It's hard to believe that we're 10 years into the new millennium, but Colorado will be rocking in 2010 with style.

This year, local concert venues booked familiar faces to headline their New Year's Eve parties. That means popular groups such as Yonder Mountain String Band, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Paper Bird, Pepper and DeVotchKa will be ringing in 2010 in Boulder and Denver.

Let the parties begin!



Boulder Draft House: 2027 13th St., 303-440-5858. Elephant Revival, 8 p.m. $5.

Boulder Outlook Hotel: 800 28th St., 303-443-3322. Bluez House, 7:30 p.m.

Boulder Theater: 2032 14th St., 303-786-7030. Leftover Salmon is SOLD OUT.

b.side Lounge: 2017 13th St., 303-473-9463. Communikey featuring Noah Pred, 9 p.m. $15.

Conor O'Neill's: 1922 13th St., 303-449-1922. Unknown Americans, 9 p.m. $1.

Fox Theatre: 1135 13th St., 303-443-3399. Pepper, 9 p.m. $50.

Beyond Boulder:

Bluebird Theater: 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666. Slim Cessna's Auto Club with Munly, 9 p.m. $31.

Cervantes: 2637 Welton St., Denver, 303-297-1772. Hot Buttered Rum, 8 p.m.

City Hall: 1144 Broadway, Denver, 303-832-8628. RJD2 with Daedelus, 8 p.m. $50.

Fillmore Auditorium: 1510 Clarkson St., Denver, 1-800-745-3000. Yonder Mountain String Band, 8 p.m. $56-$118.

Herman's Hideaway: 1578 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-777-5840. P-Nuckle, 8 p.m. $10.

hi-dive: 7 S. Broadway, Denver, 720-570-4500. Paper Bird with These United States, 8 p.m. $20.

Larimer Lounge: 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-292-3666. The Knew with Brothers O'Hair, 8 p.m. $10.

Mercury Café: 2199 California St., Denver, 303-294-9281. Devotchka with Gregory Alan Isakov, 9 p.m..

Nissi's: 2675 North Park Drive, Lafayette, 303-665-2757. The Informants, 7:30 p.m. $75.

Ogden Theatre: 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 1-800-745-3000. The Greyboy Allstars, 9 p.m. $50.

Oskar Blues: 303 Main St., Lyons, 303-823-6685. Romano Paoletti, 9 p.m.

Owsley's Golden Road: 2151 Larimer St., Denver, 303-296-2844. Jgb, 8 p.m.

Quixote's: 2637 Welton St., Denver, 303-297-1772. The Meters Experience, 8 p.m.

Trios: 1730 Wynkoop St., Denver, 303-293-2887. Live Jazz, 9 p.m. Free.

Walnut Room: 3131 Walnut St., Denver, 303-292-0529. Triple Cobra, 9 p.m. $15.

Wells Fargo Theater: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., 1-800-745-3000. Denver. Sound Tribe Sector 9 is SOLD OUT.

Yonder Mountain String Band

Yonder Mountain String Band had a very busy 2009, but the rootsy rock group will be celebrating New Year's Eve at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver.

It's a bittersweet moment, as this may be Yonder Mountain's last Colorado New Year's for some time.

"We had a really busy fall, so now we're ready to see our family and friends," vocalist/mandolin player Jeff Austin said. "We always take off this time of year, but we're going to be hitting the road early next year. We have some pretty cool things coming up.

"I've also been working on a record with Brendan Bayliss from Umphrey's McGee. It's taken a long time, but it's finally finished and we're getting ready to tour with a full band. It's going to be a very busy 2010!"

That isn't stopping Yonder Mountain from going full-tilt for its New Year's show.

"We're bringing lots of production and we're stepping it up," Austin said. "This might be the last New Year's that we do in Colorado for awhile. We may try someplace else next year.

"We opened for Widespread Panic last year, so we didn't get to do our own New Year's show. That's why we're stepping it up. We're even bringing in comedian/actor John DiMaggio to keep things exciting."

Austin promises some cool New Year's surprises from his band. The group tried out its material at the Boulder Theater and Fillmore earlier this week.

"We haven't played much for the past two months, so we're going to be pretty experimental," Austin said. "We might tend to stretch things out. There'll be more breathing room and open spaces for improvisation.

"There will be all kinds of creative sparks going on for New Year's Eve."

After New Year's, Austin heads off to moe.'s World Hunger Year Benefit. The concerts takes place Jan. 22 and 23 in New York City.

You can also catch Yonder Mountain on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on Jan. 5 on CBS.

Sound Tribe Sector 9

Sound Tribe Sector 9 already played two shows in Denver this week, but tonight's concert at the Wells Fargo Theatre is sold out.

STS9 is gearing up for New Year's with a brand new CD. The record's called Ad Explorata, and the title roughly translates to "forward into the unexplored." That's exactly what STS9 did with its new rock-meets-electronica instrumentals.

"Ad Explorata was the fastest record we ever made," keyboard/laptop player David Phipps said. "We had sketches of what we wanted the songs to be, so we were in high-paced mode.

"We really got into the modular synthesizer and there were a lot of experimental things going on. We're really proud of this record, because we tried out lots of technologies and pushed towards the unknown."

Along the way, STS9 discovered a new side to its musical persona.

"We're a live dance music band, but our recent compositions have gotten more esoteric, introspective and cinematic," Phipps said. "This new music really carries an emotion. There's more depth to the compositions."

STS9 is ready to show off its new music on New Year's Eve.

"We plan on having this really huge light show and some special guests for New Year's," Phipps said. "You're going to hear all our great songs played as hard as we can play them.

"We decided to play New Year's in Colorado because that's where the people love us."

STS9 plans to be very busy in 2010. The band will be touring behind its new CD and riding the current electro-rock wave.

More concerts

DeVotchKa's New Year's show at the Mercury Café is sold out, and there are no more tickets for Leftover Salmon's Boulder Theater bash.

However, you can still score New Year's tickets for Pepper's show at the Fox Theatre. There are also tickets available for Paper Bird at the hi-dive, Slim Cessna's Auto Club at the Bluebird Theater and the Greyboy Allstars' show at the Ogden Theatre.

Conor O'Neill's is only charging a buck for the Unknown Americans' New Year's Eve party, and the Larimer Lounge features The Knew for $5.

On a sad note, this is the last New Year's Eve show at the b.side Lounge. The venue closes its doors Jan. 1, but tonight the club will party down with DJ Noah Pred.