Still need New Year’s Eve plans? Here are eight more concerts to see.
It’s crunch time, procrastinators. New Year’s Eve is tonight, and you need plans. Thankfully, there are a lot of options in the world of live music. Tickets are still available for almost everything on our initial roundup of gigs – only the Nothing show at Boot and Saddle is sold out. And hey, a solid handful of concerts have been announced over the past month too! If you want to make music part of your celebration, but want to dig a little deeper than the cover band / tribute band universe, read on.
1. The Lawsuits and Levee Drivers at Triumph Brewery in New Hope – These roots scene stalwarts are setting up shop on their Bucks County home turf, and it should be an exciting night of hair and riffs and twang – especially since both are slated to release new LPs in 2016.
2. Vacationer at Frankford Hall – Tropical the island breeze. All of nature wild and free. Kenny Vasoli singing to me. Happy 2016 from Vacationer. Tix for this one at the door.
3. West Philadelphia Orchestra, Johnny Showcase and Ill Doots at Underground Arts – Balkan dance army are like the anti-mummers, and they’ve got the Underground Arts New Year’s Eve on lock. This year they’re joined by emergent rap crew Ill Doots and, as always, Johnny Showcase and the Mystic Ticket. The latter’s set time begins at 12:15 a.m., making them I guess the first band to play Underground Arts in 2016.
4. Creepoid, Spirit of the Beehive and more at Everybody Hits – Limited tickets will be available at the door for this monster, six-band, #bringweed bill. The one-two punch of the headliners is a winner though; Creepoid’s Cemetery Highrise Slum, released earlier this year, is their best to date, and Spirit of the Beehive are one of the more captivating emerging voices to come from the Philly DIY scene these past couple years.
5. Making Time New Years’ Eve 2016 at Union Transfer – Dave P’s tradition of the hyper-rager rages on at UT. No bands this year, just a quality assortment of DJs (Rocktits, Sammy Slice, etc.), visuals from the Klip Kollective and a five-hour open bar. Pace yourselves, friends.
6. Thorazine, Sheena and the Nosebleeds and more at Liberty Vintage Motorcycles – Want your New Year’s Eve to be a bit more metal? Here’s a solid lineup at Fishtown’s Liberty, with Thorazine returning from mid-90s Philly and Sheena and the Nosebleeds thrashing their way out of present day.
7. Deb Callahan Band and more at First Night Carlisle – For Central PA folks looking for a family-friendly alternative to the raging parties found elsewhere, the annual First Night Carlisle is just that. This year, the alcohol-free party features local roots scene fave Deb Callahan and her blues band.
8. The Give / Take and more at Appalachian Brewing Company – This musical party for Harrisburg folks spans vintage garage rock to modern rock, anchored by the 90s tones of locals The Give / Take.