Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is a sure bet to ring in the new year 

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There’s always the question of how to ring in the new year. For my money, the annual New Year’s Eve bash held by Colorado legends Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is always a musical highlight of the whole year — the band’s combination of uproarious stage presence and consummate musicianship is a sure way to, depending on how you’re feeling, either send out the year in style or at least grant you a few hours of raucous fun before the oncoming Armageddon. (And, frankly, who could be more qualified than the group once described by Jello Biafra as “the country band that plays the bar at the end of the world”?)

This year’s shindig will be spread across three nights, Dec. 28, 29 and 31, at Denver’s Globe Hall. Each night will feature a different lineup of opening acts that include stripped-down Auto Club offshoot DBUK, “soft-gaze pop” act Midwife, the mysterious, folklore-steeped Munly & The Lupercalians, post-punk duo Voight, acclaimed Denver black metal band Wayfarer, and a solo set from Slim’s son George Cessna. (You can find out who plays which date at scacunincorporated.com.) Three-day passes are available and, to sweeten the deal even further, there will be barbecue.

Here’s what else is playing around this week:

Thursday 12/20

Alchemy, Rawbert (acoustic), 8 p.m.
Benny’s Restaurant & Lounge, Jerry Roskin Jam, 8 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Irish Pub Songs with Brian Clancy (folk), 7:30 p.m.
Motif Jazz Cafe, Playing With Smoke (blues), 7 p.m.
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, Music in the HOLE (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Playing Field Sports Bar, Ladies Night with Dj TT Wizard (dance), 8 p.m.
Rico’s Café and Wine Bar, Susan Rissman and John Wise (blues), 7 p.m.
SCP Hotel Colorado Springs, Chris Collins (rock/pop), 6 p.m.
Tap Traders, Nick Davey (acoustic), 6 p.m.

Friday 12/21

Axe and the Oak Whiskey House, Jesse Cotton Stone (blues), 7 p.m.
Back East Bar & Grill, Lo-Fi Conspiracy (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Benny’s Restaurant & Lounge, 40 Oz Freedom Fighters (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, X-Mas In Necropolis (hip-hop), 7 p.m.
Chiba Bar, Friday Night Spin (dance), 9 p.m.
Cleats Bar & Grill East, Run With Scissors (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Cucuru Gallery Café, Barbara, Mistura Bela (world), 7 p.m.
Frankie’s Bar & Grill, DJ Trivia with Party Pro DJ (dance), 7 p.m.
Historic Ute Inn, Johnny Graves and the Blue Waves (blues), 8 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, 6035 (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Kinfolks, Rob and The Mountain City Rebels (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
La Taverne, La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Mother Muff’s Kitchen & Spirits, Stompin’ George Eldon (Americana), 8 p.m.
SCP Hotel Colorado Springs, Grant Sabin (blues), 6 p.m.
Sunshine Studios, Saving Abel, Black Oxygen, Chute Nine, The Endless Line, Elevated Sickness (rock/pop), 6 p.m.
Townhouse Sports Grill, Tejon Street Corner Thieves (blues), 8 p.m.
The Whiskey Baron Dance Hall & Saloon, Exit West (country), 9 p.m.
Wild Goose Meeting House, Mearlan (acoustic), 8 p.m.

Saturday 12/22

Back East Bar & Grill - Monument, 90 Proof (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Back East Bar & Grill, Lo-Fi Conspiracy (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Benny’s Restaurant & Lounge, Distant Thunder (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, DOOZ DAY w/Doozy, EREK, VR$E, Dhino, Ralph Rhymes, Tony Bullet, Marley Machin, Rich Wave, YoungNBlessed (hip-hop), 7 p.m.
Frankie’s Bar & Grill, Suga Bear & The Show Time Band (R&B), 8 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Mystic 7 (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Rhino’s Sports & Spirits, Ashlee and Longshot Revival (country), 9 p.m.
Royal Castle Lounge & Grill, Spanish and Afro Caribbean Night (world), 9 p.m.
SCP Hotel Colorado Springs, Harriett Landrum (rock/pop), 6 p.m.
Sunshine Studios, Otep, Bullhead*ded, Acedia, Deathride (metal), 6 p.m.
Townhouse Sports Grill, Tuesday Night All Stars (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
The Whiskey Baron Dance Hall & Saloon, Country Music Project (country), 9 p.m.

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