Arguably the best single night of the year for live music, New Year's Eve can be an overwhelming thing to plan for. To help you narrow down your options, we've picked the ten best shows this year, plus a few extras we couldn't ignore. Also, feel free to hype your own show in the comments section!
Not a live music person? Check out our other NYE suggestions: - Top 10 Denver New Year's Eve Parties under $20 -Top 10 Denver New Year's Eve parties between $20 and $75 -Top 10 Denver New Year's Eve Parties over $75 - See full New Year's Eve guide in our Calendar section
Crystal Castles at the Boulder Theater With Pictureplane and Chain Gang of 1974 Two of Denver's brightest up and coming starts join one of 2010's most talked about bands in Boulder. Not sure how they'll handle seating, since all three acts really require dancing for the full effect, but that's a quibble. This should be awesome. $60 Buy tickets here.
New Years Eve Masquerade Ball at the Oriental Theater With Paper Bird, Dovekins and Pee Pee Hard to imagine a more joyful live act than Dovekins. Paper Bird and Pee Pee are great party bands as well, and the Masquerade element makes this one stand out from the rest. $15-$65. Buy tickets here.
Warlock Pinchers at the Gothic Theatre With Il Cattivo, Bobby C Sound TV and MegaJive Punk legends Warlock Pinchers return again for New Year's Eve. The bands will be done by midnight and Bobby C Sound TV is a sight/sound to behold. $28. Buy Tickets Here.
The Knew Year's Eve at Larimer Lounge With The Knew, American Tomahawk, Faceman and DJ Iridel If you like Americana, there is no better bill anywhere in the state. Champagne toast at midnight. $8. Buy Tickets Here.
Slim Cessna Auto Club at the Bluebird With Munly and the Lupercalians and Houses SCAC will be playing its tenth NYE show here in Denver, and this one should be especially memorable. No complaints about that undercard, either. $29 in advance/$35 day of show. Buy tickets here.
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake at the Hi-Dive With Kingdom of Magic and Crystal Mouse Collective Snake Rattle Rattle Snake has emerged as one of Denver's best rock bands this year, and this show should see the South Broadway crowd at its finest. $12 in advance/$15 day of show. Buy tickets here.
Widespread Panic at the Pepsi Center With G Love & Special Sauce Kind of a no-brainer here: If you like Widespread Panic, you're probably going whether or not we tell you about it. And otherwise, well, G Love & Special Sauce put on a heck of a live show. $64-$466. Buy tickets here.
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Analog Space NYE Party at the Meadowlark With Pine Chulada, Constellations, School Knights, King Mob and more. Looking for who's next in Denver music? This is the show for you, with nine performances by mostly up-and-comers at both the Meadowlark's indoor stage and heated outdoor patio. $7. Buy tickets here.
Skyfox at Moe's With Undercover, Places and Saints Another very solid local lineup, Moe's will be a fun place to be when the ball drops. And you won't find better food at any of the other venues on this list. Free shots of tequila at midnight. $10. Buy tickets here.
Nuns of Brixton at the Lion's Lair With Bitchin' Camaro A pair of cover bands (The Clash and Dead Milkmen, respectively), one in habits, will be kicking your ass into 2011 at the Lion's Lair. Full disclosure: our esteemed clubs editor, Jon Solomon, is a member of Nun's of Brixton. However, he had nothing to do with this show's inclusion here. The nuns put on a great show, period. More info here.