You don’t have to look far to find an overpriced New Year’s Eve party with more hype than substance. But luckily there are plenty of alternatives that don’t involve just staying at home and watching wearisome pop stars past their prime sing on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve (though, if that’s your thing, more power to you). Here are five shows that won’t break your spirits (and wallet) on New Year’s Eve.
With a catalog spanning over twenty years, indie rock vets Spoon are still one of the most consistent acts out there right now. The band has released one solid record after the next, flexing their creative endurance in ways that many veteran groups of their caliber can’t. If you have a chance to see them, don’t waste the opportunity–and what perfect way to do so than by ringing in 2018.
Thievery Corporation delivers a comprehensive live show that brings a little bit of everything to the table, incorporating a slew of influences and sounds from all over the world. Seeing the D.C. electronic pioneers play one of the city’s best live venues is a New Year’s Eve concert that won’t disappoint.
On New Year’s Eve, U Street Music Hall has got you covered with their no-frills dance party featuring several awesome D.C. producers at the helm. Make sure to get there early–tickets will only be sold at the door, and there’s also $5 rail drinks from 9 p.m.-11 p.m.
At the Kennedy Center, hear Philly artist Thee Phantom and his ensemble as they pair hip hop over classical orchestration. Besides their performance, there’s also a free live show from local jazz virtuoso Mark G. Meadows & The Movement along with Vintage#18 in the main foyer before the clock strikes midnight.
Love Canon is a Virginia band that blends the nostalgia of the ’80s with a twangy, bluegrass twist. There aren’t too many acts who can pull off a “Money For Nothing” cover on a banjo and mandolin, but Love Canon can, and does so effortlessly.