New Year's Eve Events NYC 2012-2013
If you're a fellow New Yorker with New Year's Eve commitment issues, then maybe I can help you, even if I can't help myself. (Whelp...still haven't bought tickets to anything...) Anyway, here is the breakdown of some great concerts in New York on New Year's Eve.
Top NYE Concerts/Parties in NYC
Nas New Year's Eve Concert
As Hot 97 has been telling me at least once an hour, for the past four weeks, Nas is playing a New Year's Eve show at Radio City Music Hall (because Jay-Z's obviously never gonna let him near the Barclays Center). Though some say Nas has fallen off, as long as he plays any of Stillmatic or Illmatic, how can you complain? Also, what better way to ring in the New Year than with one of NY's own (Queensborough!) rap titans?
Jay Z & Coldplay New Year's Eve Concert
Another reason why Nas can't play at Barclays Center is Jay-Z and Coldplay are. By the time they perform together, it might be old news, as Jay-Z has already played eight shows (in two months) at the stadium, while Coldplay is set to play a solo gig December 30th. Still, it's sure to be an epic way to ring in the New Year.
Phish New Year's Eve Concert Run
New York's other stadium, Madison Square Garden, is also serving as a concert venue for New Year's Eve, though for a slightly more colorful crowd. Phish is playing not one show, but a series of shows, for the seventh year, which will make these the 24th-27th shows they've played at the arena. I'd say it's not something to miss, but chances are they'll be back next year...
RJD2 New Year's Eve Concert
If you're feelin' more electro, check out RJD2's show at the Gramercy Theatre. This instrumental hip-hop artist and producer is sure to get the crowd dancing with his innovative beats. Also, one of his tracks, "A Beautiful Mine" is the theme song for Mad Men... if that doesn't sell you, I don't know what will.
The Felice Brothers New Year's Eve Concert
Take some country twang and mix in it with a little of that electro and you'll have The Felice Brothers. Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, these brothers (secret - they're not all related) have made it from coffee shops (I saw them in New Paltz back in 2006) to Coachella. Along the way, their style has changed a little, but they continue to have a unique sound and great energy. If you can't get tickets for Mercury Lounge on New Year's Eve, catch them at Maxwell's the night before.