New Year's Eve Concerts 2012


by staff, 11/09/2011

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We like "Auld Lang Syne" as much as the next website, but New York City offers plenty of other options for those looking to ring in 2012 with music. Jazz, alternative rock, punk, funk…no matter what you're into, you'll find the right New Year's Eve concert somewhere in the five boroughs. Just be sure to buy tickets in advance, as shows will definitely fill up fast.

December 15–January 1
Chris Botti at Blue Note
The trumpeter's long run of shows in the Village includes a pair of shows on New Year's Eve. For more info, visit

December 28–31
Phish at Madison Square Garden
The ultimate jam band will play Madison Square Garden for four straight nights, with a grand finale on New Year's Eve (we have a feeling their set may end well into 2012). For more info, visit

December 30 and 31
Assembly of Dust at Mercury Lounge
The bluesy New York quintet jams its way into 2012 with a pair of shows at the Mercury Lounge. For more info, visit

December 30 and 31
Gov’t Mule at the Beacon Theatre
Warren Haynes and his Allman Brothers-in-arms bring their Southern rock jam show to the Beacon Theatre for two nights over the holiday season, heating things up on the Upper West Side. For more info, visit

December 31
The Bad Plus at Village Vanguard
The New Year's Eve show during The Bad Plus' five-night Village Vanguard run is bound to be a party. The innovative jazz piano trio is known for putting their own distinctive twist on such familiar numbers as Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," and their recent album Never Stop—the first to feature only original material—is no less compelling. For more info, visit

December 31
Budos Band at Music Hall of Williamsburg
The soulful, funky Staten Island 10-piece helps ring in the New Year with organs, horns, guitars and lots of propulsive percussion. For more info, visit

December 31
Chuck Berry at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Ring in 2012 with the rock 'n' roll legend responsible for timeless songs like "Memphis" and "Johnny B. Goode." For more info, visit

December 31
Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl
Providence, Rhode Island's Deer Tick have endeared themselves to us here at with both their original material and as Deervana—playing remarkably faithful covers of Nirvana songs. For more info, visit

December 31
The Enchanted Island at The Metropolitan Opera
This is the world premiere of a work weaving music by the likes of Handel, Vivaldi and Rameau into a plot involving the characters from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the setting from his The Tempest. For more info, visit

December 31
Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5
If your New Year's resolution is to start wearing purple, you might want to count down to 2012 with this raucous group of immigrant punks. For more info, visit

December 31
Infected Mushroom at Best Buy Theater
Steps away from the Times Square ball drop, this Israeli trance duo gives fans a more intimate way to welcome 2012. For more info, visit

December 31
Lee Fields & The Expressions at The Bell House
Music trends have come and gone, but Lee Fields has been belting out his brand of soul music since the '70s. Many critics have commented that James Brown is an obvious influence, but Fields is a worthy act in his own right. For more info, visit

December 31
Matt & Kim at Hammerstein Ballroom
The dance-punk duo performs a New Year's Eve concert, creating hipster heaven at the Hammerstein. For more info, visit

December 31
Murray Hill's Annual NYE Extravaganza! at the Knitting Factory
There will be some music at this New Year's Eve bash, but the proceedings will also include burlesque, performance art and, according to the Knitting Factory website, "a monkey." It's all hosted by preeminent drag king Murray Hill. For more info, visit

December 31
New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men at Roseland Ballroom
Feeling nostalgic for your '80s and '90s teen idols? Got $200 to burn? We've got the New Year's Eve celebration for you, complete with choreographed dances, sweet harmonies and all the heartthrobs you can handle. Sure, they're older now, but so are you. For more info and tickets, visit

December 31
New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve at Avery Fisher Hall
Alan Gilbert conducts a program including music by Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the piano. The proceedings are sure to be among the most refined ways to celebrate the New Year. For more info, visit

related venues/(7)

  1. 1
    Blue Note
    131 W. 3rd St.
    Manhattan – Greenwich Village
    NY 10012
  2. 2
    Madison Square Garden
    2 Penn Plaza
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10121
  3. 3
    The Mercury Lounge
    217 E Houston St
    Manhattan – Lower East Side
    NY 10002
  1. 4
    Irving Plaza
    17 Irving Plaza
    Manhattan – Gramercy
    NY 10003
  2. 5
    Village Vanguard
    178 Seventh Ave South
    Manhattan – Greenwich Village
    NY 10014
  3. 6
    Music Hall of Williamsburg
    66 N 6th St
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
    NY 11211
  1. 7
    The Bell House
    149 7th St
    Brooklyn – Gowanus
    NY 11215

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