New Year’s Eve 2017: A Guide to Music and Comedy Events

Posted December 28, 2017 1:29 p.m. EST

Set the DVR for Mariah Carey’s “Rockin’ Eve” do-over and head out to catch the cabaret, comedy, dance music, rock shows and jazz lineups ringing in 2018.


‘ANNAL REVUE’: The comedians Justin Auslaender and Lindsay Boling look back at a specific historical event or era, and debate whether lessons were learned or if we are simply doomed to repeat past mistakes. Stand-up comedians are also slated for the event, along with sketches and a trivia game. At 8 p.m., the Creek and the Cave, Queens; 718-706-8783, creeklic.com. (Kasia Pilat)

BAD BUNNY: In just two years, Bad Bunny has become one of the most innovative and original voices in Latin music, a clever and gritty rapper-singer with a distinctively dreamy tone and an inimitably flamboyant image. He is in high demand, as is clear from his plan to perform twice, in two different boroughs, on New Year’s Eve. At Salsa Con Fuego, the Bronx; salsaconfuego.com. Also at Amadeus, Queens; clubamadeusny.com. (Jon Caramanica)

THE BAD PLUS: At the turn of the millennium, the Bad Plus’ punk-jazz assault on “Smells Like Teen Spirit” threw the band onto the pages of Rolling Stone and Spin and other publications that usually wouldn’t know what to do with a trio of acoustic improvisers like Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson and Dave King. Almost 18 years later, that ever-dependable lineup (they’ve never hired a sub) is set to change: Iverson, its pianist, is leaving, to be replaced by Orrin Evans. The band’s New Year’s Eve performances at the Village Vanguard have become a tradition unto themselves; this year’s show will be Iverson’s final night with the trio. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, Manhattan; 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com. (Giovanni Russonello)

BEACH FOSSILS and HOOPS: Hopeful, wistful 1960s folk-pop and pessimistic early-1980s post-punk reach a tuneful truce in the concise but shimmery songs of Beach Fossils. Hoops emerged in 2015 with low-fi recordings drawing on similar sources, smudged with the seemingly modest but determined do-it-yourself aesthetic of vintage collegiate indie-rock. Also performing: Clairo and Chorizo. 7 p.m., Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn; 718-599-5800, babysallright.com. (Jon Pareles)

SANDRA BERNHARD and GARLAND JEFFREYS: A pair of welcome returns: Jeffreys, the Brooklyn-born, socially conscious singer-songwriter who summed up a solo recording career of nearly half a century with “14 Steps to Harlem” in 2017, will perform at 7 p.m. At 9 and 11, Bernhard will break out her “Sandemonium,” billed (cheekily, no doubt) as “a brief respite from the endless madness,” accompanied by the Sandyland Squad Band. At Joe’s Pub, the Public Theater, Manhattan; 212-539-7778, publictheater.org. (Elysa Gardner)

THE BIRDLAND BIG BAND WITH THE SPECIAL GUEST VERONICA SWIFT: The daughter of jazz musicians, Swift soaked up bebop and older swing and was performing before her teens; still in her early 20s, she’s a precocious interpreter with a tangy, lissome soprano. She’ll join this storied club’s versatile band in residence for shows at 8 and 11 p.m. At Birdland Jazz Club, Manhattan; 212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com. (Gardner)

CHRIS BOTTI: Inhale slowly, rolling your shoulders up toward your ears. Let the past year become a big ball in your mind. You see it sitting there, a few feet in front of your nose, nothing but a mound of rubble. Now, slowly let the air out, your shoulders falling gently. As the air goes out, let that whole ugly ball evaporate. It’s been a hard year, but now it’s over. Now, as you inhale again, I want you to envision 2018 rising before you. This time you see a lovely landscape, stretched out for miles, bright and blank. You’re hearing a pure, gossamer sound, aren’t you? No, that’s not the Buddha. That’s Chris Botti, patron saint of new-age sounds and trumpet reverb. He’s ready to clear your mind and purify your body of all that bad 2017 residue. Just make sure not to fall asleep on your yoga mat. At 7 and 10 p.m., Blue Note, Manhattan; 212-475-8592, bluenote.net. (Russonello)

JAMES BROWN DANCE PARTY: A sundry crew of touring-band all-stars — including the bassist Fred Thomas and the drummer Robert Thompson, known as Mousey, both veterans of James Brown’s own ensemble — convene to recreate some of the songs that Brown used to redefine dance music in the 1960s and ‘70s. At 9 p.m., Gramercy Theater, Manhattan; 212-614-6932, thegramercytheatre.com. (Russonello)

CARDI B and VENUS X: There is likely to be no more nuclear New Year’s Eve celebration in New York than this one, the conclusion of a year in which Cardi B graduated from Instagram and reality TV fame to perches atop hip-hop and the Billboard Hot 100. A sui generis New York character, she’s an impressive rapper and a charismatic dynamo. The pairing of her with Venus X, the doyenne of the post-genre, all-subcultures-welcome GHE20G0TH1K party, is inspired. At 9 p.m., Knockdown Center, Queens; 718-489-6285, adhocpresents.com. (Caramanica)

CITYFOX 2018: This is a marathon — an actual marathon, lasting 26.2 hours, with tickets available for entrance at various points in the proceedings. Among the headliners are the German house-music innovator Dixon; New York’s own grown-up house-music prodigies the Martinez Brothers; and also from Germany, Recondite, who plays a sensual kind of techno. Also featuring Lee Burridge, M.A.N.D.Y., Steve Bug and a dozen others. At 10 p.m., Avant Gardner, Brooklyn; 347-987-3146, facebook.com/thecityfoxexperience. (Caramanica)

SHAREEF CLAYTON AND FRIENDS: This trumpeter serves up a caffeinated blend with debts to the post-disco era of jazz fusion. (Think of Chuck Mangione and the Blackbyrds and the Clarke-Duke Project.) Here, he’ll be joined by a sextet including the vocalist Jennifer Jade Ledesna; two percussionists; and, perhaps most important, a relentlessly grooving bassist, Rashaan Carter. Guests at each of the three shows — at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. — can continue partying at the Cecil, an adjacent bar. At Minton’s Harlem, Manhattan; 212-243-2222, mintonsharlem.com. (Russonello)

DIARRHEA PLANET and THICK: The Nashville band Diarrhea Planet is brash, comically brawny and utterly direct, a garage band that started out scratchy and punkish, while constantly alluding to arena rock. On its latest album, the group started to bulk up a bit to make the similarities more direct. It’s joined at this show by the all-female Brooklyn band Thick, which plays spiky, wry punk. At 9 p.m., Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn; 718-388-4111, roughtradenyc.com. (Caramanica)

DISCO BISCUITS: If the members of Disco Biscuits are even slightly embarrassed that they chose a name with “disco” in it in 1995, they’re not letting on. The group is still barnstorming the jam-band circuit, melting jam-band vamps into electronic dance music loops under neo-psychedelic lights, keeping heads bobbing. Willys opens at 10 p.m. At PlayStation Theater, Manhattan; 212-930-1950, playstationtheater.com. (Pareles)

NATALIE DOUGLAS: Natalie Douglas, who has applied her witty, sultry vocals to tributes to artists ranging from Nina Simone to Sammy Davis Jr. to Dolly Parton, will ring in 2018 with “A Very Natalie New Year,” with the musical director Mark Hartman. She’ll sing familiar and new songs, field audience requests and offer “year-end commentary.” At 7:30 and 10:45 p.m. at the Duplex Cabaret Theater, Manhattan; 212-255-5438, theduplex.com. (Gardner)

PAQUITO D’RIVERA and CARLOS HENRIQUEZ: A master saxophonist and clarinetist with a piquant, chirruping sound on both instruments, D’Rivera started his career as a member of Irakere, Cuba’s groundbreaking jazz-rock fusion outfit. Since then D’Rivera, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, has sidestroked into a range of other genres, including big-band jazz and Western classical. Here he appears with Carlos Henriquez, the young bassist in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and a composer-arranger of growing esteem. At 7:30 and 11 p.m., Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Manhattan; 212-258-9595, jazz.org/dizzys. (Russonello)

FALSE WITNESS: A mainstay of the GHE20G0TH1K ecosystem and the KUNQ crew, False Witness makes techno that’s throbbing and aggressive yet ultimately celebratory. This party, curated by Alkhemy and Studio Fluora, also features FXWRK, Kilbourne, NK Badtz Maru and Xiorro. At 11:59 p.m., Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn; 718-599-5800, babysallright.com. (Caramanica)

GRAMATIK: Gramatik makes a slightly more steroidal version of the sort of instrumental hip-hop that was de rigueur in the New York of the mid-to-late 1990s, and that somehow, two decades later, has made this producer-D.J., originally from Slovenia, an electronic-music mainstay. At 9 p.m., Terminal 5, Manhattan; 212-582-6600, terminal5nyc.com. (Caramanica)

MACY GRAY: If you thought Gray had the faded-diva archetype down in the 1990s, check her out now. Her latest album, “Stripped,” from 2016, finds her in a raspy repartee with an expert quartet of New York jazz musicians, revisiting some highlights from her back catalog. The cabaret casting suits her, and it should make this show at the intimate Iridium a winner. At 7 and 10 p.m., the Iridium, Manhattan; 212-582-2121, theiridium.com. (Russonello)

DAVID GUETTA: A few years ago, Guetta was poised to become one of the producers to bring pop music permanently to the nightclub. Seasons change, but he remains a reliable, globally popular DJ. Expect a silky night in this Brooklyn warehouse. At 8 p.m., Depot 52; lightandlife.frontgatetickets.com. (Caramanica)

CORY HENRY AND THE FUNK APOSTLES, WITH MICHAEL MWENSO AND THE SHAKES: Henry, a virtuoso keyboardist with equal debts to George Duke and Herbie Hancock, doubles as a vocalist of magnanimous poise. With the Funk Apostles, he plays a nostalgic brew of ironed-out R&B, tinged with gospel flair. Mwenso, a Sierra Leonean vocalist, comes from the jazz world, but his messages arrive in the form of a growl, not a croon, and his band, the Shakes, is a thrashing hybrid whose concerts often take the form of a prewar revue. If a tap dancer arrives to blow your mind midsong, don’t say you weren’t warned. Doors at 8 p.m., Irving Plaza, Manhattan; 212-777-6817, irvingplaza.com. (Russonello)

HOT CHIP (DJ SET) and SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO (DJ SET): How much introspection can a dance beat carry? Both Hot Chip, which released its debut album in 2004, and Simian Mobile Disco, whose debut album arrived in 2007, have addressed that question from multiple angles, juggling analog nostalgia and digital proficiency, self-conscious directness and ironic postures. Members of each group will be playing DJ sets as part of a 12-hour marathon that also includes JD Samson, Son of Sound, Heidi Sabertooth, Olive T, Evan Michael, Alan & Andrew Blancato, Mira Fahrenheit, Deep Creep and B. Ritz. At 8 p.m., Elsewhere, Brooklyn; elsewherebrooklyn.com. (Pareles)

‘JUST A SHOW’: The hosts of this recurring variety presentation are making their year-end version a matinee, supplying New Year’s revelers with a round of laughter before their evening festivities. The lineup includes stand-up from Farah Brook, Steven Markow, Ashley Hamilton, Jo Firestone and others; Matt DeCaro will play the music. At 4 p.m., Sunnyvale, Brooklyn; sunnyvalebk.com. (Pilat)

CAISSIE LEVY and LEE ROY REAMS: Reams, an ebullient Broadway vet with stories to spare, will perform at 7 p.m., summoning the past and looking sunnily toward the future. At 11, MLevy, the siren-voiced star of the Broadway-bound “Frozen” (she plays the snow queen, Elsa) will provide a mix of pop, show tunes and songs from her debut solo album, “With You,” joined by the guests Kacie Sheik and Andrew Kober, her castmates in the acclaimed 2009 revival of “Hair.” The later show includes a two-course meal, a dessert buffet, an open bar and a dance party. At Feinstein’s/54 Below, Manhattan; 646-476-3551, 54below.com. (Gardner)

‘THE LIAR SHOW: NEW YEAR’S EVE EDITION’: “Two truths and a lie” and TED Talks collide when this show’s host, Andy Christie, invites the performers Martin Dockery, Ed Gavagan, Leslie Goshko and Adam Wade to flex their storytelling muscles. But can they pull one over on those attending? Audience members will ask questions to try to suss out which of the four stories is false. At 6 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, Manhattan; 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Pilat)

LETTUCE: This band is devoted to classic funk: the hand-played, syncopated 1960s and ‘70s lessons of James Brown, George Clinton, the Ohio Players, Sly Stone, the Meters and, lately, Miles Davis, whose music is reworked on Lettuce’s 2017 album, “Witches Stew.” Its New Year’s Eve show should be galvanized by a guest: the guitarist John Scofield, a Davis alumnus. At Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn; 718-963-3369, brooklynbowl.com. (Pareles)

RICH MEDINA: A thoughtful, propulsive DJ, Medina is fluent in house, hip-hop, Afrobeat, soul and all of the slivers in between. At 9:30 p.m., C’mon Everybody, Brooklyn; cmoneverybody.com. (Caramanica)

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE COMEDY CELLAR: This celebrated New York institution hosts a lineup of familiar names for its last event of the year. Wil Sylvince is the emcee, and the stand-ups include Michelle Wolf, a writer and contributor at “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” who recently released an hourlong HBO special; Greer Barnes, who was a frequent guest on “Chappelle’s Show”; Roy Wood Jr., a correspondent on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”; and others. At 10:15 p.m., the Comedy Cellar, Manhattan; 212-254-3480, comedycellar.com. (Pilat)

NEW YEAR’S EVE IMPROV BENEFIT AND NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECIAL: For a dozen years, the Stone has kept its freak flag planted in Alphabet City as a storm of high-end restaurants and bars has risen around it. But its days are numbered: This one-room club, dedicated to experimental improvised music, will close in February, relocating to a theater at the New School in Greenwich Village. These will be the last New Year’s Eve shows at the old space: At 8:30 p.m., an all-star crew — including the alto saxophonist and club proprietor John Zorn, the tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Chris Speed and the cellist Okkyung Lee, among others — will kick things off with a set of molten improvisations. Then, at 11 p.m., Speed will lead Pachora, a quartet exploring rhythms and harmonic modes from Balkan music and other Mediterranean traditions.At the Stone, Manhattan; thestonenyc.com. (Russonello)

‘NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECTACULAR’: Crowd-averse New Yorkers tend to steer clear of Times Square on New Year’s Eve, though the comedy showcase at Carolines on Broadway, with a DJ and dancing after midnight, may make a visit worthwhile. Kerry Coddett takes on hosting duties, which means that the event will be in good hands: She was recently hired as a staff writer for Wyatt Cenac’s new comedic docu-series on HBO, with John Oliver as executive producer. At 7:30 and 10 p.m., Carolines on Broadway, Manhattan; 212-757-4100, carolines.com. (Pilat)

‘NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH ADAM FERRARA’: This actor and comedian made a name for himself playing Chief Nelson, known as Needles, on the television show “Rescue Me,” followed by a recurring role on “Nurse Jackie.” He hosts these two end-of-year showcases, with appearances from Angelo Lozada and Erin Jackson, whose performance on “Last Comic Standing” earned her a slot on “Ellen.” At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Gotham Comedy Club, Manhattan; 212-367-9000, gothamcomedyclub.com. (Pilat)

AMANDA PALMER AND JASON WEBLEY’S NEW YEAR’S EVE PHANTASMAGORIA: Palmer probes volatile, audaciously untamed emotions in grand theatrical style, whether she’s pounding a piano alone or guiding larger forces, as she will on New Year’s Eve. She’s joined by the songwriter and accordionist Webley, as well as This Way to the Egress, Lacy Rose, Alaina Ferris and Kalan Sherrard, along with additional preshow performers. At 8 p.m., Brooklyn Bazaar; bkbazaar.com. (Pareles)

PHISH: Billy who? Phish threatens to become its own Madison Square Garden institution. It has headlined shows around New Year’s Eve, with some lengthy gaps, since 1994, not to mention its 13 shows there this year. Jamming its way through songs that dip into funk, country-rock, jazz and progressive-rock, Phish is an institution with the imperative to keep topping itself, particularly with New Year’s Eve shows that keep raising expectations for a spectacular stunt. Its four shows this year, from Dec. 28 through New Year’s Eve, are sold out, but they can be live-streamed via webcast.livephish.com. At 8 p.m., Madison Square Garden; msg.com. (Pareles)

BUSTER POINDEXTER: David Johansen’s swinging alter ego returns to headline the Surrealist Ball, now in its third year, leading an eclectic roster of entertainers and personalities. Imaginative dress is encouraged. The festivities begin at 9 p.m., with an open bar until 1 a.m., at the Roxy Hotel, Manhattan; nyetheroxyhoteltribeca.com. (Gardner)

MOLLY POPE and KIM DAVID SMITH: Two distinctly downtown personalities join forces for “No Thrill From Champagne.” It’s the first collaboration betweenSmith, who has been compared to his fellow Australian Peter Allen — as well as to David Bowie and Marlene Dietrich — and Pope, whose big, brassy voice, irreverent wit and multigenerational cultural savvy have earned her a fast following. Shows at 8 and 10:30 p.m. include a three-course dinner and a half bottle of Cava per person. At Pangea, Manhattan; 212-995-0900, pangeanyc.com. (Gardner)

‘QED’S NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECTACULAR’: Many of the performers slated to appear at these two events may look familiar: Most have television appearances under their belts. Emma Willmann was in an ad for a stove and on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”; Leah Bonnema has been featured on VH1; and Troy Alan has appeared on “Laughs” on Fox. Both shows include a complimentary buffet, but the later one has a countdown and a champagne toast. At 8 and 10 p.m., Q.E.D., Queens; 347-451-3873, qedastoria.com. (Pilat)

RAVE CAVE: A warehouse rave at a location yet to be announced, this party features a four-hour set from DJ Sprinkles (the house-music alias of the interdisciplinary and multigenre musician Terre Thaemlitz), as well as the ghetto-house pioneer Parris Mitchell, the night-life eccentrics of Rinsed, and several others. At 9 p.m., to be announced; mean.red. (Caramanica)

REAL ESTATE, WHITNEY and WOODS: There’s something pastoral and reassuring in Real Estate’s major chords, medium tempos and meshed, layered, near-hypnotic guitar lines, invoking the Byrds along with the Feelies. The misgivings and uncertainties are in the words, which can’t chime away uncertainty so easily. Also on the bill are the band Whitney — two former members of the Smith Westerns, sharing falsetto-voiced self-doubt in rootsy indie-rock — and Woods, which arrived in 2005 as Jeremy Earl’s one-man indie band, but has added a rhythm section, horns and hints of psychedelia and Ethiopian funk. At 9 p.m. at Brooklyn Steel; 888-929-7849, bowerypresents.com/brooklyn-steel. (Pareles)

‘RESOLUTION TINGZ: NYE TURN UP’: A full array of African-diaspora rhythms, from soca to electro-cumbia to Afrobeats to reggae to hybrids yet unnamed, will issue from the turntables and computers of the DJs Geko Jones, Ushka and Selekta K7; the rapper Jay Boogie is the host, and there’s dancing from the Banji Twerk Team. At 10 p.m., Starr Bar, Brooklyn; 718-821-1100, starrbar.com. (Pareles)

THE RUB: A special edition of one of Brooklyn’s longest-running and most dance-friendly parties, featuring DJ Ayres, DJ Eleven, Prince Klassen and Makossa Brooklyn Cookout. At 10 p.m., the Bell House; 718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com. (Caramanica)

RICK SKYE AS LIZA MINNELLI: In “Bazazz! A Sequined Variety,” this performer channels Minnelli in a show featuring the Kit Kat Boyz and the special guests Lykken and Nancy Witter. “Mama’s New Year’s Extravaganza!” offers an alternative posse of performers. Both programs start at 9:30 p.m. and feature three-course prix fixe meals with champagne flutes at midnight. At Don’t Tell Mama, Manhattan; 212-757-0788, donttellmamanyc.com/shows. (Gardner)

SMALLS NEW YEAR’S EVE JAM: New York’s straight-ahead-jazz heart lies at Smalls, the cozy Greenwich Village basement club. On New Year’s Eve its owner, Spike Wilner, will take over piano duties, leading a quintet that also features the potent tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm. Stick around after midnight and the show will give way to what’s sure to be a spirited jam session. At 10:30 p.m., Smalls, Manhattan; 646-476-4346, smallslive.com. (Russonello)

KT SULLIVAN AND MARK NADLER: These musically and comically astute cabaret veterans, who delighted audiences in the aughts with a string of shows at the Algonquin — and in their acclaimed Off Broadway Gershwin revue, “American Rhapsody” — rang in 2017 at Pangea; this year, they hold court on the Upper East Side, beginning at 10:30 p.m. A 9:30 seating includes a prix fixe four-course dinner and a champagne toast. At the Beach Cafe, Manhattan; 212-988-7299, thebeachcafe.com. (Gardner)

TELEVISION and ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER: Television was the band that put CBGB on the map in the mid-1970s, merging sinewy art-punk riffs and surreal lyrics with modal, don’t-say-psychedelic jams. Its two guitarists, Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd, can still strike sparks in a catalog of remarkable songs, only heightening the wish for new ones. Friedberger, who shared singing and songwriting with her brother, Matthew, in Fiery Furnaces in the early 2000s, began releasing solo albums in 2011, with lean, storytelling songs steeped in 1960s and 1970s rock. Bowery Ballroom, Manhattan; 212-260-4700, mercuryeastpresents.com/boweryballroom. (Pareles)

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: This prolific, pop-loving, proudly nerdy band was offering free streaming audio back in 1985, when the streaming server was an answering machine with its daily Dial-a-Song, and playback was on your telephone. Through the decades, the group has applied its knack for tunes and rhymes to, among many other things, science, history, the music business, romance and teaching letters and numbers. Its 2008 album, “Here Come the 123s,” won a Grammy for best musical album for children, but its vast catalog has ample wit for adults. The Rad Trads will open. At 9:30 p.m., Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-486-5400, musichallofwilliamsburg.com. (Pareles)

STEVE TYRELL: This singer, producer and champion of traditional pop wraps up his 13th holiday season — he began doing them after the death of Bobby Short — with a new show, “A Song for You,” featuring tunes by Leon Russell and Van Morrison, as well as American songbook favorites. Seating for the early show starts at 5:30 p.m., with a black-tie gala at 8:30, including a four-course menu, and followed by dancing in the lobby with the Peter Duchin Orchestra. At the Café Carlyle, Manhattan; 212-744-1600, rosewoodhotels.com. (Gardner)

CHARLIE WILSON: Go for the Charlie Wilson who made ecstatic, indelible funk music as the frontman of the Gap Band, but stay for the Charlie Wilson who’s added searing, scathing vocals to songs by Kanye West, UGK and Snoop Dogg. Each reshaped his moment. At 7 p.m., Prudential Hall, Newark; njpac.org. (Caramanica)


JOHN MAYER and DAVE CHAPPELLE: Unlikely celebrity BFFs with complementary gifts for unguarded banter, the virtuosic guitarist John Mayer and the reinvigorated stand-up Dave Chappelle have been collaborating on and off for more than a decade. This year, they took their informal show, dubbed “Controlled Danger,” on the road, mixing music, comedy and storytelling. While Chappelle will release two new Netflix specials on Dec. 31, his more spontaneous New Year’s performance will doubtlessly be alongside Mayer, himself a skilled improviser. At 9 p.m., the Forum, Inglewood, Calif.; livenation.com. (Joe Coscarelli)

MIGOS, POST MALONE, YOUNG THUG and LIL YACHTY: The ad-lib-happy Atlanta rap trio Migos — Quavo, Offset and Takeoff — bookended 2017 with big wins, from a No. 1 album (“Culture”) and single (“Bad and Boujee”) in January to, somehow, increased ubiquity ahead of its early-2018 follow-up. In Denver this weekend, they will be joined by their label mate Lil Yachty; rap’s reigning eccentric, Young Thug; and the Auto-Tune crooner Post Malone, whose inescapable single “Rockstar” has him poised for world domination. At 6 p.m., Magness Arena; redrocksonline.com. (Coscarelli)

WILLIE NELSON: Where else but Austin would Willie Nelson spend New Year’s Eve? His open-door vision of country, which embraces jazzy harmonies; western swing; gospel piano; pop songs; outlaw irreverence; rock drive; and a kindly, avuncular wisdom, is the city’s presiding musical spirit. His New Year’s Eve show includes a reunion of Delbert and Glen (Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark) and more. At 8 p.m. at ACL Live at the Moody Theater; 512-225-7999, acl-live.com. (Pareles)

REBIRTH BRASS BAND: The definitive New Orleans combination of stubborn, deep-seated tradition and purely immediate pleasures is the spirit of the Rebirth Brass Band. When it was founded in 1983, it was innovative in the way it merged traditional second-line carnival rhythms and jazz with more recent funk, all without sacrificing the feeling that every band member was improvising all the time. Now it’s a pillar of New Orleans music, and no less euphoric on the bandstand. With the Hot 8 Brass Band opening. At 10:30 p.m., Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans; 504-529-5844, thehowlinwolf.com. (Pareles)

BRITNEY SPEARS: Since December 2013, this resilient pop idol has kept the flame of the Y2K era alive with her Las Vegas revue, “Piece of Me,” an intricately choreographed (and semi-reliably executed) excursion through her sturdy catalog of smashes. After more than 200 performances that successfully steadied her career and helped to strip away the past-prime stigma of a Vegas residency, Spears’ extravaganza comes to an end on New Year’s Eve. Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga will join the Strip circuit in 2018. At 9 p.m., the AXIS at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas; ticketmaster.com/britney. (Coscarelli)