[Last Update: December 9]
“I hate New Year’s Eve, it’s always so anticlimactic.” – Friends of yours that don’t see live music every year.
Perhaps you’ve already got a show picked out for New Year’s Eve 2011-2012. Maybe you lucked out and it’s local or maybe you’re traveling 3,000 miles or even crossing an ocean to get there. Regardless of the status of your plans, it’s always fun to know what else is going on at that exact moment all over the country.
[Photo of Umphrey's McGee NYE 2010-2011 by Chad Smith]
What’s become increasingly commonplace, disappointedly so, is that this guide features heavily upon jambands while lacking any sort of real indie presence. While jam focused bands dating back to the Grateful Dead have long embraced the countdown show, the independent scene continues to miss out. Unless currently touring, typically in support of a recent album release, indie artists just don’t seem inclined to schedule a holiday run.
As we’ve done in the past, we’ve compiled a list of all the New Year’s Eve concerts that might appeal to our readers. We’ve also thrown in some clips from past NYE performances featuring our favorite bands and have recognized about 20 concerts with superlative awards.
The Gin Blossoms at Fiesta Bowl Block Party in Tempe, AZ.
Five For Fighting at Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA
Fishbone at The Caspar Inn in Caspar, CA
Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA
The Beach Boys at Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, CA
The Who Are These Guys? Award – Don’t go to The Beach Boys show at Thunder Valley Casino expecting to see Brian Wilson and Al Jardine. While all sorts of rumors are circulating about a reunion of the REAL Beach Boys in 2012, Mike Love is the only original member of Beach Boys who will be performing under the name on New Year’s Eve.