Norton New Years' Bashes Brooklyn

Swingin' Neckbreakers at the Empty Bottle 1998 by Canderson
Swingin' Neckbreakers at the Empty Bottle 1998 by Canderson
posted Tuesday Dec 26th, 2006

New Years Eve is traditionally an overrated holiday. The bars are too crowded, the covers are too high and there are far too many parties going on to really be able to hit everything. However, if there’s one safe bet this year it’s the Norton Records New Years Eve blowout. It’s all happening at Brooklyn’s famed rock and roll cocktail lounge, Magnetic Field.

Kicking off the evening is the Great Gaylord – an anchor of many a Norton event as both performer and MC – offering up the vintage rockin’ R&B you’d expect from the man who coined ‘Do The Squat.’ Coming all the way from that haven west of the Hudson, Trenton, New Jersey’s own Swingin’ Neckbreakers are next on the bill. Now with former Devil Dog Mighty Joe Vincent in tow, the Neckbreakers consistently kick out a set of original barn-burners and wisely chosen covers. Rounding out the bill are the A-Bones who at this point are one of the city’s longest running institutions. Fronted by Norton main man Billy Miller and with co-conspirator Miriam Linna holding down the beat, the A-Bones never disappoint those looking for a sloppy mess of a good time! If past experiences are any indication there’ll probably be a few surprise guests as you’re never quite sure who is liable to turn up onstage at these things. Between bands NYC’s own little problem—DJ’s Bazooka Joe and Xtine16 aka The Thing With Two Heads—keep things rolling, throwing down the big beat all night long!

If the music alone isn’t enough, remember that Magnetic Field boasts one of this city’s finest selections of bourbon and whiskey and has 14 beers on tap at any given time. Magnetic Field is located at 97 Atlantic Ave. between Hicks and Henry Street.

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