Welcome 2019 to the sound of your favorite musical act (of the ones that are in town...). We've round up the top picks for New Year’s Eve concerts in NYC. You can watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks in NYC or stop by one of the many New Year’s Eve parties around the city. And, for more season December music, make sure to hit up the best Christmas concerts in NYC leading up to the holiday.
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New Year’s Eve concerts in NYC
If you're still feeling the sting from the last-minute cancellation of Phish's Curveball festival this past August, fear not, the Vermont quartet's annual New Year's run at the Garden is unlikely to likewise become a casualty of severe weather. (Knock on wood.) The tireless jam band has played the venue upwards up 50 times, making it part of an elite club that includes Billy Joel, Elton John and the Grateful Dead. Couple that level of experience with the outfit's notoriously eye-popping shows and you're basically guaranteed to enjoy your trip at—um, we mean to the Garden.
Fast-rising country superstar Margo Price and fellow Nashville notable Lilly Hiatt wrap up their joint tour with an NYE bash in Williamsburg. Count on hearing from their latest superb albums, All American Made and Trinity Lane, respectively.
Beloved country-soul rockers the Lone Bellow are based in Brooklyn, but their real roots lie in the South (Georgia and Virginia). The trio hits Bowery Ballroom for a three-night run with support from buzzy Americana singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews. Grab a ticket to a single show for $35, or pony up $100 and nab a pass to all three nights. Given the band's unfailingly stunning stage presence, it's well worth the price.
Longtime Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge spends most of his time these days entertaining Deadheads as part of Dead & Company. Here he rings in the New Year with a troupe of friends, which means a whole crew of jam-scene ringers including keyboardist Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), guitarist Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra) and others.
Toast the New Year with Warren Haynes's regular gig (when he’s not strumming with the Allman Brothers or various members of the Grateful Dead). As heard on the last year's Revolution Come...Revolution Go, the band's powerful Southern rock, rooted in Haynes’s soulful, blues-tinged growl and first-rate guitar-playing, never fails to move. The outfit takes pains to perform markedly different sets at each outing, so even if you've caught its New Year's run at the Beacon before, expect to hear some firsts.
On the heels of starring in his semi-autobiographical musical, Redemption of a Dogg, earlier this fall, Snoop returns for a New Years Eve bash at T5. Recent years have featured the notoriously blunted rapper releasing reggae tunes as Rastafari-convert "Snoop Lion," a gospel album titled Bible of Life and a Dam-Funk collaboration under the moniker "Snoopzilla," so there's no telling who or what to expect at this blowout gig—except maybe a rendition of "The Next Episode."
Pop-rap phenom of the moment Post Malone rides his wave of inexplicable-yet-oh-so-explicable success right into a pair of arena shows in Brooklyn. Say what you will about Posty; you'll have a tough time finding catchier tunes to party to on NYE.
Seminal emo band Get Up Kids broke up in 2005 (so emo), reunited in 2008 and released There Are Rules to less-than-favorable reviews in 2011. This year, the band offered up Kicker, a four-song EP that successfully recaptures the outfit's original verve—and not a moment too soon. It's a promising return to form that will make for a fun, electric show.