Concert: Black Cat New Year’s Eve Ball
Let’s hope your New Year's Eve will be enjoyable, no matter what you do — but it won’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. At the Black Cat’s Mainstage, Peaches O’Dell and Her Orchestra will help you have a swingin’ good time as you dance the year away to some of the classic music from the ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Wear comfortable shoes with your new dresses and zoot suits, because the band will play cha-chas and tangos, rhumbas and congas, plus Hollywood hits, and of course, swing. In between sets, Tony Anthony and His Malvivants will perform lounge acts. In the Backstage, DJ Dredd — known for Michael Jackson and Prince dance parties at various venues — and Grap Luva will spin an eclectic, modern mix.
Monday at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW
Festival: First Night Alexandria
If you want to celebrate New Year's Eve, but don’t think the little ones (or you) will stay awake until midnight, Old Town Alexandria has the answer. Historic King Street will be a hub of activity all afternoon and into the evening, as the neighborhood’s restaurants, shops and theaters celebrate the first (and, of course, the last) night of the year. In the afternoon, revelers of all ages will enjoy storytelling, arts and crafts, face painting, and magic shows, as well as the Fun Hunt, a historical scavenger hunt with prizes. After you fuel up with tastings at the Olio Tasting Room or the cookie-decorating party at the Sugar Cube, enjoy a variety of concerts at venues throughout the area, including the Not So Modern Jazz Quartet Plus One, a five-piece ensemble playing American songbook favorites. For a first glimpse of the first night, head to the Alexandria Waterfront after 10 p.m. for a countdown with Mayor Bill Euille and fireworks.
Monday around King Street in Alexandria, Va.
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