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Micky and the Motorcars, Muzzie and Billy Braun, House of Hoi Polloi

The Big Easy, Dec. 31


On New Year's Eve, most people pick one place, get comfortable and stay put, which is fine but what if the chosen place isn't very happening? You're stuck waiting until 12:01 before you can beat it out of Boringville. This year, make plans to celebrate at the Big Easy. Micky and the Motorcars, Muzzie and Billy Braun and Hoi Polloi will be providing so much fun, you may not realize 2006 has passed.

Micky and the Motorcars is Micky Braun, his brother Gary Braun, Joseph Deeb, Mark McCoy and Shane Vannerson. They've carved out a space in the country scene, but their up-tempo songs and high-energy performances have garnered them widespread appeal.

Idahoans Muzzie (Gary and Micky's father) and Billy (their uncle) Braun have been performing together off and on for over 30 years and whether it's just the two of them or a stage full of friends and family, their back-to-basics Americana music always feels like home.

House of Hoi Polloi formed in 1990 and though the line up has changed over the years, co-founder Steve Fulton has maintained the group's reggae-based, jam-party sound and fans are guaranteed a good time at every Hoi Polloi performance.

Don't waste a minute more wondering how to celebrate the start of 2007. This show promises music, dancing and a free champagne toast at midnight (so this shindig is for those of you 21 and older only).

--Amy Atkins

December 31, $25, 21 and older only, 8 p.m., The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St.,