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Nahko and Medicine for the People
Nahko and Medicine for the People

On New Year’s Eve, instead of singing the wrong lyrics of “Auld Lang Syne” to yourself, on the couch, in your sweatpants, with a flute of champagne propped on your newly rotund, post-holiday belly, venture into the night and spend the last few hours of 2016 with live, local music and entertainment. Here’s a roundup of events for Thursday, Dec. 31.

SpringFilm gets an early start with a 6:30 pm screening of everyone’s favorite campy musical starring Meatloaf, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, at the Wildish Community Center in Springfield, 630 Main St.: free.

Celebrate with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi and more video game hooligans at a NYE party at Shoryuken League — the barcade at 881 Willamette St. Party starts at 8 pm; wear formal attire or a Shoryuken League shirt and get in free.

Mac’s at the Vet’s Club is hosting two concerts on two floors starting at 8 pm: Blues star Karen Lovely performs in Mac’s Restaurant and Nightclub ($15 adv., $18 door) and Kelly Thibodeaux & The Etoufee Band play their brand of blues and swamp rock in the Vet’s Ballroom ($12 adv., $15 door).

Ring in the New Year au natural: Local saxman Paul Biondi plays 8:30 pm at the Willamettans Family Nudist Resort’s Masquerade Ball, 37000 Parsons Creek Rd. in Springfield; free. Dress up and wear a mask … or don’t?

If you’re more into, ahem, black-tie attire, head to the annual Satin Love Orchestra 007 Diamonds Are Forever New Year’s Eve Ball at the Valley River Inn. The James Bond-themed ball, complete with red carpet, dance competition and a “Casino Royale” lounge kicks off at 8:30 pm, and Satin Love Orchestra hits the stage at 9:30 pm; $40.

Over in the Whit, Old Nick’s Pub (211 Washington St.) is hosting a 21-plus wild rumpus of a shindig at 9 pm with local bands The Sawyer Family, Gran Rojo and Snow White; $5. And Sam Bond’s Garage closes out 2016 with house music from Andrew Mataus and Dave Deluxx starting at 10 pm; $10. The force awakens with DJ Jon “Supa J” Smith at Blair Alley Vintage Arcade’s Star Wars-themed party; prizes for best costume.

Downtown Inclusion Zone: The Wayward Lamb hosts its first-ever New Year’s Eve party — “Hollyweird” — from 9 pm to close; $8 early bird special includes champagne and party favors. Nahko and Medicine for the People play McDonald Theatre (9 pm, $40), local reggae stalwarts Reeble Jar and Sol Seed play Hi-Fi Music Hall (9 pm, $12-$15) and Pink Floyd tribute band Pigs on the Wing performs at WOW Hall (9 pm, $14-$17). 

Meanwhile, Luckey’s hosts a Beats & Burlesque night with local rap crew — The Architex — and other guests at 10 pm, with a champagne toast at midnight; $5. Black Forest hosts a night of local gypsy punk — The Koozies — and local psychedelic funk — Fortune’s Folly — at 10 pm.

Further afield, hip-hop artist Elena Leona hosts the Axe & Fiddle (Cottage Grove) NYE party at 9:30 pm; free.

Drive safe and dance responsibly.