If you want to spend New Year's Eve with any band, it should be Dangerous Ponies, led by dreadlocked, colorful singer-guitarist Chrissy Tashjian. The seven-piece band, which also includes her brother Mikey, always shows up in unique costumes ready to lead a dance party. With two CDs under their belt on the Punk Rock Payroll label, there is a lot of substance underneath with strong pop hooks dressed in childlike wonder. The punky, scrappy Bandname, who released "Breakfast" last fall, is the perfect warm-up. Also: Banned Books and DJ Femstar.

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If you want to spend New Year's Eve with any band, it should be Dangerous Ponies, led by dreadlocked, colorful singer-guitarist Chrissy Tashjian. The seven-piece band, which also includes her brother Mikey, always shows up in unique costumes ready to lead a dance party. With two CDs under their belt on the Punk Rock Payroll label, there is a lot of substance underneath with strong pop hooks dressed in childlike wonder. The punky, scrappy Bandname, who released "Breakfast" last fall, is the perfect warm-up. Also: Banned Books and DJ Femstar.

Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 9 tonight, $5, www.kungfunecktie.com.

- Sara Sherr

HIP-HOP

The Blockley Pourhouse has thrown down a strong hand with its New Year's Eve party featuring legendary Philly DJ Jazzy Jeff. Famous for his work with Will Smith as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Jeffrey Townes has also been a force in R&B with his Touch of Jazz label, kick-starting the careers of Jill Scott and Musiq Soulchild, among others. Aside from his contributions as a producer, Jazz is well-respected as one of the best hip-hop party DJs rocking venues across the country. While the pricey cover for this party may be tough for some, it does include a six-hour open bar and a buffet from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Blockley Pourhouse, 3801 Chestnut St., 8 tonight, $85 ($75 a person for groups of 10 or more), 215-222-1234, www.theblockley.com.

- James Johnson

JAZZ

On his latest CD, "Due Reverence," tenor saxophonist Ralph Bowen pays exactly that to five of his inspirations. The list, however, is far from the usual suspects – no Miles or Trane or Duke here. Bowen shines the spotlight on musicians who normally operate outside of it: guitarist Ted Dunbar, saxophonist Bob Mintzer, clarinetist Phil Nimmons and flutists James Scott and Robert Dick. It's not hard to see the parallels with Bowen himself, who has labored as an undersung player for over two decades. He's as well-known as an educator as he is as a musician, teaching and leading bands at Rutgers University for much of his career. With this second strong showing on Posi-Tone Records, Bowen may finally achieve the recognition he deserves.

Cheltenham Arts Center, 439 Ashbourne Road, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, $5-$10, 215-517-8337, www.jazzbridge.org.

- Shaun Brady

CLASSICAL

The Crossing, a handpicked roster of radiant voices led by Donald Nally, has become renowned for its brilliant style and innovative programming. About to relinquish his prestigious post as chorusmaster of Chicago's Lyric Opera, Nally has spurred the Crossing's visionary collaborations with Network for New Music, Lyric Fest, Piffaro and Tempesta de Mare. Their concert will have hot composer David Lang's "I lie," "I Want to Live" and "this condition." Also on the program, William Brooks' "Six Mediaeval Lyrics," the enigmatic Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen's "Statements," Erik Bergman's "Dreams" and a world premiere by Paul Fowler, whose works will be heard on the ensemble's upcoming CD.

Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., 4 p.m. Sunday, $25, 215-436-9276, www.crossingchoir.com.

- Tom Di Nardo

POP . . . plus

Enjoy a warm, birds-eye view of the Mummers Parade outside along with a day of entertainment inside the Kimmel's elegant public spaces from: Two of a Kind, whose act includes puppets, movement and audience interaction; the Give 'Em a Hand Band, a foursome of vocalist/instrumentalists; Ernie & Neal, who reference reggae, ska, jazz, folk and bluegrass; the Broadway Dreams Foundation, with a sampling of music from the 2010-2011 Kimmel season ("Mary Poppins," "Les Miz," "In the Heights" and more) and the Hot Club of Philadelphia, an acoustic jazz quartet paying homage to Django Reinhardt. Energize yourself with sandwiches, soups, snacks, hot drinks - and Philly-brewed beer, wine and specialty martinis for the over-21 crowd.

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad & Spruce streets, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow, free, 215-893-1999, www.kimmelcenter.org.

- Laurie Conrad