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If party gets started late, go elsewhere

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Gee, New Year’s Day is upon us yet again. How did that happen so quickly?

Well, “at the end of the day” it “is what it is,” and my first “1080-pixel-style resolution” is to never use those tired clichés ever, ever again.

‘‘Just sayin,’ y’know.’’ (Yes, that one too.)

My 12-year-old great-niece asked me just yesterday if I knew “that Christmas and New Year’s Day were on the same exact day of the week this year?”

Of course she’s right (I looked it up at baseball great Yogi Berra’s Web site), but the fact that we’re dealing with a Sunday means that bars in Richmond County will close earlier than they do on weeknights.

Restaurants that serve food and alcohol may stay open a bit later but I can tell you from experience that ringing in the New Year at a Mexican restaurant just might not be the unique 2012 party experience you and yours had in mind.

However, if you would rather observe the festivities out of town, there’s plenty of fun things to do where you might not even have to drive. This way you can avoid those amateurs who aren’t used to getting their “third wind” at 2:57 a.m.

Here’s a brief summary of some fun things away from Augusta that you might want to consider for your New Year’s Eve festivities:

Dec. 31, Atlanta: Cake visits the Fox for a fun-filled night of tunes from their latest effort Showroom of Compassion. Expect to hear tunes from Fashion Nugget, Comfort Eagle, and other classics from the band.

The Zac Brown Band invades Philip’s Arena for the biggest New Year’s affair indoors that the home of the Falcons can offer.

Perpetual Groove will play at the smaller and very fan-friendly Center Stage Auditorium. Tunes from LiveLoveDie, All This Everything, and last year’s Heal will be performed along with other “honey cuts” from the group.

Dec. 31, Macon, Ga.: BB King has experienced 86 sweet New Year’s Eves, with most of them onstage and blueswailing with his trusty guitar Lucille in tow. For those who feel that the Thrill Is Gone, a trip to the land of Little Richard and Otis Redding just might turn the trick.

Dec. 31, Charlotte, N.C.: If you don’t know what to expect at a Panic concert, then you probably don’t know the difference between Rick Perry and Katy Perry. Conspicuous by their absence this year from the Fox, Panic chose the Queen City to begin 2012. Be careful.

Regardless of what you do, have a good time, but remember that maybe those doomsday prophecies from the Mayans, Aztecs, Nostradamus and the Hopi Indians just might be true in the 12th year of the third millennium.

So just party like its 2099!

LAST WEEK’S contest winner is Leland Malchow of Augusta, who wins a $25 shopping spree at the record bar at H.L. Green’s downtown. Ask for Marge at the turntables.


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