There are countless ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve. If your ideal celebration includes live music, you’re in luck. There are a number of concerts happening around Phoenix to ring in the New Year. Here are our picks.
Goldwax Revival with The Sugar Thieves and Japhy’s DescentLast Exit Live
717 South Central Avenue
Phoenix New Times’ choice for Best New Band of 2022, Goldwax Revival, doesn’t play very often (the last show was June), but they’re closing out the year strong with a headlining show at Last Exit Live. Catch their soulful sound along with sets by blues outfit The Sugar Thieves and local favorites Japhy’s Descent. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8:30 p.m. show. Cost is $20.
Playboy Manbaby, Breakup Shoes, and moreCrescent Ballroom
302 North Second AvenueHow can one not-too-big venue fit nine local acts into one evening? By splitting them into two stages. Inside the ballroom of Crescent Ballroom, you can catch headliners Playboy Manbaby, plus Breakup Shoes, Sydney Sprague, and Veronica Everheart. Outside on the patio, the lineup includes Okinawa Plane Crash, Boss Frog, Diva Bleach, Spicy Mayo, and Wallace Hound. The ticket for the whole shebang will cost you $22 in advance and $25 day of show. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 9.
Left Alone with guestsYucca Tap Room
29 West Southern Avenue, TempeIf punk music is your thing, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to mosh and bang your head one more time before 2022 ends. Left Alone out of Wilmington, California, will headline the New Year’s festivities at Yucca Tap Room. Also on the bill are Phoenix punk groups Skull Drug, TV Tragedy, Thrashcan, Corky's Leather Jacket, and Perfect Sense. And if you need a break from the headbanging, an ’80s dance party will be going on in Yucca’s lounge. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 in advance and $15 day of.
730 North Mill Avenue, TempeJam band Spafford may have a national following now, but they’re homegrown, and they’re coming back to town for two shows over New Year’s weekend. They’re playing on Friday, December 30, and Saturday, December 31, at Marquee Theatre. Tickets for the NYE show are $45 (Friday is $35, or you can see both shows for $70). Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8:30 show.
New Year’s Eve with Megan HiltyPhoenix Symphony
75 North Second StreetLooking for an upscale concert experience to ring in 2023? Your best bet is the event at Symphony Hall with Megan Hilty, star of stage and screen, and the Phoenix Symphony. Hilty has performed as Glinda in Wicked on Broadway and has been seen in television shows such as Smash. She’ll perform backed by our own symphony orchestra. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $34 to $109.
Coming for '23The Lost Leaf
914 North Fifth StreetAfter being on the brink of closure earlier this year, The Lost Leaf is back to being a hub for music and art on Roosevelt Row. They’re celebrating the New Year with the Coming for '23 party, and the stacked local lineup includes music by Apetight, Djents, Indygo The Martian, Jerusafunk Combo, Meager Bodies, Pijama Piyama, Solokestra, Stoneypie, Sueño, Taeps, Tatiana Crespo, and Vinyl Vagos. There’ll be stages set up inside, in the backyard, and next door. Doors open at 7:30 for the 8 p.m. show. Cost is $15 in advance and $20 the day of.