Let's party! What Knoxville's bars, restaurants, nightspots are offering on New Year's Eve

This December 31, 2008 shows a large clock counting down the remaining hours to New Year's Day 2009 at the First Night festivities on Market Square.

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This December 31, 2008 shows a large clock counting down the remaining hours to New Year's Day 2009 at the First Night festivities on Market Square.

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Still stumped on what to do on New Year’s Eve? There’s a bounty of parties, shows, throwdowns, get-togethers, soirees and more. Here, in no particular order, is a listing of what K-town’s bars, restaurants and nightspots are offering. See also Wayne Bledsoe’s accompanying story for times, locations and prices for Scott Miller, Kevin Abernathy, Royal Bangs and Dishwater Blonde. And, if we’ve omitted your event, feel free to post it yourself under comments.

Manhattan’s in the Old City will host a New Year’s Bash with the UT game on a big screen followed by live music featuring Relentless Blues. The bar, at 101 S. Central St., opens at 4 p.m. For more info, call 865-525-2333.

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A New Year's Eve Bash for "the grown and sexy" will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the Broker, 3434 Martin Luther King Ave. Live music will be provided by Shantel Hudson and the Juke Joint Band. The party will also feature a buffet, party favors and a big screen on which to watch the ball drop in Times Square. For table reservations and more info, call 865-329-9442.

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Club Level 10, 4525 Kingston Pike (in Western Plaza) welcomes Atlanta hip-hop electro-beat act Fishhawk, along with DJ Chris Grass, K-town's DJ Wigs, Truly Grimy and J-Mo. Limited advance tickets are available for $15 or $18 at the door. Tickets are $18 for patrons 21 and under. The party rolls 9 p.m.-3 a.m. For more info, call 865-212-9728.

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Ring in the New Year with the Max at Knoxville's Crowne Plaza, 401 W. Summit Hill Drive. Dinner and dance packages are $189 per couple, and deluxe packages begin at $249 per couple. For reservations or more info, call 865-522-2600.

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Space Capone with the Big Deuce will perform at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria, 200 E. Jackson Ave., in the Old City. For more info, call 865-521-0092 or online at myspace.com/barleystaproom.

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Ray’s ESG, 7355 Kingston Pike, is offering several entertainment packages featuring live music by the Accidentals and the UT-Virginia Tech football game. Packages range from $10-$50 per person and include party favors, champagne toast, breakfast buffet and more. For more info or to make reservations, call 865-330-0159 or online at raysesg.com.

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Soulfinger will perform at the Crown & Goose, 123 S. Central St., at 10 p.m. For more info, call 865-524-2100.

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Two Doors Down, 118 E. Broadway Ave., in Maryville, will offer an evening of live music with the Dirty Dougs and Dixie Highway. The night will also feature a buffet, champagne toast, party favors and door prizes. For more info, call 865-980-7771.

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Mulligan’s, 8923 Linksvue Drive, hosts its second New Year’s Eve gala with music featuring Kimber Cleveland and Jimmy Ray and Leisa. Packages are available for single shows or both shows and range from $40-$50 per person. Reservations are required. For more info, call 865-862-8923 or online at eatatmulligans.com.

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The Prince Deli & Sports Bar, 509 Lovell Road, hosts a New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Party with the band Big Trouble. Also included will be a champagne toast, breakfast buffet and more. For info, call 865-777-4770 or online at www.princedeli.com.

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Baker-Peters Jazz Club welcomes Tracy Ozier on New Year’s Eve. The club, 9000 Kingston Pike, will offer packages ranging from $55-$99. For more info, call 865-690-8110 or online at bakerpetersjazzclub.com.

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Freequency will perform at Beef O’Brady’s, 11083 Parkside Drive, from 9 p.m.-midnight. For info, call 865-971-2134.

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Brackin’s Blues Bar, 112 E. Broadway in Maryville, will host a party with Big Mike Griffin starting at 9 p.m. Cost is $10. For more info, call 865-983-9800 or online at www.brackinsbar.com.

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Dr. Vibe will help revelers ring in the New Year at the Downtown Grill and Brewery, 424 S. Gay St. For info, call 865-633-8111 or online at downtownbrewery.com.

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Bands at the Longbranch on Dec. 31 include Liars & Tigers, Looking Glass Self, Lydian Skyline and Waves Like Weapons. Music begins at 8 p.m. Info: www.myspace.com/knoxlongbranch.

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Steel drum band Ramajay will play the Preservation Pub beginning at 10 p.m. For more info, call 865-524-2224 or online at www.preservationpub.com.

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Regas, 318 N. Gay St., welcomes musical act the Downtowners 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. Info: 865-63-REGAS.

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Sassy Ann’s, 820 N. Fourth Ave., hosts a New Year’s Eve Bash beginning at 9 p.m.; admission is $6. For more info, call 865-525-5839.

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Comedian Frankie Paul will be at Side Splitter’s Comedy Club, 9246 Park West Blvd, Thursday, Dec. 31-Saturday, Jan. 2. For prices and more info, call 865-934-5233.

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Smokey’s Sports Pub, 2613 W. Adair Drive, hosts None of a Kind beginning at 9 p.m. For more info, call 865-686-0600.

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A New Year’s Eve dance party will begin at 10 p.m. at Southbound, 106 S. Central St., in the Old City. Admission is $5.

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Waterfront Grill, 404 Greenbelt Drive in Maryville hosts Smoke N’ Mirrors beginning at 9 p.m. For more info, call 865-681-1212 or online at waterfrontmaryville.com.

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The Knoxville Museum of Art’s New Year’s Eve Party, “Alive into 2010!” start at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at the museum, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. The Knoxville band Slow Blind Hill will open; blues singer Teeny Tucker and her eight-piece band will perform.

F.A.T.S. barbecue will serve an all-night buffet that will become a breakfast-brunch before the event ends at 1 p.m. Reserved seats are $50 or $60; general admission is $40. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Michael Gill, 865-934-2039.

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Gatlinburg’s 22nd annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show centers around the city’s Space Needle. The show is free.

A ball drop from the 342-foot Space Needle and a choreographed fireworks show by Pryo-shows of LaFollette will signify the end of 2009 and the start of 2010.

Pre-midnight entertainment includes music by Kevin McGuire. The entertainment will be on the Gatlinburg Convention Center balcony at the Historic Nature Trail/Airport Road entrance.

For information on other New Year’s parties and activities as well as lodging and dining options, call the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce at 800/568-4748, or visit www.gatlinburg.com.

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Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies begins 2010 with its ninth annual Dance with the Sharks New Year’s Eve Party. The Chillbillies will perform.

The event includes a champagne toast, heavy hors d’oeuvres and viewing of the Gatlinburg New year’s fireworks from the aquarium plaza. Cost is $139.99 per couple, $79.99 for singles, and $35.99 for children ages 3 to 11. Reservations are required by calling 888-240-1358.

The aquarium is at traffic light five on the parkway in Gatlinburg. The New Year’s Eve party starts at 9:01 p.m. Dec. 31.

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A New Year’s Eve formal benefiting East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is Dec. 31 at the Academy Ballroom, 4451 Kingston Pike.

The event includes a showcase of dancing and heavy hors d’oeuvres at 8:30 p.m. There also will be a silent auction, a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.

The Brad Walker Orchestra will perform.

Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple and can be purchased by calling the Academy Ballroom, 865-539-2255. Proceeds will be added to Star 102.1’s Dancing with the Knoxville Stars spring event that benefits the hospital.

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