By BARRY GOODRICH
What are you doing on New Year’s Eve?
What’s that? No plans? Well, there are plenty of options to ring in the New Year right here in Northeast Ohio.
For a swinging New Year’s Eve there is no better place than Nighttown, Cleveland’s own world-class jazz establishment. This year, Nighttown will stage its biggest New Year’s Eve celebration ever with no fewer than four fantastic concerts from a pair of noted artists – singer Bobby Caldwell and trumpeter Dominic Farinacci.
Caldwell is one of jazz and R&B’s most legendary performers and his signature tune “What You Won’t Do For Love” is one of the most popular smooth jazz songs ever. His new release “After Dark” pays tribute to standards from the American songbook. Caldwell performs shows at 8 and 10:30 p.m. in the main music room. Farinacci, a Northeast Ohio native and the Global Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center, will play a pair of shows in Nighttown’s intimate Secret Garden patio at 7:30 and 10 p.m. with seating limited to 50 per concert. For tickets, call 216.795.0550 or visit nighttowncleveland.com.
Downtown Cleveland’s Mall B will be the scene for Cle Rocks NYE, the second annual celebration from Ohio Homecoming. DJ E-V, Machine Gun Kelly and Carlos Jones will provide the entertainment beginning at 9 p.m. and WOIO will broadcast the festivities at 10 p.m. The event features a countdown, fireworks, a beer garden and food trucks. Tickets are $10, available at clenye.com.
The Cleveland POPS presents its 19th annual New Year’s Eve Concert and Dance at Severance Hall. The famous Mambo Kings bring their blend of Latin rhythms and jazz improvisations to the concert from 9-11 p.m., followed by dancing from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Dancing lessons will be offered in the Smith Lobby before the show. Cash bars, free desserts and coffee are offered and the balloon drop takes place at the stroke of 2015. For details, visit clevelandpops.com.
Executive Caterers at Landerhaven has been a popular spot for New Year’s Eve for decades and this year is no different. Cleveland’s hottest New Year’s Eve party features the band SHOUT! and a DJ and dancing all night long with the celebration beginning at 8 p.m. The top shelf open bar and midnight champagne toast are only the beginning as revelers will partake in unique appetizers, decadent food stations, an indulgent sweet table and a 1 a.m. grand breakfast buffet. Complimentary valet parking is offered and special room rates are available at the adjacent Staybridge Suites. For details, call 440.449.0700.
First Night Akron celebrates its 19th year with a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration of the arts that brings the community together each Dec. 31. The event runs from 6 p.m.-12 a.m. with entertainment for all ages in downtown Akron featuring the region’s best in music, dance, theater, visual and interactive arts with fireworks at Lock 3 scheduled for 9 p.m. and midnight. Admission buttons are just $10 with children under 10 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit firstnightakron.org.
The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake will ring in the New Year in style with an overnight stay, dinner for two in Horizons Restaurant, live entertainment, a five-hour open bar and a champagne toast at midnight with a big-screen view of the ball drop. The gala celebration also includes favors and an endless snack bar, breakfast for two and a late checkout. For reservations, call 800.801.9982.