The new year quickly approaches, and there are many ways you can celebrate. If you want to mark the transition from 2016 to 2017 with a full-fledged party, we rounded up a selection of the Valley’s best.
However, maybe you want to start the year with a concert instead. Whether you yearn for an energetic celebration to finish the old year or long for a soothing start to 2017, we can help; just keep reading.
But first, a quick New Year’s Eve reminder: DO NOT drink and drive. To help you get around safely, Valley Metro makes bus and light rail transportation free on New Year’s Eve from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Learn more about the routes and schedules at valleymetro.org/celebratesafe. Be safe!
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
One of the Valley’s most celebrated acts, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers will perform their last show of the year at Celebrity Theatre. RCPM’s private label of ultra-premium tequila called “Mexican Moonshine Tequila” will be available for revelers to enjoy. And dancers rejoice: Seat rows one through three disappear to make a dance floor.
Where: Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix
When: Dec. 31, 9 p.m.
More Info: celebritytheatre.com
Jim Brickman – A New Year’s Celebration
Start the year in a more relaxed state. Attend an intimate concert with best-selling solo pianist Jim Brickman as he plays hits like “Angel Eyes,” “Rocket to the Moon” and likely some holiday music as well.
Where: Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix
When: Dec. 31, 6 p.m. or 8 p.m.
More info: mimmusictheater.themim.org
Welcome the New Year in style at Talking Stick Resort. The NYE3 show in the Ballroom offers plenty of live entertainment including bands Wanted: A Tribute to Bon Jovi, DSB: A Tribute to Journey, Discolicious, DJ Jen Jones, Tranzit and Bad Boy Bill.
Where: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale
When: Dec. 31, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Cost: $125, $150
More info: talkingstickresort.com
New Year’s Eve Celebration
The Phoenix Symphony sends off 2016 with a concert full of favorites from Strauss waltzes to Broadway showstoppers to seasonal classics. Each concert-goer — of appropriate age — receives a complimentary glass of champagne.
Where: Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix
When: Dec. 31, 4 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
More info: tickets.phoenixsymphony.org
This year’s biggest act, The Chainsmokers, will slip under the radar to spend New Year’s Eve with their fans in Chandler. That sexy video for their hit “Closer” might raise eyebrows, but it’s nothing compared to the steam The Chainsmokers will generate during its set at Decadence. Decadence begins on December 30, but on New Year’s Eve, The Chainsmokers will be joined by the likes of DJ Snake and Zedd.
Where: Rawhide Western Town and Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler
When: Friday, Dec. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 31
More info: relentlessbeats.com
Join San Diego-based reggae band Dirty Heads, along with Katastro, Mouse Powell, Neato and Highest Conspiracy for an all-ages concert at the Marquee Theatre.
Where: Marquee Theatre, 730 N Mill Ave, Tempe
When: Dec. 31, 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.
More info: luckymanonline.com
Celebrate the arrival of 2017 with a throwback to the ’80s courtesy of glam-rock parody band Steel Panthers. Their albums regularly hit No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy Albums chart.
Where: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
When: Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Cost: $42 online, $52 at the door
More info: livewireaz.com
– Justin Ferris, Phoenix.org