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Feliz A o Nuevo at Ballybay

Havana Nights will celebrate New Year's Eve with salsa dancing from 9:30 p.m. until 3 a.m. Friday Dec. 31, on Johnston's Ballybay's huge hardwood dancefloor, 550 Richmond Ave., on the city's West End.

DJ la Maquina will spin an exhilarating Latin mix direct from the streets of la Habana, Puerto Rico, New York, Colombia y todo el mundo! The recorded music ranges from salsa, to merengue, from chachacha to timba. While Ballybay operates a full-service cash bar, there will be a free champagne toast at midnight.

Admission costs $5 and is open to everyone age 17 and older; lafamiliadelasalsa.com.

Gilbo = Elvis @ Damon's

Elvis Presley would've celebrated his 76th birthday next month had he not died in 1977 at age 42.

Central New York Elvis imitator Tom Gilbo channels the late King on New Year's Eve, Friday Dec. 31 at Damon's Party House, on Route 31, in Cicero. As he warbles "Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Jailhouse Rock," Gilbo will be backed by The Blue Suedes, another incarnation of the band Southern Comfort, which will open the show at 8 p.m. Gilbo takes the stage as Elvis at about 10 p.m. Admission costs $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

For info call 698-4382, or visit thebluesuedes.com.

'Bands Together' for Jenni-Lyn

Recent murder victim Jenni-Lyn Watson will be remembered at a multi-act musical benefit running from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday Jan. 2, at Sharkey's Eclectic Sports Lounge, 7240 Oswego Road (Route 57), in Liverpool.

"Syracuse Bands Together" for the Jenni-Lyn Watson Dance Scholarship Fund will feature performances by Augustine, Born Again Rebels, Brand New Sin, Capricorn Black, Catastrophe Me, Feeding Affliction plus Rob Spagnoletti, Paul Taylor, Hendry, Chris Terra Band, Fab Five Paul, Hodson & Donelan and Dirty Little Secret Unplugged.

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