Spinning into the new year: At Big Car Gallery, winners of the break dancing competition at United States of Mind will perform to get the party started. In addition to the numerous other New Year’s events listed in this issue, there are a handful of live music opportunities this New Year’s Eve.

Local favorites The Fuglees, known for their comedy songs, but who are a criminally underrated rock band, will be rocking out at Locals Only. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Roaring 20’s will perform at the Vogue. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Original State of Mind, SAY and Mardelay will jam out at Birdy’s. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Ahtanaram, Burn Down Yesterday, Adoration and The Foster Portrait will play an all-ages show at the Emerson Theater for $7 at 7 p.m.

For country fans check out Michigan’s own Tony Phillips Band at 8 Seconds Saloon.

Cynthia Layne, a talented vocalist, will perform at the Jazz Kitchen. Tickets are available for $25. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Zang will be playing at John Wayne’s.

Besides live concerts, Rock Lobster and Coaches Tavern are throwing New Year’s Eve Bash. There’s a Masquerade Party at the Red Room. The Moon Dog Tavern is hosting the Low Dough New Year’s Eve.

Over at Radio Radio, an all-star lineup of local artists will perform. Brando, Gentleman Caller, Pravada and Basic Ultra Lights will play.

At the Big Car Gallery, the Bohemian New Year’s Eve Party will feature performances from Actuel (sound-bending electronic music), The Spontaneous Sound Collective (a surreal mix of percussion, saw, theramin and audience participation), Shiny Black Shirt (odd electronic cover songs) and Marcy Hook (solo acoustic roots). Also: spoken word/hip-hop from T.J. Reynolds and Ike Boyd and a B-boy showcase by United Soloists, winners of the break dancing competition at United States of Mind this year. The cost is $20 for two or $12 each. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at both Luna Music locations. Call 317-501-3252 or e-mail tim@bigcar.org to reserve tickets.

New Year’s Eve blues

By Matthew Socey

New Year’s Eve is a perfect example of the strength of the Indiana blues scene. Here are several Indianapolis and road-trip blues shows to bring in 2006.

The Slippery Noodle Inn (372 S. Meridian St.) will have two Chicago blues staples on the club’s two stages to ring in the new year: Big James & The Chicago Playboys along with Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire.

Benito DiBartoli and his Black Voodoo band are pulling a double shift. They start at The Rathskeller (401 E. Michigan St.) from 7-9 p.m. and bring in the new year at Stables (6125 S. Eastern Ave.).

Max Allen will be performing at the Greenstreet Pub (911 N. Green St., Brownsburg).

Drifty’s (Corner of Stop 11 and Madison) on Indy’s Southside will have Dwight Edwards with opening act The Shades Of Grey band.

Road trips: Governor Davis and The Blues Ambassadors will be at the American Legion Hall (101 Walter Remley Drive) in Crawfordsville. Gene Deer will be at the Center Stage (306 S. Walnut) in Muncie. Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel with Mud Eye Joe will also be in Muncie at Slater Hawkins (3100 Kilgore). Duke Tumatoe and the Power Trio will be at the Knights of Columbus (923 N. East St.) in Richmond. Chicago blues guitar man John Primer will be at The Key Palace Theatre in downtown Redkey.

Shameless plug: The new live CD and DVD from Chicago blues band Mississippi Heat (One Eye Open on Delmark) features liner notes by Yours Truly.

Mark your calendars: My blues show, The Blues House Party, is moving to 10 p.m.-12 a.m. Saturday nights on WFYI 90.1 FM.