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Auld Lang Sing!


Birdland goes big (band) for New Year's.   

Infected Mushroom
Best Buy Theater; 9 p.m.; 1515 Broadway, at 44th St.; 212-930-1950
Gross name, but it's true that these two trance D.J.'s ooze psychedelia, complete with multimedia backdrop. So maybe the mushrooms are infected with fun?

A New Years Eve Weekend With Assembly of Dust
Mercury Lounge; 12/30 at 8 p.m. and 12/31 at 8:30 p.m.; 217 E. Houston St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-260-4700
Solid and lyrically complex rock, for those looking to ease into the New Year with a little guitar twang.

Lee Fields.   

Lee Fields and the Expressions
The Bell House; 8:30 p.m.; 149 7th St., nr. Second Ave., Gowanus, Brooklyn; 718-643-6510
Soul lovers should buy new dancing shoes for this night featuring the funkadelic stylings from a pioneer of the genre. It's a double-dip of soul with Sugar Pie DeSanto, who plays her first NYC show since appearing at the Apollo 40 years ago.

The Budos Band
Music Hall of Williamsburg; 9 p.m.; 66 N. Sixth St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-486-5400
For your funk-instrumental fix, the Staten Island crew delivers a night of Afro-soul. With fellow Daptone Records signee Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires.

New Year's Eve Concert for Peace
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine; 7 p.m.; 1047 Amsterdam Ave., at 112th St.; 212-316-7540
Dance, music, prayer, and solemnity in a NYE concert first conceived by Leonard Bernstein in the early eighties. Plus, a light show in the candles lit by the thousands of attendees.

The Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe
Birdland; 10:30 p.m.; 315 W. 44th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-581-3080
The weekly big-band event fusing jazz, Latin, and Brazilian music kicks it up a notch with a celebratory, horn-heavy New Year’s event.


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