new years 500 350 New Years Eve 2011 Concert Guide

    It’s been a long year. Scratch that, it’s been a veeerrrry long year. From social revolutions to the end of our occupation of Iraq, from the death of celebrities and dictators to a man who sneezes bullets and the mystery of planking, the world experienced a slew of emotions and all sorts of cultural and political upheaval in 2011. And that’s not even counting the plethora of music news that had the blogosphere abuzz this year.

    So, as the question begs, what comes next? Well, 2012. If you were to believe certain factions, it’ll be the end of days. A more likely scenario, though, is that it will be another busy year, with people to meet, triumphs to celebrate, disasters to mourn, and a whole other set of memories to file away as we march perpetually onward toward the Great Unknown. A dreary prospect for sure, one that almost makes the impending Apocalypse sound warm and fuzzy. However, there is temporary respite in the form of New Year’s Eve.

    New Year’s Eve is that magic night where one year is all but over. It’s the chance to stop worrying for a moment. It’s an opportunity to celebrate surviving the last 364. It’s the start of a whole new scheme or design for the upcoming 365. Rather than chugging cheap champagne and letting off fireworks, NYE should be commemorated with the one thing that makes any year bearable: music.


    As we have for every other major celebratory occasion, CoS has your back with our handy-dandy New Year’s Eve 2011 Concert Guide. From the beaches of Miami to life in the City of Angels, and everywhere between, our guide has everything you’ll need to know to see your favorite bands live. Whether you’re planning to rock out with Patti Smith at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, get freaky with The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono in Oklahoma City, or hit up BOTH of Kaskade’s NYE shows (in two different state mind you), our guide is the only New Year’s Eve accessory you need (save for maybe a noisemaker). Plus, if you’re not one to brave the weather and the sea of drunks, we’ll tell you what you should be watching on the old boob tube. The point is, if it’s happening on NYE, it’s in this guide. Your only concern will be how to get home and/or where to pass out at the end of the night.

    If we’ve missed any gathering or shindig, please let us know in the comments below. Call this a cliché bit of writing, but we’d like to leave you with some parting words from the immortal Benjamin Franklin to guide you into what lies ahead: “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.”

    See ya in 2012.

    Chris Coplan
    News Editor

    New York City

    AarabMUZIK, Balam Acab: 285 Kent

    Assembly of Dust: Mercury Lounge

    Avicii: Pier 34

    The Bad Plus: The Village Vanguard

    Charles Bradley, The Budos Band: Music Hall of Williamsburg

    Chuck Berry: B.B. King Blues Club

    Dark Star Orchestra: Wellmont Theatre (Montclair, NJ)

    Deadmau5: Pier 36

    Deer Tick, J. Roddy Watson and the Business, Dead Confederate: Brooklyn Bowl

    Fitz and the Tantrums: The Gramercy Theatre

    Gogol Bordello: Terminal 5

    Gov’t Mule: Beacon Theatre

    Infected Mushroom: Best Buy Theater

    The Knocks: Gansevoort Park Avenue

    Laidback Luke: Pacha

    Lee Fields & The Expressions: The Bell House

    Los Lobos: City Winery

    Matt and Kim, Super Mash Bros., Body Language: Hammerstein Ballroom

    Neru: Webster Hall

    The New Deal: B.B. King Blues Club

    New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men: Roseland Ballroom

    Nick Catchdubs: Loreley

    Nosaj Thing: Glasslands

    O’Death: Spike Hill

    Patti Smith: Bowery Ballroom

    Phish: Madison Square Garden

    Steve Lawler: District 36

    Ted Leo and the Pharmacists: Maxwells (Hoboken, NJ)


    Alkaline Trio: Metro

    Big Gigantic: Riviera Theatre

    Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears: Double Door

    Cage the Elephant, Sleeper Agent: Aragon Ballroom

    Cave: The Hideout

    Disco Biscuits, Future Rock: Auditorium Theatre

    The Hood Internet: Lincoln Hall

    Keys N Krates: Chicago Urban Art Society

    Local H: Bottom Lounge

    Murder By Death: Subterranean

    Old 97s: Intercontinental Hotel Grand Ballroom

    Rusko, Sinden, Switch: Congress Theater

    The Spits: Cobra Lounge

    Los Angeles

    The Aggrolites: Alex’s Bar

    Benny Benassi, Paul Van Dyk, Kaskade, Dada Life: Anaheim Convention Center (White Wonderland)


    DJ Quik: Key Club

    Duck Sauce, Diplo, Chromeo, Felix da Housecat, The Bloody Beetroots, LA Riots: Oak Canyon Park (Together As One)

    The Henry Clay People, Races: The Satellite

    Give Up the Ghost: Ukrainian Culture Center

    Jenny and Johnny, Cults: The Standard Hollywood

    John Digweed: The Avalon

    Junkie XL: Detroit Bar

    L.A. Guns: Whisky A Go Go

    Lupe Fiasco: Hollywood & Highland Center

    Musiq Soulchild: House of Blues

    Wanda Jackson, Best Coast, Dan Sartain: Club Nokia

    San Francisco

    — The Fresh & OnlysThee Oh Sees: Brick and Mortar Music Hall

    — Furthur: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

    Kreayshawn: The Regency Ballroom

    — The Limousines: Rickshaw Stop

    Maceo Parker: Yoshi’s

    — SantigoldAmon Tobin Islam LiveBeats AntiqueClaude Von Stroke,: Concourse Exhibition Center (Sea of Dreams)

    — Primus: Great American Music Hall

    The Slip: Cafe du Nord

    Sonny & The Sunsets: Amnesia

    Talib Kweli: Sloane Squared

    Tedeschi Trucks Band, The New Mastersounds: The Warfield

    Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: The Fillmore

    — X: Slim’s

    Yeasayer (DJ Set): W Hotel

    — DJ Z-Trip: Fort Mason Center


    The 2 Bears: XOYO

    Adam Beyer: Fabric

    Ferry Corsten: Brixton Academy

    Gabby Young and Other Animals: Royal Festival Hall

    Gary Numan: All Star Lanes

    Gross Magic: The Victoria

    Joker, Brekage, Roska, Plastician, Sigma: Electric Brixon

    Kasabian, Chase & Status, Zane Lowe: The O2

    Toddla T: The Nest

    The Wedding Present: Dingwalls



    Jane’s Addiction: Belly Up

    Athens (Georgia)

    MartyParty, Dubconscious: New Earth Music Hall

    of Montreal: Go Bar

    — Reptar: Georgia Theatre


    Against Me!, Fake Problems, Franz Nicolay: The Masquerade

    Cake: Fox Theatre

    JJ Grey & Mofro: Variety Playhouse

    Kylesa: The Earl

    Naughty By Nature, Ed Kowalczyk: Hyatt Regency

    Perpetual Groove: Center Stage

    STS9: The Tabernacle

    Zac Brown Band: Philips Arena

    Atlantic City

    Brand New: House of Blues


    Big Freedia: The Mohawk

    The Black Angels, Wooden Shjips, Ume: Emo’s East

    Bob Schneider, Quiet Company: Paramount Theatre

    Designer Drugs: Austin Music Hall

    Gary Clark Jr.: Antone’s

    Groupo Fantasma: Beauty Bar

    Hayes Carll: La Zona Rosa

    Penguin Prison: American Legion Hall

    Russian Circles: Red 7

    White Denim, Royal Bangs: The Empire Space

    Willie Nelson: Moody Theater


    Arctic Monkeys, Crystal Castles, Dan Deacon, The Naked and Famous: The Falls Festival (Lorne)


    Fleet Foxes, Beirut, CSSCANT, Unknown Mortal Orchestra: The Falls Festival (Marion Bay)


    Carbon Leaf: Hyatt Regency

    SOJA: Baltimore Soundstage


    David Wax Museum: Lizard Lounge (Cambridge, MA)

    Lucero: Paradise

    New York Dolls: New England Conservatory

    Charlotte (North Carolina)

    Widespread Panic: Time Warner Cable Arena


    Girl Talk, Ghostland Observatory, MSTRKRFT, Neon Indian, Pendulum (DJ Set): Lights All Night

    The Polyphonic Spree, Centro-matic: House of Blues

    Quinton and Miss Pussycat: Zubar


    Flux Pavilion, Doctor P: Colorado Convention Center

    Gauntlet Hair, Pictureplane: The Larmier Lounge

    Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad: Cervantes’ Other Side

    Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Orgone: Cervatnes Ballroom

    Ladytron (DJ Set): City Hall

    Pretty Lights: 1stBANK Center (Broomfield, CO)

    Railroad Earth: Ogden Theatre

    Truckasauras: The Summit

    Ween: The Fillmore


    The Detroit Cobras: Magic Stick

    Greensky Bluegrass, The Macpodz: Majestic Theatre

    Maze featuring Frankie Beverly: Masonic Temple

    Greenville (South Carolina)

    The Avett Brothers: Bi-Lo Center


    Blue October: House of Blues

    Christopher Lawrence: Stereo Live

    Young Jeezy: Reliant Arena

    Lake Tahoe

    Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, The Glitch Mob, Childish Cambino, A-Trak, Theophilus London, YACHT: Snowglobe Music Festival

    Las Vegas

    Chris Brown: Pure Nightclub

    Guns N’ Roses, Sebastian Bach: The Joint

    John Legend: Pearl Concert Theater

    Kaskade: Marquee

    NOFX, Lagwagon: House of Blues

    Paul Oakenfold: Rain

    Steve Angello: XS Nightclub

    Stevie Wonder: Cosmopolitan

    Louisville (Kentucky)

    The Pass: Butchertown Pub Studios


    The Heavy Pets: Tobacco Road

    Spam All-Stars: The Catalina Hotel


    Dawes: Varsity Theater

    EOTO: Skyway Theater


    Skrillex, Dillon Francis: The Rave


    Bassnectar: Bridgestone Arena

    Moon Taxi, Apache Relay: Exit/In

    New Orleans

    Big Sam’s Funky Nation: The Joy Theater

    Black Lips: One Eyed Jacks

    Dr. John: House of Blues

    Funky Meters: Tipitina’s French Quarter

    Galactic, Anders Osborne: Tipitina’s Uptown

    Rebirth Brass Band: Howlin’ Wolf

    Northampton (Massachusetts)

    Josh Ritter: Calvin Theater

    Rubblebucket: Pearl Street Nightclub

    Oklahoma City

    The Flaming Lips, Yoko Ono: Brickstown Events Center


    Trivium, Sevendust, Black Tide: House of Blues

    Slightly Stoopid, The Expendables: Hard Rock Live


    Electric Six: Mavericks


    Clutch: Trocadero

    Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow: Level Room

    — Good Old War, River City Extension: Theatre of Living Arts

    Lotus: Festival Pier

    Man Man (DJ Set), Dr. Dog (DJ Set), Sun Airway (DJ Set): Johnny Brenda’s

    Smoking Popes: North Star Bar


    Meat Puppets: Clubhouse Music Venue

    Portland (Maine)

    moe.: State Theatre

    Portland (Oregon)

    Leftover Salmon: Roseland Theater

    Nurses, Radiation City: Mississippi Studios

    Pierced Arrows: Ash Street Saloon

    Red Fang: Star Theater

    Reverend Horton Heat, Supersuckers: The Crystal Ballroom

    Talkdemonic: Misson Theater

    San Diego

    Fedde Le Grand, Porter Robinson, Hardwell, Bart B More: Valley View Casino Center (OMFG! NYE)


    Kinky: 4th & B


    Mustard Pimp: King Cat Theatre

    Starfucker, Champagne Champagne: The Crocodile

    St. Louis (Missouri):

    Cowboy Mouth: Old Rock House

    Devon Allman’s Honeytribe: Blueberry Hill

    Excision: Koken Art Factory

    Umphrey’s McGee: The Pageant


    Elliot Brood: Lee’s Palace

    Kyuss! Lives: Cherry Cola’s Rock N’ Rolla Cabaret & Lounge

    The Sadies: Horseshoe Tavern

    Steve Aoki, Thomas Gold: Kool Haus


    Tiësto: Pacific Coliseum

    Washington, DC

    Animal Collective (DJ Set), Le Tigre (DJ Set), ANR (DJ Set): 1800 L Street NW (BYT NYE)

    Drive-By Truckers, Booker T, Alabama Shakes: 9:30 Club

    Gucci Mane: Love Night Club

    Morgan Page: Fur Nightclub

    Painted Face: Rock and Roll Hotel

    On TV

    — Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (ABC): Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine, Blink-182, Nicki Minaj

    New Year’s Eve with Carson Daily (NBC): Drake, The RootsCee-Lo Green

    NYE in NYC (MTV): J. Cole

    Coldplay New Year’s Eve: An Austin City Limits Special (PBS)

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