Tonight, better known as New Year's Eve, presents several opportunities to ring in 2011 with noteworthy Memphis musicians. Here's a rundown of this year's most interesting local music holiday options:
Van Duren @ Central BBQ (Summer Ave. location)
For those looking to get things started a bit early (6 p.m. showtime) or do something with the whole family, Duren's weekly appearance at the popular barbecue establishment is a great opportunity to take in some classic Memphis power-pop.
Harlan T. Bobo, Jack Oblivian & the Tearjerkers @ the Hi-Tone Cafe
Probably the most high-profile of the late-night gigs is this double bill at the Hi-Tone, which pairs longtime friends and collaborators Bobo and Oblivian.
Bearfeat @ Nocturnal
Bearfeat is the new, full-band incarnation of emerging local songwriter Michaela Caitlin. Joining the new group on the bill is Sudden Organs, and a trio of local burlesque dancers.
"These Go To 2011" @ the P & H Cafe
If a non-stop dirty rock-and-roll extravaganza is what you're after, look no further than this. Featured acts include Chinamen, Hosoi Bros, The Oldest Profession, Youniverse and more.
The Subteens, River City Tanlines @ The Buccaneer Lounge
A dynamite 1-2 punch of punk rock power trios anchored by the dynamic rhythm section of bassist Terrence "T-Money" Bishop and drummer "Bubba" John Bonds.