New Year's Eve Shows

Arts & Entertainment

by 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.

December 17–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
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

December 29–31
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

December 29–31
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

December 30–31
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

December 30–31
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 New Year's Eve, as has been their habit. For more info, visit

December 31
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

December 31
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

December 31
Maria Stuarda
at The Metropolitan Opera
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato performs in the classic opera about Mary, Queen of Scots. For more info, visit

December 31
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

December 31
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

December 31
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

December 31
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

December 31
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

related venues/(7)

  1. 1
    Madison Square Garden
    2 Penn Plaza
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10121
  2. 2
    Terminal 5
    610 W. 56th St.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
  3. 3
    Bowery Ballroom
    6 Delancey St
    Manhattan – Lower East Side
    NY 10002
  1. 4
    Music Hall of Williamsburg
    66 N 6th St
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
    NY 11211
  2. 5
    Barclays Center
    620 Atlantic Ave.
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11217
  3. 6
    Radio City Music Hall
    1260 Sixth Ave.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10020
  1. 7
    Carolines on Broadway
    1626 Broadway
    Manhattan – Times Square
    NY 10019

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