All Roads Lead to 2012

Gonzalo will headline the New Year's Eve show at San Felipe Hollywood Casino.

From magic and music to bowling, there is something for everyone to ring in the new year. Here’s a sampling of what’s being offered locally.


HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO ALBUQUERQUE: The James Douglas Show will perform with comedian Steven Michael Quezada at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Hard Rock’s Fusion Bar, 11000 Broadway SE. (See related story on Page 14.) The band is known for pioneering the genres of alternative soul and new-school funk and is one of many national acts attempting to bring an old-school creative mentality to a new breed of artists. Tickets are $85 per person, which includes dinner and the show. For reservations, call 848-1969.

HOTEL ANDALUZ: Take a trip back to the 1970s and the disco era during Hotel Andaluz’s”See & Be Seen: Studio 54″ celebration from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. The lobby of Hotel Andaluz, at 125 Second NW, will be transformed into the famed New York disco club Studio 54.

Like the legendary nightclub, Hotel Andaluz will sparkle with colored lights and a disco ball, while two DJs spin dance music from live Studio 54 artists of the day like Grace Jones, Donna Summer and Gloria Gaynor (along with today’s contemporary dance music). RSVP by “attending” on its Facebook Events page and your name will be on the VIP list at the door for a $20.12 cover charge.

HYATT REGENCY ALBUQUERQUE: Red Wine — an Albuquerque-based variety band — will provide the music for the festivities at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, 330 Tijeras NW. The evening will include dinner, prizes and party favors, as well as a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight.

“Red Wine” consists of 10 members and performs Top-40, oldies, rancheras and country music. Red Wine released its fourth album, “No Wine Before Its Time,” on Dec. 12.

New Year’s Eve hosted by “Red Wine” begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, and is a 21-and-over event. Tickets cost $110 for singles and $185 for couples and are available at For more information on tickets and seating assignments, contact Cathy Ramirez at 505-720-6199 or Lorenzo Ramirez at 505-573-0139.

HYATT REGENCY TAMAYA: The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, 1300 Tuyuna Trail at Santa Ana Pueblo, will ring in the new year with live music, magic acts, dancing and a traditional midnight countdown with a champagne toast and party favors. The New Year’s Eve celebration will feature live music by Fat City, an Albuquerque-based dance party band, as well as DJ Chris Romero.

Magician Johnny Moon will provide entertainment for diners in the resort’s Santa Ana Cafe and Corn Maiden restaurant. Johnny Moon has been performing for more than 35 years for audiences throughout the United States, delivering humorous and interactive magic shows.

In addition, Camp Tamaya is hosting a separate New Year’s Eve celebration for children and teens. The celebration for children ages 12 and under will include a children’s buffet, games and activities, party favors and a balloon drop at midnight with an apple cider toast. The Tween Room for ages 13 and up will have an Xbox Kinect, Wii video games and more. The Camp Tamaya New Year’s Eve celebration is $12 per hour, and the Tween Room is free.

For reservations or more information, call 800-554-9288 or visit

ROUTE 66 CASINO: The casino’s event features 10 live acts that range from music to magic. Magician Seth Grabel returns for a second year to wow audiences. Music will be provided by Mariachi Mystery Tour and DJs Jusincase and Full Flavour will spin. Events start at 7 p.m. and run until 2 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. All-Access passes include entrance to the Legends Theater, Envy Nightlife, Thunder Road and the Grand Ballroom Dance Party. In addition to entrance to all the entertainment hot spots, the All-Access pass includes a champagne toast and a New Year’s Eve breakfast at Buffet 66, starting at 11 p.m. Tickets are $35 for singles, $50 for couples and are available at

SANDIA CASINO: The Dazz Band will perform two shows beginning at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. The band plays American funk music that was most popular in the early 1980s. The group’s biggest hit songs include the Grammy Award-winning “Let It Whip,” “Joystick” and “Let It All Blow.” There is a $25 cover charge at the door. For more information, visit

SANTA ANA STAR CASINO: On Saturday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve starts at 10 a.m. with a Happy Noon Year’s Countdown Kickoff on the gaming floor of the casino. Guests can cheer the New Year with a sparkling cider toast at noon. The event includes the salsa music of the Teri Slack Band, a New Year’s Eve countdown and party favors. This event is free.

The New Year’s Eve dance party with El Gringo begins at 10 p.m. in the Bosque Event Center. Shawn Kiehne (see related story on Page 20), who performs as El Gringo, started his career in 2003. This event is free.

The New Year’s Eve Bowling and Karaoke Party will begin at 9 p.m. at Santa Ana Star Casino’s Starlight Lanes Center. The party includes bowling, a cosmic light show and karaoke. This event is free. For more information on any of the New Year’s Eve events, call 505-867-0000.

SAN FELIPE CASINO HOLLYWOOD: Plenty of festivities will take place at San Felipe Casino Hollywood. Starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, music from local New Mexican groups — Cuarenta y Cinco, Sorela, AJ Martinez and Gonzalo — will begin. The event is 21-and-over and tickets are $30 and are available at or 886-1251.

Santa Fe

BUFFALO THUNDER RESORT & CASINO: Buffalo Thunder will ring in the New Year with multiple entertainment options. The casino will begin the New Year’s Eve celebration with a Noon Year’s Eve event featuring live entertainment from Perfeccion from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Admission is $10 and guests must be 21 years or older. For reservations or more information, visit or call 877-455-7775.

CITIES OF GOLD: Local bands Tequila Rain and Slo Burnin will welcome 2012 with a New Year’s Eve celebration in the Cities of Gold Casino bingo hall, 10 Cities of Gold Road in Santa Fe. Slo Burnin is a New Mexico band that features a wide selection of rock, Top-40 hits and country music. Tequila Rain has entertained audiences throughout the Southwest with a variety of music styles including traditional New Mexican, Tejano, cumbias, country, classic rock and oldies. The New Year’s Eve celebration will take place from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Tickets are $10, and those attending must be 21 years or older.


EL MONTE SAGRADO: The Todd Tijerina Band will perform from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at El Monte Sagrado, 317 Kit Carson Road in Taos. Call 575-758-3502 to reserve tickets. Tickets are $125 per person, which includes dinner.

The band will play original and cover music from its six albums, including its latest, “Meant To Be,” which was up for four New Mexico Music Awards.

The Todd Tijerina Band has shared the stage with Kansas, Head East, Canned Heat, Sonny Landreth, Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Kelley Hunt, Lucky Peterson, Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang, The Joanna Connor Band, Anders Osbourne, Michael Hill’s Blues Mob, The Campbell Brothers, Richard Johnston and Ronnie Baker Brooks.

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