Cape Cod Prepares To Ring In The New Year

Funktapuss makes it funky from the big stage to intimate venues Cape-wide.

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For those who enjoy leaving the kids behind and staying up late for holiday revelry, music and countdowns, there are several happenings to jump into, from bars hosting midnight champagne toasts to venues hosting popular and local bands. Here are highlights for the night to bring in the New Year with a bang.

Danny Quinn, Liam Maguire’s at 9 PM

The Celtic singer, a regular at Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, will play covers and original Irish songs that get the Guinness-drinking and afterwork crowd boot stomping and hollering, perfect revelry to bring in the New Year. Mr. Quinn has been known to play a child’s song here and there, but he carries the tradition of storytelling through music. 

Let It Loose, Harry’s at the Depot at 9 PM

Let It Loose is a Stones’ cover band who will play big hits like “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Start Me Up,” but they will appeal to the hardcore fan as well, playing the less than famous songs like “Loving Cup” and other rarities. The era of the Rolling Stones that Let it Loose will focus on is the Mick Taylor years, with songs off the albums “Sticky Fingers,” “Goats Head Soup” and “Exile on Main Street.” What separates the band from a usual tribute band is its commitment to the music rather than the spectacle. Let it Loose is made up of singer and rhythm guitarist J Place, lead guitarist Kim Otto, bassist Mike Barrows, and drummer Larry Takk. Harry’s at the Depot is at 477 Yarmouth Road in Hyannis.   

The Coozies, Falmouth BBC at 10 PM

The Coozies are a more rocking band that will play strictly cover songs from alternative and modern rock greats like the White Stripes to classics like the Beatles and Grateful Dead. Their claim to fame is winning last year’s PIXY 103 Battle of the Bands. Lead vocalist and guitarist Dan Behlman formed the band with guitarist Joe Baer when they met at Berklee College of Music. They are joined by drummer Anthony Dinoia and bassist Lyle Hoxie. The British Beer Company is at 263 Grand Avenue in Falmouth. 

Funktapuss, The Beach House at 10 PM

Funktapuss is an all-funk and soul band, fresh off a tour of the Northeast and in the midst of recording a full-length album. Their repertoire consists of James Brown funky guitar licks and drums, the bass carrying the pulsing and dance-heavy grooves, and the sax ringing out with huge brass. It is music that could be compared to modern soul and funk bands like Soulive or older Motown acts like Stevie Wonder. Where the band boasts an edge is through Latez Crawley’s vocals; he sings with such an outpouring of soul and throws himself into the vocals. The band, all from the Barnstable area, is made up of Ryan Tivey on sax and keys, Brian “Beek” Vanderbeek on bass, Chris Santos on drums, Tom Davis on guitar, and Mr. Crawley on the lead vocals. The Beach House is at 273 Route 151 in North Falmouth.   

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