Local venues will send 2012 out with a bang. There are plenty of parties to choose from so take your pick.
The Rocky-Tonk Saloon & Grill, 333 E. Main St., Medford: A shindig will feature county music by Billy Lund & Whiskey Weekend, a balloon drop with more than $1,000 in cash and prizes, as well as a Champagne toast. Line-dance lessons begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cover is $10, or $20.13 including dinner. Dinner reservations are required. Call 541-973-2887.
The Trophy Club, 812 S. Central Ave., Medford. One Wrong Step will play '90s classic rock at 7:30 p.m., and there will be Champagne at midnight. Call 541-772-4131.
Red Lion Hotel, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford: The hotel and its adjoining bar, Character's Lounge, will be a happening place this New Year's Eve. There will be a three-course, tri-tip and chicken buffet dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. followed by a dance party with party favors, classic rock music by Hot Gossip and a Champagne toast at midnight in the Grand Ballroom. The Rogue Suspects, accompanied by vocalist Bishop Mayfield, saxophonist Kent Heyward and others, will perform funk, jazz and rock 'n' roll at 9 p.m. in Character's. Tickets are $35, or $65 per couple, for the dinner and party package and $15, or $25 per couple, for the parties only. Call 541-779-5811.
4 Daughters Irish Pub, 126 W. Main St., Medford: Party favors, Champagne, live rock 'n' roll by Michael Sidon's band, Three, and giveaways, including a trip to Hawaii and three trips to Las Vegas, will be at 9 p.m. There is no cover. Call 541-779-4455.
Chadwick's Pub & Sports Bar, 2300 Biddle Road, Medford. Expect a confetti shower and a lot of noise at the pub. There will be classic rock by Ring of Trees, a Champagne toast and party favors galore (hats, horns, whistles, etc.). The party starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $10 per person, or $100 with dinner for two. Call 541-770-1234
Pier 21, 841 Stewart Ave., Medford: Watch the ball drop, dance to live music by Pop Rox and toast to the new year. The party starts at 9 p.m. Champagne and party favors will be available. Call 541-776-3263.
Gios Building, corner of Fourth and C streets, Ashland: The 18th annual interfaith celebration, featuring easy-to-learn dances, songs and sacred phrases, will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 to $10. Call 541-708-0681.
Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland: Jerry Attrick & The Pacemakers, featuring David and Gabe Young, Dennis Freese, Mike Fitch, Gary Wade, Peter Spring and Abby Young, will play contemporary and classic dance music at the sixth annual Multi-Generational Dance Party at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Advance tickets cost $13, or $28 per family, and are available at Music Coop in Ashland. Tickets will cost $15, or $32 per family, at the door. Call 541-488-7716.
Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St.: Indubious, SYNRGY and Outpost will perform reggae-driven rock, funk and dance-hall music at the all-ages "Beginning of the New World Party," set for 8 p.m. There also will be performances by Shakti Lila and Flow Arts of Inity, food vendors, a beer garden, art exhibits by Mystic Lion and Brian Paul Smith and group rituals, led by Shamanatrix Missy Galore. Ras Danny will emcee. Tickets cost $20 in advance and are available at Music Coop in Ashland, Magic Man in Medford and Listen Here in Grants Pass. Tickets will cost $25 at the door and are free for kids 11 and younger with an adult. Email email@example.com.
Jackson WellSprings, 2253 Highway 99 North, Ashland: Live "vivacious, peasant, folk music" by Ashland's Patchy Sanders and dance music by DJ Obadayo will be at 9 p.m. There also will be a midnight prayer for world peace. Admission is a $10 suggested donation. Organic food and nonalcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Call 541-482-3776.
The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, 51 N. Main St., Ashland: Flock to The Black Sheep for stylish party favors, a Champagne toast, a round of "Auld Lang Syne" and live music by the Southern Oregon Bagpipe Band. The party starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $5. Call 541-482-6414.
Alex's Plaza Restaurant and Bar, 35 N. Main St., Ashland: Guitarist Josh Fulero and keyboardist Dave Fleschner, on loan from Curtis Salgado, as well as Dave Melyan of The Insomniacs, will perform blues and dance music at 9 p.m. "Annoying" party favors will be available. Cover is $10. Call 541-482-8818.
The Wild Goose Cafe & Bar, 2365 Ashland St., Ashland: The Goose is bringing back favorite, former karaoke hosts Will Dogg, Steven Lindley and Sharon for a New Year's Eve karaoke party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There will be party favors and a Champagne toast. Call 541-488-4103.
Paddy Brannan's Irish Pub, 23 S. Second St., Ashland: Local musicians will jam in the new year at the pub's Irish open jam, hosted by Daniel Carr. Music starts at 9 p.m. There will be a Champagne toast at midnight. Call 541-488-7973.
Bella Union, 170 W. California St., Jacksonville: Party favors, Champagne and live music by local blues band The Rhythm Kings will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call 541-899-1770.
Boomtown Saloon, 105 W. California St., Jacksonville: The Roadsters will play classic rock and country at 9 p.m. with a break for Champagne at midnight. Call 541-702-2252.
Evergreen Ballroom, 6088 Crater Lake Ave., Central Point: Family-friendly, colonial and ballroom dancing will be at 8:30 p.m. Semiformal attire is encouraged. Bring finger foods to share. Admission is $5 per person, or $10 per family, in advance; the cost is $7 per person, or $15 per family, at the door. See www.evergreenballroom.com or call 541-826-8000.