Toast end of 2003 with plenty of nightlife

Imperial extends its dance space an extra 12 feet

Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2003

The Imperial will debut its new dance floor in a New Year's Eve gala including Contra Public and live DJs from 9 p.m. until close.

Bar owner Rob Daniels has removed the temporary wall next to the old stage that used to have three wide-screen televisions. The dance space now extends 12 extra feet back to encompass about 500 square feet - almost twice its former size. Daniels has also built a new stage and added extra lighting.

"It's probably as big as Marlintini's," Daniels said.

"We're still going to keep our live music," he said. "We'll have our DJs on late, late at night after our crowd dissipates. We've lost a lot of our late-night crowd. We used to be the late-night bar, and now people want to dance after they've had a few drinks."

• Three-piece Juneau rock band Chrome Forest has been steadily rebuilding its following since reforming earlier this year.

The group, well-known in town during its heyday from 1980 to 1988, has popped up at Squires Rest and has also found a regular spot Fridays at Henry's. Chrome Forest, with a new keyboard player, will play a New Year's Eve dance at the ANB Hall, starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5.

"It's at a place that I've played numerous times with different projects," drummer Alan Peters said. "It's going to be a fun party, with some older people in the 30-plus crowd. The kind of people that appreciate good rock n' roll. Right now, the bar scene is pretty much either hiphop or karaoke."

• Three-piece Palm Springs, Calif., rockabilly blues band Ace Hi Rhythm Section Band will play the Hangar at the Wharf, beginning at 9:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

"Ace-Hi's tune, 'Make Sweet Love,' has a classic '50s sound with the straightforward subject matter and the snarling bluesy chord progression," wrote Ryan Heinsius in the July 30 issue of FlagstaffLive!. "Other songs, such as 'Say When,' and 'Little Baby Linda,' place them alongside other modern rockabilly masters, such as the Reverend Horton Heat and Southern Culture on the Skids."

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• San Francisco jazz DJ Matt Harris will play during dinner at the Twisted Fish on New Year's Eve, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the six-course meal are $45 per person and available at the Fish or the Hangar.

Harris used to play in the band Overwhelming Colorfast. He also plays in Oranger, a self-described "psych-pop" group that has toured with Elliott Smith, Guided by Voices, Pavement, R.E.M., Apples in Stereo and Wilco.

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• Local piano man Tom Locher will play at Chinook's Restaurant in the Goldbelt Hotel from 6-11 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Check out Locher's Web site, and a link to Chinook's, at

Locher will play at Chinook's one weekend each month during 2004.

• Dag Nabbit will play at the Alaskan. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. and continues until close.

• Funhouse will play at Marlintini's. Show starts at 9 p.m and continues until close.

• Henry's, at the north end of the Mendenhall Mall, will have free party favors, dinner specials and all-day breakfast during New Year's Eve.

• The Knight Riders, an oldies and rock band, will play at The Sandbar from 10 p.m. until close. From 8-10 p.m., the grill will host a prime rib dinner. $20 gets you a meal and cab fare. Only 40 tickets are available. Call 789-3411 for more information.

• Liquid Genius will play at Squires Rest. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. and continues until closing time.

• Juneau dance band Sixth and Main and dance caller Tom Paul will host a New Year's Eve Barn Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at St. Ann's Parish Hall in the Church of the Nativity at Fifth and Gold streets. All dances will be taught, and beginners are welcome. No partners are necessary. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Call 463-3214 for more information.

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