New Year Buzz Booster with Raleigh, Lab Coast and Distance Bullock at Broken City (Friday, Jan. 3)
Make good on your new year’s resolution to support local music. Three local artists combine for a Friday night show at Broken City.
Blues Jam at the Shamrock Hotel (Saturday, Jan. 4)
The new year is the time for optimism, right? The long-closed hotel and bar was originally supposed to open at the end of November, a date that has been pushed back several times. The Shamrock did post less than 24 hours ago on Facebook that it should be open this weekend for at least the blues jam. Of course, given the hotel’s recent track record, it’d be wise to take a wait-and-see approach and check the hotel’s Facebook page for the most recent updates. When (if?) it happens, it’ll be from 3-7 p.m.
Mike Clark’s Famous Jam Session at Mikey’s Juke Joint (Saturday, Jan. 4)
It’s always nice to have a back-up plan, so if you’re really in the mood for a jam, this one will go for sure. And Mikey’s has a great brunch menu featuring some Mexican items, including delicious chilaquiles. The jam starts at 3 p.m., but show up a couple hours earlier if you want a good seat.
Responsible Rock & Roll Show at CommunityWise Resource Centre (Saturday, Jan. 4)
The bands include NerdX, Lucid 44, Cult Band, Astral Swans, Catholic Girls, Jordan Forrester and the Rockers, If I Look Strong; You Look Strong and Shiverettes. The cause? Raising money for The Good Life Community Bike Shop. While the music is playing, you can also bid on silent auction items such as gift certificates and art. You can find out more about the event on Facebook.
Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo (Until Saturday, Jan. 4)
If you haven’t been, this is the final weekend. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until next year to gawk at the combination of hearty animals and the lights. You can buy advance tickets at the Zoo’s website.
Bonus Fireworks Show For the Weekend: Dubai’s World Record Breaking Fireworks Show
Leave it to Dubai to have an over-the-top start to the new year. Over 500,000 fireworks were detonated in the course of this record-breaking show. The previous record was 77,282 fireworks, which was broken in the first minute of this show. You can watch the whole show over on Youtube, or check out the highlights above. —Jon Roe