Dale Ann Bradley--First Presbyterian Church (corner of Morgan and Salisbury Streets, Raleigh). Bradley has been nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association as best female vocalist. Performances on the hour every hour from 7-10 p.m.
First Night at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences--(11 West Jones St., Raleigh). This event aimed at younger audiences features live animals, performances, crafts, games, food, drinks, and holiday celebration.
General Johnson and the Chairmen of the Board--Sheraton Capital Center (Raleigh). Sponsored by the Lincoln Theatre (which has Barefoot Manner in for the evening) this 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. event (open bar, hors d'oeuvres and plenty of shagging) will run ya $75.
Hobex--The Pour House Music Hall (Raleigh) Funk, jazz, soul and Motown from Greg Humphries and company. Tickets are $10. Door opens at 8 p.m., show starts at 10 p.m.
Jett Rink, Kung Flude, Fake Swedish, and Young Idea--Local 506 (Chapel Hill). Jett Rink's cemented status as members of the Durham revolution, as well as a Dr.Who-like use of modified keyboards accompanies Kung Flude's personal offer to "kick your ass" at this New Year's concert.
The Loners--Kings (Raleigh). Celebrate in royal style with The Loners, party favors and so on at Kings' Sixth Annual New Year bash.
New Years Eve Concert and Gala--Meymandi Concert Hall (Raleigh). Evening starts with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at 5 p.m. at the Crabtree Raleigh Marriot Free transportation will be provided from the hotel to the concert hall, where the North Carolina Symphony will play waltzes late into the night.
Sex Police, Apollo Heights and The Breaks--Cat's Cradle (Carrboro). This is a rare reunion show from one of Chapel Hill's premier outfits of the early '90s. Openers, also representing the old school, are Apollo Heights, featuring The Veldt's Danny and Daniel Chavis, and The Breaks with Steve Carr (of Carr Amp fame), John Ensslin and Brunson Hoole, among others. Doors open at 8:30, show starts at 9. $12 advance.
Tres Chicas, Countdown Quartet, and Kenny Roby--Martin Street Music Hall (Raleigh). One of the more soulful shows of the evening with Caitlin Cary, Lynn Blackey and Tonya Lamm joined by friends the Countdown Quartet and Kenny Roby.
Bach and Blue--United Church of Chapel Hill (1321 Airport Rd.). Pianist Greg McCullum and pianist/vocalist Alexis Cole perform classical and jazz composition in a benefit for September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. The $15 suggested donation will fund their "International Conference of Victims of Terrorism and War." Show starts at 7 p.m.