New Year's Eve Concerts 2012
by nycgo.com 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.
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 thegarden.com.
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 mercurylounge.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 villagevanguard.com.
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 musichallofwilliasmburg.com.
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 bbkingblues.com.
Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl
Providence, Rhode Island's Deer Tick have endeared themselves to us here at nycgo.com with both their original material and as Deervana—playing remarkably faithful covers of Nirvana songs. For more info, visit brooklynbowl.com.
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 metoperafamily.org.
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 terminal5nyc.com.
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 bestbuytheater.com.
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 thebellhouseny.com.
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 bk.knittingfactory.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 nyphil.org.