Modeled after the blocos of Rio de Janeiro, PhillyBloco—which includes 12 drummers and crazy Brazilian dancers—is a unique mash-up of samba, funk and reggae. Their intense Brazilian beats are so infectious, you might need to be physically removed from the dance floor. (N.F.) 10:30pm. $30-$40. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Good Old War
Local folksters Good Old War are ending the year on a high note. The trio, who served as Anthony Green’s back-up band, have been busy recording their latest album, which is scheduled to be released in 2012. Expect new songs like “My Own Sinking Ship” and old favorites like “Coney Island.” (L.B.) 9pm. $20. With River City Extension. TLA, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com
The Smoking Popes
Forget about 2012; the Smoking Popes are taking us back to 1995. The band will be playing its album, Born to Quit , in its entirety. The Popes are currently on a mini-East Coast tour and this will be their first NYE show outside of their native Chicago. There will be a free champagne toast with the band at midnight, so come out, grab a drink and see why Morrissey (yes, that Morrissey) called Born to Quit “extraordinary.” (L.B.) 9pm. $20. With Aspiga. North Star Bar, 2639 Popular St. 215.787.0488. northstarbar.com
New Year’s Eve Ghost Tour
Take a candle-lit tour of the Powel House in Society Hill and welcome 2012 with the spirits of Philly’s rich and famous. Listen to the mysteries, legends and stories that surround Powel House and its former residents who may still reside there. Champagne will be served, so raise a glass to the original 1 percent. (L.B.) 8pm. $25. Powel House, 244 S. Third St. 215.413.1997. ghosttour.com
Blue Cross RiverRink
Two showtimes have something for everyone: Break out the skates with the fam for the 5 p.m. party or bring your ice-ice-baby to the 11 p.m. show. Non-alchoholic beverages, snacks, noise makers, photo keepsakes, psychic readers and a strolling performance by Mummertime will help you ring in the new year. (L.B.) 5pm and 11pm. $20-$30. Blue Cross RiverRink, Columbus Blvd. at Market St. 215.925.7465. riverrink.com
The Spirit of Philadelphia New Year’s Eve Cruises
The Spirit of Philadelphia offers you two ways to celebrate. First up, there’s the Family NYE Fireworks Dinner Cruise with a DJ and buffet, complete with juice and soda bar, party favors and fireworks. Ready to ditch the kids? Take the later cruise, which includes dinner, live music and a premium open bar. (L.B.) 4:30pm and 8:30pm. $70- $204. Spirit of Philadelphia, 401 S. Columbus Blvd. 866.394.8439. spiritofphiladelphia.com
City Rhythm Orchestra New Year’s Eve Dinner Gala
Usher in 2012 with a mix of classic rock, swing and the old-school sounds of Motown and Sinatra. Following an hors d’oeuvre reception, you’ll be treated to a four-course gourmet dinner and a champagne toast at midnight. (N.F.) The Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. 800.598.0005. westin.com
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