“Ring out the old”

ely.jpgAnd “ring in the new,” the Austin way. Two of the tried-and-true farewells to the old are Alvin Crow at the Broken Spoke (check in at the Spoke for tickets) and Joe Ely, this year at La Zona Rosa (he’s set to come onstage at about 10; in the old days it was midnight). Another favorite, Tejano music hall-of-famer Alfonso Ramos, will be at the H&H Ballroom on Brandt Road, so put on those dancing shoes (and your best duds; expect food and party favors). Check at SoulCiti Austin for a selection of events, with new ones added often.

As a leadup there’s always First Night Austin. The two-tier idea, of making some events, the indoor ones, available only to those who’ve fronted some moolah, is a bit un-Austinish. The outdoor stuff, of which there is a lot, should suffice, though, and if we’re lucky it may be as much fun as being downtown for the Y2K New Year’s music.

Pets should be secured for their own safety before the fireworks display over Town Lake, which begins at midnight and should be visible (and audible) from a kazillion places around town. And no matter what the plans, it’s a good idea to check out the street-closing map for First Night in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.

1 Comment so far

  1. Michael (unregistered) on December 29th, 2005 @ 10:20 am

    “available only to those who’ve fronted some moolah, is a bit un-Austinish.”

    Wow, the sixties ended over 30 years ago, can we move on a bit please?

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