New Year's Eve Shows
Arts & Entertainment
by nycgo.com staff, 11/27/2012
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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 2013 with music. Jazz, alternative rock, classical, hip-hop…no matter what you're into, you'll find the right New Year's Eve function 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
Trey Anastasio and company are known for epic sets, so don’t be surprised if their New Year’s Eve show extends well into 2013. For more info, visit thegarden.com.
Punch Brothers at Bowery Ballroom
Led by mandolin player Chris Thile of Nickel Creek, the Punch Brothers ain’t your daddy’s bluegrass band. Case in point: they’ve covered Radiohead and jammed with Yo-Yo Ma. This three-night run includes a New Year’s Eve performance. For more information, visit boweryballroom.com.
They Might Be Giants at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn's own They Might Be Giants, among rock music's quirkiest and most enduring acts, are set to ring in 2013 onstage in their home borough. For more info, visit musichallofwilliamsburg.com.
Coldplay at Barclays Center
Chris Martin and company play the new Brooklyn arena for the first time. And, oh, by the way, the December 31 show is a New Year's Eve co-headline blowout with Jay-Z. For tickets to that one, visit livenation.com.
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 New Year's Eve, as has been their habit. For more info, visit beacontheatre.com.
The Bad Plus at Village Vanguard
The Bad Plus' New Year's Eve show 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." More recently, their albums—including this year's Made Possible—have focused on original compositions. For more info, visit villagevanguard.com.
Blonde Redhead at Irving Plaza
Share New Year's Eve with the ever-innovative Blonde Redhead, whose most recent album—2010's Penny Sparkle—leans more electronic than their previous work. For more info, visit irvingplaza.com.
Nas at Radio City Music Hall
Known for his evocative freestyles, nostalgic beats and honest, compelling lyrics, Queensbridge rapper Nas just earned his sixth number-one album with Life is Good. He’ll perform hits from this album, among many others, on New Year's Eve. For more info, visit radiocity.com.
New York Philharmonic Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch at Avery Fisher Hall
The New York Philharmonic spends New Year's Eve performing the music of the legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch, who passed away this year. His melodies graced numerous films and Broadway shows. For more info, visit nyphil.org.
Amanda Palmer at Terminal 5
Best known for a massively successful Kickstarter campaign, Amanda Palmer is set to perform Prince's Purple Rain in celebration of the New Year. For more info, visit terminal5nyc.com.
Pretty Lights at Roseland Ballroom
Derek Vincent Smith (a.k.a. Pretty Lights) performs his electronic music at this New Year's Eve celebration, just a short distance from the famous ball drop in Times Square. For more info, visit ticketmaster.com.
RJD2 at Gramercy Theatre
You might not know RJD2 by name, but you’ve no doubt heard his work used in advertisements and television shows (his song “A Beautiful Mine” is the theme to Mad Men). Producer, DJ and electronic music act Com Truise opens. For more info, visit livenation.com.