New Year’s Eve: Who’s Playin’ Where?

(Clockwise from upper left: Hammell on Trial, Scott Sharrard, The Felice Brothers and Simi Stone)
(Clockwise from upper left: Hamell on Trial, Scott Sharrard, the Felice Brothers and Simi Stone)

Ah, New Year’s Eve… what to do?

Do you want a rockin’, rollickin’ “Welcome to 2017” party? Or maybe a grown-up dinner-and-a-show package deal? Or would you prefer an intimate, reflective night out capped off with a toast that says “Farewell and Fuck Off to 2016”?

Either way, Saturday (December 31) is one of those nights-on-the-town where you probably want to do a little advance planning. Fortunately, Nippertown is here with a big ole round-up of Saturday night’s events, and it looks like there’s a mighty wide array of entertainment options to cover all of your particular (or peculiar) Y2K+17 needs.

And, of course, if you just want to stay home at watch the ghosts of Guy Lombardo and Dick Clark usher in the new year on TV – or totally ignore the whole calendar-flippin’ thing altogether – well, as Bobby Brown would say, “That’s your perogative.”

So here’s a list of some New Year’s Eve entertainment suggestions for you. And if there’s something cool that we missed, please let us know in the comment box below:


First Night Saratoga featuring the Figgs, Wild Adriatic, Sirsy, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Darling Valley, the Living Roots Trio, lots more @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. More than 70 regional performing groups playing in 30 venues 6pm-12midnight. $15 in advance; $20 day of.


New Year’s Eve Celebration: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show featuring Joe List, Chris Lamberth and Greg Stone followed by the Joey Thomas Big Band @ Proctors, Schenectady. 8pm. $60. UPDATE: This event is officially sold out…


First Night of Funny (Clean & Clever) featuring Kelly MacFarland, Steve Caouette, Joe Bronzi and Jaye McBride @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. 7:30pm. $35 in advance; $40 at the door.

First Night of Funny (Uncensored) featuring Kelly MacFarland, Steve Caouette, Joe Bronzi and Jaye McBride @ The Egg’s Hart Swyer, Albany. 8pm. $35 in advance; $40 at the door.

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show featuring Joe List, Chris Lamberth and Greg Stone @ theREP, Albany. 9pm. $30 in advance; $35 at the door.

Andrew Schulz @ Funny Bone, Guilderland. 7pm. $25. 10pm. $55.

Ray Harrington @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. With dinner, four-hour open bar, champagne toast, DJ and dancing. $299 per couple.

Dee Watson @ Dawn’s Victory Sports Cafe, Albany. With Shawn Gillie, B. Burgess and Rich Williams. 8pm. $25; $45 w/dinner.


First Night Bethlehem featuring Raisinhead, Andy the Music Man, Skip Parsons Riverboat Jazz Band, Playin’ with Fire, the Mendelssohn Club @ Four Corners, Delmar. With fireworks, ice sculpture, arts & crafts, face painting and a battle of the high school bands. 6:30pm. $15; $5 ages 12-18; FREE children under age 12.


Roxxi Tart’s 1920’s Burlesque Revue @ North Albany Rehearsal Studios, Albany. 8pm. $50; $90 per couple; $75 VIP.


Scott Sharrard & Friends @ the Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. The guitarist and musical director of the Gregg Allman Band brings the blues-rockin’ musical fireworks to town. $95 with dinner; $30 show only.

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 9:30pm. $40.

Twiddle @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. With Aqueous and Soul Monde. 7:30pm. $39 in advance; $44 day of.

Mirk @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Stellar Young. 9:30pm. $12 in advance; $15 day off.

Hamell on Trial @ the Low Beat, Albany. 7pm.

Hot Cousin @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Victory Soul Orchestra, Matt McWatters and Rob Boss. 9pm. $7.

Simi Stone @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Bringing her “Mountain Motown” sound to wrap up the year. With Pearl Aday (yeah, Meat Loaf’s daughter), Scott Ian (yeah, the guy from Anthrax) and Lisa Green (yeah, the co-founder of the Paul Green Acadamey will be performing Genesis’ “Supper’s Ready in its entirety). 9pm. $25 standing room only.

The Felice Brothers @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. With Tony Touch, the Big Takeover, Lara Hope & the Arktones, Miss 360, Hudson Valley Circus Arts and more. 9pm. $34.35.

Let’s Be Leonard @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Angels on the Fourth, Candy Ambulance, Paradox Saints and Tambourelli & Her Supertrips. 8pm. $10.

The Chris Bergson Band featuring Ellis Hooks @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 9pm.

Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers with special guests @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. 9pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

Bobby Previte’s Half Moon All Stars @ the Half Moon, Hudson. 10pm. $10 donation to WGVC community radio station.

MPThree @ the Holiday Inn, Latham. With line dancing with Kevin Richards; music & more with Richie Phillips; trick roping by Jeff Reynolds. 6pm.

Knot Dead @ Parish Public House, Albany. 9pm. $12 in advance; $15 at the door.

Forthlin Road @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

Amy Fradon & Leslie Ritter @ Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. Amy & Leslie reunite accompanied by Cathie Malach on keyboards, Ken McGloin on guitar and Eric Parker on percussion. 8pm. $25.

New York Players @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. 8:30pm. $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

The Refrigerators @ the Albany Hilton, Albany. With Big Sky Country and DJ Tony Platinvm.

Enter the Haggis @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. 7 & 10pm. $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

Soul Provider @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 7pm. $10.

Groovin’ @ the Albany Marriott, Albany. 8pm dinner; 9pm show. $99.

Ubuntu @ Gaffney’s Restaurant, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

The Henchmen @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm.

Art D’echo Trio @ the Ginger Man, Albany. 9pm.

Sal Graziano @ Il Faro Restaurant & Bar, Albany. 5pm.

Randy Loren @ Dolce Vita Ristorante, Schenectady. With Elaine Williams, Carla Page and more. 7pm.

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1 Comment
  1. Margo S. says

    Bluz House Rockers at The Colonie Elks Club…Cocktails at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm….$50,,not sure if its sold out or what

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