New Year’s Eve 2009 Roundup

For live/touring bands, New Year’s Eve is a key night of the year to really bring out the big guns and party down with hardcore fans. As such, we tend to see lots of bands playing bigger shows to hometown crowds, often mixing in some fun/silly covers and party-time antics, or generally getting a bit crazy for the NYE celebrations. For fans, it’s a great time to catch your favorite band and let it all out in one big end-of-the-year catharsis.

We’ve started to see a number of bands announce plans for their New Year’s Eve celebrations — and in some cases, a multi-night run of shows — so I thought I’d compile a roundup of some NYE shows that were recently announced. Although this isn’t really meant to be a comprehensive list, definitely let us know if you think we’re missing any noteworthy NYE celebrations.

Here are some recently-announced NYE concerts and multi-night “Holiday runs” of note:

John Brown’s Body: 12/31 @ Revolution Hall, Troy, NY

Toubabe Krewe: 12/31 @ The Orange Peel
The Avett Brothers: 12/31 @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Band of Horses: 12/30-12/31 @ The Tabernacle
Perpetual Groove: 12/30-12/31 @ Variety Playhouse
Widespread Panic: 12/30-12/31 @ Philips Arena

O.A.R. (…Of A Revolution): 12/31 @ House of Blues, Atlantic City
Jimmy Eat World: 12/31 @ Harrah’s Atlantic City

Little Feat @ Recher Theatre, Towson, MD
Dark Star Orchestra 12/30 – 12/31 @ Rams Head Live! Baltimore, MD

The Indobox: 12/31 @ Middle East Upstairs (technically in Cambridge, MA)

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals: 12/31 @ Higher Ground Ballroom

Keller Williams w/ The Added Bonus: 12/31 @ Neighborhood Theatre

Big Head Todd and the Monsters: 12/31 @ House of Blues
The Black Keys: 12/31 @ The Riviera
Girl Talk: 12/31 @ Congress Theater
Umphrey’s McGee:
12/29 @ the Vic
12/30-12/31 @ the Aragon
The Infamous Stringdusters & Uncle Earl: 12/31 @ Old Town School of Folk Music , Chicago, IL

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Greyboy Allstars: 12/31 @ The Ogden Theatre, (Denver)
Leftover Salmon: 12/30-12/31 @ the Boulder Theater (Boulder)
Sound Tribe Sector 9: 12/30-12/31 @ Wells Fargo Theatre (Denver)
Yonder Mountain String Band:
12/29 @ the Boulder Theater (Boulder)
12/30 @ the Filmore (Denver) w/ Wood Brothers and Travelin’ McCourys
12/31 @ the Filmore (Denver) w/ the Lee Boys and Darol Anger

JJ Grey & Mofro w/ Snarky Puppy @ Freebird Live

John Mayer: 12/31 @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel

Chromeo, w/ Gaslamp Killer, Peanut Butter Wolf, and VEGA: 12/31 @ Club Nokia

Phish: 12/28-12/31 @ American Airlines Arena (still not officially announced, but basically confirmed)

Spoon w/ Jay Reatard: 12/31 @ Riverside Theater

Pnuma Triow/ Two Fresh and Mimosa: 12/31 @ The Loft at Barfly

Old Crow Medicine Show: 12/31 @ Ryman Auditorium

Galactic: 12/31 @ Tipitina’s Uptown, New Orleans, LA
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk: 12/31 @ Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans, LA

The Disco Biscuits: 12/27-12/31 @ The Nokia Theatre, Times Square
w/ special late-night show series:
Sunday, Dec. 27th – Big Gigantic and Bonobo (DJ Set)
Monday, Dec. 28th – Dub Doctor Conspiracy featuring Conspirator, M80 Dubstation and Dr. Fameus
Tuesday, Dec. 29th – Daedelus and Two Fresh
Wednesday, Dec 30th – Pnuma Trio and KJ Sawka

The Felice Brothers: 12/31 @ Southpaw (Brooklyn)
Gov’t Mule: 12/30-12/31 @ The Beacon Theatre
Los Lobos: 12/31 @ City Winey
Paul van Dyk: 12/31 @ Roseland Ballroom
The New Deal: 12/31 @ B.B. King Blues Club
Rebirth Brass Band: 12/31 @ Sullivan Hall
Soulive & Lettuce: 12/30- 12/31 @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg (Brooklyn)
The Word: 12/31 @ Terminal 5

Brothers Past w/ Orchard Lounge: 12/31 @ Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia
12/29 @ Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, PA
12/30 @ The Note, West Chester, PA
12/31 @ The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA w/ MSTRKRFT

Tea Leaf Green: 12/31 @ The Compound

Brett Dennen & ALO: 12/31 @ Fox Theater

The Flaming Lips, w/ Stardeath and White Dwarfs: 12/31 @ Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Railroad Earth: 12/31 @ The Aladdin Theater

Furthur: 12/30-12/31 @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
featuring. Bob Weir, Jay Lane, Joe Russo, John Kadlecik, Phil Lesh, Jeff Chimenti
Jackie Greene: 12/30-12/31 @ Great American Music Hall
Les Claypool: 12/31 @ The Fillmore
Sea of Dreams NYE 2010: 12/31 @ Concourse Exhibition Center
featuring: Ozomatli, Bassnectar, Ghostland Observatory, Yard Dogs Road Show, The Glitch Mob, Marty Party, Random Rab, Motion Potion, an-ten-nae

Cake: 12/31 @ The Moore Theatre

Garaj Mahal: 12/31 @ The Vogue Theater


Since it’s only the end of September, many bands are still putting together their plans for NYE. There are a number of big touring bands that usually celebrate NYE in style but have yet to announce their end-of-year plans (Phish, Widespread Panic, moe., My Morning Jacket, Medeski, Martin & Wood, just to name a few).

According to, moe. will be taking NYE off.

We’ll keep an eye out for new announcements, but if you think we overlooked a good one, drop us a note/link in the comments.

So what show are you hitting on NYE?