5 live shows to see on New Year’s Eve

Ring in the New Year with music.

J. Geils Band
Lead guitarist J. Geils and vocalist Peter Wolf of the Boston iconic rock J. Geils Band perform before a sold out Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, Saturday, August 6, 2011. –Robert E. Klein for the Boston Globe

Few experiences are more satisfying than seeing great live music. And we’re lucky to be in Boston, where shows play in and around the city every night of the week. Truth be told, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of them all. That’s where we come in, with a weekly list of performances that are worthy of your attention.

This week, we’ve focused on performances that are happening on New Year’s Eve. Happy New Year!

After playing 150 shows annually over the last five years, this jam band is taking a break from touring in 2018. That means this will be your last chance to see them live for awhile. (Sunday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $35; tickets available here)


Peter Wolf
The J. Geils Band frontman is throwing a New Year’s party on the North Shore, surrounded by his new outfit, The Midnight Travelers, and supported by local favorite Andrea Gillis. (Sunday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.; The Cabot, Beverly; $42.50; with Andrea Gillis; tickets available here)

Playing Dead
Billing themselves as “Boston’s Premier Grateful Dead Experience,” this group will celebrate 2018 in Somerville with a long set of Dead favorites. (Sunday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.; Thunder Road, Somerville; $30; tickets available here)

Saved by the ’90s
Speaking of cover bands, trade in 2018 for 1998 as the self-described “World’s Biggest ’90s Party” plays nothing but ’90s jams live in Cambridge. (Sunday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.; Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge; $25; tickets available here)

Speedy Ortiz
The Boston indie heroes will close out the year in a room they’ve played many times before. Tip: This show will likely sell out, so grab your tickets soon. (Sunday, Dec. 31 at 9:30 p.m.; Great Scott, Allston; $30; with Ovlov, Wendy Eisenberg; tickets available here)