RENO — Choose from three different celebrations to help you ring in the New Year at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino.
Party, sip and boogie at our Capri Ballroom Bash! The Club 90 band sets the tempo on high for an evening of dancing, mingling, cocktails and party favors. Tickets are $60 per person and include three drink tickets, party favors and a champagne toast. Doors open at 9:30 pm.
Starting at 8 p.m. on the casino floor, grab your party hat and favors and get groovin’ to the sounds of Soul Experience performing in the Cabaret Lounge. Tony Vee will bring his energetic selection of popular music to the Terrace Lounge from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Don’t miss the balloon drop and champagne toast in front of the Cabaret Lounge at midnight.
Club EDGE presents VINTEDGE, a classic New Year’s celebration. Guests are invited to attend in vintage cocktail style and enjoy hosted champagne from 8 to 10 p.m. Party favors will include masquerade masks and mustaches on a stick! Guests will be treated to a celebratory balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Resident DJ Chris English spins the party. Tickets cost $45 in advance or $55 at the door.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.peppermillreno.com.
Reno Tahoe Comedy presents two comedians
RENO — Join Dan Kimm for his last hypnotist performance of 2011 at the Pioneer Underground on Friday night.
From mild to wild, a little bit wacky to totally amazing but always hilarious, discover how “on the count of three he’ll make you a star!” HYPNOT!C is a mesmerizing, laugh-a-minute show that not only busts the myths surrounding hypnosis but also showcases the hidden talents of the volunteers’ subconscious minds. Kimm, the featured hypnotist who has appeared in showrooms, classrooms and boardrooms throughout the area, transforms audience members into entertaining stars of the show.
Friday’s show begins at 9:30 p.m. Tickets for this event are $16 in advance and $21 the day of the show.
On Saturday, Mike E. Winfield from NBC’s “The Office,” performs shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Carla Rea is the night’s featured comedian. Rea is a Reno native with more than 20 years of comedy club, TV and radio experience. DJ Dan Kimm will provide dance music starting at 6 p.m. and throughout the night. Drink specials include a complimentary East-Coast toast at 9 p.m. and the traditional West-Coast champagne toast at midnight.
Tickets for the Saturday early show cost $20 in advance or $25 day of the show and includes champagne for the East-Coast toast. Tickets for the Saturday late show cost $25 in advance or $30 day of the show and includes champagne for the West-Coast toast. Fees may apply.
The Pioneer Underground is located at 100 S. Virginia St. For tickets and information, visit www.renotahoecomedy.com. Tickets are also available at the Pioneer Center for the Arts Box Office from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and at the Pioneer Underground on Fridays and Saturdays between 7 and 11 p.m. Fees may apply. No refunds. For a complete Reno Tahoe Comedy schedule, visit www.renotahoecomedy.com.
Big and Rich, Rebelution at Grand Sierra
RENO — Country duo Big and Rich perform with Cowboy Troy at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve in the Summit Pavilion at the Grand Sierra Resort.
This dynamic duo has become one of the most successful country bands of our time. Their mixing of traditional country sounds with hip-hop, rock and occasional Native American yell has pushed the boundaries of the country genre and have lead them to top the Billboard Country charts, firing out hits such as “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy,” “Lost In This Moment” and many more.
Ticket prices range from $50 to $100.
Also at GSR on New Year’s Eve, California reggae band Rebelution performs in the Grand Theatre at 9 p.m.
On Jan. 10, 2012, Rebelution will release its third studio album, “Peace Of Mind,” through its own label 87 Music. The label, in partnership with Controlled Substance Sound Labs, will simultaneously release two additional versions of the entire record as a multi-length triple album. The show includes special performances by Pep Love and Thrive.
Tickets cost $45 in advance and $49 on the day of the show.
To buy tickets to both shows, visit www.grandsierraresort.com.
Huey Lewis and the News at Silver Legacy on Friday
RENO — Huey Lewis and The News, the group that had a run of 19 Top 10 hit singles in the 1980s and early 1990s, is bringing its blues-rock style to the Grande Exposition Hall for one night only on Friday.
Huey Lewis and The News’ first hit, 1982’s “Do You Believe in Love,” turned gold and remained on the Billboard 200 album charts for 35 weeks. The group’s third album, “Sports,” spawned frequent touring and a series of videos that received heavy airplay. The album eventually spawned four Top 10 singles, including “I Want a New Drug,” “Heart and Soul,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll” and “If This Is It.” The album sold 10 million copies in the U.S. and went multi-platinum in 1985.
Also in 1985, “The Power of Love” was a No. 1 U.S. hit featured in the film “Back to the Future” and nominated for an Academy Award. Lewis has a cameo appearance in the film as a faculty member who rejects Marty McFly’s band audition of his song by saying “Sorry fellas, I’m afraid you’re just too darn loud.”
Following on the heels of “The Power of Love,” the band released “Fore!” The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 contributing the songs “Stuck with You” and “Jacob’s Ladder” as well as mainstream rock hit “Hip to Be Square.”
Huey Lewis’ most recent album of all new material titled, “Plan B,” was released in 2001. The band continues to tour regularly and Silver Legacy is thrilled to have them here at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are available from $57.50 and $72.50 with premium seating for $85.50. To reserve seats, visit www.silverlegacy.com or ticketmasters.com or call 800-MUST SEE (687-8733) or 325-7401.
Local band to put on free NYE show for military
RENO — Providing a way for local troops to enjoy bringing in a New Year while playing with their spouses, family and friends was the idea behind local cover band Epic sponsoring a free private party for 500 guests this year.
This will be a first-class free private party for soldiers and their guests (ages 18 and over) that will include live rock and country-rock dance music hosted in a perfect location featuring multiple levels (all handicap accessible), an elevated stage, dance floor, plenty of tables and chairs, pool tables and two fully stocked cash bars.
Epic (formally the Decoy Band) is a six-member band with more than 100 years of combined entertainment experience. This premier band will rock the house from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Great Escape, 1575 S. Virginia St. in Reno. This club has a look, feel and layout that will help make this party a great memory.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Because the club is licensed for 500 people, the band is distributing the free tickets through a local network of military contacts. For locations and help to pick up tickets, call Natalie at 229-6447.
Industry New Year’s Eve parties at the Eldorado
RENO — If you’re in the entertainment industry you are all too familiar with missing out on holidays, weekend parties and special events. The Eldorado understands and has you covered with two industry New Year’s Eve parties.
On Jan. 3, The Brew Brothers’ weekly Brew Club Tuesdays event will be transformed into an Industry New Year’s Eve bash complete with drink specials, party favors a countdown and toast at midnight. Plus rockin’ beats by DJ Chris English. The party kicks off at 10 p.m.
BuBinga Lounge recognizes those in the industry each and every week with its Spindustry Wednesday multi-DJ parties hosted by (((xm fredie))), but on Jan. 4 there will be a New Year’s twist with drink specials, party favors a countdown and toast at midnight. Doors open at 9 p.m. No cover. VIP and bottle service are available. Call Denielle at 391-9079 for more details.
For more information, visit www.eldoradoreno.com.
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias rings in 2012
RENO — Instead of fretting about all those New Year’s resolutions, why not start 2012 on an up note with Gabriel Iglesias? The comedian who employs a mixture of storytelling, parody, characters and sound effects is bringing his own brand of the hilarious to the Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Best known for his stand-up featured on shows such as “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late, Late Show” and “Good Morning America,” Iglesias bases much of his material on his personal issues. His ability to laugh at himself has a universal appeal everyone can relate to. Known as “Fluffy,” his clean, animated comedy style has earned him national crossover appeal. On the big screen, he has appeared in independent films “El Matador” and “The Surfer King,” in which he played the role of Aokee, a water park concession manager. Iglesias has guest starred on the ABC sitcom “My Wife and Kids” and the Fox TV animated comedy “Family Guy.”
In November 2009, Comedy Central released the DVD of the show “Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Not Fat‚ I’m Fluffy.”
Tickets to the show cost $55 with premium seating available for $69.50. To reserve seats, visit www.silverlegacy.com or www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-MUST-SEE (687-8733) or 325-7401.