Don’t drop the ball on these fly NYE parties


Dec. 17, 2015


We’ve got a lot to celebrate as we look back on 2015. There was that whole joining forces with Pandora thing(!!!), a kick-ass festival season and the addition of dozens of new partners to our #FlyFam. That said, 2015 is old news and we can’t wait for all the exciting new opportunities that 2016 holds. To celebrate, our partners across the country are closing out the year with everything from classic ballroom events and throwback dance parties to EDM ragers and soul shakedowns. Don’t drop the ball and miss these fly New Year’s Eve events taking place at a concert hall/ice rink/tent/bowling alley near you.

San Francisco Bay Area
  • 12.31: Party like it’s 1988 with R&B and pop icon Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded, featuring new members Nate Allen Smith and dancer/vocalist Rosero McCoy. The trio is known for dazzling performances that combine both throwback hits and songs from Watley’s retro-futuristic new album, Paradise. Hey, it’s a new year. Why not start by “Looking For a new Love”? – Yoshi’s Oakland, Oakland ($69+)
  • 12.31: Wanna get funky? Look no further than the NYE Funk/Soul/Disco Party with Afrolicious. The San Francisco institution has been rockin’ nine years strong as one of the premiere productions for global funk. To ring in 2016, they’re bringing their friends Zeb Early’s Smoked Out Soul and Will Magid, in addition to a performance by the eight-piece Afrolicious band and DJ sets from the crew’s Pleasuremaker and Ozgood. – Rickshaw Stop, SF ($30+)
  • 12.31: Stay classy with Tainted Love, Quinn Deveaux and the Blue Beat Review, and the Cottontails. That’s 80s covers, modern soul and “American musical styles from the 1920s to the 1980s,” respectively. Need anything else? Fine. There’ll be a champagne toast, ball drop and a special appearance by the girl in the fishbowl! Good? Good. – Bimbo’s 365 Club, SF ($60+)
  • 12.31: The thought of putting on a black tie or cocktail dress got you feeling nauseous? Forget the formalities and just dance to famed UK electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco. Tech-house pioneer Jay Tripwire and local boy Matt Hubert get the party started. – Public Works, SF ($20+)
  • 12.31: It’s chilly out. Warm up with a room full of burly beards at Bearracuda’s NYE bash and dance until 4 a.m. at one of the most prolific gay dance parties in the country. – BeatBox, SF ($20+)
  • 12.31: Mayer Hawthorne closes 2015 with his infectious retro soul and bouncy funk with a performance at The Independent. He’s had a pretty good year, we’d say. Tuxedo, his project with producer Jake One, released their debut in March—and it’s still in heavy rotation. He’s joined by the man who set his career in motion, Stones Throw Records founder Peanut Butter Wolf. Can’t swallow all that awesomeness? The open bar should help. – The Independent, SF ($135+)
  • 12.31: Party with spirit as the funky SF-based ensemble Con Brio welcomes 2016. The band will be joined by Planet Booty, which is not a sci-fi porno but a hilarious electro-funk outfit. With song titles such as “Das Booty” and “Freak Inside,” we’d suggest bringing your twerking shoes. – The Chapel, SF ($45+)
  • 12.31: Solid Gold Jacuzzi’s New Year’s Eve party features a monster lineup anchored by headlining duo Thugfucker. The name’s a little villainous, but it also sounds like vigilante heroes who take out bad guys by … nevermind. What we do know is that the tag team spins everything from house to minimal to chillout. Sleight of Hands, Mozhgan, Navid Izadi and Benjamin K round out the party. – Monarch, SF ($20+)
  • 12.31: Let Phutureprimitive’s blissful electronic beats possess you during the Juke Joint 2015 New Year’s Eve party in Sebastopol. There will also be a silent disco, so you can really get lost in the music. – HopMonk Taver, Sebastopol ($20+)
  • 12.31: Love roots rock? The Weight’s NYE Celebration is “the real deal.” The Weight features members of The Band, Levon Helm Band and other legendary acts. Helping close out the year is Moonalice, another supergroup of veteran performers. – Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley ($75+) 
  • 1.1: Start the new year with a well-balanced meal of house, funk, hip-hop, electro, breakbeats and more at the Space Cowboy DJs’ Breakfast of Champions 2016. The party starts at 6 a.m. and doesn’t stop until 6 p.m. We highly recommend a power nap between the NYE ball drop and the Breakfast bass drop. – The Midway, SF ($25+)

DC / Baltimore
  • 12.31: “Groove in the New Year” with an evening of dinner, dancing and the sweet jazz of Marcus Johnson. Tickets include a buffet dinner, dessert and a champagne toast. – Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis, MD ($110+)
  • 12.31: The Black Cat throws a righteous NYE ball with Peaches O’Dell & Her Orchestra performing a mix of swing, hot jazz and Latin rhythms on the main stage; lounge act Tony Anthony & His Malvivants open. Theme dance party pioneer DJ Dredd, known for his Carter vs. Carter (Jay Z/Beyonce) and Purple Stank (Prince/Outkast) throwdowns, will keep your hands in the air on the Backstage. – The Black Cat, Washington, DC ($30)
  • 12.31: The Rock & Roll Hotel hosts its annual New Year’s Eve Blowout. It’s no-frills: more than 10 DJs, two dancefloors, open bar all night, appetizers and no dress code. It’s a steal of a deal. – Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington, DC ($65+)
  • 12.31: The Pimps of Joytime headline what’ll no doubt be a wild night. The band blends ‘70s funk and blues with electronic beats and just about every genre in between. We like the sound of that … how much? – Gypsy Sally’s, Washington, DC ($30+)
  • 12.31: Yearning for the sounds of yesterday? Cruise back in time with 90s cover band White Ford Bronco. They’ll play anything—grunge, alt-rock, hip-hop, country, whatever—as long as it’s from the 90s. In this case, the glove does fit. – The Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC ($45)
  • 12.31: Bring in 2016 with soulful crooner Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. At 67, Bradley, whose rise to fame was documented in the feature Charles Bradley: Soul of America, still puts on a flashy, energetic performance carried by his signature raspy vocals. The Dirty Bourbon River Show opens. – The Hamilton, Washington, DC ($80+)
  • 12.31: Let local boys (and girl) 19th Street Band take you home. The band has opened for country giants such as Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith and recently performed at the Marine Corps Marathon in DC. – The Loft at The Hamilton, Washington, DC ($25+)
  • 12.31: The historic Old Ebbitt Grill sends out 2015 with a celebration featuring The John Kadlecik Band. Kadlecik, former lead guitarist for Dark Star Orchestra, has toured with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weird and Phil Lesh, so expect some top notch jamming. – The Atrium at Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington, DC ($30+)


New York City
  • 12.29: Electronic music producer—not the oontz oontz oontz kind—Dan Deacon brings his zany, interactive performance to Brooklyn Bowl. If you’ve never seen him live, you’re in for an exercise, literally. He’s known to make his audiences run around, form human tunnels and the “high five wall of death.” Drink lots of water. – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn ($20+)
  • 12.29-30: Iconic dance music producer John Digweed brings the party early. The English DJ is considered a “DJ’s DJ,” keeping one foot on the global stage and the other in the underground. Naveen G assists. – Output, New York City ($20+)
  • 12.30: Florida beatsmith XXYYXX rose to fame at the age of 16 for his spacey, chill electronic productions, with magazines touting him as a child prodigy. Now 20, he continues to stay on the tip of tastemakers’ tongues with his evolving soundscapes. Catch him live now so you can brag about seeing him before he was even old enough to drink. – Output, New York City ($15+)
  • 12.31: We know your NYE objective: to get trashed. Before you and everyone else around the world does the same, relax to the indie sounds of The Damnwells and the piano pop of Julian Velard. The show’s early (7:15 p.m.), so you can still swig champagne out of the bottle in the middle of the street like a drunken mess. – Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, New York City ($30+)
  • 12.31: Providence, RI alternative outfit Deer Tick ring in the new year at Brooklyn Bowl. On top of their catalog of hits, they’re known to throw in an occasional cover. Folk-rock band Last Good Tooth opens. – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn ($50+)
  • 12.31: Get on up to the sounds of Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. The NOLA native and his crew ring in the new year with their unique funk/rock/soul/jazz hybrid. Best wear your dancing shoes. – The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester ($59+)
  • 12.31: Get ready for the fourth annual New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Emporium, featuring a complimentary champagne toast, two giant projectors broadcasting the ball drop and more. It’s a special occasion, after all, so come dressed to impress. – Emporium, Patchogue ($18+)
  • 12.31: Welcome 2016 at The Jane’s Annual New New Year’s Eve Party, featuring a four-hour open bar, a midnight balloon drop, DJs and more. – The Jane Hotel Ballroom, New York City ($60+)
  • 12.31: Underground music haven Output goes out doing what it does best: bringing killer DJs to rock another awesome party. New Year’s Eve features house veteran Oscar G, NYC staple Ace Alvarez and South American stunner Viviana Toscanini. – Output, New York City ($20+)
  • 12.31: Veteran selector Rich Medina brings us “Home” for New Year’s Eve as he spins house, rare grooves and garage classics. – C’mon Everybody, Brooklyn ($25+)
  • 12.31: Verboten rings in the new year with New Year’s Noir, a massive weekend of parties. Kicking things off is UK DJ and producer Hot Since 82, who’s been making some of the hottest house tracks in his homeland. – Verboten, Brooklyn ($40+)
  • 12.31: The Rub, a monthly party that’s been running strong for more than 10 years, closes the year with DJ Eleven, DJ Ayres, Chances With Wolves and Prince Klassen. It’s New Year’s Eve, so expect some free bubbly to toast with. If previous years are an indication, this one will sell out, so swoop up tickets in advance. – The Bell House, Brooklyn ($50+)
  • 12.31: Penguin Prison has The Panther Room on lockdown this New Year’s Eve. Expect the one-man electro-pop machine aka Chris Glover to spin his own numbers, along with some of his favorite jams. – The Panther Room, New York City ($20+)
  • 12.31: Get mysterious at Cielo’s New Year’s Masquerade. DJ duo Sleepy & Boo, which would also be good names for cartoon bears or East L.A. gang members, spin an eclectic electronic set, with support from Gilles Wasserman and SR Serge. – Cielo, New York City ($60+)
  • 12.31: If you care more about the booze than the music—some of us really want 2015 to be over—Studio Square’s New Year’s Eve party is a solid bet with bottomless drinks, more than 20 beers on tap, sangria, a wine selection and more. Oh, and there will be DJs, too, if you’re into that sort of thing. – Studio Square, Long Island City ($35+)
  • 12.31: After the ball has dropped and you’ve unsuccessfully attempted to make out with the person next to you, make your way to Brooklyn Bowl for an NYE after-party with a DJ set from Museum of Love, featuring LCD Soundsystem’s Pat Mahoney and DFA’s Dennis McNany. – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn ($15)


Los Angeles
  • 12.31: Hollywood’s LA Mother transforms into a lavish indoor and outdoor wonderland featuring a five-hour premium open bar, confetti cannons, a live countdown, food trucks and more. Chris Malinchak, Bobby Nourmand, Eric Sharp and others man the decks. – LA Mother, LA ($95+)
  • 12.31: Some of the biggest names in EDM are coming for the aptly-titled three-day party OMFG! NYE. Borgore, Porter Robinson, Flosstradamus and many more. OMFG is f-in’ right. – Valley View Casino Center, San Diego (single day passes $75+, three day $275+)
  • 12.31: No frills weekly indie-pop party Dance Yourself Clean sends off 2015 in its signature fashion featuring DJs spinning everything from Phantogram and St. Lucia to Chromeo and Haim. Special guests will also be in the house. – The Regent Theater, DTLA, LA ($12.50+)
  • 12.31: Eat your way through what’s left of 2015 at Discovery Ventura. The New Year’s Eve party will feature a 5 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. open bar, prime rib and seafood buffet, and more. DJs Spencer Fischer and Lunatic control the booth. – Discovery Venture, Ventura ($15+)
  • 12.31: Big hairy dudes need love too. If you’re a cub on the hunt, Bearracuda LA’s New Year’s Eve is the place for you. The prolific gay dance party features DJs John Lepage, Ryan Jones and Mateo Segade. – Dragonfly, Hollywood ($15+)
  • 12.31: Skip the clubs and ride the rocksteady rhythms of The Aggrolites instead. Their brand of “dirty reggae” mixes ska with punk-energy. – Alex’s Bar, Long Beach ($20+)
  • 12.31: Take it back to the days of disco at Studio 16: New Year’s Eve at Mesa, featuring Ketel One-hosted punch bowls and hors d’oeuvres. Ride the Universe, Free the Robots and Wet Hand Dan perform DJ duties. – Mesa, Costa Mesa ($50+)
  • 12.31: Break out your overalls and parachute pants—Union Nightclub transforms into Club 90s. The recently-renovated megaclub will keep the party going until 4 a.m., which is way past your TGIF bedtime. – Union Nightclub, LA ($15+)
  • 12.31: Send off 2015 with some crude and hilarious hip-hop via Mickey Avalon and Dirty Nasty. Something tells us this won’t be the only place you’ll hear their hits “Cocaine” and “My Dick” tonight. The Palmer Squares, Romy Ancona and Mikie Smithers open. – Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach ($59+)
  • 1.1: Wait, you’re not hungover from the night before? Well then, head over to the Regent where members from Australian electronic band Cut Copy headline a stacked party that also features Aeroplane, Ben Browning and Project Pablo, among others. – The Regent, DTLA, LA ($20+)


  • 12.31: Hailed as one of Philly’s biggest New Year’s Eve parties, NYE Live! is an all-inclusive affair with premium drink packages, food buffets and live performances in addition to a midnight balloon drop and champagne toast. – XFINITY Live!, Philadelphia ($95+)
  • 12.31: Glide across the ice as fireworks crack overhead during New Year’s Eve at Blue Cross RiverRink. Not only do you get some of the best seats for fireworks watching, but tickets also include awesome food and entertainment. – Blue Cross RiverRink, Philadelphia ($25+)
  • 12.31: Dance into 2016 with Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense. Lovetester, Selectronics and DJ Kaos warm you up. – World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Philadelphia ($25+)
  • 12.31: On a budget? A Pop Muzik New Year’s Eve is the perfect solution. Not only does it feature Philly veteran DJ Robert Drake, but it comes with a two hour open bar—for $20! – Dolphin Tavern, Philadelphia ($20+)
  • 12.31: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the David Bromberg Quintet. Bromberg, a folk-music legend and guitar virtuoso, can play everything from bluegrass to jazz to country and has a decorated history having played with everyone from Willie Nelson to George Harrison. – World Cafe Live – Wilmington, DE ($40+)
  • 12.31: Close out the year with a New Year’s Eve extravaganza featuring PhillyBloco. The 23-piece band perform a raucous blend of samba, reggae and funk. 97.1’s DJ Rockwell gets the party started. – The Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA ($30+)

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