Concert Heartstrings

35 Concerts to Save Your New Years Eve Plans

By Lauren Jahoda & Arran Fagan

What are you doing for New Years? — The weighted, yet over-hyped probing that rolls in around this time year after year. And by the time the major holidays have come and gone, the question becomes more and more pressing. For those of us with easy access to a city like New York, our New Years options are usually outrageously pricey and disappointing. This year, we really asked ourselves what we would like to be doing come midnight, and the answer is simple … the same thing we enjoy every night of the year — music. We did our very best to compile a national list of Heartstrings-approved New Years Eve concerts. Some are expensive and others are not, but we can assure you that all will be well worth it. With New Years less than a week away, act quick (some have already sold out)!


The Decemberists/Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – The Masonic – San Francisco

Houndmouth/Saint Motel/ZZ Ward – Pine Ave – Long Beach

Joe Rogan/honeyhoney/Duncan Trussell/Ari Shaffir/Joey Diaz – The Wiltern – Los Angeles


Yonder Mountain String Band – Boulder Theater – Boulder

Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Cervantes Masterpiece – Denver

Paper Bird/The Congress – The Oriental Theater – Denver

DeVotchka/The Yawkers – Bluebird Theater – Denver


Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – The Warehouse at FTC – Fairfield

District of Columbia

St. Paul & The Broken Bones – 9:30 Club – Washington DC (SOLD OUT)


Gregg Allman – Atlantic Symphony Hall – Atlanta

Widespread Panic – Fox Theatre – Atlanta


Brandi Carlisle/Brynn Elliott – Thalia Hall – Chicago

Railroad Earth/Cornmeal – Vic Theatre – Chicago

Possessed by Paul James/Bobby Bare Jr./Shawn James/Zander Schloss – Reggie’s Music Joint – Chicago

Robbie Fulks – Fitzgerald’s – Berwyn


Parsonsfield/The Suitcase Junket – Academy of Music – Northampton

The Boxcar Lillies/Colorway – St. John’s Episcopal Church – Northampton

Ellis Paul/Flynn – Club Passim – Cambridge

The Felice Brothers/Kinsey – Brighton Music Hall – Boston


Greensky Bluegrass/Nicky Bluhm & The Gramblers – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak


Pokey LaFarge/The Hooten Hallers/River Kittens – The Pageant – St. Louis

New York

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave/Soulive – The Capitol Theatre – NYC

The Damnwells/Julian Velard – Rockwood Music Hall – NYC

Deer Tick/Last Good Tooth – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn

Woody Pines – Harrietstown Town Hall – Saranac Lake

North Carolina

The Avett Brothers/Asleep at the Wheel – Greensboro Coliseum – Greensboro


Red Wanting Blue – House of Blues Cleveland – Cleveland


Calexico/Blind Pilot/Ages & Ages – Crystal Ballroom – Portland

Jerry Douglas Band/Peter Rowan – Alberta Rose Theatre – Portland


Brooke Annibale – Trust Arts Education Center – Pittsburgh


Old Crow Medicine Show/Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville

Chris Knight/Aaron Lee Tasjan – The Exit/In – Nashville


Willie Nelson & Family/Kacey Musgraves – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin

Dale Watson – Kendalia Halle – Kendalia


Los Colognes – Radisson – Appleton



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