It’s the holiday season, and the end of 2016 is drawing near, meaning it’s almost time for one of the biggest live music weekends of the year! We’ve got a breakdown of the most exciting events in our readership region. Check ‘em out, and may your New Year’s celebration be blessed with plenty of love, friends and music!
New York City
- Once again, Phish will grace the Madison Square Garden stage for a four-night run in the city that never sleeps. If you’ve been, you know. If you haven’t, it is an unforgettable experience.
- Snarky Puppy plays at Irving Plaza on the 31st at both 8 p.m. and right as the ball drops. This is a great option for the sole event of the night, but there’s also nothing wrong with catching some Snarky Puppy after Phish ends at the Garden.
- Holly Bowling, acclaimed pianist covering Grateful Dead and Phish tunes, will play a Phish pre-party starting at 4 p.m. at The Cutting Room on NYE.
- Joe Russo’s Almost Dead plays a two-night sold out run at The Capitol Theatre. If you can find tickets, this is sure to be a fun couple of nights following an additional sold out show at Brooklyn Bowl on December 29.
The Infamous Stringdusters in Richmond, Virginia
After establishing a residency in central Virginia earlier in their career, The Infamous Stringdusters will play a glorious two-night run at Richmond’s premier venue, The National with special guests Billy Strings and the Jon Stickley Trio. Neither of the nights has sold out yet, but surely they will given a few weeks.
Griz and Papadosio in Asheville, North Carolina
Papadosio will kick off the fun on December 30 at The Orange Peel, and the year will come to an exciting end at ExploreAsheville.com Arena, where Griz will headline the night with support from Papadosio, G Jones and Freddy Todd. Tickets for the 31st will increase by over $10 the day of, so get them early.
Widespread Panic in Nashville, Tennessee
Widespread Panic will play Friday and Saturday at Bridgestone Arena as part of a food drive event. Sitting in on New Year’s Eve with the Panic crew will be Nashville’s The McCrary Sisters and Love Sponge String Quartet as well as the MegaBlasters, who have brought NYE ragers to a horn-filled fruition with WSP in years past. These shows will follow a sold out show on the 29th at Ryman Auditorium benefitting Tunes For Tots, an art education initiative started by Widespread Panic.
Keller Williams in Baltimore, Maryland
Keller Williams will present his Grateful Gospel with special guest John Kadlecik Band on New Year’s Eve at Rams Head Live in Baltimore. Preceding the main act will be a solo set by Williams.
Central North Carolina
- The Avett Brothers will bring in the new year at Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte with DJ Logic.
- Big Something will play the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh.
- The Mantras and People’s Blues of Richmond will take on the Blind Tiger in Greensboro, a hometown show for The Mantras, ensuring a wild night.
- The String Cheese Incident is scheduled for three exciting nights to end 2016 in Broomfield. For night one, Big Gigantic and SCI will come together for Big Gigantic Incident, followed by one set of Cheese. Night two will see a set by The Floozies before two sets of Cheese, and night three (NYE) will be three sets of pure SCI, all taking place at 1STBANK Center.
- STS9 will take on Denver for three straight nights at Fillmore Auditorium.
- Yonder Mountain String Band is scheduled to play two nights at Boulder Theater, the first night alongside Boulder natives, The Railsplitters.
- Dark Star Orchestra is bringing a Cosmic New Year’s celebration to Electric Factory for two nights in Philadelphia. The first night (12/30) will include Keller Williams.
- Cabinet will play their New Year’s show at Theatre of Living Arts, also in Philadelphia.
- Lotus and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will play two nights together at Stage AE in Pittsburgh.
- The Disco Biscuits return to Atlanta to play a whopping three night run at The Tabernacle.
- Famed Colorado funk outfit, The Motet, will play at The Variety Playhouse on December 31st, with the coveted Roosevelt Collier Trio opening the show.
- Perpetual Groove will keep it close to home, hitting the Terminal West for two nights to ring in the New Year.
Article by Meredith Warfield