By: Shelby Lum
Between watching the ball drop, the peach drop, and countless other events, it is nearly impossible to decide where to go for your New Years Eve. Here is a handy little guide that lists some of the awesome concerts & events around your town! Get your party hats, noise makers, and champagne ready!
Here are the places to be as the clocks change to 2013 (that’s if the Mayans’ predictions fail):
New Years Eve Party with Greg Bates at The 120 Tavern and Music Hall (Marietta, GA)
Nashville country singer, Greg Bates will be in Atlanta for the New Year. He made his Grande Ole Opry debut this April after his single “Did It For The Girl”.
Royal Thunder w/ Spirits and the Melchizedek Children at 529 (Atlanta, GA)
This female led rock, blues band’s debut album was rated by Pitchfork at a 7. In 2010, Royal Thunder signed with independent label Relapse Records. For a southern twist on rock and blues, head to 529 for your New Years Eve.
Black Cat New Years Eve Ball at Black Cat (D.C.)
If you are looking for something a little more active, head to the Black Cat where Peaches O’Dell and her Orchestra, who will be playing for the night. Known for their upbeat swing music, Black Cat New Years Eve Ball is the place to dance for the the new year.
Ponderosa at Vinyl (Atlanta, GA)
With the help of producer Dave Fridmann who have helped bands like The Flaming Lips and MGMT, Atlanta band, Ponderosa will be at Vinyl. With their neo-psychedelic sound they are a far cry from your typical southern rock band, and are a show to see as they begin their rise in popularity.
Hard Rockin’ New Years Eve at Hard Rock Cafe Foxwoods (Ledyard, CT)
With music from Red Light and DJ Anthony Puzzo, the Hard Rock Cafe won’t let down for your celebration. If the live music isn’t enough to convince you, their late night menu will be available all night!
Noot D’ Noot w/ Carnivores at The Drunken Unicorn (Atlanta, GA)
Atlanta locals, Noot D’ Noot will be at the Drunken Unicorn. Beyond genre classifications, they were voted by Creative Loafing “Best Band to Rock the Casbah”. A long night of partying with Noot D’ Noot will lead up to the New Year at the Drunken Unicorn.
Michelle Malone’s NYE BASH with Gareth Asher at Eddie’s Attic (Decatur/Atlanta, GA)
If a mellow evening is more of what you had in mind for your new year, Eddie’s Attic is bringing Michelle Malone, Atlanta singer-songwriter. Appearing with names like ZZ Top, John Mayer, and Ellen DeGeneres, she is an artist who can be admired by all. Her deep southern influences are clear when she brings on stage her harmonica, bottleneck slide, and of course her renowned vocals. Joining her will be Gareth Asher at Eddie’s Attic.
Man or Astro-Man? w/ special guests at The EARL (Atlanta, GA)
The surf-rock, space rock band is returning to Georgia for the New Year. They are bringing all their obscure electronic instruments (anyone heard of a theremins or tesla coils?), and all of their anarchist lyrics to The EARL. For a night of synthesizers and music unlike anything you have heard, check out Man or Astro-Man at The EARL.
New Year’s Eve Party on Church Street at Chillers (Orlando, FL)
This will be Orlando’s largest street party for the New Year, and with warm weather forecasted for Orlando, it couldn’t be a better time to take the party outdoors. Fireworks, DJ’s cranking out music all night long, and a broadcast of the ball dropping in New York City are all part of the New Year’s Eve Party on Church Street.
Old School Saturday New Year’s Eve (OSS NYE) at Sheraton Atlanta Hotel (Atlanta, GA)
Dress to the nines for the Old School Saturday event at the Sheraton in Atlanta. A night of classy fun will be in store for all who attend! Suits and gorgeous dresses are a must. Old School Saturday will be back in Atlanta again for this New Year’s Eve party.
The Grenadines at The Nick (Birmingham, AL)
With two EPs under their belt, The Grenadines are on the rise as they force their way into the music industry in the south. Join the indie rock band at The Nick for your new year’s celebrations.
New Year’s Eve w/ MissUsed at Peachtree Tavern (Atlanta, GA)
The rock band out of Birmingham will be coming to Peachtree Tavern for the New Year. For all the pink hair and punk rock ties you can handle, check out MissUsed. They boast covers of all your favorite rock songs from the 70s and onward.
Ball Drop III: Burlesque & Variety New Year’s Eve Blowout Bash! at The Red Palace (D.C.)
Burlesque girls. Need we really say more? For an evening of costumed fun hit The Red Palace for their New Year’s Ever Blowout Bash.
New Orleans Suspects at Smiths Olde Bar (Atlanta, GA)
The New Orleans Suspects will be bringing all their New Orleans energy to Atlanta. Jeff Watkins, who had been the band leader for James Brown’s band, is part of the New Orleans Suspects as well.
5th Annual Guitar Drop at Hard Rock Cafe Memphis (Memphis, TN)
Boasting indoor and outdoor performances starting at 5 p.m. and continuing late into the night, the Hard Rock Cafe Memphis is the place to be for your celebration. Barbara Blue, Deadfall Road, and Low Society are just some of the many performances helping you ring in the new year.
New Years Eve at Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel (D.C.)
Eight DJ’s will be coming to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel for the 31st. Don’t miss your chance to party with the best of what DC has to offer at this iconic venue!