Holidays

New Year's Eve for Music Lovers

The second night of Decadence at the Colorado Convention Center on December 31, 2017
The second night of Decadence at the Colorado Convention Center on December 31, 2017 Miles Chrisinger
Some of us like to demolish the old year and ring in the new with not just explosions and cheers, but music. If that describes you, take note of these ten New Year’s Eve concerts — from dubstep to gypsy punk.

The Black Box will host U.K.-based producers and DJs on New Year's Eve.
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Itchy-O with Mr. Pacman
Oriental Theater
If you’re looking for an overwhelming multi-sensory experience that reflects the dark carnival that 2018 has been, then get yourself to Itchy-O’s annual three-night New Year’s celebration. CPR’s OpenAir presents this year’s shows by the 57-member avant-garde electronic-and-percussion band. The evening also features Mr. Pacman, so expect lots of fantastic and fearsome costumes, ecstatic marching, and lots and lots of drums.

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Rubedo headlines the first-ever live music show at Camp Kalamath.
Heather Fairchild
Rubedo, Fed Rez and more
Lost Lake
All of the acts in this lineup are local favorites who bring rowdy good vibes, no matter the genre. The night, presented by KGNU and Twist & Shout Records, features DJ Polyphoni, the “psychedelic sonic witch magic” of Rare Byrd$, the clever alternative hip-hop of Fed Rez, and the irreverent synth-rock of headliner Rubedo.

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Wildermiss at Westword Music Showcase 2018.
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Wildermiss, with Retrofette and Coastal Wives
Larimer Lounge
If you’re looking to bop around to the fun-loving tunes of some of Denver’s top pop bands, get your fix at this showcase. Westword readers voted Retrofette the Best Pop Act of 2017, and the band throws a hell of a synth-loving get-down. And Wildermiss made national waves on the strength of charming single “Carry Your Heart,” which garnered an adoring shout-out from the Dashboard Confessionalist himself, Chris Carrabba.

DeVotchKa
Bluebird Theater
What one band can provide the soundtrack that sums up the gravity and absurdity of 2018 while also capturing the cinematic sweep of one year into the next? DeVotchKa, of course! The theatrical indie-rock group, which just released its first album in seven years, This Night Falls Forever, will play two New Year’s shows (December 30 and 31) at the Bluebird. Working on Hollywood films and with the Colorado Symphony has only expanded DeVotchKa’s multi-instrumental sound, so get ready to stare into that gorgeous abyss.

Gasoline Lollipops is one of four Colorado bands selected by Superfly to play Grandoozy.
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Gasoline Lollipops performing Tom Petty’s Wildflowers
Fox Theatre, Boulder
New Year’s Eve is an opportunity to look back on the past year, as well as the years before that; consider it one last chance to soak in nostalgia before turning to what’s next. Energetic folk band Gasoline Lollipops will do just that with a performance of Tom Petty’s Wildflowers during this final show of 2018.

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Slim Cessna's Auto Club.
Brandon Marshall
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club
Globe Hall
Slim Cessna's Auto Club is a Denver tradition — and so is the band’s annual New Year's Eve gig. But that doesn't mean that these old acquaintances should be forgot, or that the gothabilly outfit is out of surprises. This year's show is set for Globe Hall, and the evening will include a performance by DBUK, the shake-rattle-and-roll side project comprising core members of the Auto Club, including Slim himself.
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Katie Moulton is a former Westword music editor. She's written about culture for alt-weeklies since 2009 and has also worked as a venue manager, radio DJ/producer and festival organizer. Her go-to karaoke jams are "Flagpole Sitta," by Harvey Danger, or "Ride Wit Me," by Nelly, which tells you a lot.
Contact: Katie Moulton