New Year's Eve shows tend to have a fairly above nominal entrance fee which can get a little pricey so for New Year's Eve's eve, allow me to suggest three free shows that will allow you to save your ducats and doubloons (I just listened to a podcast about pirates, sorry) for the main attraction tomorrow night. The Lost Dogs brings its classic rhythm and blues sound to the Redwood Curtain Brewery at 8 p.m.
Buddy Reed and the Rip It Ups play some plain old blues blues at the Speak Easy at 9 p.m.
Also at 9, and farther south and up a hill, Claire Bent —vocals — joins her father Jim — on drums — and the veteran players in Citizen Funk for an evening of soul and funk classics at Bear River Casino. Shuffle, dance or have a gander, the entertainment's on the house. Free, free, free.