The 2012 Definitive Guide to New Year's Eve in Chicago

The 2012 Definitive Guide to New Year's Eve in Chicago

This is your guide to ending 2012 with the best live music in Chicago.  This year, ring in 2013 both in the city and throughout the suburbs with artists like Big Gigantic, Soul Asylum, Los Lobos, The Airborne Toxic Event, Charlie Wilson, Third Eye Blind, Mike Posner, Robert Randolph, Screeching Weasel,  Paul Oakenfold, JC Brooks, Local H and many more…

In The City…

The Airborne Toxic Event (10PM Monday, 12-31-12 at Metro. $60, 18+) – An On An opens.

Big Gigantic (9PM at the Aragon Ballroom.  18+, SOLD OUT) – Griz and Main Focus open.  *** Click HERE for my interview/NYE concert preview with Big Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli ***

Bill Basil (Doors open at 8:45PM at The Mid.  $110-150, 21+) – Noah Saltz, Milk & Cookies, Xonic, DJ Real Juicy, NaPalm, DangerWayne and more also perform.

Butch Walker (10PM Downstairs at Bottom Lounge.  21+, SOLD OUT) – Dick Prall opens. 

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires (10PM at Lincoln Hall. $50, 21+) – The Numero Group DJs also perform.

Charlie Wilson and Ledisi (8PM at Chicago Theatre. $93-145, All Ages)

Corey Wilkes (Two shows at 9:30PM and 11:30PM at Andy’s Jazz Club.  Each show is $35, 21+)

DeRay Davis (8PM at the Arie Crowne Theater at McCormick Place. $63-115, All Ages) – Lil Duval, Jay Pharoah and Aries Spears also perform.  *** The 10th Anniversary of Chicago’s Greatest Night of Comedy ***

Don’t Speak and From Chaos (8PM at Elbo Room. $65-75, 21+) – *** No Doubt and 311 cover bands ***

Edward Petersen and Eric Schneider in a “Battle of the Saxes” (8:30PM – 12:30AM at the Green Mill. $30, 21+) – The Green Mill Quartet Jam Session continues until 4AM.

The Eternals (10PM at The Hideout.  $20, 21+) – Chandeliers open.  *** The Eternals will be performing the Espiritu Zombi Suite ***

Hannibal Buress (Three shows at Zanie’s on Wells. 6:30PM and 8:30PM are each $35.  10:30PM is $45.  All shows are 21+ and require a two item food/drink minimum)

The Hood Internet (8PM at Beauty Bar.  21+, SOLD OUT) – Moon Boots, Only Children and DJ Esquire also perform.

 JD McPherson NYE 2012 The Abbey Pub Chicago Poster

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound (10:30PM at Mayne Stage.  $45, 18+)

JD McPherson (9PM at Abbey Pub.  $25-80, 21+) – The Dyes open.

Jimmy Burns (9:30PM at Rosa’s Lounge. $25, 21+)

Jimmy Johnson (9:30PM at B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted. $20, 21+) – Big Ray, Corey Dennison and Ari Seder also perform. 

The Jump Smokers and DJ Flipside (9PM at the Cubby Bear.  $20, 21+)

Leftover Salmon (9PM at the Vic Theatre. $48, 18+) – The Lee Boys open.

Local H (10PM at Beat Kitchen.  21+, SOLD OUT) – All Eyes West open.

Los Lobos (Two shows at 7:30PM and 11PM at City Winery.  Each show is $85-175, All Ages)

Magic Slim & The Teardrops and Vance Kelly (Doors open at 7PM at Kingston Mines.  $30, 21+)

Maps & Atlases (10PM at Schubas.  $25, 21+) – Santah opens.

Marked Men (9:30PM at the Empty Bottle.  $25, 21+) – Bad Sports and Terrible Twos open.

Mathien (9PM at Reggie’s Music Joint.  $10, 21+)

Mike Posner and Bad Boy Bill (8PM at the Hilton Downtown. $155, 21+) – Summer Altice, Metro, Dante and Augie De LaRosa also perform.

Mike Wheeler (5:30PM at Buddy Guy’s Legends. $30, 21+) – NuBlu Band and Eddie Taylor, Jr. open.

Mucca Pazza and White Mystery (9:30PM at Logan Square Auditorium. $25, 18+) – Jon Drake & The Shakes also perform.

Naked Raygun (8PM at Cobra Lounge.  21+, SOLD OUT) – The Dwarves open.

Paul Oakenfold (Doors open at 8PM at The Castle at Excalibur . $69 – 1,500, 21+) – Mario Florek, DJ Gus Karas, Chuck Bono, Paul Universe, DJ Criz R, Torio, DJ Kontor and Boogie Shoes also perform.

Porter Robinson (Doors open at 8PM at the Congress Theater. $50-174. 17+ ) – Hardwell, Matt Zo, The M Machine and Deniz Koyu also perform.

 Mike Posner NYE 2012 Chicago Hilton Poster

Reganomix (9PM Upstairs at Bottom Lounge.  $7, 21+) – Black Gold, Jyldo and DJ La Perla also perform.

Robert Randolph & The Family Band (8PM at the Park West.  $69, 18+) – Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe opens.  *** This performance has been moved from the Riviera Theatre to the Park West.  All tickets purchased for the Riv will be honored at Park West***

Roy Hargrove Quintet (Two shows at 8PM and 11PM at Jazz Showcase.  Each show is $60-80, 21+)

Screeching Weasel (8PM at Reggie’s Rock Club. $40-80, 17+) – The Queers, The Manges and They Stay Dead open.  *** Screeching Weasel 27th Anniversary show ***

Special K, iPop and DJ Jay Funk (9PM at the Palmer House Hilton.  $145 – 2,000.  21+) – DJ Bomber, DJ Phenom and DJ PM also perform.  *** NYE Soiree 2013 *** with 103.5 KISS FM.

Stache Chicago (9PM at the Hard Rock Hotel.  $150 – 2,200.  21+) – DJ Mark Centennial and DJ Katy also perform.  *** NYE Soiree 2013 ***

The Steepwater Band (10:30PM on the Back Porch Stage at House of Blues. $25, 21+) – Paige & The Reverent Few open.

Teedra Moses (Doors open at 8PM at The Shrine.  $100 – 600.  21+) – DJ B-Man also performs.

Third Eye Blind (9PM at House of Blues. $124, 21+) – MuteMath opens.

Tilly & The Wall (10PM at Subterranean. $25, 17+) – My Gold Mask and DJ CC Rider open.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (Doors open at 9:30PM at the Neofuturarium.  $50) – *** Presented by the Neo-Futurists ***

Trash Martini (9PM at the Hyatt Chicago Mag Mile. $125-135, 21+) – DJ Krush, DJ Onit and more also perform.  *** NYE Soiree 2013 ***

Trentino (9PM at the Hard Rock Cafe.  $35 – 1,200.  21+)

Wanda Jackson (10PM at Double Door. $55-125, 21+) – JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers, Burlesque le’ Moustache and Soul Summit DJs Dave Mata and Duke Grip also perform.

Wedding Banned (9PM at Joe’s Bar. 21+, SOLD OUT)

 Naked Raygun NYE Chicago 2012 Cobra Lounge Poster

In The Suburbs…

Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys and Nicholas Tremulis (Monday 12/31/12 at SPACE in Evanston. $65-95, All Ages)

The Becca Kaufman Orchestra (9:30PM at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn. $25, 21+)

Damon Williams (8PM at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, IN. $35-60, All Ages)

Epic (8PM at Tailgaters in Bolingbrook. $55-70, 21+)

The Flat Five (6PM at SPACE in Evanston. $15-35, All Ages) – The Flat Five are Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough and Alex Hall*** Table, reserved and general admission seating are sold out.  Only standing room remains ***

Lucky Boys Confusion (10PM at Cubby Bear North in Lincolnshire. $25-60, 21+)

The Prince Experience (9PM at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire.  $25-80, 21+) – A Thousand Julys open.

Soul Asylum (8:30PM at the Intercontinental O’Hare Chicago Hotel in Rosemont. $85, 21+) – Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts, Hairbanger’s Ball and Your Villain My Hero also perform.  *** NYE Rock n’ Roll Ball *** (Click HERE  for my interview/NYE concert preview with Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner)

Under the Streetlamp (6PM at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. $55-65, All Ages)

 Soul Asylum New Years Eve Rock N Roll Ball 2012 Rosemont

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