Arts & Entertainment: Now that doomsday didn’t happen, let’s party!

// Tacoma has lots to do to celebrate the New Year

So you survived Christmas shopping and Mayan Doomsday. (Sorry for getting you all riled up about that last one, by the way.) Now it's time to figure out where to celebrate making it through yet another year; you know, assuming you don't trip over your dog and tumble down a stairwell before New Year's Eve.

Here are 10 Tacoma hot spots where you can ring in the New Year on Monday night.

1. Vicci Martinez

7 p.m. Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma

Tacoma's favorite singer-songwriter has had quite a run since she was a fan favorite on NBC-TV's “The Voice” in 2011. This year, Universal Records released her major label debut, “Vicci,” which reached No. 10 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. She kicked it in sunny Los Angeles for a spell, toured the country and she even rang in the holidays with the Muppets on pop mentor Cee Lo's Christmas special. Now that's big time! But she hasn't forgotten her Grit City roots. A little “Sunshine” or “Heart of Gold,” anyone? Tickets are $19.99 in advance, $25 day of show, and you must be 21-plus to attend; (253) 396-9169 or for further details.

2. Donnell Rawlings

8 and 10:30 p.m., Grit City Comedy Club, 445 Tacoma Ave., S., Tacoma

You can see the guy responsible for many of the most memorable moments and catch phrases from Comedy Central's “Chappelle's Show” when Rawlings headlines two big sets. But when you ask him to take a Facebook pic afterwards, also make sure you thank him for giving you something yell when you win at nickel slots. Tickets are $40 for each set, and you must be 21 or older to get in; (253) 961-4262 or You can also check out outtakes from our interview with Rawlings online at

3. Lozen – Tacos!

10 p.m. Top of Tacoma Bar & Grill, 3529 McKinley Ave., Tacoma

Hozoji Matheson-Margullis and Justine “Juice” Valdez are Tacoma's hardest rocking duo, Lozen. And Monday night, they'll be wrapping up a quick West Coast Tour in support of its third album “Por Vida,” with support from Tacos! As in Tacos! the hard-rock outfit from Seattle, not the food. Though we're kind of hoping they have a gimmick where they serve actual tacos. Just throwin' that out there. There is no cover charge, and the show is open to 21 and older; (253) 272-1502 or

4. First Night

6 p.m. Tacoma Theater District, various venues

Tacoma's big, alcohol-free celebration brings about 20,000 revelers to the Theater District annually. This year's theme is built around the Chinese “Year of the Snake,” and the fun kicks off with the Last Mile fun run at 6 p.m. Participating venues include Broadway Center, Club SOTA, Sandford & Sons, and the huge musical lineup includes such local favorites as Goldfinch, Death By Stars, Q Dot, Rockwell Powers and Big Wheel Stunt Show. Access buttons cost $10 to $14 but are free to children younger than 10. The full schedule is posted at

5. Rockin' New Year's Eve Blitz!

9 p.m. New Frontier Lounge, 301 E. 25th St., Tacoma

Seattle-Tacoma band Bandolier's dreamy aesthetic, as captured on last year's “Yellow EP,” falls somewhere between vintage soul and twee-pop. They'll be joined by Portland's Bath Party, and admission is free with complimentary champagne provided before the countdown. The music starts at 9 p.m., and you must be 21 or older to go; (253) 572-4020 or

6. Rich Wetzel's Groovin' Higher Jazz Orchestra

9 p.m. Harmon Brewery & Eatery, 1938 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

“For a big new year, you need a big show,” says bandleader Wetzel. And to his roster he'll add special jazz trumpeters John Dover from Portland and Winston Byrd from Los Angeles. The first set will also include Steve Stefanowicz on vocals. There is no cover charge; (253) 383-2739 or

7. Amadon CD and Mom's Rocket CD release party

7 p.m., Louie G's Pizza, 5219 Pacific Highway E., Fife

Amadon will celebrate the release of a brand, spankin' new EP, “Step Into the Light,” and Olympia's Mom's Rocket will deliver their own 12-song full-length, “Red.” That night's bill also includes Riot in Rhythm, StaticRemember and Atomic Outlaws. There's no cover charge, and the show is open to all ages; (253) 926-9700 or

8. Burton Cummings

7 p.m. Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma

The Emerald Queen offers its usual free New Year's Eve admission to the showroom. But one of the wrist bands they're giving out at 4 p.m. are required to get in. Showroom doors open at 7 p.m. The Cronkites will go on at 8:30 p.m., followed by the Burton Cummings of the Guess Who at 11:30. You have to be 21 or older to get in; (253) 594-7777 or

9. New Years dance party

9 p.m. Encore Boutique Nightclub, 1025 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

DJs at downtown's hottest nightclub will spin the biggest dance hits of 2012, the music enhanced by Encore's giant video wall and high-tech light show. The $25 admission includes party favors, a champagne toast and a VIP card good for free admission for all of 2013. But remember: no hats, hoodies, sports jerseys, tennis shoes, work boots, oversized pants, athletic wear or t-shirts on men allowed. Call (206) 335-9139 for reservations or find more info at

10. Punk rock New Years

6 p.m. The Lochs, 928 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

This mosh-worthy lineup includes Neutralboy, Acts of Sabotage, 13 Scars, Piss Drunks, Crawl Unit, Dying Off, South 11th, Conniption Fits and the final performance of Broken Oars. Admission is $5 in advance, $8 at the door, and the show is open to all ages until 11.


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