BMS Guide to New Year’s Eve Concerts

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Another New Year, another New Year’s Eve filled with concerts. This year there are hometown favorites galore around town, so if you’re tired of the same old New Year’s Eve traditions and have no desire to go to some lame expensive ticket party, why not try one of these options.

First Night: Boston’s First Night is one of the grandest New Year’s Eve celebrations in the world. It boasts plenty of entertainment like artwork, dancing, ice sculptures and midnight fireworks. However, we’re most excited for the eclectic lineup of music this event brings. Of course, access to all the shows is included with a First Night Button ($18), while some select shows have premium seating available for $35. Here is this year’s lineup:

Mavis Staples at Symphony Hall: The most high profile show of First Night brings this legend back to New England after a thrilling set at the Newport Folk Festival this summer. Opening the show will be local favorites the Parkington Sisters.

Suzanne Vega at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall: Vega will be going head-to-head with Staples with a 9 o’clock performance but you won’t regret whatever choice you make.

Julian Trage Trio at the Berklee Performance Center: The Berklee alum goes back to school, performing with his jazz trio.

Liz Longley, Tubby Love & Eric Robertson at the Modern Theatre: Three more Berklee-educated artists join forces over at the Modern.

Drew O’Doherty, Ida, Cass McCombs at Boston Public Library: Catch local boy Drew O’Doherty with a couple worthy out-of-towners.

The Cover-Up Series presents The Beatles at the CityPlace/Transportation Building: Brendan Boogie’s Cover-Up takes on the greatest band of all-time as members of Oranjuly, Spirit Kid and Girlfriends pose as the Fab Four.

Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys at the Hynes Convention Center Auditorium: They’re calling their performance “An Evening of Spectacular Spectacle”. You might want to spectate.

Other Shows in Boston/Cambridge:

Lucero at the Paradise Rock Club: Tennessee’s Lucero are looking forward to 2012 since that’s when their new album Women & Work drops. See them with Movers & Shakers and Lionize for $25.

Mellow Bravo, Township at the Middle East Downstairs: The biggest lineup outside of First Night also includes Planetoid, Cocked N Loaded and The Grinds. Tickets are $12.

Mean Creek, Kingsley Flood at the Brighton Music Hall: Three of the city’s best and brightest will ring in the New Year over in Allston with Freezepop on board as well. Tickets are $20.

The Upper Crust, Sidewalk Driver at Church: It’s the “New Year’s Eve Roque & Glam Slam”. Gene Dante and the Future Starlets start the show. Tickets are $25.

John Powhida International Airport, Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents: The 2011 Rumble Winners team up with the local soul standouts for a show that is sure to please. Rounding out the bill are the Andrea Gillis Band and The Dirty Truckers. Tickets are $15.

Ellis Paul at Club Passim: The local folk star once again welcomes the New Year in Harvard Square. Join him and Flynn for $40.

Other Shows Outside of Boston:

Thompson Square at the Showcase Live: A lot of people might be saying “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” this New Years, and you’ll hear it from this country duo. Scarletta opens the show. Tickets are $30 to $75.

Entrain at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: If First Night’s not your thing get outta town and get up to Salisbury for some great grooves. Tickets are available for $20 and $25.

Insane Clown Posse at The Palladium: Do Juggalos kiss each other at midnight? Find out for $29.50. Blaze Ya Dead Homie, The Dayton Family, DJ Clay, Mike E. Clark, and Ill E. Gal fill out the bill.

J. Geils, Jeff Pitchell, Texas Flood at the Bull Run Restaurant: The $90 admission price includes “a four-course dinner, show, champagne toast, hats, noisemakers and all the dancing you can squeeze into four hours”.

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