Bluegrass, country, electronic and blues: The must-see music set to ring in 2015!

3 Dec

By Kylie Bovenzi

There is a light at the end of the tunnel

It’s called the end of the semester. As the school semester hurtles to an end, it may seem impossible to focus on anything other than the next two-and-a half weeks, what with finals bearing down on the student body. Fret not, my dear friends, because you are as ready as you will ever be, and two weeks after finals is something fantastic to look forward to: New Year’s Eve. How will you celebrate your successes and your achievements of the past year, and toast to the fresh start given at the stroke of midnight?  If you have been too consumed by finals to give this a thought, fret not again because I have compiled a list for you! You are welcome. 🙂

The String Cheese Incident

Where: First Bank Center, Broomefield CO
When: Monday, December 29 – Wednesday December 31st.
3 day passes starting @ $192
Single Day passes starting @ $49.50

A smoothe, easy to drink blend of bluegrass, rock, electronica, country, funk, jazz, reggae, psychedelia, calypso and Latin, The String Cheese Incident is a band out of Boulder, CO. Composed of six members, this band includes a variety of instruments in their live performances including acoustic and electric mandolins, acoustic and electric guitars, violins, drums, lap steel and electric slide guitars, piano, organ, accordion, bass and auxiliary percussion. Many of the songs are original, but covers are seamlessly blended in from such musical greats as The Talking Heads,The Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix. Each song leaves a plethora of room for innovation, and each jamming tune flows seamlessly into the next creating a ‘can’t stop won’t stop’ fervor and energy within the crowd never before seen. This, coupled with insane visuals being projected on and behind the stage either through LED lights or screens, proves to be an experience you would be CRAZY to miss. The whole event spans three different nights, but single day passes are available if you can only steal a day away. The only place to be this NYE in the Colorado and Wyoming area is getting CHEESY.

Some friends and I getting ready to check out Cheese in 2013

Some friends and I getting ready to check out Cheese in 2013

Cheyenne Depot NYE ball drop

Looking for something closer to home and a little bit more financially friendly? Head to the Cheyenne Depot at 4pm on December 31st, 2014 to enjoy arts, crafts, fireworks, music and the friendship of your town! This event is free, family-friendly, and a fantastic way to end 2014 and start 2015 the right way. For more information, check out the facebook page.

New Year’s Eve Cowboy Style

Where: Little America

When: December 31st, 4-1am

Tickets are $75 per couple, $40 for a ticket that discludes food and gaming

If keeping your cowboy boots and hat on sounds like your kind of evening, head over to Little America for their New Year’s Eve celebration which includes a buffet, a cash bar, gaming, and country western dance with the Boom Twang Band. At midnight, complimentary champagne will make the perfect accompaniment to ringing in the new year!

Fort Collins Brewery New Years Eve Party

Where: Fort Collins Brewery in Fort Collins, CO

When: 6pm December 31st, 2014

This 1940s speakeasy themed bash is sure to blow your socks off! $100 per couple includes a four course meal, music, champagne toast at midnight and a free cigar. Oh, and did I mention their craft beer selection? Costumes are encouraged but not required.

Whatever you decide to do for New Year’s Eve, celebrate it gloriously! Although I am sure each and every one of us has had our shares of trials and tribulations, take time to reflect on the positive strides you’ve made as well. You would not be able to appreciate them as acutely if you had not made a few mistakes along the way. Remember to designate a sober driver (or sign up for uber) and to take care of one another. Here’s to a wonderful future for all of us, may it bring happiness and joy and good grades come semester end!

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