If your 2015 resolution is to catch more local bands, you can get a good head start on New Year's Eve. Here are 15 shows throughout New Orleans to ring in the New Year, plus two dance parties and DJ events that will spin well past midnight.
Brass Bed, Carbon Poppies and Kind Cousin
, 4920 Freret St.
Tickets $35 (with open bar), $12 general admission
MA'AM Records presents this Lafayette-New Orleans power-pop and rock 'n' roll showcase with headliners Brass Bed. Listen to the band's excellent 2014 single "Be Anything" below.
Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Babes and Heavy Lids
Freret Street Publiq House
, 4528 Freret St.
Bywater garage-rock king Quintron and his heirs apparent Babes (named one of Gambit
's 2014 artists to watch
) join New Orleans psychedelic punk outfit Heavy Lids.
Los Reyes de Legarto, Leyla McCalla
and Dege Legg
Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal St.
The inaugural Boudin Ball features Radiators bandleader Ed Voelker's latest band, featuring members of The Iguanas with saxophonist Jason Mingledorff and percussionist Michael Skinkus. Multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla (whose excellent Vari-Colored Songs
is one of the best New Orleans albums of the year
) and Lafayette blues-rock guitarist Dege Legg also perform.
, 828 S. Peters St.
This stadium-sized electronic trio's sophomore 2014 album Love Death Immortality
hit No. 13 on the Billboard 200
(and No. 1 on the dance chart). Republic offers several ticket options.
Kumasi Afrobeat Orchestra
and The Essentials
, 508 Frenchmen St.
Tickest $95 (includes open bar and buffet)
Logan Schutts of Afro-Brazilian ensemble BateBunda leads this Nigerian Afrobeat and dance outfit, with support from New Orleans retro-soul and R&B cover band The Essentials.
and Slow Burn Burlesque
, 2239 St. Claude Ave.
, 1032 St. Charles Ave.
Rebirth Brass Band
and Hot 8 Brass Band
The Howlin' Wolf
, 907 S. Peters St.
Tickets $80 (includes open bar)
and Jonathan "Boogie" Long
Rock 'n' Bowl
, 3016 S. Carrollton Ave.
The Louisiana bluesmen — one a Grammy Award-nominated stalwart, the other a 26-year-old, Baton Rouge blues-shredding prodigy with a massive voice — headline this double bill.
Soul Rebels, Bo Dollis Jr. & the Wild Magnolias, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
and Mia Borders
, 532 Frenchmen St.
The New Mastersounds, Dumpstaphunk and Jon Cleary
The Joy Theater
, 1200 Canal St.
and The California Honeydrops
, 501 Napoleon Ave.
VIP tickets $200 (includes open bar, food and more), $75 general admission
Evil Army, Classhole, Gasmiasma and Six Pack
, 2227 St. Claude Ave.
Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door
If you want to blow out your ears when the ball drops, this is the place to do it. New Orleans hardcore punk supergroup Classhole (Matt Russell, Paul Webb, Gary Mader, Grant Tom) celebrates the release of its debut LP with Memphis thrash-holes Evil Army and speed demons Gasmiasma (featuring members of Eyehategod and Down).
Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience
If you manage to squeeze into the French Quarter to catch the ball drop and fireworks on the Mississippi River, catch this free show in the heart of it all.
House of Blues
, 225 Decatur St.
Curren$y and his Jet Life crew host this weekly hip-hop showcase, which kicks off 2015 with a special New Year's Eve edition.
DJ Soul Sister
One Eyed Jacks
, 615 Toulouse St.
Tickets $50 (includes open bar), general admission $10
Soul Sister's 12th annual Soul Train dance party features episodes of Soul Train
projected onscreen, the Booty Patrol dancers, and, of course, Soul Sister's deeply funky rare groove collection. Tickets are sold out, though the venue will have some available when the doors open at 10 p.m.
Twelve Mile Limit, 500 South Telemachus St.
DJ Ann Glaviano holds down this classic rock 'n' roll, R&B and soul dance party (with a free Champagne toast).