Concerned that your last musical memory of 2010 could be watching Fergie and Avril Lavigne on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest? Not to worry: Plenty of local musicians and DJs are offering alternative celebrations guaranteed to keep your hips shakin' all the way into 2011.
The Rex Theater's New Year's Eve line-up is chock-full of crowd-pleasers, including saucy, old-timey pop by Salina Catalina and the pop-rock of Pete Bush and the Hoi Polloi. The bill also includes Borderless Puzzle and Rich Mahogany and the Leather Bound Books.
Howlers, always a homey place to celebrate a holiday, will banjo-in the New Year with the sweet bluegrass sounds of The Shelf Life String Band and the rustic folk-rock stylings of The Armadillos. To continue in that vein, stop by Thunderbird Café, for Nik & the Central Plains and City Dwelling Nature Seekers, or Belvedere's, for The Harlan Twins, Satin Gum and DJ Apt One.
The Boogie Hustlers will bring their classic feel-good funky soul to Club Café -- and just in case you have any doubts about that being a good time, High Times magazine crowned the Boogie Hustlers "Unsigned Band of the Week" earlier this year. Would High Times steer you wrong?
If you're nostalgic for the New Year's parties of your youth, you can head to Altar Bar, no matter your vintage --Velveeta will be playing covers of everyone from AC/DC and Lita Ford to Weezer.
Opportunities for dancing also abound. At AVA, DJs Selecta, Vex and SMI will present "The Decade," a tribute to musicians who have died since 2000, including J Dilla, Nina Simone, Johnny Cash and, of course, MJ. Three popular dance nights -- "Garden of Earthly Delights," "Get Weird" and "Lazercrunk" -- will join forces at Brillobox to form "The Garden of Weird Lazers," with DJs Cucitora, Cutups, Keeb$ and more.
Sneak in one last night of your favorite bad habits at the New Amsterdam's "Resolutions Can Wait" party, or head down the street to Remedy, where Soccer John and Mike Cunningham will be spinning their Northern Soul and mod faves, as well as some modern treats.
Pumped for an all-nighter? Pittsburgh's most extensive party might be "Time Travel 2011," which promises more than 15 DJs and electronic artists filling three rooms with house, dubstep, break beats, hip hop and techno -- plus dazzling lasers, visual projections and general brain-melting until 5 a.m. It all takes place at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum, and features headliners including Shawn Rudiman, Caffeine Records founder Micro, Patrice Scott and Ratana.
For more details, check out City Paper's listings section, online at www.pghcitypaper.com.