LOCAL JOINTS HOPPING ON NEW YEAR'S EVE.
There are no Y2K worries this year. Except, of course, the usual one: What to do at the last minute on New Year's Eve?
Many of the biggest events have been booked for months. That's why we decided to offer a guide to 10 musically related things to do Sunday night that may not take a great deal of preparation.
Unless you prefer staying home with good old Dick Clark, that is.
Here are our suggestions:
CityWalk Countdown: From all-night skating to all-night dancing, midnight movies on the colossal IMAX screen to roving magicians, Universal CityWalk offers its New Year's Eve block party. At the promenade's many nightspots, B.B. King's Blues Club serves up live music from bluesman Tommy Castro while the nearby Rhumba Room vibrates with salsa bands and professional Latin-style dancers. Those and the other more than two dozen CityWalk restaurants offer special packages, including champagne and party favors leading up to the big moment. 1000 Universal Center Drive, Universal City. Free to walk around; prices vary at restaurants and clubs. Information: (818) 622-4455 or on the Web at www.citywalk.com.
Guitar Shorty: When he's not doing backward flips on stage, Texas blues-slinger Guitar Shorty delivers low-lights tunes and fast shuffles, perfect for New Year's Eve merriment. At Cozy's Bar & Grill in Sherman Oaks. 14058 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. $20 and $45. Information: (818) 986-6000 or www.cozysblues.com.
Chris Isaak: The mellow rockabilly singer from Stockton is known for a melancholy delivery that recalls the heartbreak of Roy Orbison. But that doesn't mean he doesn't know how to pump up the beat on merry nights like New Year's. House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. $200. Information: (323) 848-5100 or click on www.hob.com.
``Together as One 2001'': As the Olympic Torch burns through the night, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & Sports Arena hosts a ``birth of the new millennium'' all-nighter featuring more than 60 top-name electronic dance acts and DJs, including BT, Junior Sanchez and Sandra Collins. Fireworks, too. 3911 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. $40. Information: (323) 960-5155 or www.goventures.com.
``New Year's Eve 2001'': Shaquille O'Neal hosts this r&b-drenched New Year's party at Staples Center with Destiny's Child, Mystikal, Jon B and Ideal. 865 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. $100 to $400. Information: (800) NEW-YEAR or on the Web at www.primetimeconcerts.com.
The Rippingtons: The popular smooth-jazz group appears in a mellow concert at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach. $66 and $77. Information: (310) 406-8838 or www.rbpac.com.
``Giant 2001: A Hollywood Odyssey'': A massive all-night dance party takes over two blocks of Hollywood Boulevard. Big name DJs like Paul van Dyk and Sean Perry spin on three stages. This is the one event where you must buy tickets in advance. None will be available day of show. Entrance at Hollywood and Vine. $60 to $120. Information: (323) 464-7373 or click on www.giantclub.com.
Los Lobos: East Los Angeles' most famous bilingual band, appearing Sunday at the Ventura Theatre, got its start playing neighborhood parties of all sorts, so you can bet they know how to keep the good times rolling as the countdown to 2001 begins. 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. $35 to $55. Information: (805) 653-6258 or www.majesticventuratheatre.com.
Lee Rocker: The ex-Stray Cats stand-up bass slapper rings in a rockabilly New Year at the Hard Rock Cafe, 451 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. $30. Information: (949) 640-8844 or check www.hardrock.com/locations/cafes/newport-beach.asp.
America, Christopher Cross, Poco: A calming, acoustic-oriented classic- rock show for all ages at the Universal Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. $25 to $69.50. Information: (818) 622-4440 or on the Web at www.ticketmaster.com.
(1) In celebration of 2001, Los Losbos bring thie bilingual beat to the Ventura Theatre on Sunday.
(2) Count down the minutes to the new year with the Rippingtons, playing at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.