Ten rockin' New Year's Eve events across town 

Party Picks for the Holiday

There is no shortage of rowdy parties and concerts going down in the Charleston area on New Year's Eve. Bargoers have plenty of celebratory events to consider. Listed below are some of the many stand-out rock 'n' roll shows scheduled for Wed. Dec. 31. For complete coverage of live New Year's Eve gigs, go to this week's Music Board and City Picks sections. Some of the acts might even know all the lyrics to "Auld Lang Syne." Check 'em out and have a great time.

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4875 Tanger Outlet Blvd., North Charleston, 843-566-7300

The snazzy, newly-opened venue by the airport presents "a:nye '09" with DJ Shortee, a nationally-acclaimed, L.A.-based female turntablist and producer nicknamed "the queen of the scratch world." Expect a mix of electric and dance styles during the "pink is the new black" party. See City Pick on p. 51. (www.djshortee.com)

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413 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, 843-849-3040

Local favorites Sol Driven Train have been making Charleston dance, swoon, and wiggle for over a decade. This evening, back at one of their favorite local dives, the band and special guests will play tunes from their newly released 10-song collection, Lighthouse (their third studio album), some surprise rock and reggae hits, and a few cool deep cuts. (www.soldriventrain.com)

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1205 Ashley River Road, West Ashley, 843-225-7427

Ready to showcase tunes from a soon-to-be-released album titled Baby, They Told Us We Would Rise Again (produced by David Barbe), veteran Athens, Ga., rock band Bloodkin returns to Home Team BBQ for a twangy NYE concert. Singer-guitarist Daniel Hutchens and lead guitarist Eric Carter have been at the heart and soul of Georgia rock 'n' roll for two decades. They share the stage with local rock band Gaslight Street. (www.bloodkin.net, www.myspace.com/gaslightstreet)

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32 Ann St., Downtown, 843-853-3276

Alabama-based alt-country/rock songwriter Jason Isbell (formerly of The Drive-By Truckers) and his backing band The 400 Unit opened for Will Hoge here at last New Year's Eve bash. This year, they headline with support from local retro-pop-rock ensemble The Explorers Club. Isbell's new studio album — a follow-up to Live at Twist & Shout (New West) — is due in February. The Explorers Club enjoyed success this year with the release of Freedom Wind on the indie label Dead Oceans. (www.jasonisbell.com, www.myspace.com/explorersclub)

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1409 Folly Road, James Island

Who's Bad — "the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band" — headlines an "all inclusive" New Year's Eve bash under the big tent in the front lot at the Old Berle Factory (located at the south end of Folly Road). The large ensemble covers all the bases, from the King of Pop's earliest years with the Jackson Five through Off the Wall, Thriller, and the latest hits. They have the chops, arrangements, flashy costumes, and dance moves down. (www.whosbadmusic.com)

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1977 Maybank Hwy., James Island, 843-571-4343

Concluding a three-night stint at the Pour House (with support from Dangermuffin and Sol Driven Train), Georgia jam band Outformation — led by longtime Widespread Panic associate Sam Holt on lead guitar — play a slew of sophisticated tunes and rock explorations from their recent albums Travelers Rest and Tennessee Before Daylight. (www.foryouroutformation.com)

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98 Church St., Mt. Pleasant, 843-388-0003

The popular Shem Creek venue's "NYE '08 Bash" packs a triple-punch of Charleston music scene faves. The Secrets groove from a foundation of '70s R&B, Motown, soul, and classic rock. Veteran rock band Uncle Mingo formed in 1989 and enjoyed a funky heyday during the mid-'90s. The band will handle a mix of funk, rock, and boogie. The Blue Dogs (pictured) — fronted by guitarist and lead singer Bobby Houck and upright/electric bassist/vocalist Hank Futch — specialize in smooth-groovin' roots-rock with a dash of bluegrass and country. (www.bluedogs.com, www.myspace.com/unclemingomusic, www.myspace.com/thesecrets)

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100 Aquarium Wharf, Downtown, 843-720-1990

Headlining this year's "New Year's Eve Grand Ball" is the sizzling local soul/R&B group Quiana Parler & Friends. Charleston-based vocalist Quiana Parler, a native of Harleyville, made her first big splash in town performing in Calvin Gilmore's Serenade show on John Street in the late '90s. She went on to work as the lead vocalist in Latin-jazz group Brazil before establishing herself as an independent entertainer with an easy-going demeanor. She is perhaps best known in town for her American Idol audition as well as for touring with Clay Aiken as a backup singer. She and the band will groove on Motown standards, vintage soul, funk, and Top-40 hits from the '60s and '70s. 8 p.m. (www.myspace.com/quianaparler )

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1117 Magnolia Road, West Ashley, 843-571-0775

The joyfully snotty local rock/metal cover band Dante's Camaro (featuring radio personality and City Paper columnist Jack Hunter on guitar) performs the tavern's New Year's Eve bash. The quintet shares the bill with the fishnet-clad characters of Bizarro Burlesque as the Tin Roof presents a prom-styled event. Proprietors call it a "favorite prom past-time dress-up" theme with "under the sea decorations." Dante's Camaro regularly crank a "maniacal menagerie of mangled metal" late in the evening. See City Pick on p. 54 for more. (www.myspace.com/dantescamaro)

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1008 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms, 886-8948

Windjammer veteran act Playlist return to the stage with a massive setlist of '80s and '90s rock hits, New Wave favorites, and fist-raising hard-rock anthems. Multi-instrumentalist and headband expert Jason Cooper, guitarist Chris McLernon, and drummer/singer John Befumo played together in the long-running '80s party band Weird Science. Bassist Donnie Polk played for years with the Diesel Brothers. He gigs regular in a duo setting with Eric Bruce and with a variety of rock and country bands. Beware of those fiery Billy Idol and Nena covers, the Tufnel-esque guitar solos, the loud hand claps during "What I Like About You" ... and the deafening din of the appreciative crowd. (www.myspace.com/playlistcharleston)


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