New Year's Eve 2010 concert guide

New Year's Eve is traditionally a huge night for live music, and a quick glance at the music calendar for Thursday evening is a bit overwhelming. Don't freak out just yet! To help, we've organized a list of our best bets for musical festivities, in order from the priciest options to the most affordable. There's still time to purchase advanced tickets for many of these shows, but if you are the last-minute type of concertgoer most of these options will also have tickets available at the door.

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Irvin Mayfield, Jearlyn and Jervetta Steele
If you're willing to pony up a little cash, the Dakota is offering a fantastic set of options for New Year's Eve: the evening will start out with a set by pianist Paris Strother, followed by an 8 p.m. performance by Jearlyn and Jervetta Steele (from the legendary gospel group the Steeles). Seating begins at 5:30 p.m., and the cost of admission ($130) includes dinner. Later in the evening, trumpet player Irvin Mayfield will perform as part of NPR's "Toast of the Nation." His 10 p.m. show is $80, or you can see the entire evening for $200. Tickets available online.

Trampled by Turtles
Duluth bluegrass quintet Trampled by Turtles have added a last-minute New Year's Eve show, and this one has an open bar -- so while the price tag may seem a little steep, remember that it also covers your bar tab for the night. With Two Many Banjos. 21+. $65/$75 at the door (tickets available online). 8 p.m.

The New Congress
One of the area's best R&B groups headlines this year's Crystal Ball at the International Market Square, along with a wide variety of soul and house DJs. Hosted by Project Runway's Ra'mon Lawrence-Coleman and Christopher Straub, the night will culminate in an Ignite fashion show and a champagne toast at midnight. $40 general/$70 VIP in advance (tickets available online), $50 general/$80 VIP at the door. 9 p.m.

Solid Gold
Start the New Year off with some warm fuzzies by attending this Solid Gold charity show at the Marriott City Center. All proceeds from the ticket sales go toward the music programs at Edison High School in Minneapolis. With Freddy Fresh, Heatbox, and the Histrionic. 18+. All ages. $25 general admission, $75 VIP (includes complimentary horderves, champagne and beer, meet-and-greet with Solid Gold, and special late night after party with DJ Freddy Fresh). Tickets available online. 7 p.m.

Johnny Fiasco & Angel Alanis
Two of rave's favorite headliners from back in the day return to Minneapolis to ring in 2010 at the city's newest dance venue/restaurant, Dancing Ganesha (it's in the spot where Temple was). House music lovers will dig this one. $25 gets you in the door, $75 gets you VIP Open Bar. 

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​Kind Beats NYE at Epic
The stars of this week's music section throw down at Epic for NYE. $20/$30. 21+.

Jam band hippies WookieFoot return to the Cabooze for their 6th annual New Year's Eve show, featuring openers Roster McCabe and the Limns. 18+. $17 (tickets available online). 8:30 p.m.

Mark Mallman, White Light Riot, First Communion Afterparty
Mark Mallman continues his tradition of throwing a huge, no-holds-barred New Year's Eve party at the Varsity Theater. What surprises will he have in store this year? We'll have to wait and see, but chances are good that he'll invite openers First Communion Afterparty and White Light Riot to the stage at midnight for some all-star singalong action. 18+. $12 (advance tickets available online). 8 p.m. doors.

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