Musical Happenings in NYC Pre- and Post-Phish Shows

Phish will return to New York City’s Madison Square Garden for a four night New Year’s run. While Phish might be the main event, there are many shows happening around the city both before and after Phish that fans might interested in checking out. Here’s a rundown of those shows – both those being billed as Phish after-parties and those that are not.


Many New York bands are represented in those performing around the Phish shows, including some of the after-parties. On Wednesday night, Jersey City’s Lil Joe and the ill Picards will bring their funk to Leftfield on Ludlow Chromatropic will join forces with Sprocket to form ChromaSprocket. They will perform with special guests Natalie Cressman and Peter Apfelbaum of the Trey Anastasio Band at Lucille’s at B.B. King’s also on Wednesday night. Late night on New Year’s Eve, Snarky Puppy will play Irving Plaza.

On Friday night, Nyack’s ShwizZ will join forces with FiKus to perform as ShwiKus and play tribute to P-Funk at Lucille’s. Saturday night brings Elise Testone and an all star lineup, including Todd Stoops, Natalie Cressman and Michael Ray, leading a James Brown Dance Party at B.B. Kings. ShwiKus will also be at Lucille’s again, this time playing an ’80s set. One ticket gets you into both of those shows. Dopapod will be at the Grammercy Theatre. Finally, Ha Ha the Moose, made up by members of moe., will bring their off-centered musical theatre to Irving Plaza. You can expect nothing but the unexpected from “The Moose.”


Wednesday, Dec. 30
Tower of Power @ B.B. King’s Blues Club – 10 p.m.
Kevin Hedge and Louie Vega @ Cielo – 10 p.m.
Joseph King @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 – 10 p.m.
The Bad Plus @ Village Vanguard – 10:30 p.m.
*Start Making Sense @ Irving Plaza – 11 p.m.
Disco Biscuits w/ Horizon Wireless @ PlayStation Theatre – 11 p.m.
*Particle w/ New Riders of the Purple Sage @ The Cutting Room – 11:55 p.m.
*ChromaSprocket (Chromatropic x Sprocket w/ Natalie Cressman and Peter Apfelbaum) @ Lucille’s at B.B. King’s – 11:55 p.m.
*Rebirth Brass Band @ Highline Ballroom – 11:59 p.m.
*Lil Joe and the ill Picards @ Leftfield on Ludlow – midnight

New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31
*Snarky Puppy @ Irving Plaza – 2 a.m. (technically on Jan. 1)

Friday, Jan. 1
*Holly Bowling @ The Cutting Room – 4 p.m to 6 p.m.
Frank & Tony, Taimur Agha, Ray Zuniga, Nikola Baytala, Ted Krisko, Willie Graff, Alex Graham & More TBA @ The Panther Room – 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. (technically ends Jan. 2)

The Bad Plus @ Village Vanguard – 10:30 p.m.
Disco Biscuits w/ Animal Rexx @ PlayStation Theatre – 11 p.m.
*Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe @ Irving Plaza – 11:30 p.m.
*Dead Sessions @ The Cutting Room – 11:55 p.m.
*Pink Talking Phish @ Highline Ballroom – 11:55 p.m.
*ShwiKus plays P-Funk (ShwizZ + FiKus = ShwiKus) @ Lucille’s at B.B. King’s – 11:55 p.m.
The Motet @ B.B. King’s – 11:59 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 2
PhanArt Presents: Skyscraper is Grand @ Hotel Pennsylvania – 12-7 p.m.
*New Mastersounds @ The Cutting Room – 4 p.m.
Touchpants @ American Beauty NYC – 5 p.m.

*Ha Ha the Moose (Rob, Chuck and Jim from moe.) @ Irving Plaza – 10:30pm
The Bad Plus @ Village Vanguard – 10:30pm
*Dopapod @ Grammercy Theatre – 11 p.m.
Disco Biscuits @ PlayStation Theatre – 11 p.m.
BIGYUKI @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 11 p.m.
Subset @ Webster Hall – 11 p.m.
*The James Brown Dance Party (Michael Ray, Natalie Cressman, Chris Bullock, Todd Stoops, Fred Thomas & Moussey Thompson, Adam Chase & Matthew Chase, Elise Testone) @ B.B. King’s – 11:55 p.m.
*ShwiKus plays The 80s @ Lucille’s at B.B. King’s – 11:55 p.m.
*New Mastersounds @ The Cutting Room – midnight
Walker Adams @ Rockwood Music Hall – midnight

* billed as Phish after-party


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