This week is pretty dead. Except for New Year’s Eve, that is. Instead of a full week’s picks, we’re gonna highlight four options for you to ring in the new year with. You can compile your own list from our venue listings page. Me, I’ll be mixing drinks for rich people all night. So have some fun for me.
Saturday 12/31 — New Years Eve>>
Robert Randolph brings his unique take on the pedal steel to the 9:30 Club. A recent favorite on the hippie jamband scene, Randolph brings a funky flavor to the instrument reminiscent of Sly or Stevie. Massachussets-based State Radio open the show, which is unfortunately sold out. Don’t forget that hippie crowd out front though…
The Birchmere is putting on a classier act with newgrass powerhouse The Seldom Scene. These boys have been building momentum since the early 70s to reach their current status as the best-known progressive bluegrass band on the scene. The Good Deale from Annapolis, MD are opening up the show.
The Black Cat is hosting an uncharacteristic night of swing music, rhumbas & tangos, and other mod-hipster Hollywood fare, with Peaches O’Dell and her Orchestra. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Peaches and her 11-piece band, and I can say that they put on a swell show. The New Year’s Ball at The Black Cat also includes DJ Mark Zimin (Mousetrap, Wag) spinning all night on the Backstage. Tony Anthony & his Malvivants keep things alive in-between Peaches’ sets with their retro-lounge jazz.
Finally, for the indiest of offerings on this New Year’s Eve, we have The Washington Social Club playing at DC9. These DC mainstays have built up quite a buzz in the last year with their frantically energetic live show and debut album. After the show, WSC drummer Randy and Liberation Dance Party DJ Bill Spieler will keep the party going.