As all the New Year’s Eve 2013 shows are announced in the coming months, you can check this handy guide to Colorado concerts as we update it with news, ticket sales and more for the biggest party night of the year.
String Cheese Incident — 1stBank Center, Dec. 28-31, $56.50-$180
Local Colorado boys String Cheese Incident will once again bring its all-encompasing bluegrass/rock/funk/reggae/psych sound to bring in the New Year. On New Year’s Eve 2013 SCI plays a whole three nights at Broomfield’s 1stBank Center.
Though the band first announced it will be playing the string of shows at its Red Rocks Amphitheatre show in July, the set of dates were officially announced by AEG Live on Sept. 3.
Tickets go on sale on Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. and are available at tickethorse.com.
Decadence, with Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Above & Beyond and more — Colorado Convention Center, Dec. 30-31
The third annual Decadence is shaping up to be Colorado’s biggest New Year’s Eve 2013 bash. Now taking place for two nights, Decadence brings Bassnectar and Dada Life on Dec. 30 and Pretty Lights and Above & Beyond on Dec. 31 to the Colorado Convention Center. While ticketing info isn’t immediately available, two-day passes and single-day tickets will go on sale Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. at decadencenye.com.
Wu-Tang Clan — Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, Dec. 31
The only way to truly bring the ruckus this New Year’s Eve is to spend it with the guys who pretty much coined the phrase. Members of the Wu-Tang Clan are performing on New Year’s Eve 2013 show at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in what has been fittingly dubbed Wu-Year’s Eve.
Unfortunately it’s not the whole Clan, but Denver fans can spend the last hours of 2013 partying with Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon. The Wu-Tang members will be joined by Denver’s the Foodchain.
Tickets go on sale on Nov. 8 and cost $45-$800, according to the Cervantes’ Masterpiece website.
The Flaming Lips — Belly Up Aspen, Dec. 30-31
The Flaming Lips are playing another intimate Colorado New Year’s Eve show at the Belly Up Aspen this year. Shortly after playing Broomfield’s 1stBank Center, the band that can sell out amphitheaters will bring in the New Year at the almost 500-capacity Belly Up.
Paper Bird — Hi-Dive, Dec. 31
Maybe what you need this New Year’s Eve is something low-key. Lasers, huge bass and massive crowds aren’t your thing. You want some intimacy, some close friends, some local bands and a bar that’s easy to get to. Colorado indie-folk band Paper Bird will bring just that to the Hi-Dive. The band’s show with Inner Oceans will be the most relaxed way to bring in the new year. Tickets are sold out.
Dec. 29, $56.50, tickethorse.com; Dec. 30-31, $165-$675, bellyupaspen.com
Umphrey’s McGee — Fillmore Auditorium/1Up-Colfax, Dec. 28-31
Umphrey’s McGee’s lengthy New Year’s Eve 2013 run includes three shows at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium and an intimate, first-time show at the newly-renovated 1Up-Colfax. Fillmore Auditorium: Dec. 28-29 and 31, $47-$155.55. 1Up-Colfax: Dec. 30, sold out.
The Sword — Bluebird Theater, Dec. 30-31
For a dose of heavy metal on New Year’s Eve 2013, the Bluebird Theater has you covered with the Sword. The band performs two nights at the venue with Helms Alee, Native Daughters and Tauntaun. Tickets are $40-$45.
Reverend Horton Heat — Gothic Theater, Dec. 30-31
Rockabilly resurgence hero Reverend Horton Heat brings in the new year with two shows at the Gothic Theatre. Only VIP tickets are available for $100.
Yonder Mountain String Band — Boulder Theater, Dec. 27-31
Yonder Mountain String Band returns to the Boulder Theater for the longest New Year’s Eve 2013 run. The band plays Dec. 27-31 with guests Roosevelt Collier, Futureman, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush and a sold out flood relief benefit on Dec. 30. Tickets are $35 and $160 for four-day passes.
Abandin Pictures — Larimer Lounge, Dec. 31
Denver synth indie-rock band Abandin Pictures has combined its New Year’s Eve celebration with the release of its new album at the Larimer Lounge. The band performs with South of France, the Kinky Fingers and Bloodhound. Tickets are $10-$12.
Brother Ali — Fox Theatre, Dec. 31
Outspoken underground rapper Brother Ali brings in the new year at the Fox Theatre in Boulder this year with the Reminders, DJ Lazy Eyez and more. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $25-$27.
Varlet, the Yawpers — Lost Lake, Dec. 31
Now under new ownership, indie venue Lost Lake on East Colfax is hosting a New Year’s Eve party with local acts Varlet, the Yawpers, LSDBags and Bob and Tay. The show starts at 9 p.m.
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Munly & the Lupercalians, A. Tom Collins
A number of long-time Denver favorites — Slim Cessna’s Auto Club with Munly & the Lupercalians and A. Tom Collins — are teaming up for a celebration at the Oriental Theatre on Dec. 31. Tickets are $30-$35.