A New Year for every mood: Say goodbye to 2017 with Prince, a music marathon ... or lemurs
So you say you're in the mood to party like it's 1999. Maybe you want to celebrate early and be tucked into your hoodie-footies before the ball drops. Or perhaps you want to close out 2017 with the slow, meditative movements of a two-toed sloth.
Here are a range of ways to celebrate New Year's Eve — whether you're a sequin-aire, latte lover or would prefer the proceeds of ticket sales go to something more meaningful than noise-makers and a tacky toast. Consider the following, if you are:
The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's annual NYE pops concert pays tribute to a late-great Minnesota musician. A Symphonic Tribute to Prince is at 7 p.m. Sunday and features a six-piece band backed — performing fan-faves like "Little Red Corvette," "When Doves Cry," and "Purple Rain" — backed by the DSSO. Many of the guest artists have hip-hop, R&B connections ranging from Rihanna to Kanye to, actually, Prince. Andrew Gouche, bassist, was part of the New Power Generation. Info: DSSO.com
Liking music a latte
Beaner's Central (324 N. Central Ave.), a family-friendly coffee shop-venue, is hosting a marathon of music that crams 25 acts into, like, 16 hours. Hewitt Station plays for the coffee-and-scone crew at 8 a.m., followed by the likes of Teague Alexy (10:40 a.m.), Jack Campbell (2 p.m.), Mama's Stolen Horses (4 p.m.) and Jen West (9:20 p.m.). Jeffrey James O'loughlin plays the finale, starting at 11:40 p.m.
New Year's Eve Bash starts at 8 a.m. Sunday at Beaner's Central, 324 N. Central Ave. Free, all ages. Info: Beanerscentral on Facebook.
Considering spending the night
GB Leighton, a well-traveled Minneapolis-based band that, for years, had an annual date with Grandma's Marathon — enough shows to land in the events hall of fame, yo — returns for a NYE gig at 8 p.m. Sunday at Silo's Restaurant and Bar. The band, fronted by Brian Leighton, was recognized in 2014 as a country act to watch. Whiskey Trail opens. This can either be a concert, concert+dinner or concert+dinner+room at Pier B Resort. Info: pierbresort.com
Not gonna sit still
Wear sensible shoes and bar hop. These stops are within walking distance of each other. Red Mountain and Duluth Dolls are at Rex Bar (600 E. Superior St.); Hobo Nephews and Feedinig Leroy play at Sir Benedict's Tavern on the Lake (805 E. Superior St.) at 9 p.m.; Solomon Witherspoon is hosting The Red Herring Lounge's (208 E. First St.) "Party of the Year," which includes DJ Shaman, DJ Calvin, DJ Delgado and DJ Kevin Craig; Dan Anderson & His Silk Sheiks play lounge-y, funk music at Blacklist (120 E. Superior St.); Superior Siren is in the Zeitgeist Atrium (222 E. Superior St.) at 9 p.m.
Seeking family friendly environs
The Lake Superior Zoo is hosting a Noon Year's Eve party, which includes animal enrichments, keeper chats, a safari scavenger hunt and a midday ball drop — now with lemurs. Meanwhile, the zoo is open at 10 a.m. for regular zoo-style wanderings. Meanwhile, at the Duluth Children's Museum: snacks, activities, and a balloon drop. Starts at noon. Info: lszooduluth.org; duluthchildrensmuseum.org.
Good for a gala
You'll get music from Traction, snacky foods, a balloon drop, campaign toast and more at the Center Against Sexual & Domestic Abuse's Behind the Mask NYE Gala, which starts at 7 p.m. Sunday at Barker's Island Inn, 300 Marina Dr. Proceeds go to CASDA.
Desperate to wear a sequin (or 100)
The Depot is again the spot for, arguably, one of the bigger parties in town. Lake Superior Smokin' Section will play at the New Year's Eve Ball at the Depot (8 p.m.-1 a.m. at 506 W. Michigan St.) The fancy-schmancy event is hosted by Dan Hanger and Nikki Davidson of Fox 21.