Okay, so New Years Eve is not the big deal it used to be when you were in your teens and twenties.
Remember when all your friends would ask, "So where are you going for New Years?" Or maybe, "Who’s your New Years Eve date?" Not so much anymore.
Of course most people over 30 are married, divorced or both and the club scene is sorry at best.
Not so much going on out there, is there?
I opened both shows at Stanford and Sons Comedy Club at The Legends on New Year’s Eve. Nice crowds, but kinda subdued. There wasn’t a lot of energy for the big 2011.
In fact, around KC, there was almost none. I was headed to the Hyatt Regency for the MIDNIGHT ball drop. My date Whitney, excited to a certain extent, admitted that most of her girlfriends were either not going out or headed to friends’ houses to party.
Not for fear of DUI checks because the cops know that nobody goes out on New Years Eve, so guess what? NO DUI CHECKS (because they can’t make any dough). Besides, it’s a big night for the police to scarf up that OFF DUTY money at private parties and hotels.
I don’t blame them.
Most holidays aren’t that special anymore, are they? Even the almighty Christmas.
Yes, I was born a half Jew and raised Jewish. I, as you now know, am not a BELIEVER in your God. But, I’ve always loved Christmas and considered it to be an American Holiday. I’ve allways celebrated the day as a good American. Well, as an American anyway.
On the way to the Hyatt for KC’s biggest New Years Eve event, I drove through Kansas City’s main entertainment areas. It was about 10:45 pm and the Plaza looked more like a weeknight – no traffic at all. Kelly‘s had a nice crowd, but not much else was going on in Westport to speak of. The Martini Corner...WINNER, WINNER,CHICKEN DINNER! That area had the most energy of all being pretty busy with nice-looking people at an average age of 28 to 35.
Of course, there was a 1:30 AM brawl down there with a hundred cops and twenty or more young people fighting.
Gee, big suprise: black people and some whites duking it out. At least nobody to my knowledge got killed. Power & Light, was uh, a bit light. Its $5,000 money drop has lost some luster, as the rumor is that it’s not really $5,000, Maybe the super-cold weather cut their crowds down.
The Hyatt, I’ve got to give them a lot of credit. I believe this has been going on down there for like 30 years and it was packed – sold out at around 2,500-3,000 people.
The crowd was well-dressed and well-behaved. Fifty bucks for a ticket, $75 for a ticket in plus food, and I believe $300 to get two into the event with a nice room at either the Hyatt or Crown Center. There was Country music in one area from 106.5 The Wolf, and hard rock, oldies and THE ELDERS on the hotel ballroom floor. Oh yeah, we also had three live comedy shows and each one was packed. Plus, to be expected, there was booze everywhere and tons of security and police.
My date seemed to attract the attention of security and the police when she complained about some loud and drunk party people bugging her at the last food place on our way back to Crown Center. When the police are not busy, oh man, do they ever react. Her complaint brought no less than six cops plus security.
I think they wanted to arrest me, can you believe that? Oh, you can?
Well, at least the Hyatt was on it, my friends.
I saw lots of KC somebodies too. From Gen X radio host Kelly Urich to Entercom honcho Dave Alberts. Plus me. That helped make the New Years Eve folks happy, right?
The event has changed somewhat since I was going here and there in the ’90s. It’s a lot less black tie and more "school clothes." The crowd used to be aged 20 to 40 with the old KY 102, leading the charge. But now, many of the same people are there, only they’re listening to oldies on KCMO FM. But there’s still a large number of 30-ish people having a good time.
So, is that famous line true, "New Years Eve is Amateur Night?"
No, there aren’t enough of them out anymore and the streets are kinda empty. Do you remember rushing to be somewhere by midnight for that big kiss and maybe more? Now its an "Oh yeah" kinda event.
But don’t worry guys, if you didn’t take her out on New Years Eve, there’s always Valentines Day, which is now the number one go-out night of the year. Not so much for the party crowd, but for the date night.
I won’t be missing that one.
HAPPY NEW YEARS, READERS!