Still without New Year’s Eve plans? We think attending a concert is a great choice for ringing in 2016. Instead of battling cab traffic, meddling with the cold weather en route to the next bar, or losing your significant other at a warehouse party, why not stick to one venue to celebrate the end of 2015? This year, New York City is hosting a wide variety of shows music lovers can choose from this holiday. From the RuPaul and Marilyn Manson inspired Mykki Blanco, to the legendary jam band Phish, to the “Margaritaville” man himself, Jimmy Buffett, there won’t be a crazier or stranger place to be this year than the Big Apple. Here are the 7 Best New Year’s Concerts in NYC. And from us here at TickPick to you, Happy New Year.
Jimmy Buffett @ Barclays: Dec. 31
If you’re in NYC for this NYE, there are plenty of concerts to choose from, but what better way to ring in the New Year than with the man who brought you “Cheeseburger in Paradise”? Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band will be hosting their first ever New Year’s Eve in NYC, and will also be celebrating Buffett’s 40th anniversary of A1A, his first Top 40 record. The “Margaritaville” singer will be joined by Grammy award-winning musicians Huey Lewis and the News for what will be a wonderful night of contemporary American music classics.
Phish @ MSG: Dec. 30, 31, & Jan. 2
This New Year’s Eve, Phish will be returning to Madison Square Garden to continue their tradition of throwing truly legendary parties to ring in the new year. There’s a reason why Phish has some of the most devout fans in the music industry. Phish, a rock and jam band formed back in ‘85 at the University of Vermont, consists of members Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, John Fishman, and Page McConnell. With a catalog of songs that range from reggae, blues, rock, pop, and jazz, Phish concerts continue to be spontaneous, filled with thoughtful mash-ups, solo jamming, and top-notch musicianship. We’ll bet that each night of Phish’s MSG residency this New Year’s, fans will have incomparable experiences, as Anastasio and Co. are famous for their consistently changing sets, each show a prelude to the next.
Mykki Blanco & Cakes da Killa @ Mercury Lounge: Dec. 31
If you’re looking to attend a rap/hip-hop show with an indie sized audience, than we suggest heading over to Mercury Lounge this New Year’s Eve to see Mykki Blanco and Cakes da Killa, two of NYC’s finest gay rappers. Mykki Blanco, a cross between RuPaul, Andre Breton, and Marilyn Manson, brings crushing industrial rock in the presence of hip-hop to create a truly avant-garde act. We trust this riot grrrl meets ghetto fabulous musician to host an adequately raucous and extremely entertaining New Year’s Eve party. Mykki Blanco will be joined by fellow LGBT hip-hop community member Cakes da Killa, who released a five-track play titled #IMF last February.
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, Charlie Puth, Wiz Khalifa @ Times Square: Dec. 31
If you’re feeling brave this year, and don’t mind some pretty intense crowds, the New Year’s Rockin Eve lineup at Time Square is offering a pretty talented pop star line-up. Country music star Luke Bryan will be joined by Demi Lovato, who released her fifth studio album this year, a self-empowered record titled Confident. Along with Clarlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa, Carrie Underwood will be acting as headliner this year for what has been known to be one of the best New Year’s Eve parties in the country.
New York Philharmonic @ Lincoln Center: Dec. 31
Looking for a more low-key way to celebrate the arrival of 2016? This year, The New York Philharmonic will be performing a special event in the spirit of looking forward after some tumultuous times. La Vie Parisienne, a musical love letter to Paris, will feature some of the most acclaimed French classical pieces of the century, including “La Vie En Rose”, “Carnival of the Animals”, “Can-Can”, and more. What better way to end the year than spending a night of commemoration and reflection to the sounds of famed classical standards? The New York Philharmonic will be conducted by Alan Gilbert for this special New Year’s Eve performance.
The Chainsmokers, Travis Scott, and Nicky Romero @ Pier 94: Dec. 31
EDM fans, look no further for NYE plans, because this year at Pier 94, three big acts are slated to ring in 2016, including the progressive house DJ Nicky Romero, who released a new record (Protocol) this year. The Chainsmokers, Nicky Romero, Travis Scott, ANSOLO, and many more will be occupying Pier 94 for the holiday, making this concert the best EDM show of the month (and perhaps year). Pier 94 is known for hosting some pretty amazing EDM events, such as Pier of Fear this past October feat. Skrillex and Armin Van Buuren. With incredible visual displays, dancers and acrobat performers, and extensive set designs, Pier 94 is adequately geared to host a wonderful party to welcome 2016.
DIIV + Tamaryn @ Bowery Ballroom: Dec. 31
DIIV, the beachy pop music project of musical provocateur Zachary Cole Smith, just announced a special New Year’s Eve concert at Bowery Ballroom. The Brooklyn-based four-piece released a new single just last week titled “Under the Sun”, an upbeat track that falls in line with their atmospheric sound. If you’re looking to avoid a gigantic crowd this New Year’s, we think you’ll have a great time hanging out at Bowery Ballroom with DIIV, a group of laid-back musicians who typically garner an equally laid-back crowd. DIIV will be joined by the indie Australian artist Tamaryn.