ON SCENE: Live music to help ring in the new year

Here we go again: it’s the time of year, time to enjoy that chubby cherub wearing nothing but a diaper and holding a champagne bottle like a pacifier.

But enough about my fashion choices. We’re talking about the New Year’s Baby ushering in 2017.

And to help us with that ushering, there is an assortment of music around for you to ring out the old and ring in the new. With the last day of 2016 falling on a Saturday, it seems that more and more clubs, bands and musicians are taking advantage of the weekend.

A quick jaunt up the Thruway to the Turning Stone Resort Casino gives you all sorts of options under one roof, including such acts as Jamie Notarthomas (4 to 8 p.m.) or Ronnie Leigh (8:30 to 12:30 p.m.) at the TS Steakhouse, and Stroke from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Winter Garden Stage.

The casino’s Exit 33 will feature live bands performing at three different venues – The Gig, Tin Rooster and Turquoise Tiger.

If horn-based classic rock and funk are what you’re looking for, head to the Turquoise Tiger where you can dance to the sounds of the area’s hottest dance band, Classified.

The Turning Stone’s rock and roll club, The Gig, will feature three of the area’s top bands, Gridley Paige, Scars N Stripes and 3 Inch Fury.

Finally, for the C&W fans, the Beadle Brothers and Annie Brobst will take the stage at the Tin Rooster.

Admission fees vary. Call Turning Stone or visit their website for full information.

If casinos aren’t your scene, that doesn’t mean you have to stay home and watch the Twilight Zone marathon.

Two of the area’s most venerable musicians will be teaming up when Paul Case and Dan Porter bring their talents to Tillys Clover in Clayville. Hours are from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., so it would be a good choice to start the night, or, if you’re among the chronologically challenged, end the night.

And speaking of venerable, the legendary Mossback Mule Band will be making their annual New Year’s Eve stop at Nicole’s of Camden from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Look for George Deveny’s Blueprints with special guest Bruce Tetley from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Colgate Inn in Hamilton. The Inn also has a number of room and package specials.

Don’t feel like leaving town? Join Utica’s most eclectic band the Rusty Doves with assorted friends at Nail Creek from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

And, if dinner is what you’re looking for, Beth & Fritz will be providing music from 5 to 9 p.m. for Villa Verona Vineyard & Bistro’s four-course dinner. Seating is limited so reservations are necessary.

All in all, there are not a lot of reasons to stay home this New Year’s Eve. Well, except for that Twilight Zone marathon.

Mark Sisti is an experienced performer who writes about local music for the Observer-Dispatch. Email him at msist1@roadrunner.com.

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