A couple quick ones for the weekend because there is a bunch going on:
Sarah Street has a nice lineup for the next four days of all local guys: Christian Porter (with a full band) tonight, Dream of Fire tomorrow, Pocono Duo on Sunday and the New Year’s Eve party with the Who Knows Band and the video DJ they have there on some weekends. $15 at the door, but if you’re there for dinner and seated before 9, you get in for free. Or if you do the post midnight thing, you get in for $5.
Look, I’m not going to embarrass myself by pretending to know who or what a Killswitch Engage is and then try to say something remotely clever about them. You’re too smart for that, and I’m a little too busy to troll around reading about them. But they’re at the Sherman tonight. And this is them. Incidentally, I tuned out after the third “dude.”
The Sherman is then doing its annual Christmas Jam on Saturday, although this time it’s a post-Christmas Jam. Isn’t this thing usually a week or two before Christmas? The theater had a pretty busy December so maybe they just couldn’t fit it in. Jam bands and their fans are by design a little slow on the uptake, so maybe they’ll think it’s Christmas on Saturday anyway. Kidding! Kinda.
How do you have a farewell party when it’s not actually a farewell? That’s probably a question for Mark and the boys (and girl) of Flyin’ Blind. You can ask them tonight when you head out to the Cinder to check out their farewell show for one of their band members … even though it’s not really a farewell. Hey, like I said, you gotta ask them. The Cinder is then doing a no-cover karaoke New Year’s party with what looks like the best and by far most dangerous drink special of the night — $1 shots. That scares the crap out of me just thinking about plunking down $30 over three hours or so and drinking what amounts to a whole bottle of Jack Daniels.
Gypsies is doing something big every night through New Year’s Eve, though it depends on what your definition of big is. I don’t find Jackie Martling funny, I actually only found it funny when Stern made of him. I don’t think I have any friends who would hang out with The Situation for a night, and if I did, I’d probably re-evaluate our relationship. Then it’s a Miami Sound Machine cover band on Sunday night, and don’t bother reading that over, you had it right the first time. Then New Year’s Eve is a White Hot Dance Party, which I won’t even begin to try and explain, because I have no clue. But this is coming from a borderline anti-social guy whose only real option for Monday night is a private VFW-type club for the express purpose of not being bothered. So you probably don’t wanna listen to me. It’s $40 cover, not sure what it includes, if anything.
Big Things is at Madd Anthony’s tonight, and apparently, the boys are taking three weekends off in January. Wait, in January? Who takes time off in January? There was a Wings episode once where Helen’s sister Casey worked for Nantucket’s tourism office and was tasked with finding tourists in winter in Nantucket and ends up finding a group of masochists led by one of my all-time favorite unknown stand-up comedians, Fred Stoller. That’s kinda what I envision taking vacation in January around here.
Ciro’s Bistro on Main Street in Stroudsburg has a new management team, a “new atmosphere, a new style and new menu,” according to that new management team. If you want to check it out, Saturday might be a good day to do it with the George Lang Trio providing the entertainment from7 to 11 p.m.
Now let’s hit the New Year’s Eve stuff exclusively. Remember to please drive safe when you’re coming home Tuesday morning!
It was a little distressing this week to see Whisper’s Lounge already put out the call that live music is already in danger there after about two months. C’mon people! Do we really want to let techno disco DJs take over the world? Do we really want our local bar scene to turn into an episode of Jersey Shore? Let’s get out there and support the places that still like to have live music. Whispers is doing $50 pp for buffet and open bar, or $10 cover for cash bar and no buffet, with Exit 22 playing.
Siamsa is doing a $5 cover, and is doing a special New Year’s menu from 5 to 10, with two full meals for $75, including a bottle of champagne. Then at 10 p.m., their house guy, DJ Legit, is doing the video DJ thing, and you can text him requests. I’d LOVE to see the texts he gets from drunk people at like 1 a.m., although i seriously doubt anyone will spell “Skynyrd” correctly.
The Lounge at the Comfort Inn in Bartonsville is doing a $1,000 balloon drop at midnight, which is probably the best way to start the new year. Is there anything better than winning $1,000 20 seconds into the new year? You’re destined to have a good year after that, right? Although I would think there are some drunk people really counting on finding that balloon and would fight for it like a 40-ish future spinster trying to catch the bouquet at the wedding of a person she only knows from work.
OK, desaki really wants you to tell them you’re going to their party beforehand. If you do, you get $10 off, you get to go in to the bar a half-hour earlier than the peons who just come to the door like a bunch of suckas and you can get preferred seating. The price is steep at $79.95 for online reservations, but that’s unlimited bar and a pretty impressive buffet you might want to check out if you’re even close to considering yourself a foodie.
The Original Pocono Pub is still going strong with its live music scene, and on New Year’s, it’s hosting the last show ever for Code 13. Although Mark from Flyin’ Blind is in this band too, so maybe he’s lying about this being a farewell gig for Code 13. Big liar. Maybe it’s like the Stones and their multitude of farewell tours.
I’m surprised there aren’t more fireworks displays around here, it’s one of my favorite parts of New Year’s Eve. It’s also where I proposed to my wife, under New Year’s fireworks, so I have a soft spot. Blue Mountain’s Last Run Lodge is having a New Year’s party, and is going to be setting off fireworks at midnight. So there, someone’s doing it. It’s $24.99 for food and music, but it’s a cash bar.
The Jubilee and Pub of the Pines is continuing its annual New Year’s Eve tradition with a $5 cover — that it will promptly give away to the United Way. All of the cover charges that night are donated to the United Way, which automatically makes it one of the best parties in the county. But on top of that, there is a free light buffet and DJ entertainment. Good deal, good cause, good party. That’s three goods, if you’re counting.
The PourHouse in Mountainhome is doing a glow-in-the-dark New Year’s Eve party, possibly in an attempt to prove that Sherman doesn’t have exclusive Monroe County rights to the whole glow-party thing. and look, it’s my favorite two words! No cover!
If I missed you, sorry, but you know the rules. Send your event to me if you want to see it publicized, or send me a FB invite. And on Monday, remember the immortal words of James “Droz” Andrews: “Don’t be that guy.” I actually think he specifically meant this guy: