The Beacon Theater; 12/30 at 8 p.m. and 12/31 at 9 p.m.; 2124 Broadway, nr. 74th St.; 212-465-6500
Warren Hayes of the Allman Brothers and the Dead is also a member of this Southern jam band, who will be performing at the Beacon for New Year’s Eve for the eighth time. They must be doing something right. Plan to stay a while—they’re known for epic three-set performances.
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Best Buy Theater; 12/30 at 7 p.m. and 12/31 at 8 p.m.; 1515 Broadway, at 44th St., 212-930-1950
The soul revivalists and Daptone Records house band bring their brass-funk party to Times Square, right in the middle of all the action. Joining them will be New Orleans R&B legend Allen Toussaint, whose music was recently featured on HBO’s Treme.
The Bad Plus
Village Vanguard; 12/28–12/30 and 1/1–1/2/2011 at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.; 12/31 at 9:30 p.m.; 178 Seventh Ave., nr. 11th St.; 212-255-4037
This unconventional jazz trio’s been around for a decade, but just released their first album of all-original music this year. That’s definitely something to celebrate, and celebrate they will, with their traditional six-night run in the East Village jazz venue.
Brooklyn Bowl; 12/31 at 8 p.m.; 61 Wythe Ave., nr. N. 11th St., Williamsburg; 718-963-3369
Bowl your way into the New Year with the seminal hip-hoppers (and Jimmy Fallon house band), who play three sets at Brooklyn Bowl, which will remain open until 6 a.m. for extra festive fun.
Patti Smith and Her Band
Bowery Ballroom ; 12/29–12/31 at 8 p.m.; 6 Delancey St., nr. Bowery, 212-533-2111
The legendary rocker and National Book Award winner’s shows sold out months ago, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention them. (Besides, you can always get creative. Patti would want it that way.)
285 Kent Ave.; 12/31 at 8 p.m.; nr. S. 1st St., Williamsburg
The Garden State is well-represented in this lineup that includes Springsteen-referencing rockers Titus Andronicus and the beach-boardwalk lovers Real Estate, who cite “New Jersey” as an influence. Also on the lineup: Andrew Cedermark and Julian Lynch.
We Are Scientists
Mercury Lounge; 12/31 at 8 p.m.; 217 E. Houston St., nr. Ludlow St., 212-260-4700
These noted Anglophiles are sincere power-poppers onstage but hilarious jokesters in real life (check out their website for evidence). The combination should make for a thoroughly entertaining way to ring in the New Year.
Har Mar Superstar
Littlefield; 12/31 at 8:30 p.m.; 622 Degraw St., nr. Fourth Ave., 718-855-3388
With Dark Touches, his first album since 2004 out this year, the perpetually shirtless Har Mar stirs up trouble with R&B hooks and Ron Jeremy looks. We think it’s a winning combination.
Guided by Voices
Irving Plaza; 12/31 at 8 p.m.; 17 Irving Plaza, at 15th St., 212-777-6800
“We’re old, but we’re not completely feeble yet,” says Bob Pollard about his resurrected band, who will celebrate 2011 with a no doubt killer set. Another one that’s sold out, but it’s an intimate venue with the classic lineup, and the first time on NYE since 2004, so use this information as you see fit.
They’ve Got Jokes
What better way to ring in the New Year than with laughter? EastVille Comedy Club has four shows starring Best Week Ever’s Mike Britt, while Carolines presents “The Funniest Party in the Universe” with dancing and D.J.’s after midnight. Away from Times Square, Comix does it up with Amy Schumer and local favorite Joe DeRosa (most recently seen on Bored to Death), while Gotham Comedy Club brings you Last Comic Standing’s John Heffron, who plays two shows on NYE with Jon Fisch and Marina Franklin.