Hear this Week: Live Music in St. Louis December 26 – 31

Tuesday December 27, 2016

Hear This Week: New Year’s Eve Edition

If there’s a single night a year to get out and party to live music, it’s gotta be New Year’s Eve. St. Louis does not disappoint with options. From big and lively to small and intimate, it’s all here:

Tuesday, December 31:

Kid Rock @ Scottrade Center: Interested in ringing in the new year with 19,259 of your closest friends? Kid Rock could go anywhere to spend the last hours of 2016, but he is here to party in St. Louis. He usually puts on an outrageous pyrotechnic-filled show, and word on the street is this one will be over the top. Tim Montana and the Shrednecks are part of the party. Doors open at 9, $15 to $150.

Dr. Zhivegas @ Hyatt Regency: You are invited to this multimedia nonstop dance party as one of the most popular bands in town does it up big (video, lighting, pyro effects – it’s all here). Seven piece Groovethang kicks it off with R&B, pop, and rock danceables. Starts at 8, and there are various packages from $109 for the party only to $349 which includes a room and two party tickets.

Love Jones @ B.B.’s Jazz, Blues, & Soups: If you want to bring in the new year with a high-energy funk, soul, R&B, and hip hop evening, then Love Jones will supply your groove. The Green McDonough Blues Band gets the party started at 7, and the Love kicks in at 10:30. $20.

Pokey LaFarge @ Delmar Hall: This beloved local hero continues to gain national acclaim as his seventh album, Something in the Water, keeps garnering rave reviews. His wry and witty songs taken from the well of American traditions is more timeless than retro. Lovers of Americana and roots music cannot find a better NYE’s party. Jack Grelle and David Beeman open for Pokey’s band. Doors open at 7, $30.

Miss Jubilee @ The Focal Point: Want to party like it’s 1929? This authentic 1920s jazz and blues band is performing for your listening and dancing (and drinking) pleasure. They are encouraging vintage fashion, but come to dance on a sweet hard wood dance floor in whatever attire. Doors open at 8, $25.

Good Vibes NYE @ 2720 Cherokee: But what if … you wanted rock, reggae, funk, and bluegrass? It all goes down with a spoonful of beverage. Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, the Mighty Pines, and Kullus fill up 14,000 square feet of live music – plus art, DJs, visuals, and more. Food will be part of the good time as well. Doors open at 8, $20.

Erin Bode @ Cyrano’s: St. Louis’ beloved songstress performs jazz classics and pop in her unique song-styling ways. Start your evening at this wonderful café and wine bar as she performs two shows in the main dining room. Seating happens at 5:30 and again at 9:00. $75 per person, which includes a three-course dinner.

What the Locals Know: There are more than a 100 New Year’s Eve events in town featuring live music – quiet to loud, small to huge, and of every genre. Find more on St.Louis.about.com, the Riverfront Times, and of course, the explorestlouis.com site. No excuses: Get out with your friends, loved ones, and family to bring in 2017 with some great music.

Music Note of Note: Prohibition didn’t slow down big St. Louis New Year’s Eve parties, as this Missouri History Museum blog reveals. In 1931 the Royal Vagabonds, a men’s club, threw a dance-fueled party in the Peoples Finance Building’s penthouse. “Those who weren’t dancing congregated near a booth, labeled ‘Aquae’ and ‘Drink.’ The ‘waters,’ however, were not given freely; they required a password (which was changed every 20 minutes) and had to be whispered to the bartenders.” Here’s hoping acquiring your libations on this last day of 2016 isn’t so complicated ….


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