LMB NYC: This Week’s Concert Calendar (Dec. 26-31) – Holiday Run & NYE Edition

Phish | photo by WHITperson

Happy holidays, dudes and dudettes! Hope you got everything you wished for and downed copious amounts of egg nog. Now, on to more important stuff than family gatherings and gift exchanges….live music! Naturally, there are ton of great shows going on this week in NYC as we lead up to New Year’s Eve, including some multi-night holiday runs, some late-night throwdowns, and plenty of NYE parties that don’t involve watching a ball drop in 10-degree weather.

The Disco Biscuits kick off a three-night run at the Best Buy theatre tonight. The run includes a bunch of DJs and dance-oriented acts, a few late-night after-parties, and a big Wednesday-night finale w/ Brothers Past and Orchard Lounge in the opening slots.

The Disco Biscuits

Brothers Past

Gov’t Mule is also doing a multi-night run, heading back to the familiar Beacon Theatre for their post-holiday shows (I think these will be especially ripe for sit-ins with so many great musicians in town).

And, of course, the heavy-hitters of the jam world, Phish, are back home at Madison Square Garden for their standard four-night NYC finale.

As always, Phish has attracted a number of official after-parties, including Marco Benevento, Steve Kimock & Friends, Superhuman Happiness (by Dog Gone Blog), as well as The New Deal, who will be in town for a few of their final performances ever as a band.

Marco Benevento

Steve Kimock & Friends

Superhuman Happiness

The New Deal

But if you need something bit less jammy, there are still plenty of great shows to check out, especially for New Year’s Eve, which has become more than just a jamband party-night. Here are a few of my recs…

The Budos Band will finish off another great year of horn-laden grooves at the Music Hall of W’burg.

The always-entertaining Gogol Bordello will be raging at Terminal 5.

Deer Tick and a bunch if their “Friends” will celebrate the end of the year at Brooklyn Bowl.

Fitz & The Tantrums — who had a stellar 2011 — will throwdown at the Gramercy Theatre.

For more dance-oriented NYE fare, check out Holy Ghost! along with other DFAm family at the DFA Holiday Party (@ the Standard).

And, in what seemed to be THE year that electronic music truly busted out into the mainstream, it seems only fitting to give a nod to Deadmau5 who had a huge year and will end 2011 at Pier 36.

Of course, the holidays in NYC are pretty busy in the concert world, so check out the listings below for lots more shows to choose from. And, as always, make sure to have fun but also keep it safe wherever you choose to party down for your end-of-year celebration.

Cheers to a great 2011!

Interesting shows from this week’s NYC concert calendar:

The Disco Biscuits w/ Mord Fustang @ Best Buy Theater
Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell’s (Hoboken, NJ)

The Disco Biscuits w. Tipper @ Best Buy Theater
The Wailers @ B.B. King’s Blues Club
Tipper Orchard Lounge Alpha Data @ B.B. King’s Blues Club (Disco Biscuits After-Party)
Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell’s (Hoboken, NJ)

The Disco Biscuits w/ Brothers Past and Orchard Lounge @ Best Buy Theater
The Infamous Stringdusters @ Mexicali Live (Teaneck, NJ)
Phish @ Madison Square Garden
Steve Kimock & Friends (w/ Bernie Worrell, Bobby Vega, and John Kimock) @ Hiro Ballroom

?uestlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk @ B.B. King’s Blues Club (CEG Phish After-Party)
The Machine @ B.B. King’s Blues Club (early show, 8pm)
Marco Benevento @ The Highline Ballroom (starts at midnight)
Patti Smith @ Bowery Ballroom
Particle @ The Gramercy Theatre
Phish @ Madison Square Garden

7 Walkers (featuring Bill Kreutzmann) @ Sullivan Hall
Assembly of Dust @ Mercury Lounge
Dark Star Orchestra @ The Wellmont Theatre
Dead Sessions w/ The Vermont All-Stars @ B.B. King’s Blues Club (CEG Phish After-Party)
Lucero w/ Lionize @ Brooklyn Bowl
Gogol Bordello @ Terminal 5
Gov’t Mule w/ Eric Puente @ Beacon Theatre
Phish @ Madison Square Garden
The Machine @ B.B. Kings (early show, 8pm)
The New Deal w/ Cro-Mags @ Highline Ballroom
Dog Gone Blog Presents Superhuman Happiness @ The Cake Shop (starts at midnight)

Assembly of Dust @ Mercury Lounge
The Budos Band Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Chuck Berry @ B.B. Kings (early show, 8pm)
Dark Star Orchestra The Wellmont Theatre (Montclair, NJ)
Deadmau5 @ Pier 36
Deer Tick w/ J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Dead Confederate, Virgin Forest @ Brooklyn Bowl
Fitz & The Tantrums @ The Gramercy Theatre
Gogol Bordello @ Terminal 5
Gov’t Mule 12/30 @ the Beacon
Holy Ghost! (DFA Holiday Party) @ the Standard
Infected Mushroom @ Best Buy Theater
Matt & Kim w/ Super Mash Bros and Body Language @ Hammerstein Ballroom
New Kids On The Block and Boyz II Men @ Roseland Ballroom
Patti Smith @ Bowery Ballroom
Phish @ Madison Square Garden
The New Deal @ B.B. Kings (late-night show, 1:30am)
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Maxwell’s (Hoboken, NJ)

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