Rock concerts feature pyrotechnics more often than aquatechnics, mostly due to the danger of electrocution and the water solubility of drummers. Stay abreast of modern stage strategies with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $14, you get one general-admission ticket to the New Year's Eve Show with Lucky Boys Confusion at the Cubby Bear on Saturday, December 31, at 9 p.m. (up to a $24.99 value, including all fees). Doors open at 8 p.m.
The Cubby Bear rings in a Wrigleyville New Year with four bands assaulting its stage with rock riffs and auld lang syne sonatas. Across the street from the Cubs' friendly confines, at one of the city's liveliest intersections after the Lincoln Park Zoo's penguin-overrun sidewalks, ticketholders will party for the passing of 2011. Headlining the intimate venue, the ska-punk fivesome Lucky Boys Confusion replenishes the Chicago roots it first musically planted in 1997. Local singer-songwriter Mia LeBlon helps close down the final hours of a year that history will remember for people's refusal to accept cats as their rightful overlords. Newly formed Liquid Hot Magma trickles over sound waves with its brash tunes. Yvonne Szumski, lead vocalist for punk band The Scissors, belts out tracks from the band's 2010 album, You Can Make It Dangerous, which includes the singles "Uncovered Flame" and "Your Email Password Is Password."