New Year’s Eve Concert Guide: NYE 2012 – 2013

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“I hate New Year’s Eve, it’s always so anticlimactic.” – Your friends who don’t see live music every year.

Perhaps you’ve already got a show picked out for New Year’s Eve 2012-2013. Maybe you lucked out and it’s local or maybe you’re traveling 3,000 miles or even crossing an ocean to get there. Regardless, it’s always fun to know what else is going on at that exact moment all over the country.


DeVotchKa at Bear Tooth Theatre in Anchorage, AK


Sugarland at Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ

British Columbia:

Doobie Brothers at River Rock Casino in Richmond, BC


The English Beat at The Canyon in Agoura Hills, CA

Psychedelic Furs with Dramarama at House of Blues in Anaheim, CA

The It’s An ’80s New Year’s Award: What a lineup this would be if this was 1986. Regardless, the Furs put on a good show and we loved the Bands Reunited episode that brought New Jersey’s Dramarama back together.

The Mother Hips with Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers at El Rey Theatre in Chico, CA

The Monophonics at 19 Broadway in Fairfax, CA

Fishbone at The Date Shed in Indio, CA

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel in Jackson, CA

Tower of Power at Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, CA

Cubensis – Grateful Dead tribute at Golden Sails Hotel – PCH Club in Long Beach, CA

Idina Menzel at Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

Rebelution with The Expendables, and Khris Royal at Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA

The Melvins with Redd Kross at The Alexandria in Los Angeles, CA

Cake at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA

New Monsoon at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA

Erykah Badu with The Coup at Fox Theater in Oakland, CA

Furthur at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA

The We Really Love This Place Award: Furthur returns to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for the fourth New Year’s Eve in a row. For Furthur bassist Phil Lesh this marks his fifth NYE in a row at BGCA as he played the venue with Phil and Friends on Dec. 31st, 2008.

Hot Buttered Rum with Ten Mile Tide at Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco, CA

Vetiver with Howlin Rain at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco, CA

Sea of Dreams NYE: Gogol Bordello, Sphongle’s Quixotic Masquerade, The Glitch Mob (Exclusive DJ Set), Trentemoller (Exclusive DJ Set), Diego’s Umbrella, Realistic Orchestra, Vau de Vire Society, Quixotic, Pumpkin, Robert DeLong, Christian Martin, Worthy, Mozaic, Little John, Digital Honey, Dax, Plaza De Funk, Syd Gris, Motion Potion, Dex Stakker, Dulce Vita, Cosmic Selector, DJ Brian Williams and more at Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco, CA

Mark Farina with Miguel Migs at Mezzanine in San Francisco, CA

The Fresh & Onlys with Sonny and The Sunsets, Extra Classic, and Kelley Stoltz  at Preservation Hall West at The Chapel in San Francisco, CA

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA

Dawes with Blake Mills at The Independent in San Francisco, CA

Primus at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA

Maceo Parker at Yoshi’s SF in San Francisco, CA

Donavon Frankenreiter at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA

Joan Osborne with Mark Karan at Grate Room @ Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA

ALO at SOHO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, CA

Snowglobe Music Festival: Deadmau5, Wiz Khalifa, Chromeo, Beats Antique, Big Gigantic,Laidback Luke, MiM0SA, Madeon, Gramatik, Polica, Flosstradamus, Poolside, Baauer, BoomBox, Break Science, ClockWork, Minnesota, Dam-Funk, and more at Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe, CA


Yonder Mountain String Band at Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO

The Motet at Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO

The String Cheese Incident at 1stBank Center in Broomfield, CO

The Where Have You Been? Award: SCI will play a NYE gig for the first time since 2006 and first home state New Year’s gig since 1996.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, CO

Amon Tobin at City Hall Events Center in Denver, CO

Decadence New Year’s Eve: ATB, MiM0SA, Zeds Dead, Paul Basic, Wolfgang Gartner, Krewella, and Flosstradamus at Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO

The Samples at Herman’s Hideaway in Denver, CO

The Lumineers at Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO

STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) at The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO

Cracker at The Soiled Dove Underground in Denver, CO

Thievery Corporation with DJ Logic at Dobson Ice Arena in Vail, CO


Ryan Montbleau Band with Jesse Dee at Fairfield Theatre StageOne in Fairfield, CT

Max Creek at The Great Hall in Union Station in Hartford, CT

Most Interesting Venue Award: Max Creek’s Scott Murawski told us this NYE show will take place in a railroad station and that the band has treats in store.

Marshall Tucker Band with Jeff Pevar at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT

Cyndi Lauper at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT


Rusted Root at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, DE

District of Columbia: 

Drive-By Truckers with North Mississippi Allstars Duo at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC

Little Feat at The Hamilton in Washington, DC


Kool & The Gang at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek in Coconut Creek, FL

B.B. King at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Kid Rock at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL

Pitbull at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL

The Revivalists with Stokeswood at The Stage in Miami, FL

SOJA at House of Blues in Orlando, FL

Donna The Buffalo at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, FL

The Bright Light Social Hour at The Ritz Ybor in Tampa, FL

Lady Antebellum at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL


Perpetual Groove at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA

Umphrey’s McGee at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA

The Guaranteed Cover Debuts Award: It’s a New Year’s tradition, horn section and a half dozen new covers.

Col. Bruce Hampton at The Hummingbird Stage and Taproom in Macon, GA


Big Gigantic at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL

The Movin’ On Up Award: Jamtronica duo Big Gigantic continue to climb to new heights as last year they played Chicago’s Riv and this year they move to the bigger Aragon.

Los Lobos at City Winery in Chicago, IL

Mat Zo with Porter Robinson, and The M Machine at Congress Theater in Chicago, IL

Wanda Jackson at Double Door in Chicago, IL

MuteMath with Third Eye Blind, and The Steepwater Band at House of Blues in Chicago, IL

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound at Mayne Stage in Chicago, IL

The Airborne Toxic Event at Metro in Chicago, IL

Orchard Lounge at Smart Bar in Chicago, IL

Mr. Blotto at The Greenville Tavern in Chicago, IL

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with Robert Randolph & The Family Band at The Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL

Leftover Salmon with The Lee Boys at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL

This Must be the Band: Talking Heads Tribute at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine, IL


Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at Bluebird in Bloomington, IN

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN


Roster McCabe with Zeta June at Gabe’s in Iowa City, IA


Le Castle Vania with ZOOGMA at Madison Theater in Covington, KY


Jon Cleary at Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans, LA

The Soul Rebels at DBA in New Orleans, LA

Gregg Allman with The Royal Southern Brotherhood at House of Blues in New Orleans, LA

Rebirth Brass Band with Papa Grows Funk at Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans, LA

Galactic at Tipitina’s Uptown in New Orleans, LA


Bernie Worrell Orchestra at Sunday River – Foggy Goggle in Bethel, ME

moe. at State Theatre in Portland, ME

The We Love Secondary Markets Award: Jam stalwarts moe. sure love playing secondary markets (ie. not the major markets) as they’ve played Asheville, Poughkeepsie, Atlantic City and Camden in the past. This year they return to Portland, Maine’s State Theatre for the second year in a row.


Lotus with Moon Hooch at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD

The Roots at The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring, MD


My Morning Jacket with Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Agganis Arena in Boston, MA

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at House of Blues in Boston, MA

Lee Fields & the Expressions at Jordan Hall in Boston, MA

Soulive at Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA

The Magnetic Fields at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA

What A Difference A Year Makes Award: Last year we awarded Boston the “Surprisingly Few Options Award” due to…you guessed it – the lack of NYE options in Beantown. This year the situation is much different with fans able to choose between MMJ, Soulive, The Bosstones and more.

Deer Tick with Two Gallants at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA

Zach Deputy with The Alchemists at Pearl Street Nightclub (Ballroom) in Northampton, MA

Entrain at Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury, MA

Shemekia Copeland at Bull Run in Shirley, MA


Skrillex with Boys Noize, Flosstradamus, Alvin Risk, D.I.M., and Destructo at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI

Zac Brown Band at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI

Greensky Bluegrass with Frontier Ruckus at Majestic Theatre in Detroit, MI

UltraViolet Hippopotamus at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI


The Big Wu with God Johnson at Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, MN

Big Head Todd and The Monsters at Mill City Nights in Minneapolis, MN

Brandi Carlile with Filligar at Varsity Theatre in Minneapolis, MN

The Beach Boys (led by Mike Love & Bruce Johnston) at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN


Cornmeal at 2720 Cherokee in St. Louis, MO

Orgone at Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO

JJ Grey & Mofro with Speakeasy at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO


The Pimps Of Joytime at Cal Neva Resort in Crystal Bay, NV

Jackie Greene at Crown Room at Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay, NV

Celine Dion at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV

Red Hot Chili Peppers at Chelsea Ballroom in Las Vegas, NV

The Australian Bee Gees at Excalibur Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV

The Black Keys with Divine Fits at The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV

Dead Winter Carpenters with Moondog Matinee at Great Basin Brewing Company in Sparks, NV

New Hampshire:

Rustic Overtones at Dover Brick House in Dover, NH

Spiritual Rez with Superfrog at The Stone Church in Newmarket, NH

New Jersey:

Jane’s Addiction at House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ

Grand Funk Railroad at Resorts Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

Tiesto at Revel Ovation Hall in Atlantic City, NJ

Village People at Tropicana Showroom in Atlantic City, NJ

The Hold Steady at The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ

Project/Object at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ

New York:

Consider The Source and Timbre Coup at Red Square in Albany, NY

Jay-Z with Coldplay at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY

The Odd Couple Award: We can only imagine the scene when gentle, adult-contemporary loving Coldplay fans meet Jay-Z fans at the new venue in Hova’s home borough of Brooklyn.

They Might Be Giants at Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY

Average White Band at Tralf Music Hall in Buffalo, NY

Dark Star Orchestra at Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY

Jimkata at The Haunt in Ithaca, NY

Gov’t Mule at Beacon Theatre in New York, NY

Punch Brothers at Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY

Dead Sessions at Highline Ballroom in New York, NY

Mike Stern at Iridium Jazz Club in New York, NY

Touchpants featuring Jon Fishman at Iridium Jazz Club in New York, NY

Phish at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY

The Hidden Track Contingent Award: We know our readers, a lot of you live in the NYC area and a lot of you don’t mind getting on a plane for New Year’s.

The Felice Brothers at Mercury Lounge in New York, NY

Nas with Elle Varner at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY

Pretty Lights at Roseland Ballroom in New York, NY

Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk with Jennifer Hartswick Band at Stage 48 in New York, NY

Amanda Palmer at Terminal 5 in New York, NY

Best NYE “Gimmick” Award: Palmer and her Grand Theft Orchestra will cover Prince’s Purple Rain in its entirety at T5 on New Year’s.

RJD2 with Com Truise at The Gramercy Theatre in New York, NY

The Mingus Big Band at The Jazz Standard in New York, NY

The Disco Biscuits at Theater At Madison Square Garden in New York, NY

2 Jambands 1 Building Award: Both tDB and Phish will play the Garden this year for NYE as the Biscuits will rock the smaller Theatre at MSG while Phish delivers three sets in the main arena. Due to staggered start times, it’s possible to see most of both shows if you’re sick in the head willing.

The Funky Meters and Dumpstaphunk at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY

Earth Wind and Fire at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY

North Carolina:

The Hackensaw Boys with Danny Barnes at Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC

Emancipator at Orange Peel in Asheville, NC

Widespread Panic at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC

We’re Baaaaa-aaaack Award: After nearly a year off the road, Widespread Panic returns with a two-night New Year’s run in Charlotte.

The Avett Brothers with Amos Lee at Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, NC

The Mantras with Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band at The Blind Tiger in Greensboro, NC

Tim Reynolds and TR3 with Formula at Port O’ Call in Kill Devil Hills, NC


The Afghan Whigs at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, OH

ekoostik hookah with Rumpke Mountain Boys at Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH

The Werks at Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH


David Grisman Bluegrass Experience with Shook Twins at Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland, OR

Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormons at Bagdad Theater in Portland, OR

Paper Diamond with Nero, and Kill The Noise at Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR

Railroad Earth at The Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR


Backstreet Boys at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, PA

New Riders of The Purple Sage with Mysterytrain, ScareKrow & DeLacey, MiZ, and Pan at Kempton Community Recreation Center in Kempton, PA

The War On Drugs at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, PA

Brothers Past with The Heavy Pets at The Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA

The Devil Makes Three with Brown Bird at Theatre of Living Arts (TLA) in Philadelphia, PA

Rhode Island:

Kung Fu at The Spot Underground in Providence, RI


The Dirty Guv’nahs at Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN

Todd Snider at New Daisy Theatre in Memphis, TN

Moon Taxi at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN

Bassnectar at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN

Keller Williams with Del McCoury Band, and The Travelin’ McCourys at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN

Old Crow Medicine Show with Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN


Willie Nelson at Austin City Limits Live @ Moody Theater in Austin, TX

A Live One with Deadeye at Stateside at The Paramount in Austin, TX

Lights All Night 2012: Axwell, Ghostland Observatory, Diplo, Sander Van Doorn, Break Science, Nero, 12th Planet, 3LAU, Figure, Grizzly, Minnesota, Archnemesis, Abakus, MartyParty, Crizzly and more at Fair Park in Dallas, TX

Most Bang For Your Buck Award: If you’re into electronic music, a $89 (cheap seats) ticket gets you in to see a whopping 40+ acts.


Rubblebucket with Marco Benevento at Higher Ground (Ballroom) in Burlington, VT

The Best Co-Bill Award: You can take Rubblebucket out of Vermont, but you can’t take the Vermont out of Rubblebucket. The freak-rockers team up with frequent collaborator Marco Benevento for what’s sure to be a fantastic night of music in Burliworld.


The Infamous Stringdusters with Lake Street Dive at Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA

Dopapod with Papadosio at The National in Richmond, VA

The Jamie McLean Band at Blue 5 in Roanoke, VA

Mike Dillon Band at The Hot Spot in Waynesboro, VA


Beats Antique at Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA

Rusko at WaMu Theatre in Seattle, WA

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7 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve Concert Guide: NYE 2012 – 2013

  1. JRapp Reply

    Phil & Friends also played BGCA in 2005 (the infamous Ryan Adams run).. so it’s Phil’s sixth new years there..

  2. Kevin Reply

    PA , Philly specifically gets the ” lame” award for NYE

  3. Tim Reply

    Spot on, Kevin. They should have gotten the Biscuits to do a big Philly venue.

  4. phanart pete Reply

    great list, but Timbre Coup is playing with Consider the Source at Red Square in Albany!

    • noah_s Reply

      Yup came to post this too. Anyone up in Albany go see Timbre Coup!!

  5. Troy McClure Reply

    Yeah, I hear you on the secondary markets for moe., but they also played New Years Eve shows in NYC at Radio City Music Hall in 2006, 2007 and Boston in 2010, Las Vegas in 2004. It pays to do a few minutes research as most people consider Boston, Vegas and NYC primary markets.

  6. Greg Reply

    Celine Dion Fuck Yeah!

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