What does that even mean: “ring in the New Year?” Ring-ding-dong. Apparently the phrase came from historical English New Year’s celebrations where people would gather in a circle and hold hands and sing Auld Lang Syne at the stroke of midnight.

Well here in Denver, we can ring in the New Year’s with the Reverend- no church going necessary. I don’t exactly see concert goers- rockabilly fans and drunken dancers- to hold hands in a ring, but there will certainly be some thrash dancers jumping around to “ring” in 2014.

The Reverend Horton Heat is back- he doesn’t stay away for very long- and ready to party. The trio will be playing at the Gothic Theatre on Monday December 30 and on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday December 31. The shows start at 9m (doors at 8pm) with Old Man Markley opening up for them. Tickets range from about $20-25.

Reverend Horton Heat’s psychobilly tunes blend punk rock with rockabilly and rock n’ roll- all obviously sharing the common theme: rock. And rock you, they will. The Reverend’s shows never fail to impress me with their high energy thrash ballads spliced with surf rocking groovy riffs and an underlying tone of utter madness. Their self-proclaimed “country-fed punkabilly” will have you swing dancing and head banging at the same time. Which all seems dangerous if we’re still talking about dancing in a ring and holding hands.

Ah, well. Let’s ring in 2014 with a psychobilly freakout, shall we?

Allison Cohn loves gold spray paint and nonsense. She also has a very difficult time sitting still and keeping quiet. She can often be found dancing like a fool when she isn’t hiding out in her mountain lair or gallivanting around the globe.