As the John Lennon song goes, it's "another year over, and a new one just begun." So what are you to do? 2015 had plenty of highlights in local music, but there's little doubt that many are already looking forward to what the next year has to offer. While Meadowgrass 2016's lineup is yet to be finalized, the festival already has a beautiful new logo, courtesy of Ginseng Creative, with the teaser that more details are to come. As a nice side note for Meadowgrass, the nonprofit behind the festival, Rocky Mountain Highway has raised nearly $5,000 in charitable donations through the Indy Give! campaign.
While the weekend brings a new year, there are still plenty of shows to squeeze in before then — you won't have to look too hard to find an event you'll enjoy to ring in 2016.
Keeping up their annual tradition of playing wild, raucous New Year's Eve shows in Denver, Slim Cessna's Auto Club will be playing shows on Dec. 30 and 31, this year at Syntax Physic Opera, which is certainly a more intimate venue than their previous New Year's haunts. Dec. 30 will also feature a performance by Munly & The Lupercalians, the solo venture of Auto Club co-lead-singer Munly J. Munly, while Dec. 31 will feature the mostly acoustic spinoff quartet DBUK (formerly known as Denver Broncos UK).
A similarly revered Colorado band, DeVotchka, is taking up its own New Year's residency at the Bluebird Theater, playing shows Dec. 31, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2.
If Krautrock-inspired psychedelia is up your alley, you could certainly do worse than catching The Black Angels at the Gothic Theatre, who are also playing Dec. 30 and 31. The Texas band's wild, droning, feedback-laden bad trip anthems have won them considerable acclaim since their inception in 2004, and they were also the backing band for the godfather of all Texas rock 'n' roll madmen, Roky Erickson, in 2008.
While not as "psychedelic," in the classic psychonautic sense, as the Black Angels, the solo project of Black Crowes vocalist Chris Robinson, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, are purveyors of lengthy, Southern-fried, blues-rock jams. Any fans of the Allman Brothers or the Grateful Dead school of extended guitar solos will be in for a good time at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom on Dec. 30 and 31.
Of course, if you prefer your jam-rock to venture north of the Mason-Dixon line, you can head over to Fillmore Auditorium and catch Umphrey's McGee on Dec. 30, 31, and a bonus show on Saturday, Jan. 2.
Denver doesn't hold the monopoly on live music for New Year's, however. The hell-raising rock-via-bluegrass combo Woodshed Red brings their excellent live show to Jack Quinn's Irish Alehouse & Pub on Dec. 31, and you can enjoy an evening with Steve Irwin & The Stingrays at the Triple Nickel Tavern.
Flux Capacitor is hosting a multi-band celebration to ring in the New Year, featuring Americana "trashgrass" trio The Tejon Street Corner Thieves and folk-punk act Foul Play, both of whom are heading out on a joint tour in early 2016. Filling out the bill is Hellhound, Shiii Whaaa, and Saustro & The Fruity Loops.
Finally, if you are still alive on the first morning of 2016, you can catch the Black Sheep's first offering of the new year on Friday, Jan. 1. As another multi-band affair, local dance-punk outfit Friendly White Neighbors will take the stage joined by The Youthful Nothings, Street Priests and A Bad Night for a Hero.
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