New Year’s Eve is less than two weeks away. Do you have plans yet? Here is our annual countdown of the 10 most interesting events, mostly limited to Broward and Palm Beach counties.
10. The Capitol Steps at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter, 5 and 8 p.m., $60, 561/575-2223
This longtime troupe of political humorists makes its annual New Year’s Eve pilgrimage to Jupiter, playing a pair of early shows that leave half the night open for fireworks, late dinners, or Anderson Cooper. The Steps are promising all-new material, and with Donald Trump dominating the headlines, they won’t have to work too hard.
9. Midnight Masquerade at Stache, 109 S.W. Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 9 p.m., $75, 954/449-1044, stacheftl.com
Fort Lauderdale’s favorite speakeasy-style “drinking den” celebrates the New Year with a vintage-style masquerade ball. Dress to impress while enjoying tunes from DJs Yanik Coen and Ryan Nathan, a burlesque show, and fire performers. With many NYE parties costing attendees a small fortune, this $75 ticket is comparatively reasonable, considering it includes an open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight and a gourmet dinner buffet. Email VIP@stacheftl.com for table reservations.
8. J Street Block Party at Propaganda, 6 South J Street, Lake Worth, 7 p.m., $5-$10
It might not feel like winter yet in South Florida, but organizers of this fourth-annual Lake Worth NYE bash are promising a “100 percent chance of snow.” The requested attire is all-white clothing, which will blend nicely with a midnight “Snow Fight.” But don’t wait until the wee hours to show up: Live music by top local bands begins at 7 p.m. on three stages (inside Propaganda, inside Common Grounds, and on the outdoor main stage), including acts such as Everymen, Raggy Monster, Lavola and Myles Patrick, of Mylo Ranger.
7. The Marshall Tucker Band at Mardi Gras Casino, 831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, $40-$100, 954/924-3200, mgfla.com
Many of its band members have retired or died, but the Marshall Tucker Band has soldiered on. For 44 years, the group has continued to tour, with original frontman Doug Gray keeping its legacy alive as a genre-bending Southern music staple as comfortable in the worlds of jazz and blues as it is rock, country and gospel: “No matter how old we get, we can still rock your socks off,” promises Gray. Expect to hear hits like “Fire on the Mountain” and “Heard it in a Love Song” at this celebration, which includes fireworks and a Champagne toast.
6. Moulin Rouge Party at the Waterstone Resort & Marina, 999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 9 p.m., $75-$200, 561/271-8210
Entertainment and dining at this premier waterfront locale includes a live DJ, party favors, an open bar all night including bloody marys and mimosas, a midnight Champagne toast, and a cheese and charcuterie board. Starting at 11 p.m., the dining options increase thanks to a “Recovery Buffet” offering fruit, bagels, Spanish-style eggs, tortillas, home-fried potatoes, bacon, pastries and coffee.
5. “The Producers” at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 8 p.m., $35-$125; 561/832-7469, kravis.org
A one-night-only engagement of the hit Mel Brooks musical, which secured 12 Tony Awards in its 2001 Broadway debut. Based effortlessly on the hit 1968 film, the musical—about a scheming producer and his squirrely accountant, whose plan to finance the worst musical ever fails when the show becomes an unexpected hit—is filled with theater in-jokes and pungent satire.
4. “Back Through the Future” at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 10 p.m., no cover, 561/832-9999, sub-culture.org/events
Here’s a brilliant concept: South Florida indie bands perform covers from a different decade of music every hour, from the ‘60s onward, until, one assumes, we get to the Aughts. Astari Night and Sweet Bronco, two of our region’s best bands—each of them specializing in a pleasingly retro sound—will perform these special all-cover sets, promising danceable tracks by the likes of 13th Floor Elevators, The Zombies, Television, Talking Heads, Guided by Voices and many more.
3. First Night in downtown Delray Beach, 5 p.m. to midnight, $10-$15, 561/278-0424, visitdelraybeach.com/firstnight
This annual, family-friendly NYE bonanza is still, arguably, the most eclectic celebration in the tri-country area, with games and entertainment scheduled at nine downtown locations, including the Tennis Center, the 100-Foot Christmas Tree Site, Old School Square Park and the Community Center. DJ Al Johnson provides the tunes for a dance party from 5 to 9 p.m., movies will screen in the Tennis Center Stadium, and activities ranging from a Video Game Truck to a Climbing Wall to a Cornhole and Jenga Game Station to food trucks and a food court are open continuously until midnight. Visit the website for a complete schedule.
2. Drake at E11Even, 29 N.E. 11th St., Miami, 9 p.m., $350, 305/829-2911, 11miami.com
Miami’s 24-7 nightclub, which welcomed Usher to its intimate stage last New Year’s Eve, once again does not disappoint. Drake, the Grammy-winning Canadian hip-hop star, set a record for the most No. 1 singles on the Billboard Rap chart, and his 2015 smash “Hotline Bling” has been unquestionably the year’s most covered and parodied hit. Tickets are expected to increase even more as the event gets closer, but they include passed hors d’oeuvres from 9 to 11 p.m., an open bar, and a Champagne toast at midnight. DJ Irie, who deejays for the Miami Heat, will keep the party going into the morning hours.
1. Billy Joel at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 9:30 p.m., $49.50-$159.50, 954/835-8000, thebbtcenter.com
Considering the Piano Man recently sold out his 30th show at Madison Square Garden, I wouldn’t hesitate much longer to buy tickets to his NYE bash in Sunrise, arguably the night’s top attraction across the tri-county area. At 66, Joel continues to, if not innovate, than at least surprise his legion of die-hards: Every set list on his recent jaunt has been markedly different, with covers of rock ‘n’ roll standards joining deep-cut obscurities and a diverse smattering of hits, on shows that often exceed 30 songs.