New Year’s Eve: The one annual holiday where everyone comes together to celebrate what’s going well and vow to improve what’s not. It’s the big night. There’s plenty of events for the bargoers and music lovers to consider. Among the numerous parties and live music shows scheduled for Fri. Dec. 31, four big downtown events stand out.

The Charleston Crystal Ball at the Charleston Marriott (170 Lockwood Blvd.) will features live sets from the Blue Dogs (pictured), East Coast Party Band, On the Hunt, and a guest DJ. Tickets are available for $95. Admission includes cocktails, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, and a digital sound and light show from OtherBrother.

Hosted by rum-sipping, Windsor-knotted emcee Marcus Amaker (of the weekly Charleston Scene), the Platinum Ball is set to go down at the Terrace Hippodrome (360 Concord St.) with music from turntablists Arthur Brouthers, Danny Seltzer, Jake B, and DeeJay D-Nyce. The $75 admission includes cocktails, red carpet treatment, a champagne toast, a balloon drop, fire dancers, go-go dancers, and video DJs in three main rooms.

The annual Snyder Grand Ball boasts DJ Natty Heavy in the shark room and award-winning vocalist Quiana Parler and company in the great hall at the S.C. Aquarium (100 Aquarium Wharf). The $125 ticket offers funk and soul party music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails.

ResolutionCharleston:2011 at the Memminger Auditorium (56 Beaufain St.) will feature dueling DJs — DJ Moo Moo and DJ Travis — along with a third musical partner, Big Hair Productions band Dubb Island featuring new styles and upbeat jams. Dance FX Studios of Charleston will be on hand, too. Admission is $75 in advance ($95 after Dec. 26). Food will be provided by Gourmet Bay catering, Savory Sushi, and the Taco Boy truck. VIP patrons ($125) will enjoy a private bar at their Van Gogh Vodka lounge.

Check out City Paper’s Music Board page for full holiday listings at