Welcome 2017 to the sound of your favorite band or artist with these top picks for New Year’s Eve concerts in NYC. You can watching the New Year’s Eve fireworks in NYC or stopping by one of the many New Year’s Eve parties around the city. And, for more top-notch music, make sure to hit up some of the best Christmas concerts in NYC leading up to the holiday.
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New Year’s Eve concerts in NYC
Don your most decadent 1970s Studio 54 look and take a seat for a cabaret party for the ages. Sylvia and Kinky Boots star Annaleigh Ashford—one of the brightest comic talents to hit Broadway in ages—will command the house with her band the Whiskey 5, while guests indulge in three marvelous courses and champagne. After the show, the tables will be rolled off and 54 Below will return to its disco-dancing club roots for a late night of glam revelry.
Escape those tweetbooking whippersnappers with dinner and dancing in the expansive Art Deco grandeur of the Edison Ballroom. Every ticket includes a four-course meal and the chance to put your knowledge of actual dance steps (steps that have names, dammit) to good use while Joe Battaglia and his brassy 16-piece crew dole out swing classics. Book a table on the mezzanine for a cheaper retro experience.
The Divine Sandra is a mouthy actress, comedian and singer whose best work gives pop culture a big, sloppy kiss, while simultaneously biting it on the lip. In her annual year-capping residency at Joe’s Pub, she invites us on a musical cross-country tour with her trademark blend of irony, wistfulness, sentiment and tongue-in-cheek (or are they?) rock songs.
Rob Middleton and Glenn Drewes conduct Birdland's resident jazz band, which weds swing-era glitz with a funky modern beat. The popular group tears up a myriad of classic and original tunes of the jazz, funk and Latin varieties. in it's year-ending run at Bridland, the group is joined by singer and saxophonist Darmon Meader.
Disclosure is riding high: Critics and consumers reached a rare consensus in pegging the duo’s debut, Settle, as 2013’s best dance record.The follow-up, Caracal, doesn’t stray much from the formula, with sleek, soulful garage-house tracks abetted by an A-list cast of guest vocalists including Sam Smith, the Weeknd and Lorde. Headlining this New Year's Ever edition of its Wild Life party stocked with veteran techno, house and disco talent, the Disclosure live experience is a guaranteed blowout, so remember: Hydrate well and get ready to move.
Working as DIIV, Zachary Cole Smith & Co. crafted a killer debut in 2012 that blended shoegaze, pyschedelia and a pounding postpunk beat to dreamily delicious effect. The double-album follow-up, Is the Is Are, delves deeper into the crew’s dark, liquidy guitar rock textures. Here the crew celebrates the new year with fellow NYC noise makers Palm and Honduras.
Perhaps no one in the indie-rock kingdom inspires quite the same chest-pummeling devotion as the shambling Bob Pollard and his troupe of beery veterans. Since reuniting in 2010, the band has released so many albums that it's been hard to keep up (the latest, Please Be Honest, came out in April). Catch the band's patented raw, hooky guitar pop at this New Year's Eve show.