The decorations are ready, the food is hot, the drinks are cool, and you're wearing your party best – but the best way to set a tone for this year's New Year's Eve party is through the music.
There are always a bevy of places to go for New Year's Eve in this area and a bit beyond, and each is offering up a different genre of music, guaranteeing that there's a shindig appropriate for every person ready to ring in the New Year in style – and an all-out dance party.
We give you the rundown on who's playing where this year.
• River Street Jazz Café (667 N. River St., Plains Township): Doors 8 p.m., music 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. with The Indobox and opening act Rogue Chimp. $15, 21 and over.
Scranton-based group Rogue Chimp consists of brothers Jacob, drummer, and Zach Cole, as well as violinist Mark Woodyatt and bassist Jon Ventre. The band strives to put out techno grooves that are perfectly paced for a party.
The Indobox is a band with roots in Northeastern Pennsylvania that now operates out of Boston, Mass., a quartet of dance-rock musicians that bring psychedelic dance beats with catchy hooks wherever it goes.
• Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs (1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre): Breakers – Shorty Long & the Jersey Horns, 9:30 p.m.; Bar Louie – Grace's Downfall, 9:30 p.m.
Shorty Long & the Jersey Horns are a band that's been everywhere, working the casino circuit and performing with or opening for Cheap Trick, Marshall Tucker Band, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The eight-piece group comes with everything from a trombone to a trumpet and plays hits from artists like Springsteen, Pink Floyd and No Doubt, just to name a few.
Grace's Downfall is no stranger to the area, a local favorite band that rocks it out with original tracks.
• Irem Clubhouse (64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas): 7 p.m. with NEPA Soul. $35.
NEPA Soul is a five-piece group with a vast repertoire, playing everything from Journey to Lady Gaga.
• Dupont Hose Company (308 Main St.): Doors 7 p.m., dinner 8 p.m., music 9 p.m. with the Cameron Avenue Band and Kaelyn Marie. $40.
The Cameron Avenue Band is a trio of guys that bring the best in party music, while Kaelyn Marie is a young singer that will wow the crowd singing hits of today and yesterday.