If you're going to head out and celebrate the arrival of a new year, why not do it with some of the most talented musicians North Texas has to offer? Here are five can't-miss concerts that will end your 2010 on the right note.
Telegraph Canyon, Smile Smile and Air Review at Club Dada
One of Fort Worth's finest, Telegraph Canyon, takes a break from recording its new album in Austin to ring in 2011 with some fellow local luminaries Smile Smile and Air Review. Cover is $12, which includes party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.
Ricki Derek at Scat Jazz Lounge
Dallas-based crooner Derek and his Vegas Six band provide the sonic backdrop for a party -- or as Derek dubs it "Ricki Derek's New Year's Eve Ring-a-Ding" -- set in one of Fort Worth's most swinging nightspots. The tickets are a bit steep (prices range from $75 to $650), but that covers grub, party favors and champagne when the clock strikes 12.
Old 97's, Whiskey Folk Ramblers and the O's at House of Blues
It's been a hectic year for the Old 97's, thanks to the release of The Grand Theatre, Vol. 1, but they're coming back home to close it out, with an assist from Fort Worth's alt-country dynamos Whiskey Folk Ramblers and Dallas duo the O's. Tickets are $30-$50.
Josh Weathers and the True+Endeavors at Keys Lounge
One of the hardest-working fellas in local music, Fort Worth blues-rocker Josh Weathers and his backing band will take over the Keys Lounge, doling out the soulful sounds as only they can. Reservations are $30 and include food, party favors and a glass of bubbly.
Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights at Granada Theater
Speaking of raucous, blues-infused rock 'n' roll, Dallas road warriors Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights will wrap up 2010 on the Granada Theater stage, with support from Somebody's Darling and Larry Gee. Tickets are a mere $15.