If you’re in the mood to celebrate, you’ve got a wealth of opportunities to do so. In addition to countless New Year’s Eve parties happening this week, there are also a variety of notable shows happening. For proof, check out our list of the biggest concerts and music events happening in the Valley from Monday, December 30, to Sunday, January 5.
There’s an enormous electronic dance music festival, New Year’s Eve concerts, performances by living legends like Jimmy Webb, and even a chance to celebrate both the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the Man in Black.
Details about each of these gigs can be found below. And for even more live music happening around the Valley, hit up Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.
Decadence Arizona 2019Monday, December 30, and Tuesday, December 31
Rawhide Event Center
The biggest New Year’s Eve event in Arizona each year, especially among local electronic dance music fanatics, is the annual Decadence Arizona festival, which serves up an enormous selection of superstar DJs, producers, and EDM artists performing for crowds of thousands across two nights at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler. And it only keeps getting bigger.
Decadence Arizona 2019, the annual event’s biggest edition to date, takes place on Monday, December 30, and Tuesday, December 31, and will feature four themed areas with more than 40 different EDM
superstars and local DJs scheduled to perform. There will also be vendors, food trucks, and more.
The lineup on December 30 will include sets by AC Slater, Adam Beyer, Bardz, Blossom, Dab the Sky, Dillon Francis, Jamie Jones, Nora En Pure, Qlank, Skrillex, Space Jesus, Tchami, Malaa, Whipped Cream, and others. On New Year’s Eve itself, artists like Ardalan, Arius, Atlast, Decadon, Diplo, Fisher, Galantis, Gerry Gonza, G Jones, GRiZ, Subtronics, Ekonovah, Joyride, Tony Romera, and Zeds Dead will perform. The festival runs from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. each night. General admission is $129 to $139 each day and $190 for both, while VIP tickets are $219 to $229 each night and $360 for both. Tickets can be purchased here. Benjamin Leatherman
IrationTuesday, December 31
Marquee Theatre in Tempe
Iration are a reggae, dub, and rock band formed in Central California that have been playing the stages of festivals like Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and Hangouts for the past 15 years. Though some listeners classify the band's sound as “sunshine reggae” (a genre with tropical vibes), frontman Micah Pueschel rejects the label because the band aren't big on being compartmentalized.
Their latest album abounds with strains of hip-hop, pop, rock, and reggae. You can feel the vibes on Tuesday night when Iration performs a New Year’s Eve show at the Marquee. Brother Ali, Bikini Trill, Tyrone's Jacket, and Barefoot will open the show, which starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $42.50 to $77.50. Ayurella Horn-Muller
Maybe 2020 Will Be BetterTuesday, December 31
The Compound in Tempe
Maybe it's just us, but a good chunk of New Year's Eve soirees can sometimes be a little milquetoast. Set aside all the fireworks and midnight countdowns, and it's just another party or club night. The thing that really sets the best and brightest NYE affairs apart from most other Champagne-soaked shindigs is the sort of interesting activities and entertainment that takes place in addition to all the bottle-popping. Like, say, all the artsy and offbeat shenanigans that will ensue at Maybe 2020 Will Be Better, the annual New Year's Eve extravaganza happening at Tempe artist hangout The Compound.
Besides an enormous collection of work from more than 70 local artists — featuring such names as Sierra Joy, Colton Brock, Melissa Waddell, Chelsi Rossi, Lalo Cota, Yuko Yabuki, Tato Caraveo, and Tara Logsdon — the event will feature performances by a mix of local DJs and bands. The lineup will include sets by Los Espliffs, Secret Attraction, Tai Khanor, Djentrification, Tatiana Crespo, Pines of Torrey, and Dylan Paul Thomas. Things get going at 8 p.m., and admission is $15 at the door. Benjamin Leatherman
Grant FergusonThursday, January 2
The Rhythm Room
Guitar virtuoso Grant Ferguson's shows seem to work best in small, intimate venues. So his concert this week is at the perfect place: The Rhythm Room. He combines classic rock blended with elements of jazz, blues, and soul. His shows are often completely instrumental save for the occasional guest vocalist. Ferguson's influences include such musicians as Jeff Beck, The Edge, Joe Satriani, and Gary Moore, and it shows in his technique. And the energy in the room during his shows is the type you only can get from seasoned musicians and a crowd that celebrates the glory days of instrumental music. His show at The Rhythm Room on Thursday starts at 7 p.m., and JAMF will open. Admission is $10. Lauren Wise
Danny WorsnopThursday, January 2
Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale
Danny Worsnop has been on one heck of a ride since coming to fame as the vocalist of metalcore outfit Asking Alexandria. The screaming has pared back over the years, but the partying seemingly increased. In 2011, a 20-year-old Worsnop was getting an intervention onstage at a show in Seattle. By 2017, clean and sober, he released The Long Road Home, a country-rock record that is a far cry from the shrill, piercing screams of his youth. Back in May, Worsnop released Shades of Blue, an album that seems to follow the same country-confessional vibe he’s now adopted in his solo career. It seems like Worsnop still hasn’t decided if he wants to be Eric Clapton, Ed Sheeran, or just himself, as his return to Asking Alexandria in 2016 has been met with acclaim. But the slight edge to his voice and the difficulties of his past have also helped turn Worsnop into a competent country singer/songwriter. Tickets are $20. Nicholas Bostick