11 places to see live music in Boston on New Year’s Eve

Lake Street Dive, Twiddle, and more will help serenade you into 2019.

Lake Street Dive on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2017 in New York.
Lake Street Dive performs on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' in 2017. –Scott Kowalchyk / CBS

Looking for a soundtrack with which to welcome the new year? Better yet: Head into 2019 with live music. From a Vermont-based jamband sensation to a beloved local rock-and-soul collective, here are 11 of the best concerts to catch on New Year’s Eve.

Lake Street Dive
New England Conservatory-bred soulsters Lake Street Dive had a successful 2018, releasing their seventh studio album and touring worldwide. The band will return to its roots to ring in 2019, bringing their danceable brand of rock to the Wang Theatre. (Monday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.; Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston; $45-$100; all ages; with Emily King, Dietrich Strauss; tickets available here)

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Dalton and the Sheriffs
Local country rock collective Dalton and the Sheriffs have a knack for soundtracking momentous occasions in Boston, whether it’s performing in Southie on St. Patrick’s Day or appearing on Lansdowne Street in the heart of the Sox season. It’s no surprise, then, that they’ll bring their Americana stomp to the Paradise to countdown to the new year. (Monday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $20; 21+; tickets available here)

Felice Brothers
Catskills-based family band The Felice Brothers may be from out of state, but they’ve spent New Year’s Eve in Boston before. Returning to their home away from home, the folk-rockers will wave goodbye to 2018 with a show at Brighton Music Hall. (Monday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Boston; $30; 18+; tickets available here)

Twiddle
Vermont’s history with jambands runs deep, and the latest sensation to develop a devoted following is roots rock quartet Twiddle. The band’s Boston fan base has grown so rapidly that they’ll ring in both the 31st and the new year with two consecutive local shows, with the second night taking place at House of Blues. (Monday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $39.50-$49.50; all ages; with The Werks; tickets available here)

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Something Sneaky
If closing out 2018 in grungier fashion is your preference, O’Brien’s in Allston might be your best bet. Local rockers Something Sneaky will head up a bill that also features neighborhood friends Today Junior, Brooklyn punks Native Son, and twangy folk rockers Milk. (Monday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.; O’Brien’s Pub, Boston; $10; 21+; with Native Son, Today Junior, Milk; tickets available here)


Mdou Moctar and Guerilla Toss
Tuareg guitarist and songwriter Mdou Moctar will make a special appearance in Somerville to close out the year, co-headlining a celebratory show with locally-grown psych-funk punks Guerilla Toss. The smorgasbord of genres also will feature performances from bluesy duo Mr. Airplane Man and jazzy noise quintet Creative Healing. (Monday, Dec. 31 at 8:30 p.m.; ONCE Somerville, Somerville; $20; 18+; with Mr. Airplane Man, Creative Healing; tickets available here)

Duppy Conquerors
For some feel-good music to begin another year, you can head to the cozy confines of Lizard Lounge to experience the sounds of Bob Marley. Local reggae stalwarts Duppy Conquerors will bring alive the spirit of Marley’s iconic music all night long. (Monday, Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m.; Lizard Lounge, Cambridge; $20-$30; 21+; tickets available here)

Abbie Barrett & Band
For the third year in a row, local songwriter Abbie Barrett and her band will provide the tunes to celebrate the holiday at Atwood’s Tavern. To warm the soul on the cold evening, the event will take on a tropical tiki theme with the libations to match. (Monday, Dec. 31 at 10 p.m.; Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge; $15; 21+; tickets available here)

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First Night
Boston’s annual year-end celebration of arts and performance will feature a diverse lineup of music, including Dispatch songwriter Chadwick Stokes and his band The Pintos, hip-hop duo STL GLD, and eccentric Western Massachusetts favorite BJ Snowden. (Monday, Dec. 31 from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.; various venues, Boston; free; all ages; more information here)

Dwight & Nicole
Melding blues, soul, rock, and everything in between, Vermont trio Dwight & Nicole has spent a number of New Year’s Eves in Boston. This one will be no different, with the band laying down tunes leading up to midnight at Regattabar. (Monday, Dec. 31 at 9:30 p.m.; Regattabar, Cambridge; $95; all ages; tickets available here)

Eric Darius
Contemporary jazz saxophonist Eric Darius has shared the stage with the likes of Prince, Mary J. Blige, and Carlos Santana. Along with his band, the Florida-bred multi-instrumentalist will jam into the new year with two shows at Sculler’s. (Monday, Dec. 31 at 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Sculler’s Jazz Club, Boston; $70-$175; all ages; tickets available here)

Correction: An earlier version of this article listed the incorrect conservatory for Lake Street Dive. They studied at New England Conservatory. Boston.com regrets the error.