 S Cass Ave in Darien) welcomes in “Betty Might”. The band gets started at 10 pm.
“Modern Day Romeos” take the stage at 191 South, located at 10160 191st St in Mokena beginning at 9:30 pm.
Tailgaters (431 W Boughton Rd in Bolingbrook) jams with the “UFC Band” kicking off at 10 pm.
“Dueling Pianos” returns to Mike and Denise’s 1760 N Farnsworth Ave in Aurora at 9 pm. DP is the featured act every Friday at Mike and Denise’s.
Dance party band “Good 2 Go” are live at Ballydoyle Irish Pub 5157 Main St in Downers Grove starting at 9 pm.
Acoustic artist Jimi OCC will be at the Ditka Sports Dome 730 N Bolingbrook Dr in Bolingbrook at 8 pm.
Hip Hop comes back to Mojoe’s 22 W Cass St with a multi artist show featuring “Se7en”, “Rise”, “Ready To Live” and “Jud”. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at http://theticketrumba.com/tickets/951. The show begins at 6:30 pm.
A mixed genre multi band fest will be shaking Live 59 16108 S Rt. 59 in Plainfield kicking off at 4 pm. Bands include “Coin”, “Jaded”, “Hometown Heroes”, “The Missing Kids”, “Sound Of The Stereo”, “The Victory Lap”, “Thanksforthefalcon”, “Vallera”, “The Roast Beef Nuns” and “V1C3”. The cover for all 10 bands is just $10.
“Forget Hannah” firing up at 9 pm rocks Quigley’s Irish Pub 43 E Jefferson St in Naperville.
Over at Ballydoyle in Aurora (28 W New York St) “Selective Recall” will be rocking at 9 pm.
“Jumpseater” serves up an evening of punk rock at Total Sports 523 Fairway Dr in Naperville beginning at 9 pm.
“North Of Eight” will be appearing at Shanahan’s 2009 Ogden Ave in Downers Grove. The band gets started at 9 pm.
Pop rockers “Soda” returns to Limestone Brewery 12337 S Rt. 59 in Plainfield with a start time of 9:30 pm.
Singer/songwriter MER will be performing at Larsen’s Corner 1329 W Jefferson St in Joliet at 10 pm.
“The Walk Ins” spends an evening at JW Hollstein’s 17358 S Oak Park Ave in Tinley Park starting at 10 pm.
Sam Maguire’s 39 Orland Square Dr in Orland Park hosts “Timing’s Everything” beginning at 10 pm.
Saturday NEW YEARS EVE kicks off at Bada Brew 802 Theodore St in Crest Hill with AC/DC tribute band “Damnation” (formerly “Bon Voyage”) along with special guest “Bastard” performing the best of Motley Crue and more. Doors open at 7 pm and includes free champagne at midnight.
Old School Bar & Grill 926 Gardner St in Joliet closes out 2011 with “Under D Influence” blowing the roof off along with special guest Dave and Lynn Gow. The madness begins at 9 pm.
“Almost Famous” is your host at The Lodge 5750 Lakeside Dr in Lisle starting at 9 pm.
If 2011 left you with a hole in your soul then the cure is a family sized can of stompin’ blues as provided by local legend T Bird Huck. Bird hosts the festivities at Watson’s Diner & Pub 115 W Mississippi St in Elwood. The joint gets jumping at 9 pm with no cover and free appetizers, party favors and champagne toast at the strike of 12.
The Chicago Street Pub 75 N Chicago St in Joliet hosts not just one but two NYE celebrations in one night. At 4 pm Max Dunne and Gavin Coyle perform live Irish music and then at 6 pm (midnight in Ireland) the corks fly for the first time. Then at 9:30 pm Ed Anderson performs original Midwestern rock during the Joliet Style New Years Eve Party. Presale tickets are $7 or $10 at the door. There will be complimentary champagne and hot sandwiches at midnight. Drink specials include $3 UV mixed drinks and $4 Jameson drinks all day.
“The Dub Currents” bring their unique show to Paulies Pub 2006 W Jefferson St in Joliet starting at 10 pm. Cover is $5 and DJ Scar Face entertains between sets.
High-powered classic rock brings in the New Year at Cool River Sports Bar 12622 W 159th St in Homer Glen when “T1T5” tear up the stage starting at 10 pm. Cover is a mere $5.
Hogtown Packing Co. takes the stage at Freakster’s Roadhouse 113 E Baltimore St in Wilmington starting at 6 pm.
“Mason Avenue” and “OD JO” are the featured performers for the bash at Keglers Sports Bar 905 Theodore St in Cresthill. The party starts at 9 pm. Included are free champagne toasts and other surprises.
Grueben’s Tap 512 W Lockport St in Plainfield parties with the “Chicago Blues Angels” beginning at 9 pm.
Stage 151 at Harrah’s Casino located at 151 N Chicago St in Joliet welcomes the return of “Maggie Speaks” at 9 pm.
“Chicago Music Machine” is the featured live entertainment at Limestone Brewery 12337 S Rt. 59 in Plainfield starting at 9:30 pm.
Ballydoyle 8 W New York St in Aurora kicks off their New Years Eve bash with the song stylings of “Red Woody” commencing at 9 pm.
“Brill Babies” meanwhile holds down the fort at Ballydoyle in Downers Grove, located at 5157 Main St. The show gets started at 9 pm.
Acoustic trio “Denny Diamond & The Family Jewels” will be performing an early New Years Eve Dinner and Show at White Fence Farm 1376 Joliet Rd in Romeoville beginning at 6 pm. Stop in for the area’s best chicken and take in some live music while you’re at it. You’ll still have time to hit one of the clubs for the rest of the evening as well. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.dennydiamond.com/nyetickets.html.
“Cirrus Falcon” returns to Cabana Charley’s @ Seven Bridges 6315 Main St in Woodridge at 8:30 pm.
Luigi’s House 778 N Rt. 59 in Aurora invites you to celebrate New Years Eve with “Cover Story” starting at 9 pm.
“Painkiller Hotel” closes out 2011 at Cellar Door 5150 Main St in Downers Grove beginning at 9 pm.
Southtown favorites “The Hat Guys” ring in 2012 at Hollywood Casino 2300 Empress Dr in Joliet at 9 pm.
“Wild Child” takes to the stage at Mullen’s 3080 Warrenville Rd in Lisle at 9:30 pm.
“Black Cadillac” will be your host at Sam Maguire’s 39 Orland Square Dr in Orland Park starting at 10 pm.
Heroes West located at 1550 Commerce St in Joliet brings in the New Year with “High Infidelity” storming the stage at 10 pm.
The Westside Tap 1356 Houbolt Rd in Joliet is throwing a bash with Neil Young tribute band “Heart Of Gold” at 8 pm.
The 400 club at Q Sports 8109 S Cass Ave in Darien rocks in the new year with “My Headphone World” along with special guest “Forget Hannah” starting up at 8 pm. General admission is $7 along with $2 house cocktails and $2 domestic bottles. The $35 House Drink package includes the cover, house cocktails and domestic beers from 9 pm-midnight plus a champagne toast. The $50 Premium Package includes the cover, house cocktails and domestic bottles from 9 pm to 1 am including a champagne toast and an appetizer buffet. Includes Cover Charge, Hoouse Cocktails & Domestic Beers from 9p – Midnight + Champagne ToastIncludes Cover Charge, Hoouse Cocktails & Domestic Beers from 9p – Midnight + Champagne Toast
Sunday New Years Day kicks off with the “Joliet Heritage Blues Jam” at Keglers Sports Bar 905 Theodore St in Crest Hill. A full back line including a harp amp and a Hammond B3 will be provided. The tunes start swinging at 6:30 pm and as always, the kitchen stays open until 10 pm.
“The Clients” will be appearing live at a New Years Day party hosted by The Garage 70 Rice St in South Wilmington at 7 pm.
As a side note remember to catch “The Neverly Brothers” performing live on the WGN Morning Show Monday beginning at 8 am. The band will be performing between 8 and 9.
Here’s hoping to a great 2012 for all the bands, musicians, fans, live music supporters, clubs and staffs…have a safe and happy New Years Eve!