Boston’s Best 2014 New Year’s Eve Concerts

December 12, 2013 6:00 AM

Photo Credit: David Wax Museum

Boston has a bevy of parties going on at any given time during New Year’s Eve, with 2014 serving as no exception. Parties aren’t the only options for welcoming in the New Year, however, as there are plenty of concerts going on around the city, covering nearly every possible genre and style. Whether it’s heavy metal, pop, rap or indie, the odds are pretty good that Boston has it covered to rock in the New Year in style.
Photo Credit: Soulive

Photo Credit: Soulive

Paradise Rock Club
967 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

(617) 562-8800

The Woodstock, New York-based jazz/funk group known as Soullive brings the New Year jams to the Paradise Rock Club, kicking out melodic and upbeat songs that look poised to evoke the perfect set of feel-good, positive vibes for 2014. Soullive is no stranger to celebratory gigs and prides itself on its tireless touring schedule and dedication to bringing the funk and jazz jams to its loyal fan base at any time of the year. This New Year is no exception, so why not join Soullive in ringing in the New Year with jazzy goodness?

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Photo Credit: The Mighty Might BossTones

Photo Credit: The Mighty Might BossTones

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
House of Blues Boston
15 Lansdowne St.
Boston, MA 02215
(888) 693-2583

Although not occurring exactly on New Year’s Eve proper, on Sunday night, December 30th, Boston’s favorite punk/ska sons The Mighty Mighty Bosstones descends upon the city’s House of Blues for its “Hometown Throwdown,” an epic homecoming gig that promises an unforgettable performance of all of the band’s super energetic classics. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones stands alongside the Dropkick Murphys as one of THE best Boston acts to see when it offers a hometown show like this, and the “Hometown Throwdown” should serve as no exception. Expect to hear such danceable classics as “The Impression That I Get,” “Someday I Suppose” and “The Rascal King” as The Mighty Mighty Bosstones tear the roof off of Boston’s House of Blues.

Photo Credit: T. T. the Bear's

Photo Credit: T. T. the Bear’s

A ‘Heroes” New Year’s Eve
T.T. The Bear’s
10 Brookline St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 492-2327

This New Year’s Eve, Central Square’s famous live concert venue T.T. the Bear’s becomes host to a “Heroes” New Year’s Eve, a night hosted by DJ Chris Ewen, spinning the best 80s punk, goth, indie and new wave music and doing his best to evoke that spirit of the magical 1980s excess. A plentiful supply of New Year’s noisemakers and party hats are provided for attendees on this late-night (3 a.m.) celebration, and this “Heroes” New Year’s Eve celebration also offers an infamous “White Trash Buffet” of vittles to go alongside the alcoholic delights which will likely flow wild and free on this night.

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Photo Credit: Soulive

Photo Credit: Soulive

Bad Rabbits
Sinclair Boston
52 Church St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-5200

Boston’s hometown sons Bad Rabbits brings its own unique brand of funk, rock and R&B to the Sinclair in Cambridge for a fun-filled and fantastic New Year’s Eve celebration. Bad Rabbits has long been one of the city’s favorite, good time funk-rock bands, with plenty of awards and critical acclaim to its credit – including numerous Boston Music Awards – while also having served as a backing band for formative rapper Slick Rick, so it goes without saying that this New Year’s Eve concert is designed to bring the funk (and house) down.

Photo Credit: David Wax Museum

Photo Credit: David Wax Museum

David Wax Museum
Calvin Theatre
19 King St.
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 586-8686

Looking for something a bit mellow and cerebral to counterbalance the craziness of New Year’s Eve shenanigans? The Calvin Theatre in Northhampton welcomes the David Wax Museum, a folk rock combo that has earned accolades for its performances at the annual Newport Folk Festival. The band brings its own brand of traditional Mexican music into its established roots rock influences. Traditional Mexican folk instruments, such as the jarana, a stringed instrument similar to the guitar, take their place alongside gentle fiddles and vocals to provide a soothing yet upbeat soundtrack to New Year’s Eve 2014.

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at