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John Lamb, Published December 27 2012

Joyous noise: Acts tune up for New Year's Eve performances

Talk about Holiday creeping: We didn’t even make it to Christmas Day before being pestered to plan for the next holiday via the song, “What are you doing on New Year’s Eve?”

There’s a certain amount of pressure in making the transition between years a memorable one.

If you haven’t made plans yet – what are you waiting for? Some of the finer F-M restaurants are all booked up, but there are still plenty of good options. Just call soon to see if they are taking reservations.

Meals are a big part of New Year’s Eve, but there can be more to the night than that.

Here’s a round-up on some options for adults who want to get out of the house to ring in the New Year.

You can get the night off to a nostalgic or romantic start with Alpine Carriages’ Tour of Lights. The hourlong horse-drawn ride takes riders from Island Park in Fargo, down Eighth Street and through the F-M Sertoma Club Holiday Lights displays in Lindenwood Park. Rides run $100 for the wedding carriage and $120 for bigger groups. Call for reservations. (218) 236-9162

The Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave. N., Fargo, get into the festivities with a dinner and dance. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. salmon and prime rib dinners served followed by the Brian Breitbarth Trio, which plays from 8 to midnight. $19.50. (701) 232-9222.

The West Fargo Shakers are making giving festive this year with a party at Speedway Event Center, 680 Main Ave. W., West Fargo. The event starts at 7 p.m. with music by Skyline at 9, appetizers and raffles throughout the night. All proceeds go to Fargo’s Emergency Food Pantry. Tickets are $15. www.wfshakers.com.

The Red River Singles group also offers a dance with music by Sideline. Things start at 8:30 p.m. at the VFW, 308 Sheyenne St., West Fargo. $5 for members, $9 for non-members. (701) 233-8141.

Kathie Brekke and 42nd Street Jazz Band add some jazz to the evening at Basie’s, Ramada Plaza and Suites, 1635 42nd St. S., Fargo. 7 p.m., no cover. (701) 277-9000.

The Hub, 2525 9th Ave. S., Fargo, rolls into the New Year in a big way. Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree members P.O.S., Sims, Cecil Otter, Mike Mictlan and Lazerbeak take turns rocking the mic and the stage in the Venue. The show starts at 8 p.m. with sets by Toki Wright, Kipp G & Tony the Butcher. Tickets available at the door for $5 for 21 and older and $10 for those 18 to 20. Meanwhile the House of Rock features tunes by DJ Rossco and Rhyme or Reason plays the Cadillac Ranch. (701) 232-6767.

Longtime party favorites Billy D and the Crystals kick things off at 9 p.m. at Hagge’s Bar & Grill, 650 Carl Olsen St., Mapleton, N.D. (701) 282-5200.

Helena Handbasket sets the tone with a horn-driven mix of rock, ska and reggae. Music starts around 9:30 p.m. at the Pickled Parrott, 505 3rd Ave. N., Fargo. (701) 356-5227

Don’t be confused by the name – rock band 7 PM plays Hooligans, 3330 Sheyenne St. S., West Fargo, at 9 p.m. No cover. (701) 373-0770.

24seven plays The Garage Bar, 3108 9th St. S., Moorhead, at 9 p.m. (218) 287-0100.

It will be a head-banging New Year’s Eve when Wicked Antix plays Speck’s Bar, 2611 Main Ave., Fargo, at 9 p.m. (701) 232-0202.

Don’t expect a silent night across the street when Double Forte plays Rick’s Bar, 2721 Main Ave., Fargo, at 9 p.m. (701) 232-8356

Rockers Carmen the Cactus kick it up at 9:30 at Spirits Lounge in the Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave. S., Fargo. (701) 282-2700

It may be the middle of winter but Heavy is the Head will have you feeling positively sunny with its mix of roots and reggae at 9 p.m. at the Hotel Donaldson, 101 Broadway, Fargo. $5 cover. (701) 478-6969.

Up the street at Dempsey’s/The Aquarium, 226 Broadway, Fargo, the party is on two levels. On the main floor Dempsey’s hosts a DJ dance party. At 9 p.m. The Aquarium gets going with a punk show featuring The Babysitters, What Kingswood Needs, F Detector and Minneapolis country-punks Pretty Boy Thorson. Both events are free. (701) 235-5913.

This past year has been a tough one for Moody River Band, which mourned guitarist Cody Conner’s death in June. The group plays on inspired by Conner’s spirit and sends out the year in style playing the Sidestreet Grille & Pub, 301 3rd Ave., N., Fargo at 10 p.m. No cover. (701) 271-0092.

Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533