New Year's Eve Party with Two Tons of Steel
Once described as “equal parts Elvis Presley and Elvis Costello, with a liberal dose of Buddy Holly and a dollop of The Ramones,” the local quartet Two Tons of Steel has unleashed its rockabilly-punk fusion on stages from Euro Disney to the National Theater of Cuba and holds court at Gruene Hall every summer with the Two Ton Tuesdays concert series. Formed in 1991 (as Dead Crickets), the band (Kevin Geil, Jake “Sidecar” Marchese, Brian Duarte and Paul Ward) landed in the news in November when their trailer was stolen along with $50,000 in gear and merch, resulting in a “Two Tons Done Got Robbed” fundraiser. Expect a high-energy mix of mainstays, quirky covers and new material from the Lloyd Maines-produced Unraveled when the boys ring in the new year at Sam’s. $16-$20, 9:30pm, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E Grayson, (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com. —Bryan Rindfuss
Liberty Bar 30th Birthday Bash
“Once upon a frosty morn, the first day of January 1984, Dwight Hobart and Drew Allen took leasehold possession of a broke-down palace in San Antonio and called it Liberty Bar.” Since trading in its leaning home on Josephine for a stately convent, the “serious food” destination has become a go-to for the Southtown set and a little bit of everything else. In celebration of three decades of beauty and charm, Lady Liberty is throwing “a wing ding ... a pachanga ... a birthday party and a New Year’s bash” with live music by Beto and the Fairlanes, Michael Martin and the Infidels and Sauce Gonzalez with West Side Horns, a special menu (tenderloin, grilled oysters and fried baby artichokes), a “high-powered Champagne toast,” plus fireworks and tamales at midnight. $125 per person, $200 per couple, 8pm-2am Tue, Liberty Bar, 1111 S Alamo, (210) 227-1187, liberty-bar.com. —BR
Boneshakers' Shiner Block Party
Flaco Jiménez playing Boneshakers on the last day of the year is a must-see event, but the 2013 edition will have a bittersweet taste: Boneshakers is no more, having officially closed its doors on December 8. But that didn’t stop Phil Luna and his team: this New Year’s Eve party will be the biggest ever for the joint, with accordion great Jiménez once again leading 2014’s countdown so that all of us can party hard on Brooklyn Street while admiring great views of the Hemisfair-area fireworks display. That’s right: the Boneshakers team closed off a whole block so we can send a proper goodbye to the year and to the venue itself, and this time for free. But Flaco is only the main course. Music starts with Nat’l Parks (Eric Bell, Samuel Velazquez and Josh Glenn), Villela (the solo project by Sexto Sol’s keyboardist/vocalist Sam Villela) and multi-tasker saxman Noah Peterson. Free, 7pm-2am Tue, 130 Brooklyn, facebook.com/BONESHAKERS210/events.
New Year’s Eve at Ocho at Hotel Havana
Ocho rings in 2014 with passed hors d’oeuvres (8-9pm), a buffet with hand-carved beef and pan-Latin dishes (9-11pm), complimentary sparkling wine and sangria all evening (plus two signature cocktails per guest) and live music by Acustico featuring Joe Cano. $125 (includes valet parking), 8pm-midnight Tue, Ocho at Hotel Havana, 1015 Navarro, (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com. —BR
Hair of the Dog Day
According to the U.K.-based site Phrase Finder, the term “the hair of the dog” is derived “from the medieval belief that, when someone was bitten by a rabid dog, a cure could be made by applying the same dog’s hair to the infected wound. How many people managed to get bitten again when trying to approach the aforesaid dog to acquire the hair to achieve this completely useless remedy isn’t known.” On New Year’s Day, Gruene Hall welcomes the hungover with cold beer and a full day of live music guaranteed to recalibrate your party levels. After kicking off at the crack of noon with the “irresistibly rump-shaking” sounds of Austin-based Americana/indie-blues rocker Guy Forsyth, the aural therapy continues with Walt Wilkins and his “Texas Hill Country super-group” The Mystiqueros and Austin trio Shinyribs (aka "the musical wanderings of Kevin Russell from The Gourds"). Free, noon-11:30pm Wed, Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene, New Braunfels, (830) 606-1281, gruenehall.com. —BR
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