We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays with their friends and family this past weekend, but don’t relax just yet! We’re revving up for the next big bash—New Year’s Eve! Some of you may be interested in recouping from all your social gatherings with a quiet night in, while others are looking to ring in the New Year on a more lively note. For those in the latter category, we’re bringing you a list of parties that quench your thirst for local music, but offer up a great place to smooch that stranger when the ball drops.

Let’s welcome 2016 — Detroit Proud style!

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Black Tie New Year’s Eve Gala – The Loving Touch, Ferndale

This formal event doesn’t require a dress code, but we recommend busting out your best suit or dress for this swanky evening,  hosted by The Loving Touch in downtown Ferndale starting at 8pm. The night will be punctuated with live local music from some awesome bands and a champagne toast at midnight! A cover of $5 will get you in so you can dance the night away. Check out the lineup below:

1. Lightning Love – “I Know

2. George Morris & The Gypsy Chorus – “Girls On Parade

3. Ryan Dillaha and The Miracle Men – “Watchin’ Em’ Fall

4. Bye, Bye, Birdy – “All The Things


Freakish Pleasures – Marble Bar, Detroit

If dance music and funky, psychedelic pop are more your vibe, then check out the lineup curated by the local record label Freakish Pleasures for a night of dancing mayhem. Cover is $7 and this event will be 18 and up. If you plan on making your way to Detroit for your New Year’s shenanigans, then this is the place to be, but be sure to bring you dancing shoes – we warned you. MBG & MGUN are headlining, but check out some of the other awesome bands below:

5. Charles Trees – “Wanting

6. Ritual Howls – “Turkish Leather

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(DJ Ryan Spencer of Jamaican Queens will also be in attendance to spin some records for all you party animals)


Greensky Bluegrass – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak

If you’re looking for something a little more low-maintenance for the new year, check out the Royal Oak Music Theatre for the Greensky Bluegrass’ annual New Year’s show! No fancy suits or dresses required and you can enjoy a night of bluesy, rock n’ roll with other special guests in attendance to round out the night. Advanced tickets are $30, but you can pay at the door for $35. Check out the acts below!

7. Greensky Bluegrass – “Wings For Wheels

8. Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers – “Mr. Saturday Night


…And last but not least,

Electric Six – St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit

A show of new and a show of old, Electric Six will be soundtracking the night of your dreams with their vast discography ranging from 2003 to the present (and maybe even into the future – who knows!). This will be another event with a laid-back vibe for those that just want that local music feel without the frills. Detroit’s MPV will be opening the event, and you won’t want to miss what they have in store. Tickets are available ahead of time for $20, doors are at 9PM, and 18 and up are welcome. Check out their tunes below:

9. Electric Six – “Karate Lips

10. MPV – “Mister Sister


We hope you have a great start to the New Year, and no matter how you plan on celebrating, be safe!

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See you on the other side!