If you put off buying tickets to New Years Eve shows when they went on sale (some as early as September) and never got around to making plans, there are still some music options for tonight, New Years Eve, open to you.
The Rockwood Music Hall has several shows both early and late. On the early side, James Maddock will be playing with his band at Rockwood Stage 2. The show starts at 7pm. There were still $25 tickets (bar stools an standing) available (as of 8pm on 12/30). Downstairs at the cozy, seated Rockwood Stage 3, Elizabeth and The Catapult will play beginning at 8pm. Tickets to this show are $15 and were still available when last checked (also 12/30 at 8pm).
If you want to want to see live music when the year changes, The Rockwood Music Hall will have Johnnie Lee Jordan and Rockwood Stage 2 will host Animal Years. I am not familiar with either band, but a track from the latter band sounded pretty good to me. Both shows start at 11pm and are no cover shows.
There are a couple of parties with recorded music and DJs that are worth checking out. Over in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, The Way Station will be hosting its New Wave Eve Party from 8pm. Go there, marvel at the TARDIS bathroom and party like it’s 1979. And in the upper part of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, make your way to Get Wrecked at the Village Voice’s Best Dive Bar in NYC, The Ding Dong Lounge, where DJ La La Linda and VJ Linear Regression will be doing their thing at the Ding. That gets going at 10pm.
Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit)
The Way Station, 683 Washington Avenue between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue (2 or 3 Train to Eastern Parkway – Brooklyn Museum or C Train to Clinton – Washington)
Ding Dong Lounge, 929 Columbus Avenue between 105th and 106th Streets (C or 1 Trains to 103rd Street)
Wherever you go and whatever you do have a safe New Years Eve and Now I’ve Heard Everything will see you again in 2014.