Big Head Todd And The Monsters at the Colorado Rising Concert For Flood Relief At 1STBANK Center on Oct. 27, 2013. (credit: Jason Hayes)
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and there’s nothing like sharing an evening of music with friends. Ring in the New Year to the sounds of breathtaking symphonics, folk guitars or heart-thumping electronics. The Denver area has a New Year’s Eve concert line-up to stimulate the senses and say farewell to 2013 with a smile. Break out the concert clothes or shop for a new ones because there’s plenty of music to go around.
Colorado Convention Center
700 14TH ST.
Denver, CO 80202
Date: Dec. 30 and 31, 2013
Get your dance on with the third annual Decadence NYE. Presented on two giant stages, this gigantic dance party will be held at the beautiful Colorado Convention Center and will encompass 600,000 square feet. This amazing festival will remain true to its name boasting a variety of performers, exquisite décor and stunning visuals. Some of the acts featured will include Colorado native Pretty Lights, BassNectar, Above and Beyond, Dada Life and Tiesto. Well known for the hit song “Finally Moving,” Pretty Lights has ties to Colorado with artist Derek Vincent Smith. Best known for his memorable live performances, BassNectar brings a music and light show to full life. Break out the dancing shoes and party through the night to decadent music and lights.
String Cheese Incident
11450 Broomfield Lane
Broomfield, CO 80021
Date: Dec. 28-31, 2013
Jam the last night of 2013 away with famous folk band String Cheese Incident’s Hometown Throwdown 2. This year’s concert event will be held at the 1st Bank Center on New Year’s Eve as well as December 28 and 29. String Cheese Incident is Colorado born in Crested Butte and Telluride and mixes up some amazing bluegrass, rock, calypso, country and jazz. Formed in 1993, the band’s name came from a food fight incident one late night at a Colorado bar.
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Boettcher Concert Hall
1000 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
New Year’s Eve is the chance to get all dressed up for an evening out to celebrate this past amazing year. Resident conductor, Scott O’Neil, will lead the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in its annual presentation of “A Night in Vienna.” The audience suited for most all ages will experience emotion, energy and passion to make it a magical evening to remember. Celebrate the upcoming 2014 with a mixture of polkas, waltzes and marches. Even the nosebleed seats will be worth the ticket price. Perfectly timed, the performance will end early enough to ensure the viewers will not miss the night’s 16th Street Mall fireworks.
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
1621 Glenarm Place
Denver, CO 80202
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 9:30 p.m.
Music fans know Big Head Todd and the Monsters for the hit songs ”Bittersweet,” “Broken Hearted Savior” and “Please Don’t Tell Her.” This group will no doubt be performing its new song “Josephina” from its upcoming album called “Black Beehive.” This fun rock band attended Colorado’s Columbine High School together and enjoyed a huge following and amazing success over the years. The group’s song “Blue Sky” was written for the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery’s return to flight after the Columbia disaster and used during Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2007.
1510 Clarkson St.
Denver, CO 80218
Date: Dec. 28-31, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Celebrate another year gone by with the folksy jam rock band Umphrey’s McGee at The Fillmore Auditorium. Best known for its songs “1348″ and “Ocean Billy,” this progressive rock band from South Bend, Indiana will jam the night away with constantly changing set lists. The group’s improvisational style is guaranteed to keep the audience rocking through the night. Formed back in 1997 at the University of Notre Dame, this band has been influenced by the likes of Yes, Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa.
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Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.