Welcoming the Year of the Snake
On Monday (Dec. 31), the Gregorian calendar is prophesied to expire, marking the end of a 365-day cycle and the beginning of an age to be known as 2013. No one can say precisely what may occur on the stroke of midnight but here’s a geographic breakdown of noteworthy music events for New Year’s Eve:
Saratoga Springs: There are more First Night events going on in Saratoga than I could hope to reproduce in these pages (check out saratoga-arts.org/firstnight for more info), but there are a couple concerts worth checking out. The Saratoga Springs City Center (522 Broadway) will be hosting First Fest featuring Holly and Evan, Maryleigh Roohan, Benjamin Franklin, Uncle Joel’s Comb, Headband Jack, Vontus and Crush. Show starts at 6 PM. Meanwhile at Putnam Den (63A Putnam St.), Sirsy will be sharing a bill with Party Boat. Show starts at 10 PM and it’s $10 at the door.
Schenectady: Perhaps the weirdest (or coolest) bill of the night will be happening at Proctors (432 State St.). The Funk-n-Country New Years Eve Bash brings two bands from opposite ends of the musical spectrum together to make peace for the new year. Funk Evolution are horn-fueled and dancy while Skeeter Creek are a bluegrass-tinged country band. Could make for some cool collaborations if both are feeling in the mood. Show starts at 9:30 PM and costs $30. The shmancy way to do it Schenectady style, though, is the dinner and dance party at the Van Dyck (237 Union St.), featuring Groove Nouveau. Tickets are $75 a couple and come with a champagne toast.
Hudson Valley: Woodstock’s best offering will likely be the New Years Eve “Soul Down” with the Connor Kennedy band at Bearsville Theater (291 Tinker St.). It’s 10 PM and $25. Besides the Glen David Andrews show at Club Helsinki (which you can read about in the calendar box), Hudson has a nice little night of electronic music going at Hangrr18 (99 South 3rd St.) with Body Counsel and T-Bone. It’s 10 PM and $5.
Albany: At Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave.), Assortment of Crayons will preside at midnight with opening acts the Greys, Dynamite Pleasure Chair and Mime Choir. Plus there’s pizza, wings, champagne and free draft from 8 to 9 PM. Timbre Coup and Consider the Source will join forces at Red Square (833 Broadway) for a jam-o-naut new year. Lift-off is at 9 PM and tickets are $20. At Pauly’s Hotel (337 Central Ave.), the Rebecca Angel Band will join forces with the Midnight Society, Dan and Rachel, Uneven Steven and the Latent. It’s 8 PM and $10. Dirty Moses and DJ Trumastr will be holding down True Year’s Eve at McGeary’s (4 Clinton Square) with performances by Devin B, Mic Lanny, Gorilla Tao and more. 10 PM, $5. And there will be plenty of DJs and champagne at the Fuze Box (12 Central Ave.). 8 PM, $5.
Northampton, Mass: It might be worth the drive to Northampton for the big night. At the Iron Horse (20 Center St.), Enter the Haggis will be playing two sets on both Sunday and Monday at 7 and 10 PM. Tickets are $25-$30. Zach Deputy will be at Pearl Street (10 Pearl St.) with the Alchemystics at 9 PM. Tickets are $25.