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Ring in the new year on a live musical note

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Still looking for ideas to close out 2017 and welcome the new year? There are myriad live music options at venues in and around North Carolina’s Triangle and beyond. The following list is in alphabetical order and in no way comprehensive so please feel free to share other options. Happy New Year!

The Avett Brothers — Continuing a longstanding tradition, The Avett Brothers will play their 2017 New Year’s Eve show with Chapel Hill-based duo Mandolin Orange and The Felice Brothers at PNC arena in Raleigh. This will be the Concord-based group’s 14th annual NYE performance and second NYE event in Raleigh. The 2017 Grammy Award-nominated alternative folk luminaries are on the road in support of their No. 1 album “True Sadness” on American Recordings/Republic Records, which featured the blockbuster single and chart-topper “Ain’t No Man.” For more information, visit

Big Something — The North Carolina-based Big Something is expanding its annual New Year’s Eve show at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh to three nights beginning on Friday, Dec. 29, with Travers Brothership and Maradeen. Show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $23. Learn more here.

First Night Raleigh — Downtown Raleigh’s largest New Year’s celebration First Night Raleigh features nearly 100 performers in more than 35 venues throughout downtown starting at 2 p.m. There will be a ferris wheel, a countdown to midnight and fireworks.

The Garage, Winston-Salem — The Garage, one of Winston-Salem’s oldest music venues, will host its final annual New Year’s Eve concert featuring The Genuine on Dec. 31, according to owner Tucker Tharpe. The Garage, 110 W. Seventh St., opened in September 1999.

High Rock Outfitters, Lexington — Never in the history of High Rock Outfitters has it been open on New Year’s Eve until 2017. Throwdown #UptownToodleoo is a four-day event, 12/28 – 12/31, featuring Eric Gales, Big Daddy Love, Shane Pruitt Band, The Lilly Brothers, Marvelous Funkshun, & the Adam Allred Comedy Extravaganza featuring Paul Hooper, Clint Nohr and Mo Yarborough.

Jack The RadioJack the Radio is an indie rock Raleigh-based band with a hard edged, bluesy-rock, Southern pop sound. You can catch them in the band’s last show for a while (according to band leader George Hage) along with 6 String Drag and Katie Basden. Doors open at 8 p.m. for a 9 p.m. show at the The Pour House Music Hall.


Annabelle’s Curse, Virginia Ground, and Fritz & Co. — This is the first New Year’s Eve show for Bristol-based Annabelle’s Curse with Virginia Ground and Fritz and Co. at Wolf Hills Brewing in Abingdon. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets can be found here.

The Steel WheelsThe Steel Wheels will perform at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31. On Saturday, this Harrisonburg-based quartet will have an intimate seated show with Front Country and on NYE with David Wax Museum and Jim Waive & The Young Divorcees,presented by Red Wing Roots Music Festival and WNRN. Tickets on sale now at


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