Pick Up The World Beat For NYE At Elbo, Cocomo And La Pena


Care for a New Year’s Eve toast with a soupcon of global flava? Look to all parts of the Bay for sounds that move to south-of-the-equator riddims. 

Afrolicious Soundsystem
Get on the Latin funk express with Trinidadian rhyme-slinger MC Fresh4Life. The acclaimed Non Stop Bhangra crew open up with a good dose of banging South Asian beats. Also slated are the Pleasuremaker Live Band as well as special guests and, one hears, treats. 9:30 p.m., $15-$25. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF. (415) 552-7788, www.elbo.com

Salsa away the old and cha-cha in the new when Avance trots out the live Latin dance music and KPFA DJ Luis Medina takes to the decks. 8 p.m., call for price. Club Cocomo, 650 Indiana, SF. (415) 824-6910, www.clubcocomo.com

Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion
Classic and contemporary danzon and Cuban dance sounds promise to conjure up the atmosphere of ‘50s-era Havana social clubs. The 12-piece Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion is said to be the only stateside ensemble of its kind, generating slower, more romantic traditional ballads and high-energy timba and salsa. 9:30 p.m., $25-$28. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck, Berkeley. (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org

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