New Year’s Eve 2011 Concert Guide


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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


— 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)