Similar to the hype surrounding Halloween shows, many bands invest a lot of time and energy into throwing big, extravagent New Year’s Eve shows for their fans. These shows are normally treats for hometown crowds, and most often the bands really try to put something special into the event that you would never experience again. After all, it’s New Year’s Eve [Insert Year Here] only once and some bands know how to make it a night to remember…

Umphrey’s McGee – All Roads Lead to Chicago

Friday, December 29th @ 6:00pm (Doors @ 5:00pm)
with very special guests Allstars
Tickets: $32.50 / All Ages Welcome

Saturday, December 30th @ 7:00pm (Doors @ 6:00pm)
Very special guests
Tickets: $32.50 / 18 and over welcome

Sunday, December 31st @ 7:00pm (Doors @ 6:00pm)
Very special guests & the International Rhythm Band featuring (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones) and Mike “Mad Dog” Mavridoglou (formerly of and Ray’s Music Exchange)
Tickets: $65.00 / 18 and over Welcome

I’ve seen UM on New Year’s Eve for the past three years — 2003 @ the Vic, 2004 @ the Riv, and 2005 @ the Aragon — and I’ve had an incredible time each year. Their 2004 show actually got the full treatment in the form of their Wrapped Around Chicago . In spite of all of that, I’m not sure if I’ll be attending year — it might be time to try something new…



DECEMBER 30th and 31st, 2006

I guess the same guys that put on the annual Burning Man festival are behind the party, and per the JamBase comments on the subject, it’s the sickest NYE party on the West coast, brosef!

I’ll be honest, though — String Cheese Incident just doesn’t really do it for me. I’ve seen them at festivals once or twice and I’ve never been blown away. Their techno-rock-crappy_covers-meets-bluegrass just doesn’t really wax my buttons, and seriously, don’t get me started on their name

[via JamBase]

– East Coast NYE 2006

The new jamband in the room is taking their show to the East coast (as always) and they’ve got a solid four-night run planned for their fans…

12.28 | Mexicali Blues | Teaneck, NJ
12.29 | The | Falls Church, VA
12.30 | Rams Head | Annapolis, MD (acoustic)
12.31 | TLA | , PA (with The Brakes)

Or wait, that’s four different shows in four different states — hardly a run as they like to say…[via JamBase]

There’s tons of other great bands that are putting together NYE show details as I type this…

Yonder Mountain String Band in Denver, Disco Biscuits in Philly, Greyboy Allstars in D.C., STS9 in Atlanta, etc. etc. — the list goes on and on…

What are your NYE plans?

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