If you've lived here your whole life and never seen a GWAR show, it's like rejecting your heritage. Like it or not, GWAR is one of the biggest bands to come out of Richmond. And it's playing here on New Year's Eve, of all times, which makes it the perfect time to be introduced or reacquainted. You know you're tired of wearing that silly party hat and dressing in your best. Instead, come home after midnight covered in blood and other assorted fluids that make a GWAR live show so interactive.
In an interview with Style last week, GWAR's Oderus Urungus promised that this show, part of the "Mock the Vote Tour," would be one of the band's best yet, with more monsters rocking, more theatrical effects and a generous bloody helping of social commentary to welcome a new year, one more in the spiky cap of GWAR. The band plays at the Canal Club Friday, Dec. 31, with openers Municipal Waste and Mensrea, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 643-2582. www.thecanalclub.com.
Hotel X at Art6 Gallery
In the 12 years of its existence, Richmond Afro-groove ensemble Hotel X has, by its own estimation, featured almost 50 musicians in its lineup, with founders Tim Harding and Ron T. Curry mixing with musicians from Oregon Hill Funk All-Stars, Special Ed and the Short Bus and other staple Richmond funk outfits. Hotel X summarizes the sounds of the city on New Year's Eve with opener Rattlemouth at Art6 starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 343-1406.
The George Melvin Experience at The John Marshall Bubble Bar
Jazz outfit The George Melvin Experience is joined by Carol Covell for a swinging performance on New Year's Eve at the always-swanky Bubble Bar. This show will be the last at the martini kitchen for a while when the doors close, they'll stay closed for eight months of renovation. So dress slick, pluck a cigar from the humidor and a Cosmopolitan from the bar and dance to jazz. Admission is $20. 783-2660.
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