NYS Music’s Guide to 2017 New Years Eve shows around New York State

NYS Music combed the state, across I-90 and I-87, up into the North Country and down into the Southern Tier, and has compiled a comprehensive list of all events coming up this New Year’s Eve. Make your plans for New Years Eve 2017 and say hello to a brighter 2018! (If we missed a show, email details to editors@nysmusic.com)

Buffalo and WNY

Join Intrepid Travelers and Folkfaces in their Buffalo hometown at Nietzsche’s. Event Link

2017 new years eveRing in the New Year at Buffalo Iron Works with Moon Hooch, Gnomedad & Honeycomb. Get your tickets in advance – this show is sure to sell out! Event Link

Aqueous has a Gorillaz-themed set planned for their bash at Town Ballroom. Event Link 

Renown Pink Floyd Tribute band The Machine will be performing at Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls. Event Link 

North Tonawanda’s Strand Theatre has Miller & The Other Sinners with special guest Cinnamon Jones. Event Link

Celebrate The New Year in Jamestown at Jamestown Eagles Club with the Kates Brothers Band. Event Link


Big Mean Sound Machine’s Big Mean New Year’s Eve will mean of night of getting down at Lot 10. Event Link

Get a double dose of folk rock at The Haunt with Driftwood. Event Link

Rochester and Finger Lakes

Rochester’s hottest new venue, Radio Social, has a hot show planned featuring harp-playing singer/songwriter Mikaela Davis. Event Link 

Mosh your way into 2018. Floated Magazine is hosting a hardcore show a show at Bug Jar with REPS, The Weight We Carry, Kodivk, and Bone Mask. Event Link

Funk n Waffles Rochester: Dirty Blanket & Root Shock. Event Link 

Anthology has two nights of fun planned. Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad plays both nights. On December 30 they’re joined by John Brown’s Body and Thunder Body. And on New Year’s Eve, they share the stage with Easy Star All-Stars (performing Dub Side of the Moon) Event Link

Syracuse and CNY

In Syracuse, Sophistafunk and Skunk City will rock out at Funk N Waffles Downtown. Event Link

Or catch The Ripcords at the Fireside Inn in Baldwinsville.

Verona – Mick Adams and The Stones at Turning Stone Casino. Event Link

Capital District

Throughout Albany, Schenectady and Troy this New Year’s Eve, celebrate responsibly. Call for a free cab in the Capital Region during New Year’s Eve, courtesy of Martin, Harding, & Mazzotti LLP.

Twiddle will ring in the New Year, with a second performance at the Palace Theatre in Albany with special guest Giant Country Horns. Event Link.

Join in on the mystique of Albany, at the Hollow Bar + Kitchens NYE Masquerade party with live music by The Late Shift, and Mirk. Event Link

The Albany Hilton will host a NYE ’80s theme party, with music by The Refrigerators. Event Link

A Pirate, and mermaid themed Shipwrecked party will take over The Desmond Hotel in Albany, with live music by The Audiostars, Skeeter Creek, and DeeJay Element. Event Link

Playing With Fire Band, along with many others, will perform at Bethlehem’s First Night, in Delmar. Event Link

Ring in the New Year at the annual First Night, in downtown Saratoga, where there will be a wide range of activities and live music. Event Link

Vapor Nightclub at the Saratoga Casino and Hotel, with feature the biggest balloon drop in the Capital Region along with music by The New York Players. Event Link

Motown will take over the Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, as R&B and Funk legends, The Commodores, are set to ring in the New Year in the Electric City. Event Link

Proctors Theater in Schenectady will hold their own Motown NYE bash with music by The Chronicles. Event Link

Soul Provider will rock in the New Year at the Rustic Barn Pub in Troy. Event Link

The Shop in Troy, along with other neighboring spaces, will host a Masquerade party with Burlesque performers and live jazz bands. Event Link

Hudson Valley

Kingston’s BSP Lounge will host Rubblebucket and local organist Marco Benevento. Event Link 

Bearsville Theater will welcome Gratefully Yours on New Year’s Eve for a night of Grateful Dead music. Event Link

In Woodstock, check out The Big Takeover at Colony Cafe. Event Link 

North Country

In Plattsburgh, The Monopole will host Groovestick for all night party with some Grateful Dead added in! Music starts at 10pm and goes until 6am. Event Link

Saranac Lake at The Waterhole will feature Annie in the Water and Nina’s Brew. Event Link


Portchester’s Capitol Theatre brings in Colorado’s String Cheese Incident for 3 sets! Event Link

New York City


They Might Be Giants at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Event Link

Brooklyn Bowl will host the legendary funk troupe Lettuce along with rising dance artists Jaw Gems. Event Link 

Rich Medina presents HOME at C’mon Everybody  in Brooklyn, performing house, rare groove and garage classics. Event Link

Soul Clap will keep the Crew Love real this New Year’s Eve with special live performances from rhythmic house duo No Regular Play and Afro-Futuristic pilots The Illustrious Blacks. Event Link

Budos Band will hit The Knitting Factory with Evolfo and Electric Citizen. Event Link

Bell House hosts The Rub NYE featuring DJ Ayres, DJ Eleven, Makossa Brooklyn Cookout and Prince Klassen. Event Link


Holly Bowling will perform her annual pre-show at The Cutting Room at 4pm on NYE. Event Link

Electric Love Machine hosts a FREE pre-party at American Beauty before Phish. Event Link

Gov’t Mule will host ‘The Rockin Mule Revue’ at The Beacon Theater, with special guests including Jackie Greene, Shawn Pelton, The Chronic Horns and The Better Half Singers. Event Link

Gramatik throws a dance party like no other at Terminal 5 on NYE. Event Link

Prefer Jazz to kick 2018 off? Try The Birdland Big Band at Birdland. Event Link

Three sets of Disco Biscuits await their loyal fans at The Playstation Theater in Times Square. Event Link

Macy Gray’s soulful voice will be singing the crowd into 2018 at Iridium Jazz Club. Event Link

John Digweed and Tara Brooks headline a bevy of DJs at Output. Event Link

and of course, Phish at Madison Square Garden. Event Link

Followed by and one final Phish After-party, this one with Kung Fu, Wyllys, Jerry Lounge Experience and more at American Beauty. Event Link

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