The last time I witnessed the Henry Clay People play a New Year’s Eve show: The Satellite was known as Spaceland; the Henry Clays covered “Sometime Around Midnight” at, well, about midnight; there was an onstage marriage proposal; the band played 90-plus minutes of classic rock covers in addition to an hour of their own material; and part of the delirious crowd ended up onstage singing along.
They’re doing it again this year. The lineup for Saturday night’s Buzz Bands LA-presented festivities at the Satellite includes cracklin’-good indie-rockers LA Font and Races (the latter has promised a Sugar Ray cover set, and we can’t tell if they’re joking), along with bonus sets in the upstairs room from Paulie Pesh and Jillinda Palmer and Joe Napolitano. With a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, it’s hard to imagine there’s a better New Year’s Eve value for $10 ($8 if you RSVP).
Not up your alley? Here’s a rundown of some other NYE events featuring live music:
‣ Funk standouts the Breakestra bring their goods to the Echo as part of the venue’s weekly Funky Sole night, always reliably good with DJ Soft Touch (aka Clifton Weaver) on the decks. $15-$10.
‣ Dave Matthews Band guitarist Tim Reynolds, as TR3, shreds at the Mint as part of a two-night stand. $35-$40.
‣ At the Standard Hotel Hollywood, it’s Jenny and Johnny, along with Cults and KCRW DJ Marion Hodges. $75-$125.
‣ Rather interesting pairing to usher in 2012 at Club Nokia – Wanda Jackson and Best Coast. $28.50-$45.
‣ Paul Van Dyk, his new album “Evolution” (featuring collaborations with Adam Young of Owl City) on the way in March, headlines the two-day “White Wonderland” at the Anaheim Convention Center. Also performing: Kaskade, Benny Benassi. Ticket prices vary according to packages.
‣ John Digweed heads up a big night at the Avalon. $90.
‣ At Hollywood & Highlands, Lupe Fiasco and Cobra Starship conduct the party. $75-$150.
‣ Junkie XL and Jason Bentley top the bill at the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. $25.
‣ Twenty years after they got started, Dada celebrates at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. $50.
‣ Pink Martini’s worldly cocktail of music will prevail at Disney Hall. $109-$209.
‣ Jazz your thing? It probably won’t get better than Jane Monheit at Catalina’s. $75.
‣ Over-the-top rawk at the Roxy, headed up by Semi Precious Weapons and Warner Drive. $25-$45.
‣ It’s DJ Quik and Faith Evans at the Key Club. $40-$75.
‣ And Musiq Soulchild at the House of Blues. $75.
‣ And L.A. Guns at the Whisky. $20.
‣ Nu-disco at Los Globos with Glass Candy and Chromatics. $25.
‣ Lower-than-the-lowest-common-denominator rap at the Viper Room with Dirt Nasty and Andre Legacy. $35.
‣ Nice punky night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, with the Aggrolites and Left Alone. $17-$20.
‣ At Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, it’s the Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson, as in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, doing two sets. $120-$170.
‣ Santoros, Moondog Orchestra and more at All Star Lanes in Eagle Rock. $5-$10.
‣ Old school at the Redwood Bar with the Gears and Death on the Radio. $15.
‣ And the final night of Kissing Cousins’ residency at Casey’s downtown coincides with New Year’s Eve. Nice. And free.