Tonight: 15 New Year's Eve concerts in New Orleans


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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

Gasa Gasa, 4920 Freret St.
Tickets $35 (with open bar), $12 general admission
8 p.m.
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.
Tickets $25
8 p.m.
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.
8 p.m.
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.

Glitch Mob
Republic, 828 S. Peters St.
Tickets $75-$150
9 p.m.
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
Maison, 508 Frenchmen St.
Tickest $95 (includes open bar and buffet)
9 p.m.
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.

Debauche and Slow Burn Burlesque
Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave.
Tickets $12
10 p.m.

Eric Lindell
Circle Bar, 1032 St. Charles Ave.
Tickets $40
10 p.m.

Rebirth Brass Band and Hot 8 Brass Band
The Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters St.
Tickets $80 (includes open bar)
10 p.m.

Tab Benoit and Jonathan "Boogie" Long
Rock 'n' Bowl, 3016 S. Carrollton Ave.
Tickets $27
8 p.m.
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
Blue Nile, 532 Frenchmen St.
Tickets $40
9 p.m.

The New Mastersounds, Dumpstaphunk and Jon Cleary
The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St.
Tickets $60-$125
10 p.m.

Galactic and The California Honeydrops
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave.
VIP tickets $200 (includes open bar, food and more), $75 general admission
9 p.m.

Evil Army, Classhole, Gasmiasma and Six Pack
Siberia, 2227 St. Claude Ave.
Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door
10 p.m.
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
Jackson Square
Free admission
9:30 p.m.
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.

Jet Lounge
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
Tickets $19
11 p.m.
Curren$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
10 p.m.
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.
Free admission
9 p.m.
DJ Ann Glaviano holds down this classic rock 'n' roll, R&B and soul dance party (with a free Champagne toast).

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